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Re: The future will be easy to use

On Mon, 27 Nov 1995, James A. Donald wrote:
>> You are making the same erroneous assumption that Phil made when he
>> designed the Web of trust:  You assume that it is important and 
>> interesting to link key ID's to physical bodies.  This is usually
>> not the case:  Linking key ID's to home web pages etc is not only 
>> easier -- it is also usually more interesting and important.

At 02:46 PM 11/29/95 -0500, Jon Lasser wrote:
>Not if you're encrypting a Credit Card transaction to ship physical 
>goods.  In that case, I'm going to certainly want to link a key ID to a 
>physical body (or at least address) if I'm the seller, so as to limit 
>liability as best I can.

Not at all:  All you need to do is be able to prove you shipped 
to the address requested:  You do not have to know what the 
relationship is between the address requested and identity 
paying you to ship.

> However, if you have optional linking of ID and name, shippers will only 
> ship to keys with such attributes. Because just ID and address, it could 
> be a "hit and run" type attack shipped to a safe maildrop.

This argument makes no sense at all:  I am going to attack my
enemies by paying people to send books, computers, and stuff
to them?

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