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Comment $45 signup fee (Score 1) 119

DTube relies on the Steem blockchain for authentication, and according to that blockchain's FAQ: "To create an account on the blockchain, it costs STEEM tokens. When you create an account through Steemit.com, Steemit Inc. is supplying the tokens to pay the account creation fee. [...] The only way to have an account created via Steemit.com is to supply your email and phone number." If the previous holder of your email address or phone number was a Steem user, or if your phone is in an unsupported country or on an unsupported carrier, you will end up having to pay to create an account: "There is a third-party tool called SteemCreate that accepts credit cards, or BTC to create a Steem account. You do not need to have an existing Steem blockchain account to use the service, but there is a charge on top of the blockchain account creation fee for using the service." In turn, from that service's description: "Account creation cost is $45"

Comment Re:Router, printer, NAS, and other FQDNless device (Score 1) 208

Let's Encrypt will issue a certificate to the domain owner even if the hostname in the certificate is not the hostname of a server reachable through the Internet. For unreachable hosts, Let's Encrypt verifies domain control through the ACME dns-01 challenge, which requires putting a temporary TXT record in your domain's DNS zone.

Comment Re:In a groundbreaking statement now (Score 1) 208

Not every site is about having personal information transmitted or is personal in nature on the queries it responds to.

Nor does every server operator always agree with its viewership on whether the site "is personal in nature on the queries it responds to." For example, some people find Wikipedia not "personal in nature" because they don't regularly read articles about (say) reproductive rights in a socially conservative jurisdiction.

Maybe I just run a site for my bathroom design business with my phone number on it.

How do viewers of your site know that your competitor didn't pay the ISP to change your phone number appearing on its subscribers' view of your site to that of your competitor?

Comment Re:Cleartext HTTP vulnerable to script injection (Score 1) 208

with Let's Encrypt issuing out certificates so sites can phish, it seems like a good way to avoid all the Paypal and other phishing is to block the Let's Encrypt certificate. (they issued like 14,000 phishing certificates)

Why not go a step further to block the domain registrars that issue out domains so sites can phish?

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