Jargons of Info Tech industry

Steven D'Aprano steve at REMOVETHIScyber.com.au
Sun Oct 9 17:33:43 CEST 2005

On Sun, 09 Oct 2005 13:44:42 +0000, Tim Tyler wrote:

> In comp.lang.java.programmer Roedy Green <my_email_is_posted_on_my_website at munged.invalid> wrote or quoted:
>> Read my essay.
>> http://mindprod.com/projects.html/mailreadernewsreader.html
> FYI, this bit: 
> ``Like ICQ, someone cannot send you mail without your prior permission. 
>   They can't send you mail because they don't have your public key to
>   encrypt the mail.''
> ...is pretty confusing - because "public key" is a term with a technical
> meaning in cryptography - and a public key really *is* public.

The term you want is "wrong", not "confusing".


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