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Undocumented Feature

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And it doesn't pop up a box every time asking you to use your real name. In fact, there's no way to set your name at all. You just have to keep reminding people who you are.
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Skotte
3447 days ago
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telnet brigandine.org 9390

A chat like system thing that still runs, after like 15 years. Still no fFucking banner ads.
Rochester, Earth
PaulPritchard
3452 days ago
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Beautiful
Belgium
skorgu
3452 days ago
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IRC still exists.
2bithacker
3452 days ago
There's even an official #xkcd IRC channel http://wiki.xkcd.com/irc/XKCD
taddevries
3452 days ago
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Yes! I want this feature, so bad.
adamgurri
3452 days ago
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hahaha wow the last panel makes it.
New York, NY
reconbot
3452 days ago
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I made a chat system just like this
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JayM
3452 days ago
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O
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trparky
3453 days ago
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"And it doesn't pop up a box every time asking you to use your real name. In fact, there's no way to set your name at all. You just have to keep reminding people who you are."
huckncatch
3453 days ago
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so good
3452 days ago
I wonder if this is even a real thing...
SselemanLuos
3452 days ago
The Starship Titanic forum is pretty close: http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2011/02/emergent_systems

Insight

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The great thing is, the sentence is really just a reminder to the listener to worry about whatever aspects of the technology they're already feeling alarmist about, which in their mind gives you credit for addressing their biggest anxieties.
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KieraKujisawa
3660 days ago
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Heh, that comment does work for everything...
Fredericksburg, VA 22408 USA
mistercheese
3662 days ago
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Yes
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DivinoAG
3662 days ago
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Comments on this post seem to be completely missing the point. He's not trying to say that we should question all tech, he is saying that to question tech when you don't really have any insights is just a way for people to *appear wise*.
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bronzehedwick
3662 days ago
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Man that's true.
Tarrytown, NY
Dadster
3662 days ago
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Gee, I don't know. What could possibly go wrong?
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tedder
3663 days ago
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indeed. and kids with their iphones. and self-driving cars. and ABS. and airbags. and flying!
Uranus
rgsunico
3663 days ago
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This SOOO works!

Laurent Eschenauer | What's next Google? Dropping SMTP support?

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URL: http://eschnou.com/entry/whats-next-google--dropping-smtp-support--62-24930.html


A company that was the cheerleader of the open web is rapidly turning its back on every single open standard they once championned. Their latest move, announced yesterday at Google I/O, appears to be closing XMPP server-to-server federation.

It is only a natural next step in a process started a while ago. Here is a quick, and probably not exhaustive recap:

  • Google+ has no open RSS output, hence no PuSH support, no write API, in fact it has absolutely nothing open
  • Google Reader is scrapped, along with RSS support within Chrome
  • WebDav for Google Calendar is dropped in favor of their proprietary API
  • XMPP is dropped, while 3 years ago it was at the core of their Wave efforts
If they continue with this trend, then why not drop support for SMTP (and thus email federation)? When @aaronparecki.composted the following picture a few months ago, I smiled. Today I wonder if this could actually ever happen.

This is what email would have looked like if it were invented in the Web 2.0 era. By aaronparecki.com

The good news is, we do not need Google to build the open web for us. We are developpers, and hacking the future is what we do best. So, time to wake up and start building alternatives. For those interested, the following movements are worth a look:

And beyond these movements, a lot of really cool open source projects which can become real alternatives to some of the Google monopolies.

Don't hesitate to comment, share your thoughts, or a link to an open project you are working on.

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AirAware

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It ships with a version of Google Now that alerts you when it's too late to leave for your appointments.
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cailloux
3681 days ago
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This would help with the fact I never judge how long it takes to get anywhere.
Atlanta, GA
AndyG1128
3681 days ago
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Doesn't this already exist? There are plenty of people who hover around me and tell me I'm wrong all the time...
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Romanikque
3681 days ago
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Fan freeking tastic!
Baltimore, MD
8bithack
3681 days ago
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best XKCD in a while
C-Bus
kaushal
3681 days ago
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The business plan would be that people would have to pay to get the UAV off their backs :P
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adamgurri
3681 days ago
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excellent.
New York, NY
stavrosg
3681 days ago
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Whoa!
Rodos, Greece
MourningStar888
3681 days ago
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WRONG!
Fredonia, NY
Dowser
3681 days ago
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Time for Kickstarter!
Trosa, Sweden
Michdevilish
3682 days ago
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Wrong!
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robopanda333
3682 days ago
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this is hilarious. i wish i was doing my hw sp next year, i so want to see these in action.
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Authorization

