OpenID: A mechanism for locked blog posts? (Or: Free at last)

December 9th, 2007

People are getting pissed at SixApart for their stupid modifications to LiveJournal, apparently in the name of cracking down on child porn. (They're doing it wrong.) The problem is that people want to move away from LJ to a decentralized system (such as the way email and web hosting works), but blogging software does not yet generally support locked posts. (Locked posts are blog entries that only selected friends have permission to read.) I'm thinking that OpenID could help with this situation.

Sorry for the disjointed, skimpy post: I just want to get these ideas out there for discussion.

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Bypass web filters through encryption

August 31st, 2006

Use the Tor network to hide your communications. Incidentally, this is particularily useful when certain file types have been blocked, such as torrent files. The following instructions are written for Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux users. Tips for other systems are welcome.

Edit: Be extremely careful when surfing over Tor. There are rogue Tor exit nodes that will attempt to steal your information (credit card number, password, etc.), so when using Tor you should enable and heed all of your browser's security warnings. When using Tor, only submit personal information from a secure page to a secure page. Remember that a page is not secure if your browser couldn't completely verify the security certificate. This is a very real threat. In summary, try to only use Tor for reading unless you're sure you know what you're doing.

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Protecting themselves from the truth?

January 10th, 2006

They'd better have a damn good explanation for this: Iraqi investigative reporter kidnapped by American troops. [read more reports]

By "they", I of course mean the military. How exactly is this "winning the hearts and minds" of Iraqis? How is this "rescuing the Iraqi people from an oppressive regime"? Not that I was necessarily for the war, but damn! Makes me sad to be an American, that's what it does.

No doubt this will all be pinned on some mid-level flunky, not on higher-ups at the Pentagon or elsewhere.