Thu, 18 Oct 12 at 14:25 | No Comments Yet
It’s hard to say if this guy is serious when he suggests the internet needs more crime, not less:
“I’m inclined to think that society needs crime,” he said, explaining that in the event of a crime taking place offline, such as a home robbery, it creates jobs for police, judges, lawyers, insurance companies.
“There’s thousands of dollars worth of business here, while the crook only got 50 bucks!” he said.
“Clearly, crime has a much larger constituency than society would like to admit. I am conjecturing, therefore, that the internet also needs crime.”
The solutions he propose also strike me as internally inconsistent. On the one hand,
“People often propose building a separate internet. They vet the users, and they defend the end points, and both of those have costs that are linear in the number of people using it. That’s not scalable.”
He also criticised attempts to keep computing environments secure by writing code in-house …
But his answer is, um, custom-built, highly-defended computers for users.