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Reddit: Would it be possible to use P2P technologies to replace the need for Certificate authorities?
I know this is not exactly Linux related, but I didn't know where else to post it.
CA's at the moment are a protection racket. You need to pay upwards of $200 in order to get a little green bar in your users browser.
God forbid you want to use HTTPS without someone's authority, the newly implemented features in modern browsers will flash big red lights at you to discourage any other users.
I know this is a necessary evil, I was reading an article a few hours ago that basicly said "this is the best we've got". But what if it was possible to harness the power of the swarm to verify a users identity?
There would have to be some incentive for people to actually do the verifying, such as when people verify Bitcoin transactions. But should one be found I can't think of any reason for this not to be implemented.
I'm not the most knowledgeable person in this area, so I would really appreciate some feedback on this idea. If it is possible then we could really do something for the better here.
Thanks for reading my little spiel. Cheers.submitted by TheDeza
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techarena: Once you have your application server up and running, you are going to need a good email server to deliver your emails.
I needed to construct a script which ripped through a .tgz archive and extracted some information from certain directories if it was available. It was a context switch to jump out of vim while coding, view the archive contents, then jump back into vim. It turns out, if you just vim somefile.tgz, it will open in the editor and you are able to search/open directories in the archive without having to switch windows or even exit the editor.
This was something very useful to my daily coding.submitted by TR-BetaFlash
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tuxarena: jEdit is written in Java so you will need to have OpenJDK installed.