[cap-talk] SSL protection racket
Stiegler, Marc D
marc.d.stiegler at hp.com
Tue Feb 26 13:35:00 EST 2008
The postal service, yellow pages, and telephone company supply a valuable service. Classical protection rackets, like classical certificate authorities, supply no service except the promise not to harm you.
In anarchic societies, protection rackets can evolve into security services that actually do provide a service (protecting you from other thiefs, including other protection rackets). Certificate authorities are worse than protection rackets because there is no good thing into which they can evolve.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cap-talk-bounces at mail.eros-os.org
> [mailto:cap-talk-bounces at mail.eros-os.org] On Behalf Of Mike Samuel
> Sent: Monday, February 25, 2008 7:41 PM
> To: General discussions concerning capability systems.
> Subject: Re: [cap-talk] SSL protection racket
> On 25/02/2008, Karp, Alan H <alan.karp at hp.com> wrote:
> "Pay up or most of your customers won't be able to
> figure out how to reach you."
> Do the postal service, the yellow pages, and the telephone
> company fit this description?
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