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As Dennis's siblings, Lynn, John, and Bill Ritchie--on behalf of the entire Ritchie family--we wanted to convey to all of you how deeply moved, astonished, and appreciative we are of the loving tributes to Dennis that we have been reading. We can confirm what we keep hearing again and again: Dennis was an unfailingly kind, sweet, unassuming, and generous brother--and of course a complete geek. He had a hilariously dry sense of humor, and a keen appreciation for life's absurdities--though his world view was entirely devoid of cynicism or mean-spiritedness.
We are terribly sad to have lost him, but touched beyond words to realize what a mark he made on the world, and how well his gentle personality--beyond his accomplishments--seems to be understood.
I had a moment of sardonic amusement due to $EMPLOYER's choice of a CA for cost and ease of use only: the same one belittled in Moxie's comment about trusting domain registrars for DSNSEC:
It turns out that in the case of DNSSEC, there are three classes of people that we have to simultaneously trust:
The registrars. CAs are sketchy, but this is a whole new world of sketchiness. Think, sketchasaurus. Registrars were never built or selected with security in mind, and most of them don't have a very good track record in this area. Shouldn't it be laughable that the current first step in deploying DNSSEC is to create an account with GoDaddy? I mean really, do you trust this guy? Forever?
I had a huge "Oh!" moment when Chris was paying her Thames water bill and was shuttled over to some payment website. The obvious question was who these guys were and whether or not they were actually authorized to collect money on behalf of Thames Water, so she posted about this on Facebook and one of her friends, a very senior systems administrator who might reasonably be expected to have thought about this stuff, commented "I don't see a problem - they have an EV certificate."
Anyway, there's very clearly a problem but I don't think it can be solved entirely by technology. There needs to be a better way to delegate and express relationships but as long as humans are the ones making the decisions it's going to be a mess. If the "experts" at Mozilla are dropping every crappy CA cert into their cache, how likely is it that some random user is going to be more discriminating? And while revocation is a HUGE problem with the current mess I'm not sure that expecting users to revoke stuff locally when an incident occurs is a particularly reliable model.
Also, dane is trying to address a problem that Moxie didn't really discuss, which is how to establish that a given CA really is authorized to issue a certificate for a given domain or entity. "Trust agility" doesn't fix that problem.
But anyway, I think the core problem with Moxie's piece is that his business model is wrong.
Result today was a message from them, as follows:
Thanks for sharing your findings with us. The MySQL flushing problem that all these blog posts point to is definitely the thing that caused the slowdown on [our server]. There are several situations when this can happen and I tend to think that in this case increased buffer pool size allowed more database page changes in memory than InnoDB log file size would accommodate. ...
"The InnoDB log buffer flushing pattern change you noticed on [another server of ours] is really interesting, while I don't think it is directly related to the original problem on [the first server] I will dig into this more and provide you with updates shortly."
It's a good feeling to get positive feedback from an expert after two and a half years on the beach, feeling I must not have the skills I thought I did.
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