[OpenID] Identity concepts explained by cartoon ducks
jens at mooseyard.com
Sat Jan 6 02:02:24 UTC 2007
In the future, even comic strips will make important points about
At WhatTheDuck, that future is today:
The ducks have discovered that a global namespace does not ensure a
human-meaningful name ... the same corollary of Zooko's Triangle that
I brought up the other day:
> The ... marketing stuff points out how simple and clear they are.
> [But] After a few million have been snapped up, the latecomers won't
> be able to get anything nearly that nice: just like AOL users,
> they'll be stuck with "=fredsmith226365" or "=ilikecheeeeez", and
> the memorability advantage is completely lost.
Note that duck #1 has decamped for the alternate approach of an 11-
digit non-meaningful "key", which is paradoxically easier to remember
than the "friendly" alphabetic name. In fact, he's probably already
associated a short "petname" with the key on his cellphone, so he
won't have to remember the key at all.
As you can see, I'm really quaffing this Zooko/Petname kool-aid :-)
PS: If you dig funny animals explaining CS, you must read "Why's
(Poignant) Guide To Ruby" < http://poignantguide.net>.
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