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Comment: Re:It's a TRAP! (Score 3, Insightful) 175

by Arancaytar (#47630671) Attached to: Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

It didn't but yahoo is a webmail provider and webmail kinda implies that the provider will either be storing the key or at the very least be able to access it by tweaking some javascript a litte.

Not necessarily. Securely handling keys is indeed impossible for untrusted Javascript, but it should be feasible to provide a browser add-on (analogous to Enigmail for Thunderbird) with a key management UI and PGP bindings for Javascript. As long as that add-on is open-source and vetted by browser vendors, you don't need to trust Yahoo's web page (let alone their server) with your private key.

Ideally, this would be a core part of Firefox / Chrome, or at least a unified add-on, but in practice Yahoo!, Gmail and others would probably insist on making their own.

However, a general-purpose add-on could potentially allow encrypting/signing the content of any text field in a page, so it wouldn't depend on the email provider's support.

Comment: Re:It's open source (Score 1) 430

Its free, take it or leave it. contribute or STFU.

You don't like it? We don't care.

And the problem isn't ours its yours since you're the one whining.

This attitude is why every single piece of free software that is widely in use (Firefox, Ubuntu, Android, etc.) is developed and distributed by commercial companies. Community-driven development is good at fixing bugs, but sucks when documenting or supporting.

Comment: Whew. FFS... (Score 4, Insightful) 113

by Arancaytar (#47573825) Attached to: Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

Sure, let's tear apart the integrity of our global network for the sake of sticking it to a government. Did anyone think through what would happen if you disrupted the network on such a scale? The national ISPs would host their own root, and anyone abroad who wanted to keep accessing those domains would likewise switch to alt roots.

End result, the domain name system gets fractured, ICANN and the US govt retain less control of the internet, and also they look like assholes.

Good thing this was dismissed as the dumb idea it was.

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