See also TBTF for 1997-09-15, 08-11, 07-21, 07-14, 1996-03-17, 03-10, 02-27, 02-19
In early January a cluster of bugs with similar effect was reported by John Tennyson <aelana at c2 dot org> against beta 4; he was awarded a $1000 bounty. Netscape claimed to have worked around these problems in beta 5 and 6; they said that the real fix would come in version 2.1. On February 13 LoVerso notified Netscape that one of these bugs, the "directory browser" , still exists in the released Navigator 2.0. I'm told Netscape posted a response to the resurgent problem but I haven't been able to locate it online -- it might only have existed in a local newsgroup.
Dorothy Denning <denning at cs dot cosc dot georgetown dot edu>, cryptographer and independent reviewer of the U.S. government's proposed escrowed encryption system, posted the following note on Usenet. The editor of the Risks newsgroup suggested that this clause be known as the "Matt Blaze exemption." Blaze <mab at research dot att dot com> is a cryptographer at AT&T and can usually be found on the other side of a cryptographic argument from Dr. Denning. His 1994 exploits as an international arms courier are detailed in , the first publication of which I found dated January 6, 1995.
> Today's [1996-02-16] Federal Register contains a notice from the Department of
> State, Bureau of Political Military Affairs, announcing final rule of an
> amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) allowing
> U.S. persons to temporarily export cryptographic products for personal use
> without the need for an export license. The product must not be intended for
> copying, demonstration, marketing, sale, re-export, or transfer of ownership
> or control. It must remain in the possession of the exporting person, which
> includes being locked in a hotel room or safe. While in transit, it must be
> with the person's accompanying baggage. Exports to certain countries are
> prohibited -- currently Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and
> Syria. The exporter must maintain records of each temporary export for five
> years. See Federal Register, Vol. 61, No. 33, Friday, February 16, 1996,
> Public Notice 2294, pp. 6111-6113.
Levin picks up and generalizes an odd wrinkle in the operation of IBM's Aqui
(see "Organized copyright violation" in ).
Please drop a note to
<dawson dot tbtf at gmail dot com>
if you can suggest a term befitting this condition of "inappropriate fidelity."
> Interesting glitches arise from the literalness with which texts
> are copied on the web. You reported one instance, although you
> were making a different point:
> : I wrote at the bottom of my page "Copyright, all rights
> : reserved," and the words persist on Aqui's copy.
> I recently downloaded a tax form in pdf from the IRS site. When
> I printed it I found at the bottom the recycling symbol and the
> words "printed on recycled paper."
> Do you know a jargonesque way to denote this inappropriate
> faithfulness to the original?
Also, a possible word for this condition of "inappropriate fidelity" might be "cyrox".
The 20-color solution suggested in October, and featured in a resource on the TBTF archive , is now seen to be incomplete: sticking to these 20 colors can still get you dithered solids. [This file has been updated now -- 1996-02-28, kad.] The best cross-platform palette turns out to comprise 216 colors. That's 6 cubed, for every permutation of the values (0, 20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, 100%) for each of (red, green, blue). It happens that Netscape, Mosaic, and Microsoft Internet Explorer all use this 216-color palette internally, thus leaving 40 colors free out of an 8-bit (256-color) color space.
This 6-6-6 color cube has been called the "Satan Matrix." A less ominous name was bestowed by Lynda Weinman <lynda at lynda dot com> in her new book Designing Web Graphics (ISBN 1-56205-532, New Riders, $50.00 USA / $68.95 Canada): she calls it the Browser Safe palette. It is explained in a Web page of understated elegance , with examples. I have not seen the book but after admiring this on-Net resource (excerpts are posted at ) I intend to hunt it down.
Thanks to Carl-Frederic De Celles <cfd at ixmedia dot com> (who forwarded an article by Niko Sluzki <niko at gate dot cks dot com>) and to and Marshall Goldberg <AFCMars at aol dot com> for earlier pointers in the direction of this 216-color palette.
[ 1] <http://www.tbtf.com/archive/1996-02-19.html>
[ 3] <http://www.tbtf.com/archive/1995-12-02.html>
[ 4] <http://www.tbtf.com/resource/b2-privacy-bug.html>
[ 7] <http://www.netsurf.com/nsf/v01/01/local/courier.html>
[ 8] <http://www.tbtf.com/essential-tools.html>
[ 9] <http://www.handmadesw.com/hsi/web_alchemy.html>
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