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GeekNews.org: Day Two of Defcon

Jul 31, 2000, 17:35 (0 Talkback[s])

"Today was the day that Defcon has shown that it has really outgrown the Alexis Park Hotel's facilities. The number I heard was ~5000 people had registered. The meeting rooms for the 3 tracks hold a total of ~1800 people. Do the math. This is not meant to be a dig on the Defcon people. They do a great job, and I know I couldn't do as well, please consider it constructive criticism."

"On the issue of the talks, the 2 that I most looked forward to were the talk from Bruce Scheiner of Applied Cryptorgraphy fame, and the Cult of the Dead Cow. The one I most dreaded, was my own on tunneling and firewalls."

"Bruce opened the floor to questions from the very beginning and talked about a number of topics, some of the more interesting discussions where about his company having submitted their algorithm, twofish, to the National Institute of Standards and Technology to be considered as a replacement for DES. He also talked about the RSA's patent expiring in September not being a huge deal which surprised me until he talked about how Diffie-Hellman's patent has already expired making public key encryption available. I disagree with Bruce on this because I believe that cheap SSL will enable e-commerce on open source platforms to take a big step forward."

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