Are you also a Soviet Spy

juan juan.g71 at
Sun Jun 4 23:54:38 PDT 2017

On Mon, 5 Jun 2017 16:18:55 +1000
"James A. Donald" <jamesd at> wrote:

> They are "potential" in that person A does not know that person B is 
> actual fellow member of the ingroup.

	so to make this a bit more clear, person A is a 'newbie' and
	person B is a grand wizard...

> Thus, for person B, person B is an actual member of the ingroup, and 
> person A is a potential member 

> but for person A, person B is a 
> potential member of the ingroup and person A is a potential member.


> The problem is that we want person A to be able to find out that
> person B is a member of the ingroup, without person C finding out
> that person B is a member of the ingroup.

	that's just a matter of A and B using a 'secure' channel.

	Apart from that, I'm not seeing anything novel about the
	problem or the solution. And of course the other age old problem
	is that A, or B, or both may indeed be spies, so their knowing
	a 'secret' handshake wouldn't necessarily prove that they are
	bona fide actors instead of spies.

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