On Friday, January 03, 1997 5:19 PM, Stout,
>The compeditive culture I left in Los Angeles had a school of
>thought which went like this: 'Life is a race with the next guy,
>if there's something you can do to impede him to win, do it'.
>The culture in Silicon Valley is more like this: 'Life is like
>climbing a mountain, if people help each other, you can get much
>further than when alone'.
>NSAs policy on encryption is like the race with the next guy.
>If they allowed the private sector to work on encryption, the NSA
>could reap from the development and add to it for their own security.
>But then again they are in the Spy business and in a way are against
>security for those they might want to attack.
That and the fact that it's generally thought that the NSA is light-years
ahead of any other agency/organization in encyrption technology. No one can
help them get further up the mountain, so they are simply interested in
keeping everyone else as far down the mountain as possible...