The Command Line 2007-02-11 (Comment Line 360-252-7284)

This episode is a news cast. In the intro, apologies for my croaky voice and a reminder about my appearance at the Farpoint fan convention.

Listener feedback this week is from Jurriaan who asks how I define different classes of leaders and for advice on a reasonable job title for his new promotion.

Security alerts this week include a vulnerability in Firefox’s popup blocker, a DNS root server attack and Bruce Schneier’s comments on the NIST competition for a new secure hash standard.

The biggest news this week had to be Jobs’ letter on DRM with many other comments and opinions including as a response to Norway, a survey of other well informed responses, and Jon Gruber’s analysis not all of which I agree with. Other news includes Hackszine’s write up on ptunnel, a Boing Boing pointer to a couple of interesting copyright discussions most notably Jon Lethem’s article published at Harpers, and a demonstration of arguable the most sophisticated quantum computer.

This week’s follow ups are a bill is drafted for a US data retention law, interview with former PHP team member Stefan Esser, and Microsoft intends to cooperate with OpenID.

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One Reply to “The Command Line 2007-02-11 (Comment Line 360-252-7284)”

  1. I wanted to follow-up on your latest news cast (great stuff by the way) regarding the collaboration between Microsoft and the OpenID community. Whilst I can understand your concerns about the “embrace, extend, extinguish” approach, in this case I do not think it applies for a couple of reasons:

    first, the interoperability benefits both Microsoft and OpenID as I discuss at http://www.mwdadvisors.com/blog/2007/02/bill-gates-says-goodbye-to-rsa.html since it allows CardSpace users to exploit the benefits of user-centric identity provided by OpenID and addresses some potential phishing concerns with OpenID by virtue of the additional security provided by CardSpace;

    second, because this has involved Kim Cameron from Microsoft who has actively facilitated an open dialogue with not only the OpenID community but also with the Higgins project; the Open Source Identity Selector (OSIS) initiative and Bandit.

    Kim is well-respected in the identity community and was instrumental in Microsoft’s Open Specification Promise.

    On a related note, given your comments regarding an interview question for Dick Hardt at Sxip, he was positive about the collaboration, as he pointed out here: http://identity20.com/?p=90

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