On the orthogonality of anonymity to current market demand

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Wed Oct 26 12:17:21 EDT 2005

John Kelsey
> What's with the heat-death nonsense?  Physical bearer
> instruments imply stout locks and vaults and alarm
> systems and armed guards and all the rest, all the way
> down to infrastructure like police forces and armies
> (private or public) to avoid having the biggest gang
> end up owning all the gold.  Electronic bearer
> instruments imply the same kinds of things, and the
> infrastructure for that isn't in place.  It's like
> telling people to store their net worth in their
> homes, in gold. That can work, but you probably can't
> leave the cheapest lock sold at Home Depot on your
> front door and stick the gold coins in the same drawer
> where you used to keep your checkbook.

Some of us get spyware more than others.

Further, genuinely secure systems are now becoming
available, notably Symbian.

While many people are rightly concerned that DRM will
ultimately mean that the big corporation, and thus the
state, has root access to their computers and the owner
does not, it also means that trojans, viruses, and
malware does not. DRM enables secure signing of
transactions, and secure storage of blinded valuable
secrets, since DRM binds the data to the software, and
provides a secure channel to the user.   So secrets
representing ID, and secrets representing value, can
only be manipulated by the software that is supposed to
be manipulating it. 

         James A. Donald

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