Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
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).
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.
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.
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. :-)