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Comment: PGPi OCR project (Score 2) 329

by jaak (#44210843) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Store Data In Hard Copy?

Back in the late 90s when it was difficult to export strong crypto out of the USA, the PGP project came up with a program to get around this by using some loopholes in the law that allowed the source code to be exported if it was printed in book form.

So the PGP source code was printed out, made into books, shipped overseas, and scanned and OCR'd. My memory is somewhat fuzzy, but they had a suite of utilities to do this reliably. See http://www.pgpi.org/pgpi/project/scanning for a description and links to the tools.

Comment: Re:Difficult position to argue (Score 1) 362

by jaak (#41003763) Attached to: Samsung: Apple Stole the iPad's Design From Univ of Missouri Professor

Well, it didn't work out too bad...

There were 4 patent lawsuits and Corvis won two and lost two. They had a $35 million dollar fine for which they were allowed to apply $33 million of the fine to purchasing goods and services from Ciena (Corvis was already a customer of Ciena's anyway). And, during the lawsuits Corvis had an IPO that raised $1+ billion (they were only expecting to raise $400 million).


+ - US government spending $19 million to assign contractors a number->

Submitted by Sparticus789
Sparticus789 (2625955) writes "A GAO report shows that "The government handles more than $1 trillion a year in contracts and grants. Washington needs to assign a unique number to each one of them, to track all the businesses and other entities it deals with. For more than three decades, it has turned to one company — Dun & Bradstreet — for its numbering needs." The article goes on to say "the government is now spending roughly $19 million a year on the system that cost just $1 million annually one decade ago."

The database only contains 625,000 entries, how many better ways are there to store this same amount of data?"

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Comment: Already solved (Score 1) 59

by jaak (#40120383) Attached to: A Wrinkle For Biometric Systems: Irises Change Over Time

The company I work for uses biometric security. The readers we use know that biometrics change over time and automatically update their databases every time you use the system (using some secret time weighted algorithm) .

You can set a threshold for the change/deviation/etc (in some people it changes more often than others). Our system only uses biometrics for authentication, not identification (that is, the biometrics confirm your ID, the biometrics are NOT your ID).

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