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Separately, though, I agree that you've earned your more cynical view of the average developer. You believe Colin commits something similar to the Planning Fallacy[1] by looking at the details of a secure system and his own ability to convey the details of cryptography, instead of looking at the reference class[2] of "developers who have been taught about crypto," which in your experience still gets worse results than developers who just use ssl and gpg.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planning_fallacy [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reference_class_forecasting

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