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Snowden Effect: It's So Old It's New; Kremlin turns back to TypeWriters to avoid Leaks

Agence France Presse, via FNC:

Kremlin turns back to typewriters to avoid leaks

Published July 11, 2013
AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) – A Russian state service in charge of safeguarding Kremlin communications is looking to purchase an array of old-fashioned typewriters to prevent leaks from computer hardware, sources said Thursday.

The throwback to the paper-strewn days of Soviet bureaucracy has reportedly been prompted by the publication of secret documents by anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks and the revelations leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

The Federal Guard Service, which is also in charge of protecting President Vladimir Putin, is looking to spend just over 486,000 rubles ($14,800) to buy a number of electric typewriters, according to the site of state procurement agency, zakupki.gov.ru.

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For secret communications

demand to use the cone of silence.

[F]orce can only settle questions of power, not of right. - Clyde N. Wilson

I was writing about this in February

I just assumed it would take longer;

" I'll bet in ten years there will be secure electronics alongside a system of paper memos for ultra-sensitive information."

http://shadesofthomaspaine.blogexec.com/index.php/entry/in-2...

Author of Shades of Thomas Paine, a common sense blog with a Libertarian slant.

http://shadesofthomaspaine.blogexec.com

Also author of Stick it to the Man!

http://www.amazon.com/Stick-Man-Richard-Moyer/dp/1484036417

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I thought you were pimping yet another piece of The Onion!

Man, I swear, from your post's title, I thought you were pimping yet another piece of The Onion!

(On Chris' suggestion, of course ;)

Oh My.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

You don't even know how close you are...

Microsoft Patents Ones, Zeroes
http://www.theonion.com/articles/microsoft-patents-ones-zero...

...As a result of the Microsoft patent, many other companies have begun radically revising their product lines: Database manufacturer Oracle has embarked on a crash program to develop "an abacus for the next millennium." Novell, whose communications and networking systems are also subject to Microsoft licensing fees, is working with top animal trainers on a chimpanzee-based message-transmission system. Hewlett-Packard is developing a revolutionary new steam-powered printer...

...Added Gates: "My salary also has lots of zeroes. I'm the richest man in the world."

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

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Here's "a classic" for you, my encoding-geek friend:

Here's "a classic" for you, my encoding-geek friend:

http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2549.txt

Enjoy :)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

All this talk about codes - surprised no one's talking about...

trinary.

You know - that simple 27-symboled 3x3 system for 21 letter sounds, punctuation, nulls and a space.

Easy enough to encode in a series of photos or sentences wherein every word with three letters is a single letter in a hidden message.

And it's so much fun.

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

Maybe this will bring back handwriting

Maybe all this social paranoia regarding snooping and indiscriminate collection of emails will get people to hand write letters and notes again.

Handwriting is an art that needs to be fostered again. It is fascinating to run into younger people that have no clue as to write a check, let alone a simple thank you note by hand.

Be careful with the one-pass ribbon cartridges

There is a stencil stamped record of each key strike made.

Older cloth ribbons eventually reverse and are typed over, if you use them long enough.

Secure disposal is advised in either case.

I was thinking to do same thing

use type writers. love it

Love it! But can you imagine

Love it! But can you imagine the increase in carpal tunnel syndrome when this really takes off in the business world?

I have

five of them. Still can get the ribbons. Sold two in the last few months, I like this, prices could go up if this gets out! :)

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Damn - I could have gotten in on the ground floor...

of a typewriter repair shop.

Missed that one.

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg