What is the benefit of signing an encrypted email

Mark H. Wood mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Thu Jan 13 16:23:01 CET 2011

Better not to send unconsidered emails at all.  One of the reasons I
often prefer email to a telephone conversation is the opportunity to
read what I have written, tighten up the language and logic, and do
research to support my claims or check my knowledge.  Even so, I
discard a lot of the emails that I write, having realized that they
aren't worth sending.  I try never to send a message I would dislike
to have signed.

Defaulting to an explicit choice to sign does however seem to be the
best design.  People who think about what they are doing can override
it, and people who don't think about what they are doing will at least
confront the opportunity to think before doing one thing they may rue.

Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer   mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Asking whether markets are efficient is like asking whether people are smart.
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