[dgc.chat] "The Maginot Web"
R. A. Hettinga
rah at shipwright.com
Wed Apr 23 16:23:10 PDT 2003
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Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 16:51:27 -0400
From: Bob <pintle at thecia.net>
To: dgcchat at lists.goldmoney.com
Subject: [dgc.chat] "The Maginot Web"
What is reality?
A good analysis of the current state of affairs of SSL and CAs:
"The CA-signed certificate, far from being the key to browsing
security, is the Maginot Line that preserves the masses in a
state of blissful ignorance."
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion,
butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance
accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders,
give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new
problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight
efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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R. A. Hettinga <mailto: rah at ibuc.com>
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experience." -- Edward Gibbon, 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'
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