What is the benefit of signing an encrypted email

Mark H. Wood mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Thu Jan 13 16:06:47 CET 2011

On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 05:08:53PM +0100, Hauke Laging wrote:
> Am Mittwoch 12 Januar 2011 16:57:27 schrieb Robert J. Hansen:
> > Speaking for Enigmail, it's because 99% of the time signatures are
> >  worthless.  They contribute to the illusion of data integrity while
> >  actually providing no guarantees.
> You mix up the (current – key validation can be done after the communication, 
> too) absence of a guarantee with being worthless.

Well, guarantees are worth more than suggestions, but suggestions can be
worth something too.  The problem comes from paying attention to
illusions rather than interpreting the evidence as it is.

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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