Who would bother with the following totally sad, useless and overall
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Aw, you guessed.
(BTW BMWguys, it ain't unlawful and it is highly suspect for you to suggest
otherwise. See? I'm copying it.)
On Tue, 15 Mar 2005 22:22:21 -0000, Cockburn
was popularly supposed to have said:
A hell of a lot of organisations do this, and goodness only knows why.
They stick the disclaimer at the bottom so once you've read the email
you then get to the legal guff, AND they seem to entertain this notion
that a legal disclaimer will somehow automagically stop someone scanning
the email in transit.
There is a simple solution if you want only one person to get an email
and be able to read it: encrypt it with modern twin-key encryption. You
don't then need the legal guff or the non-legit copyright notice; any
bugger intercepting the thing will have a job on decrypting it.
Granted, security services can and do break codes, but even they have
great difficulty doing it. Increasing cipher block lengths can stymie this,
Problem is, this can be done automatically by a geek with a brain, and
geeks thus equipped are relatively cheap to hire. Lawyers hate this;
technical know-how eliminating the noble and expensive art of legal
chicanery is just not on, they say.
Dan Holdsworth PhD firstname.lastname@example.org
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