Wes P February 13, 2009 3:47 PM


Many of the times, for one to be considered heroic, all they need to do is perform some feat that a mass of people feel they would never be able to perform. Much more so, even, when the mass feels better about life as a result of that persons actions.

For a lot of people, the ability to clearly think and communicate the real problem is extremely difficult. Additionally, doing so when it pisses others off adds that much more difficulty.

I haven’t decided if I consider you, Bruce, a hero, but if not I definitely consider you a valiant warrior.

Aviatrix February 13, 2009 6:31 PM

You were cited in USA Today this week regarding the easy-to-forge boarding passes. I await your comment on the new “encrypted” boarding passes. I was wondering whether the ‘encrypt your own boarding pass’ website wold be up the same week.

tomj February 13, 2009 9:10 PM

One issue about data: the problem with digital data is that it is so easy to fake. Essentially this is like the one-time-pad. A one-time-pad message could decrypt to any number of intended messages, it all depends on the one-time-pad.

With a hard drive, or any digital data, you face the possibility of manipulation. Digital information is not physical evidence, at least in an adversarial situation.

King February 14, 2009 1:57 PM

I couldn’t agree more with this:

Is privacy the new environmentalism?
Schneier: Yes, and data is the pollution problem of the Information Age.

They will probably start calling us “data huggers.” Come to think of it, that wouldn’t be inappropriate.

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