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RE: My skepticism/promises WAS Re: Mien Beinkpff

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From: [email protected] (Russell Whitaker)

Discussing what
>>On May 4,  8:04am, Bill Garland wrote:
>> So what else is on the homework list?
>> 2. Read Schneier. Heavy into the technical cryptography stuff, to
>>    be sure, but definitely required reading. Many time units.
>> 2. b. Do the Errata list.
>This last subtask is very important.  I remember seeing the first set of
>errata, and hearing reports of Bruce's (understandable) dismay at the
>publisher's cavalier treatment of the typography of mathematical formulae.
>I've only recently gotten a round tuit myself, having perused the first section
>of a housemate's copy, and am convinced I need my own. I'll have my own Friday
>afternoon (Stacey's sells it locally), and am wondering if the most recent set
>of errata are still available from Bruce.  I was on a distribution from Bruce
>for these, and am wondering if the mailing list still exists.

I seem to remember getting a second Errata List posted here.
>> 5. Get a Netcom account?   Is this possible for a Canadian? I'd
>>    still have to telnet from some supplier here. I'll go for my
>>    own service with my own satellite dish. Investors, anyone?
>>    Ripe market! Send for Prospect-Us.
>Netcom?  Only if you're a masochist.  If you try dialing in, that is.  Or doing
>anything involving finger daemons.  Or...

I guess I don't know much about the _actual_ Netcom... it's just that
so many people have addresses at netcom.com. Perpaps I was misusing it
as a generic commercial account provider.

>>    But, isn't Unix full of security holes?  When I set up my own
>>    Netcom company, won't I be hacked?  Ray?  HELP? Oh yes, I've
>>    got to get into Pr0duct Cypher's product. What's a firewall?
>Um, your own "Netcom company"?  Netcom is certainly not the best business model
>for an Internet service provider.  Look at the load problems!  Their pricing
>model is very, very poor.  You get what you pay for.  I have 2 accounts on
>Netcom (one business, one personal).  Dialing into Netcom is useless, so all my
>mail to those accounts is .forward'd to elsewhere.

Thanks for this feedback. And this:

>If you're seriously contemplating a Netcom-like service, ignore the whiners
>("But your service costs too much!") and implement a rational pricing model,
>rather than an all-you-can-eat-for-one-low-price dialup policy.

>> There's gold in them thar hills ...
>I don't know who you are, but it certainly makes it very difficult for anyone
>to give you the benefit of the doubt when you publicly admit such a cavalier
>attitude toward your own finances.  Read what you've written above, and ask
>yourself if it inspires confidence.

You are certainly correct here. Cavalier, eh! Without wanting to 
get into this too far as to get off topic and into areas better left
alone, this is just me trying to cure a very long case of bad attitude
(self transformation into a dynamic optimist, as it were...)
and not having succeeded yet. I am cavalier about it because it is
public knowledge, even though I don't have to go spreading it around
myself - but if the truth were known, I have benefitted from the
experience. I think also I must have had a case of the "don't care's"
when I injected just a little too much personal stuff into this effort.
Folks have been asking for action, and where my personal style has not
yet matured enough to be 100% totally professional all the time...
I sometimes open my mouth too far, whereby I insert not only my foot,
but the whole damn leg as well...

>You say, "Fuck 'em... I'm going to do it anyway..."  Well, OK.  But talk like
>that, while a fine display of your Cajones, doesn't inspire me.  

Perhaps this is a culture thing...

>> And please, Tim, We Really Do Need The FAQ. ...
>I, too, value Tim's postings.  

Yes, and if I sounded too cavalier in using Tim's name in my 
harangue, sorry - although I was replying to his post.
I'm sure he will let me know if I said anything to offend him.

>     At the Extro-1 conference this last weekend, in
>a discussion on "The Extropians Virtual Community", it was noted (not a new
>point) that good posts never draw the responses that objectionable posts do.
> Herein lie very large and serious issues of incentive engineering, which will
>not be solved anytime soon.

Well, never say never. I have seen threads I started (which were't
objectionable) go on for weeks long past any input from myself. But,
I guess it is true most of the time. I really wish I could have
attended Extro 1.

..... snip .....

>If you want this - or anything (desirability aside) - you're going to have to
>*convince* the rest of us - part of your potential market - why we should want
>it too.

Agreed. Absolutely. The single harangue we are discussing now was not
this convincing that you and everyone needs. It was not meant to be.
It was part dreaming part actual planning part just announcing some
goals part training and part just thinking into the keyboard. Part
of a Just Do It motivation that seems to have crept into my somewhat
defective b-class module cpu-brain (possibly damaged) thing here
behind these eyeballs. Having gone out on this limb, however, there
remains this task I have set myself to explain all this...which
will not be completed before I get some sleep. 

