can someone verify the gnupg Fingerprint for pubkey?

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Sat Jun 9 16:29:45 CEST 2012

On 06/09/2012 09:44 AM, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
>> It doesn't really matter how many Werner Kochs there are.
> Sure it does.  As an absurdist thought experiment...

An anecdote might work better than an absurdist thought experiment, come
to think of it...


In the United States, the collegiate basketball championships are the
occasion for a lot of betting.  People stake wagers on which teams will
make the semifinals (the "Sweet Sixteen") and the playoffs (the "Final
Four").  As you might expect, a lot of people try to get some kind of
inside information -- they might have a cousin who plays for one team
and their cousin says the University of Nevada at Las Vegas is the one
to look out for or something.  Whenever you've got gamblers you'll have
people who try to get inside information or expert advice.

The University of Iowa's color-commentator for their basketball games is
a great guy -- I met him a couple of times, once when he was playing
ball for UI and a couple of times when I was a grad student at UI.  He's
also a legend in professional basketball, having replaced Michael Jordan
in the 1992 NBA Finals while the Bulls were down by 15 and rallying them
to a 97-93 win.  Anyone who can not only replace Michael Jordan in a
game, but replace him *and* rally the score, is a deservedly legendary

We have the same name, we're both University of Iowa graduates, and we
both have a lot of family in Des Moines.  We both answer to "Bob
Hansen".  (I prefer "Rob," but I'll answer to "Bob" or "Robert".)  Even
our middle initials are similar: he's Robert L. Hansen and I'm Robert J.
Hansen.  It doesn't take a bad case of dyslexia to get those initials

So during Final Four season when people look around for the Bob Hansen
who attended the University of Iowa... well, sometimes they get me.

"Are you Bob Hansen?"

Yes, I am.

"Did you attend the University of Iowa?"


"Are you *that* Bob Hansen who attended the University of Iowa?  Bob
Hansen from Des Moines?"

Well, I'm not actually from Des Moines, no, but yes, I have a lot of
family there.

"OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELIEVE I FOUND YOU.  Quick!  Who are your Final Four
picks?  And are you still tight with Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan?"

Verification is a hard problem.  Even when dealing with someone who is
giving *completely honest answers*, it's still easy to confuse *a* Bob
Hansen for *the* Bob Hansen.  And when it comes to getting good Final
Four picks, you really want *the* Bob Hansen, and not me.  I've seen a
total of two basketball games in my life.

Likewise, you want *the* Werner Koch, not *a* Werner Koch.  When it
comes to getting a correct copy of GnuPG, you really want his
certificate and not some other Werner Koch's!

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