For some reason, most people look at their computer and think it is
inherently safe in the world. But when they look at almost anything else
they use or own, they intuitively see and know it is at risk at all times.
Car, house, boat, family, wine collection, iPod - they are all seen as being
at risk of being stolen, burned, crashed or otherwise meeting with some
nefarious or accidental event.

Why do people think differently of their computers?

Mike Hawkins

Office: 212-208-3888

Mobile: 917-887-3614

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Barney Wolff
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 9:01 PM
To: Marcus J. Ranum
Cc: Ben Nagy;;
Subject: Re: [fw-wiz] Hopefully not too OT

On Mon, May 02, 2005 at 06:10:41PM -0400, Marcus J. Ranum wrote:
> What disturbs me most is that whenever you say the words
> "trusted computing" in some environments, people's minds
> shut down and they start saying "NO! We don't want to go
> there!" -- the same people who, seconds before, were
> listing the requirements for their next-generation computer
> systems and were basically saying they needed trusted
> computing platforms.

It all depends on whose requirements are being met. I'm happy about
trusted computing if my own requirements are met. Much less happy
if it's somebody else's, who did not pay for my computer.

Barney Wolff
I never met a computer I didn't like.
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