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Comment PGPi OCR project (Score 2) 329

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 for a description and links to the tools.

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

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).


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

Sparticus789 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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