Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Copy Protection: the next generation...

From Salon.com:

The Bush administration is offering a novel reason for denying a request seeking the Justice Department's database on foreign lobbyists: Copying the information would bring down the computer system.

"Implementing such a request risks a crash that cannot be fixed and could result in a major loss of data, which would be devastating," wrote Thomas J. McIntyre, chief in the Justice Department's office for information requests.

I don't know whether to find this amusing as a computer scientist, or to be very worried as a foreign visitor whose records all sit inside one of these systems. Maybe the open goverment advocates forgot to offer up some delightful dragon dainties.

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