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[liberationtech] getting past that first turtle

Maxim Kammerer mk at dee.su
Fri Sep 6 09:26:35 PDT 2013


On Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 2:08 AM, Jonathan Wilkes <jancsika at yahoo.com> wrote:
> For example, if it turns out that Bitcoin has a backdoor in it, a
> lot of people (some on this list) would take a big reputation hit.

That's most certainly not what would happen in that case. People will
just find excuses — see e.g. people defending Veracode after it failed
to detect basic incompetence in Cryptocat code. The reason is that
those who are most equipped to affect someone's reputation are also
those most likely to have professional relationships with affected
people / companies. The thread continued from [1] clearly illustrates
that — there is no lack of people who can professionally criticize
Veracode's failure, yet they carefully avoid that. Reputation might
suffer, of course, but you would not be aware of that from laymen
discussions.

[1] https://mailman.stanford.edu/pipermail/liberationtech/2013-July/009774.html

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Maxim Kammerer
Liberté Linux: http://dee.su/liberte



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