[cryptography] Daniel the King. Jon the President. Linus the God?
iang at iang.org
Sat Oct 5 04:21:05 EDT 2013
On 4/10/13 01:39 AM, James A. Donald wrote:
> On 2013-10-04 03:45, Adam Back wrote:
>> Is it just me or could we better replace NIST by DJB ? ;) He can do
>> that EC
>> crypto, and do constant time coding (nacl), and non-hackable mail servers
>> (qmail), and worst-time databases (cdb). Most people in the world
>> look like
>> rank amateurs or no-real-programming understanding niche-bound math geeks
>> compared to DJB!
> Committees are at best inherently more stupid than their most stupid
> member, and are at worst also inclined to evil and madness. Linux was
> success because Linus is unelected president for life.
> Let us have Jon Callas as unelected president for life of symmetric
> cryptography, Bernstein as God King of public key cryptography.
Long live the King :)
> Recall the long succession of Wifi debacles. Has any committee ever
> done anything good in cryptography?
> IEEE 802.11 was stupid. If NIST was not stupid, it was because evil
> was calling the shots behind the scenes, overruling the stupid.
But, before we say, Long Live the King, there is another phrase:
The King is Dead!
The problem with ICANN writ large -- before them, there was Jon Postel.
When he died, there was ... a power vacuum. This is no new story,
traditionally there have been many battles for succession, and
historically some of these have been bloody.
While I agree that committees have not served us in security (and that
is as far as my thesis goes) I think Kings do not either. We've seen
NIST the king, of sorts, and we wonder who whispers into his ear.
It is for this reason I like competition. I like the fact that DJB is
whipping NIST's tail. I also like the fact that any young upstart can
whip DJB's tail if he can get the curves lined up ...
Long Live Competition!
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