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Scott Gaertner
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#ifihadglass my bike rides would be a lot more memorable.
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#ifihadglass I would never forget an ingredient, and show my friends not just the results, but also how to make it.
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#ifihadglass I would let my kids see how I work when I travel, and give them tours of the places I go.
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Privacy? On the Internet?

For those of you complaining about the Google+ real name policy and their publicly stated goal to own the online identity market, I just want to point out that they're not the only ones.

Facebook has had a real name only policy since it's inception, as you originally needed an .edu account to get in, and they've been vigorously deleting accounts for years. And their goal is also to own the "identity" market as well. They announced the program in 2006 and started selling it as Facebook Connect in 2008. Where's the outrage? Maybe there should be more – they data mine questionable activity and hand it over to friendly governments without being asked. They admitted to it earlier this year. (See Pace Law Review, Vol. 31).

And they were just copying Yahoo, who did the same thing much earlier -- they tried to take over the cross-site identity market, but as usual with Yahoo, they failed spectacularly.

There's OpenID, founded in 2005, which is completely independent -- oh wait, who's on their board? Microsoft? Google? Yahoo? PayPal? Hmmm..

Microsoft has been doing it since 1999 with Passport, which is now your "Windows Live ID". Want to write Windows software? Sure, sign up right here, and enter your credit card right here...

There's x.509, which many use voluntarily (including myself, not to mention the U.S. Government)... unless you sign your own key, which throws up warnings, you need to provide identification to get one, and that's been going strong since 1988.

Yes, you can go along just fine not using any of these things. But.. wait, do you have an HTML5 compliant browser? Ahhh, then you are wide open to supercookies, which have the power to pull data from other cookies, even supposedly deleted ones. All you have to do is log in to one place with your real name, and everything is connected.

Microsoft and Hulu have been caught doing this already -- I'm sure they're not the only ones.

And even if you've managed to get by up until now without using any real names whatsoever, one called-in favor to Anonymous is all it takes to get not only your docs, but all those naked pictures on your camera phone too.

But it's all kind of a moot point, isn't it? I mean, NSTIC is coming. The White House has already met with Congress twice, and it's only a matter of time before a bill comes up to make it mandatory. But that's ok -- we all trust the Department of Homeland Security, right?

So while all of you yell and scream about Google being "evil", I'll continue to only post things on the Internet that I don't mind everyone seeing, including my mother, whether it's in my real name or not.

And for those times I need to get "off the grid", there are plenty of tools to do so. But maybe I won't post them here. (See how easy that was?)

If you need help getting set up, just send me your PGP key. What's that? You don't have one? And you're complaining about privacy? I suppose you've never heard of NarusInsight..?

Ok, then, just write to one of my other half-dozen Google Identities. Just don't tell Sergey.
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Well, that was an awfully big earthquake for NYC...
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Repeat after me: "I will not install Lion... I will not install Lion..."
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The new "integration" of Gmail accounts with Google Apps? Total fail.
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