Bug: Unusable key
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Fri Feb 6 16:49:54 CET 2004
On Fri, Feb 06, 2004 at 01:37:16PM -0800, Steve Butler wrote:
> Reminds me of a humorous antidote in "Are Your Lights On?" by Donald C.
> Gause and Gerald M. Weinberg (review at
> How much information do you put on a roadside sign as folks leave a tunnel
> and just before a parking area for a scenic overview:
> "If it's daylight and you turned on your lights, please turn them off
> before parking.
> If it's daylight and you didn't turn on your lights then don't worry
> about it.
> If it's nighttime and your lights are not one, please turn them on right
> But turn them off after parking.
> If it's nighttime and your lights are on, then turn them off after
> Of course, drivers who read the entire sign had accidents due to inattention
> to the road. Those who didn't read the entire sign were left wondering what
> they were supposed to do about the lights (perhaps it was talking about the
> sun). Those who didn't bother to read the sign still had dead batteries
> after spending hours at scenic overview with their lights on.
> Sometimes the most elegant error message is the one that causes the
> user/driver to think and solve their own problem. As in "Lights?" Or, in
> this case:
> "Hey Buddy. That public key (and zero or more sub keys) have major
> -- check into it."
> Translations to other languages (English and American included) are left as
> an exercise for the reader.
Heh, I like that. How about "unusable public key" ? That pretty much
describes the problem ... ;)
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