>> before I can do that, well, you know...homework...
>> Still, if you want to get the ball rolling, send me $10 and I'll
>> deposit it in trust, sticking my own reputation on the line ...
>Who are you?  Seriously.  Do you have a reputation?  With whom?  Is this
>reputation salable?

Well, I guess if I did, it's gone now... Oh well. Not meaning to
be flip - you are right, My reputation has definitely taken some
well deserved hits, and I don't consider it saleable. In deference
to those who dislike smileys, and because I prefer it that way,
I have tried to give up using them.

>> Actually, I don't know if there are any legal implications to
>> that, because my private company Macronic Systems, Inc. is incorporated
>> specifically NOT as a bank, because different rules apply to a bank,
>You don't know, yet you make a solicitation of funds?  

Well, I suppose it really was a solicitation, if taken word for
word. I may be a fool in many ways, but I really did have tongue
in cheek here. Sorry if I misled or if my lingering depression
coloured the tone of my voice - I for one refuse to go seek out
prozac, for reasons I won't get into.

>Oh, yes: different rules
>*do* apply to banks.  You really do need to read into North American banking


>> but my INFO_Banque is not incorporated anywhere. It is a virtual
>> entity of mine that nobody can get at just yet.
>Do the authorities know where you sleep?  This "virtual entity" is *you*.  Are
>you judgement proof?  

Well, yes, I think. At least I am well on the way to becoming so...

>"Virtual" is such a fashionable buzzword these days.
> What do you mean by it?

No. Skip that one. I didn't say '"virtual entity"', I said
'virtual entity', using the word virtual in it's normal, non-buzzword
meaning. It is not real, yet. It is a set of ideas. Now, I know that
ideas are real, but this is too much to quibble over when there is
so much else to do...


>Well, I guess I've answered at least part of my own question... they *do* know
>where you sleep.

Yeah. I did worry about that, but They Already Know Anyway.

I actually thought about encrypting the entire message and
only sending it to Customers, because I really should allow
some paranoia back into my life...but nobody would have bought
it!  And wouldn't you know it, just after posting, I got the
detweiller mail bomb and the message from Tim updating newbies
on that perversion. When Cypherpunks get Extropian/Hawk/Ray code,
tmp will be ::exclude'able.

>> Yes, this is fine. But we are talking anonymous money, untraceable
>> transactions, cryptoanarchy, stuff like that. We know about cheques.
>> (I wish you yanks could get your spelling right!)
>That's Yanques to you, bub.

Sure t'ing, by. Whatever you wants.

>> Agreed - of course. We've got to beat VISA/MC/AMEX/Travellers Cheques
>> in transaction costs,
>Have fun trying.  Do you mean "cost to credit company" or "cost to end user"?

I mean in the game of making money, making this workable, profitable,
doable. Costs to Customers. Delivering products and services of value
to them. 

>> HEx is now dormant and will be for a little while yet.
>> I am expecting to be able to find a place from which to run it
>> real soon now.
>The playing field seems to have shifted ...
>Just *which* business do you plan to focus on?  Which one is the one you are
>chartered as a corporate entity to pursue?  If I were a potential investor, I
>wouldn't put my money onto a raft of promises.

I have had ths very valid criticism before, and I thank you. I am
not actually seeking investment capital here through anything I may
have said with tongue in cheek. And if a $10 cheque _does_ arrive
in the snail, I will do what I said, which is deposit it in trust
and honour the fact that it does not belong to me. Of if it looks
like the horizons are too far away - Tim says 10 to 20 years? -
I will return it.

>I'm not trying to squelch your enthusiasm, 


>      but it's damned difficult for a
>smart and energetic polymath (you sound like one; many of us are) to viscerally
>accept the necessity of narrow specification and ruthless pursuit of a single
>goal.  You need to do one thing very well, and see if it flies.  Otherwise, you
>will accrete a reputation as a dabbler.

What can I say - of course ! Focusing on narrow ruthless pursuits has
been one of the ongoing problems I have with a sometimes overactive
sometimes lethargic b-class module cpu-brain (possibly damaged).

This concept of polymath - are you referring to something from
a John Brunner novel of many years ago? Is this a word for which
I need more clarification ? 
>> run, I may even repay with digital cash royalties.
>Royalties which will buy me how much petrol?  

Probably some fraction of some small number of litres for each
digital dollar you are paid. Or whatever the going rate is.

>         How many pairs of trousers?  How
>many copies of the *Economist* or *Playboy*?  How many scoops of Baskin

Ditto. Actually, the idea of using Girl Guide cookies as exchange 
medium sounded neat. I order them once a year from my girls, so
those of you with INFO_Banque digital cash you want redeemed, 
get me your order of cookies by, say, the end of January, and
you'll have your cookies in April. $2.50 Canadian per box,
converted to US dollars. But then again, my girls are soon
to be women, so I'll have to switch to bottles of Barleygreen
or something.

>It has to be cash with backing.  Calling it something cool doesn't convince.
> There need to be fundamentals in place.

