Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Sep 2011 22:26 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption So, people from within Iran have hacked the Dutch company DigiNotar, allowing them to issue fake certificates so they could listen in on Iranian dissidents and other organisation within Iran. This is a very simplified version of the story, since it's all quite complicated and I honestly don't even understand all of it. In any case, DigiNotar detected the intrusion July 19, but didn't really do anything with it until it all blew up in their face this past week. Now, the Dutch government has taken over operational management of DigiNotar... But as a Dutch citizen, that doesn't really fill me with confidence, because, well - whenever the Dutch government does anything even remotely related to IT technology, they mess it up. And mess it up bad.
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RE[3]: Comment by Berend de Boer
by mrstep on Tue 6th Sep 2011 20:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Berend de Boer"
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While $.01 calls might sound great, it's the lack of regulation that can lead to $5 per minute phone calls if monopolies / price fixing aren't controlled.

There's a lot that free markets are great for (let's produce X number of phones as dictated by a central planning committee isn't such a great plan), but certainly protecting people from environmental health issues, setting safety standards, or preventing price gouging by unscrupulous mega-corps aren't amongst those items.

For anyone who would say 'well, if Company X is charging too much, Company Y will show up and offer a better priced service", keep in mind that in a TRUE free economy, Company X may be large enough to implement unfair agreements with distribution / access channels, litigate, or buy out Company Y and never have to worry about competing on lower prices.

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