Bart gets an elephant?

D27oh

After reading the article “Identity-based Encryption Comes of Age” that I wrote for the August 2008 issue of IEEE Computer, I was reminded of the following dialog from the episode of The SimpsonsBart Gets an Elephant” that happens right after Homer Simpson drives his car off the road and hits a statue of a deer.

Homer Simpson: “D’oh!”

Lisa Simpson: “A deer!”

Marge Simpson: “A female deer!”

The word “d’oh” is so useful that it now has its own entry in the Oxford English Dictionary. I certainly had a good use for it recently.

The editors at Computer always shorten things a bit, probably due to space constraints. To do this, they often rewrite parts of articles, doing their best to keep the original meaning intact. This time I missed an error that crept into “Identity-based Encryption Comes of Age” during the editing process when they did this. Instead of saying this:

“in an IBE system, the PKG’s security becomes as important as the key recovery system’s security,”

the edited version of the article said this:

“in a PKI, the PKG’s security becomes as important as the key recovery system’s security.”

While the first version makes perfect sense, the second version doesn’t, and that’s the version that got printed.

D’oh!

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