Agreed, of course. The plan is to have my digital dollars, if and
when etc etc, backed by good ole yanqui dollars.

>> Other uses include digital timestamping - when I can get a
>> machine and ups and raid box and backup site and security and
>> all that other stuff I want - I will start offering services
>> like this. What with all the other ambitions I have mentioned
>> here in this Mein Beinkpff message/posting, I could easily spend
>> a few hundred grand getting this together - if I didn't have
>> a full-time job to do to feed my family, etc etc....
>You've said this a number of times.  Are you simply expressing your belief that
>you'll never really do anything?  

No. I do not have this belief, despite whatever attitude I may
have projected by thinking out loud. Just some practical realities.

>Then why post at all?  

Why not! Action, jackson.

>Do you have that low
>an opinion of your own abilities?  Do something.  Don't complain.  Your life is
>your own.  I will be impressed when you *do* something.

First it is noted that I have too high an opinion of myself in
that I have claimed many things I want to do and see happen and
accomplish along my new-found-land, and now I have too low an
opinion of myself because I cannot go out and spend the investment
capital I don't have to do what needs to be done to prevent some
things from recurring that I ought not to have allowed occur in
the first place...

Well, perhaps I am a confused individual. I well recognize the
fact that I am a scatterbrain and that I mix and match my ideas with
those I discover from others, but I am an integrated scatterbrain.
B-class probe modules are self-repairing.

>> yourself, and soon there will be 700 Cypherpunks and 300 Extropians
>> and all 4 IMP-Interest people all having anonymous remailers and mixes
>> operating, so any sub-chain of eight INFO_Banque Protocol banks
>> will virtually HAVE to be reliable for our commerce...
>You make some interesting assumptions here.  Why?  Why should all of the people
>you list above do these things?

They won't, of course. Some might, assuming some of those interesting
assumptions, for example that some ber of Cypherpunks and or
Extropians and or other people in the world want thave digital
cash available on the Internet and trustable chaumian mixes and
anonymous transactions and so on.

>> account. Maybe it will at first turn out to be merely digital
>> cheques, but maybe if Perry lets me in on his secrets and some
>> of the stuff he has learned from these six-figure guys at
>> Citibank who are out trying to figure out how to capture this
>> market, well maybe then we can get somewhere...

>Are you willing to pay Perry large amounts of money for consulting?  He *might*
>consider it, if it's cash up front. (Right, Perry?)

Well, yes. Willing and able are not the same. Of course I wouldn't
expect someone as astute and knowledgeable as he to simply give away
this valuable knowledge. I expect Perry himself is one of these
six-figure guys he has warned us about. And he has hinted once in a 
while that he is working on new business. He is much more adept
than most people (read me) at keeping his mouth shut when it really
should be kept shut, and is, as far as I can tell, one who knows the 
difference. Not to mention...

>I suggest you simply dive in and start learning basic economics.  Start with
>Hazlitt's *Economics in One Lesson*, Bastiat's *Economic Sophisms*, anything by
>Hayek, Mises, and David (the younger) Friedman, for starters.  Don't expect
>someone like Perry to open up to you with "revealed knowledge" which will make
>it all clear for you.  If you're as serious about your Homework as you keep
>repeating, learn the fundamentals of how the world works.

Yes, this is what it is all about, eh.

>You will then have at least some of the tools to acquire more tools.

>> But please, sir, can we have more? Please write about Protocol.
>> Soon. Like, forget the line-by-line response you were going to
>> make to _this_ message...  heh heh. (Opps, I almost said ...
>> no, I can't repeat it...)

And finally, 

>One of Tim's many graces is that he rarely makes a practice of the line-by-line

I know that. He is probably rolling his eyes upwards and groaning
at this entire response. He has straightened out some goofy ideas
I have harangued about in the past, and, again, not wishing to put
words into the mouth of someone who is so eloquent by himself, he
has expressed the same skepticism of my scatterbrained overambitious
non-focused ideas before. But I have got some of the homework done,
and more is in progress.

> I wish I could say the same of myself.

I also wish I could say the same of yourself -
oops, sorry...heh heh, of course I meant my self. 

>Russell Earl Whitaker				[email protected]
>Silicon Graphics Inc.
>Technical Assistance Center / Centre D'Assistance Technique

Thanks for your feedback and help. I know....

But, friends, I am smiling. I may even draft a new version
of the Cypherpunks Quick Code on my next break. There was
an interuption in our feed around about that time - I don't
really know if it ever got through.

And regarding my overambitious, somewhat bubbly stuff about
all the miracles my INFO_Banque will accomplish and my other
businesses will achieve - I refuse to put limits on what I can 
do. I've been there and done that and it didn't work. Focus, sure,
but limits? That would be non-EC! You want action, so hang on
a minute.

Meanwhile another few dozen messages have come in...Perhaps I
should retire now before sleep deprivation starts a perversion...
and keep asbestos pajamas on when I get up.

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