Certicom? [...] [Fwd: NSA Turns To Commercial Software For
Dr. Robert J. Harley
harley at argote.ch
Sun Oct 26 13:26:12 PST 2003
>It doesn't really matter what the NSA does, for the rest of us in the
Is the "real world" around Minnesota still attached to planet Earth?
Sometimes I wonder.
>ECC is far too patent encumbered and thus dangerous to use.
Not a defensible position IMO. Certicom's patents mostly apply to
hardware designs and are work-aroundable, as previously discussed on
this list. Same as patents on most things. Or you can license them
for 2% of revenue (or whatever the going rate is).
>I don't have the data handy but it will be another 15-ish years before
>anyone else uses ECC.
Did you even read the links Joe supplied e.g., "Certicom's (TSX:CIC)
data-scrambling technology is licensed to more than 300 customers
including Texas Instruments, Palm, Research In Motion, Cisco Systems,
Oracle and Motorola."?
>Too bad for Robert really, but the open source
>movement made paying for software so uncool.
That's why Microsoft increased profit in Q1 to 2.61 billion and
revenue in Q3 to 8.22 billion, I guess.
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