Bart gets an elephant?
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 Simpsons “Bart 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.