[FoRK] Re: identity-based encryption

Adam L Beberg beberg at mithral.com
Wed Feb 11 13:43:28 PST 2004


On Feb 11, 2004, at 12:45 PM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:

> Naming didn't cause the failure of PKI.

No, geeks did. Geeks:
1. Can't design a usable interface to save their lives.
2. Cannot accept centralized control, even when needed like in a corp.
3. NEVER use code written by anyone else, and NEVER NEVER anyone elses 
API.
4. Forget that humans can only remember a passphrase 10 digits/chars 
long, or 5 in the case of AARP members, 0 in the case of normals who go 
get drunk every weekend.

So, Geek PKI is completely unsuited to situations where the boss needs 
access, or where you have to use a passphrase. Smart cards are great 
because no user smarts are needed.

Oh, and there is no money in PKI, because the patents are expired, so 
there is no reason for anyone in the real world to care AT ALL. Other 
things work well enough, are profitable, and don't have problems 1-4 
above.

If you don't believe me, ask any IT manager how much of their budget is 
for people who change stupid users passwords every monday.

- Adam L. Beberg - beberg at mithral.com
   http://www.mithral.com/~beberg/



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