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Before you say anything, no, I know not to leave my computer sitting out logged in to all my accounts. I have it set up so after a few minutes of inactivity it automatically switches to my brother's.
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agcornejo
3679 days ago
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Lol
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redknightalex
3687 days ago
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Or one could practice physical security as well as digital security. Around this time of year, every student's laptop is stolen.
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waxis
3693 days ago
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Let's hear it for sandboxing!
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oliverzip
3694 days ago
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Sigh. And I felt so secure.
Sydney, Balmain, Hornsby.
beslayed
3696 days ago
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//
ktgeek
3696 days ago
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Once again, xkcd gives me a great comic for security presentations...
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PaulPritchard
3697 days ago
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Heh
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bogorad
3697 days ago
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+acda: please do enlighten me how one's gonna hijack my active SSL-session that's on a laptop that auto-locks when my face is not visible through its webcam? :)
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gmuslera
3697 days ago
Someone sends you a PDF exploiting an acrobat vulnerability (to put an example of making someone's else code run as your user), that takes out your browser cookies/sessions/whatever (or just install a keylogger), and sent them to someones else email. Not being admin/root don't enable them to modify the system in ways that your plain user can't, but can do everything else.
bogorad
3697 days ago
I don't use adobe's PDF software ;)
GrimMeeper
3696 days ago
so maybe I get a picture of you?
acksed
3696 days ago
They don't. They call your bank after cracking the weak password on your email account for the details, reading your FB page for your birthdate, phone number, relatives and location/address, then authorise a bank transfer.
tedder
3697 days ago
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my brother sent this to me this morning.
Uranus
shamgar_bn
3697 days ago
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love this...
Wake Forest, North Carolina
jobiasrkd
3697 days ago
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But video card drivers are serious business!
Edmonton, Canada
deezil
3697 days ago
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Ha!
Shelbyville, Kentucky
norb
3697 days ago
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hahaha
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dianaschnuth
3697 days ago
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Ain't that the truth.
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sfringer
3697 days ago
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Always a great viewpoint on serious topics!
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adamgurri
3697 days ago
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welp
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acdha
3697 days ago
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Lovely example of why so much security advice is rearranging the proverbial deck chairs. The model for the future is privilege separation within an account – a la Apple's sand boxing – but even that is woefully inadequate until, say, compromising your browser on your favorite l0lcat site doesn't let an attacker reuse your banking credentials.
Washington, DC
petrilli
3697 days ago
The problem is that at some point, everything depends on a single lynchpin of security. For example, I use approximately 5,000 different passwords, but they're all stored in a single repository that's protected with a very long pass phrase. But, compromise the phrase, or the encryption protocol itself, and BOOM, all for not. Unfortunately, diffuse security risks are difficult to achieve in practice if your goal is ease-of-use. There's a freaking Nobel prize in there somewhere.
skarlso
3692 days ago
@petrilli the problem is that you are storing them in one place :-) either distribute to multiple location or store them in you head. I have a powerful mnemonic to store my 100+ passwords in my head. Hopefuly that can't be cracked. Yet.
manuelp
3697 days ago
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Clever as usual :D
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Dowser
3697 days ago
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Huvudet på spiken, igen.
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stavrosg
3697 days ago
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...
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bobdvb
3697 days ago
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One I think Linus would sympathise with I think!
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popular
3697 days ago
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One I think Linus would sympathise with I think!
thebassman
3698 days ago
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Too funny, yet so true.
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
growler
3698 days ago
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eggzactly
bogorad
3697 days ago
truecrypt + auto-lock should be mandatory
acdha
3697 days ago
bogorad: I'm trying to tell whether you missed the point or are joking. TrueCrypt, FileVault, etc. are good ideas for physical security but they don't help when an active session is compromised, which is by far the dominant threat these days.

blog.vrypan.net | You know, Google, the web already had this feature.

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URL: http://blog.vrypan.net/2013/4/11/Googleplus-pages-notifications/


posted on 11/04/2013 23:23, by vrypan | tags: #google #en

I used to be a Google fan. I must have tried most of their services as early as possible.

But lately, they are pushing towards a version of the WWW that I don’t like. A WWW where things only happen if you use the “right” browser, where URLs are second class web citizens, where you have to have a Google account, you have to have Google+ enabled, you must be logged in and you have to notify Google of your every move and then Google decides what goes and what not.

Take for example their latest Google+ chrome extension feature.

The idea is not bad, I’m a Google+ user (maybe I won’t be for long), it could be handy.

But...

Come on, Google, seriously? The only way to do this, is making my browser send the URL of every single page I visit to your servers?

A couple of years ago, they would have suggested something like the webaster added an HTML meta tag to my web pages indicating the coresponding Google+ page, so that any plugin could let me “subscribe” to the second. This is how we have been doing automatic feed discovery for years now.

You know, Google, the web already had this feature.

My personal stream was my RSS feed, you want me to replace it with a Google+ profile. My news aggregator was the RSS aggregator of my choice, you want me to use a semi-read-only version called Google+. My browser would auto-discover the stream related to any page I visited and would allow me to subscribe to it, now you want me to use a Google+ chrome plugin which in addition kills my privacy.

Everyting worked quite well, and you could pick our side and help us make it better -that’s what you’d do back in the “don’t be evil” days.

Oh, right, I forgot: You killed RSS auto-discovery in chrome, Google reader is dead, and Feedburner is a living dead. I get it.

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