This has been a public service announcement made necessary by some damn' fool European Commission directive that confused a goal (securing web users' privacy) with a technology (cookies). Film at eleven.
Let's say you chose NOT to accept any cookies from bbc.com (most people are going to tend toward a binary decision -- all or none -- not try to micromanage their cookies). The result of blocking all BBC cookies will be that (apparently) you'll be forced to see this banner over and over and over ... and over again. How do you stop it? By accepting BBC cookies of course!
-- Lauren Weinstein
When I helped to develop the open standards that computers use to
communicate with one another across the Net, I hoped for but could not
predict how it would blossom and how much human ingenuity it would
unleash. What secret sauce powered its success? The Net prospered precisely
because governments — for the most part — allowed the Internet to grow
organically, with civil society, academia, private sector and voluntary
standards bodies collaborating on development, operation and governance.
worries about the future of the internet
Even though humans produce distributions with pitifully few bits of
security, I think passwords will always be with us. As one component in a
system with many layers, passwords can be valuable as a low-cost
authentication mechanism which nearly all people can do with no special
equipment. The important thing is to stop considering them the first and
last step in authentication.
-- Joseph Bonneau
These days I'd argue that multi-user is such a corner case that it's
not worth optimizing for it as far as defaults are concerned. If
you're trying to run a secure multi-user system, you need to be an
expert system administrator, keep up with all security patches, and
even then, good luck to you. (The reality is that these days, no
matter what OS you're talking about, shell == root. And that's
probably even true on the most unusably locked down SELinux system.)
-- Ted Ts'o
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