Evan Jeffrey (
Fri, 18 Jul 1997 13:13:31 -0500

hmm... this is sort of unrelated to deschall/tshirts/encryption, but I found
it interesting.

I was looking at the case for a DAT tape today (bored...) and down at the
bottom it says:

This item is classified as "a strategic commodity / product" in accordance
with the COCOM Agreements. Export of this item may require an export
license from the Government.

Does this mean that A) it is of vital strategic importance that terrorists
are unable to back their data up onto tapes, or B) not only can the
government not read PGP encrypted messages, they cant afford a $600 dat
drive, or C) the US is the only country with people capable of spraying
magnetic particles on a piece of plastic?

I can't find a date, so I don't know how old it is, but still...

Anyone know anything about this?

Evan Jeffrey

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress
depends on the unreasonable man.