FAQ maintenance

Andrew Gallagher andrewg at andrewg.com
Fri Feb 26 17:59:06 CET 2016

On 26/02/16 15:29, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> "It's a *number*?  But it uses A through F."
> "I don't understand.  Why do I need the long ID?"
> "Wait, now I need to use the *entire* fingerprint?"
> "You can't be serious: I need to give a 40-character serial number
> whenever I need to identify a key?"
> "What do you *mean*, future keys will be expanding to 64 characters?!"
> ... In all this discussion about what's mathematically optimal, I'm
> dejected to see how little we're talking about human factors.


The fundamental problem here is that computers have become so powerful
that they can generate more data objects than human beings can ever give
distinct names(*) to. Hell, we can't even give *ourselves* unique names,
and there's a mere 7 billion of us.


(*) IDs, serial numbers, handles, identifiers...

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