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Observations: The QandO Podcast for 22 Jan 16

PodcastThis podcast, at 2:56.11, is the longest podcast we’ve ever done. The first 1:15 is mainly boring and unlistenable, while the remainder mainly consists of Dale screaming like an asshole at Michael. So, there’s that. Anyway, it’s on the podcast page.

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6 Responses to Observations: The QandO Podcast for 22 Jan 16

  • Dale is correct. I don’t have the thousands of hours needed to develop that system.

    Anyway, I think one of the technologies that will further what Dale is asking for, and which solves a lot of the problems that Michael sees, is the blockchain technology pioneered by Bitcoin. Not that specific technology, because it’s already under strain. But the concept can be used, I think, to create a technology that allows verified microtransactions without even needing a certificate.

  • I agree that Dale is correct. ApplePay already implements a portion of the system Dale was describing and part of the difficulty in getting it accepted by merchants was that it severed one of the “traditional” connections to the credit card number that they were used to.

    Michael came off as a bit of an idiot and I’m not sure I believe he was just egging on Dale in his rage.

    What’s the “como po” certificate system that Dale mentioned repeatedly? Does “Let’s Encrypt” help out with this problem?

    • Ah, perhaps that was COMODO? Their price for wildcard certs is one of the lower ones that I’ve seen.

    • Michael came off as a bit of an idiot and I’m not sure I believe he was just egging on Dale in his rage.

      At first I was like “Mommy! Daddy! Please stop fighting!”

      After the first 20 or 30 minutes of Micheal being wrong I was like “Hit her again, Daddy!”

  • Michael’s concerns are justified. A Cert will bless you with a unique identifier. All it takes is one visit to the wrong place that knows your physical identity, the connection is made and likely sold above or below board. If I buy something on Amazon, they need my name and shipping address to send it to me. I’m not going to the local P.O. Box to pick it up and defeat half the point to buying from Amazon so Dale’s proposal can be made work.

    Even if its against Amazon policy or against the law, someone inside Amazon will do it below board. Blackmarket and all.

    All I need to do is transact any business with the government online and they will connect my Cert to me.

    Wrt browsing, the financial transaction opens up your activity to the IRS. Not that they don’t do it now. But now they can pull activity out of the darkness into the light and have all your browsing activity.