GPG's vulnerability to quantum cryptography

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Wed May 14 20:26:16 CEST 2014

> I might have to ask Robert how comfortable his new asbestos longjohns are.

Rather, as evidenced by my willingness to try and tackle this one.

To a first approximation, trust is confidence in the future's  
predictability.  My friends who grew up in dictatorships tell me the  
uncertainty was far worse than the oppression -- or, more to the  
point, that pervasive uncertainty is its own unique form of  
oppression.  They didn't know which of their loved ones were reporting  
on them to the state security forces.  They didn't know if the police  
officer they saw on the street was going to obey the dictator's law or  
decide his truncheon and gun gave him the right to enact his own law.   
They didn't... etc., etc.

To defend against this, they smiled and moved forwards.  Some turned  
to religion: "God will provide.  God will keep me safe."  Some turned  
to optimism: "Tomorrow will be better.  I won't get shaken down by the  
authorities tomorrow."  But they all worked to create their own  
confidence in the predictability of the future, and in so doing  
managed to keep their psychological health intact.  That health helped  
them prevail against their situation.

So, my answer to whether "some things are suspect" or "all things are  
suspect" is the true state of affairs is this: does it really matter?   
Regardless of whether "some" or "all" are suspect, a smile and faith  
in tomorrow seem to be much more important.  Don't despair.   
Tomorrow's looking good.  Embrace that, and then you might find the  
answers to other questions come more easily.  :)

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