Jargons of Info Tech industry

Tim Tyler tim at tt1lock.org
Sun Oct 9 15:44:42 CEST 2005

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.

If you want to allow email only from a list of senders, then you use
a simple white list.  Cryptography is not needed or desirable if this
is the intended goal.
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