[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>
Organization: ConstructionGigs.com
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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