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Comment: can't have it both ways (Score 1) 172

by robmclarty (#36528108) Attached to: How the Web's Relationship With Anonymity Has Changed

If information naturally wants to be free, then it will necessarily kill anonymity. If it's on the internet (read: information is stored in digital format in some network accessible database) it's simply too easy for it to be copied and spread and revealed. If you want to remain anonymous, stay off the internet. If you want to participate in the internet, you gotta accept that whatever you do, however tightly held to your chest, will eventually leak and be exposed to the rest of the network.

And I don't think that this phenomenon is necessarily a bad thing.

Comment: Re:A great reminder? (Score 1) 110

by robmclarty (#36527906) Attached to: Hacked, Plugin Repository Compromised
Totally agree. Seriously, what have we got? Facebook, Google, Twitter, Github, Slashdot, Personal Sites, Banking, OmniAuth.... If I had a different, unique, strong password for each of these services my head would explode. Obviously you wouldn't want to use the same password for banking as you would for Twitter, but grouping things into manageable chunks is a must (e.g., all-social-networks-password, banking-password, all-personal-sites-password). But don't get me started on banks' online "security" with their forced 8-character-or-less-alphanumeric password systems (at least where I live in Canada... seriously, I make authentication systems all the time for clients; is it really that hard to allow users to determine the length and complexity of their own passwords?)

Comment: Thank god (Score 1) 353

by robmclarty (#36325264) Attached to: Google Incrementally Dropping Support For Older Browsers
No comment on the quality of Google's services or their breadth of support (e.g., Opera), but thank god a major player is taking things to the future. I'm a web developer and every single individual client that can form words with their mouth wants their website to work on every possible platform they know about (which usually just means some crummy version of IE because that's what came with their computer). At least now I can point them to this article and ask them if they think their company is somehow more important than Google (read "so valuable that their company deserves even greater support than one of the biggest companies on the internet"). All I'm saying is this might make things however slightly easier to make cool things for the web. So, for that reason, I have a small smile on my face :)

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl