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Re: impossible vs. impractical
From: newsham () aloha net (Timothy Newsham)
Date: Mon, 8 May 1995 09:51:24 -1000 (HST)


The point I have been trying to make, which you bugtraqers seem to have
missed, is that my comments had to do with the use of the term
impossible with respect to detecting sniffers.  If you had said
infeasible or incredibly expensive, or some other such term, I probably
would not have made my comments.  When you say "impossible" in a
scientific context, you had better mean traversing the speed of light or
some such thing, and even then, it's based on some assumptions and
observations and should be qualified (i.e., impossible under the most
widely accepted current epistemology of physics). 

This is not a scientific list.  The context is not scientific.  This
is a list about security in the real world.

Now, if you could quit wasting your time arguing over this minor point
and get back to tracking bugs, it would probably be more fruitful. 
Which brings me to the latest version of Microsoft's spreadsheet
distrubuted with Windows.  We were doing a very simple spread sheet by
my standards, and it computed terribly wrong values.  When we took the
same spreadsheet and plugged it into 123, it did the right thing. 
Anyone have a bug fix?

This is not a bug report or bug fix list.  This is a list about 
security in the real world.  It is also (mostly) unix and
inet-centric.

                                       Tim N.



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