[Enigmail] Fwd: Re: General Opinion and unverified bug

Ludwig Hügelschäfer ludwig at enigmail.net
Sun Mar 8 23:04:16 CET 2015


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On 08.03.15 22:36, Phil Stracchino wrote:

> (...) That said, if I were in Robert's position, I would do
> exactly as he has:  refuse to touch the code and say, clearly and
> up front, "And this is why I cannot."

Full ACK.

> Where I have seen Robert tender opinions on usability issues, they 
> have as far as I recall been suggestions to improve usability while
> maintaining security, or improve security while preserving 
> usability. I find no fault with either.

Yep. As far as I can remember - and I've been reading him here and the
gnupg-users list for more than 10 years - he has always tried to be
constructive.

> However, security is a complex field, and there are things that 
> simply must be done right, and a certain minimum level of 
> understanding is *necessary* in order to do those things right. 
> There is only just so much that it is possible to simplify the 
> software interface to those tasks without jeopardizing security, 
> and that is a poor trade-off.

This is true. However, we should never stop to try harder in terms of
making things clearer and more easily visible.

Kristy, please have a look at 1.8 once it is published. A lot of
things have been improved in the UI.

Ludwig
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