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 zima on Mon 12th Sep 2011 23:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Berend de Boer"
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Regulated market economies have improved lived[sic] drastically.

How easily you ignore many starving or malnourished (or with unsafe food and water) people around the world; mostly in places without functional administrations... It really doesn't put in you in a good light.

In some truly unregulated markets, there is a hunger epidemic right about now. People DIE. Warlords capture aid, it's more profitable for their free enterprises.

Glance at least once at a packaging of some of the gorged (to feed that obesity) food; contemplate how can you believe what they write about contents. And, somehow, we don't really die regularly from food poisoning or food-borne pathogens any more... why is that? If a dozen or so would die in each city every week, it would lead to better efficiencies! It would self-regulate, promote the best providers of the month!

Look how nicely unregulated capitalism works: efficient, profitable and rational to not bother about the lesser people around.

Oh, and our agriculture runs on fossil fuels ( ) ...we certainly want to regulate that crap.

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