Thoughts on rel=author, #nymwars, "identity service"

8 years, 3 months ago

Over the past month or so, the "nymwars" have become the thing Google+ is most known for among my circle of friends. This is a problem of Google's own making: they are suspending profiles based on naive heuristics about "real names" (actually typical two part western names), and demanding government ID to reinstate them. The names policy they claim to be enforcing says you should use the name your friends, family or co-workers usually call you, but it is both possible and common for this to be entirely different from the name the government calls you. Furthermore, the verifiers apparently lack even basic training in ID verification, which allows frivolous reporting of profiles and trivial reinstatement for the true trolls/imposters (who will think nothing of faking an ID).

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Puzzles updates

8 years, 3 months ago

Over the bank holiday weekend I found time for some maintenance on the Android port of Simon Tatham's Puzzles. For users, this mostly means a few interesting new grid types in Loopy now that I've caught up with upstream. As always, you can update on Android Market, or manually on the project website.

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World IPv6 Day

8 years, 6 months ago

World IPv6 Day is 1 week away, and for what it's worth, I'm joining in. On Wednesday 8th June, if you visit my site or any of the other participants, such as Google, you'll be helping to test whether mass deployment of IPv6 is likely to break anything.

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GnuPG, 4096-bit keys and OpenPGP cards

8 years, 9 months ago

I'm now the proud owner of a Crypto Stick, an OpenPGP smartcard implementation in USB stick form. It is apparently capable of generating and using 4096-bit keys, but GnuPG has a limit of 3072 bits (quick tests and git master show this is still the case). Fixing this doesn't sound that hard, from that message; I'll be taking a look at this when I get time and energy. Given my track record on getting time and energy to do such things, don't let that stop anyone else from working on it. :-)

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My IPv6 setup

8 years, 11 months ago

For my latest ugly hack, I wanted to give any/every machine in the house a globally-routable IPv6 address, and I didn't want to have to babysit the setup every time the router's IPv4 address changed. I actually already had 6to4 up and running on one machine (but failing these two requirements) since this post a couple of years ago. To extend it, I've borrowed heavily from Michael Wensley's howto, but used a different approach which I find more readable. (Danger, automatic modification of config files ahead…)

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