The Command Line #78 – Listener Comment Line 360-252-7284

In the intro, an introduction for new listeners. Also, discussing Time’s decision for person of the year and my experiences with Sxipper so far. A quick reminder that there won’t be a show on the 24th but almost definitely will be a year end show at or around the 31st.

Chad wrote in asking about the gnupg Firefox extension. If and when I start work on it, it will be open source and hosted on Sourceforge or something like it, so anyone who wants to contribute would be welcome to do so.

The only security alert is a reminder of why strong passwords are important.

The Hacker Word of the Week this week is blivet.

In the news, questions rised about PHP security after resignation of contributing security expert, UIUC researchers approach the 1THz mark with latest transistor developments, McCain authors bill broadening online restrictions in pursuit of protecting children and similar activity is afoot in the UK legislature, and Bruce Sterling pens his last column for Wired.

This week’s feature is a new Inner Chapter, on Joy.

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5 Replies to “The Command Line #78 – Listener Comment Line 360-252-7284”

  1. Yes, however, there is registration and communication involved with their server. While they claim not to store any user data on their end, I would prefer a solution that exists totally on the user’s machine. That’s what prompted me thinking about building a second, different plug-in that would do the same thing in the first place. Sure, the native code hooks will be more difficult, but it would be less likely to raise eyebrows than Freenigma’s requirements do now.

    cmdln

  2. Sorry, my mistake. I did not pay attention that their solution passes though their server.
    So, really, separate plug-in may be a nice idea.
    P.S. Did you see the Gmail Encryption Greasemonkey script? It’s a step in right direction, though JavaScript does not allow efficient implementation of resource hungry encryption/decryption.

  3. That sounds like a good stop-gap. But I would prefer either GnuPG or PGP for the key infrastructure, similar to the plug-ins available for desktop mail clients. What I *really* want is an extension that can seamlessly and easily encrypt any data on any web form. I think webmail is just a good starting point, but why limit it to that?

    cmdln

  4. I don’t have time now to pick up this project and work on it, but I can help with some programming tasks. It’s interesting to work on OSS project.
    So you have my email.

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