I only know how to go too far


Social Networking

me: Yeah, I tried this wine last week and it just blew me away and guess how much I paid…
friend #1: $29.99 no tax no shipping. Saw your tweet. Sweet!

me: Dude, this Caesar salad I just had for lunch at Mixt Greens was so delicious…
friend #2: No, you didn’t. You checked into the McDonald’s around the corner on foursquare. And you supersized your fries!

me: Oh, I just came back from Shanghai yesterday. And there was this BEAUTIFUL temple that was just…
friend #3: I know. I saw your pictures on flickr. Awesome. Can’t believe flickr is accessible from behind the Great Firewall though…

me: Remember that a-hole Joe who used to work with us from years ago. The guy who couldn’t even tell the difference between ls and cd?  I just ran into him the other day and guess where he works now?
friend #4: Technically he doesn’t have to work anymore.  He joined LinkedIn after you got him fired and they went IPO.  I also saw on Pinterest that he’s buying an island in the Bahamas and got an evite to his house-warming in Atherton…

me: Honey, I enjoyed this movie very much.
Honey: Liar! Why did you write “Kill me now!” on your Facebook status then!?

me: Wow, this is amazing. My friends know me so well! I’ve got to blog about this.
friend #5: So you’re done playing Diablo 3 then?

Wake up, Yahoo! Mail

No HTTPS for Yahoo! Mail

Is this really 2011?!?!

I had been using Yahoo! Mail forever.  Okay, since June 1998 after yan@physics.ucla.edu died.  *QQ*  But don’t you agree that’s forever in Internet time!?  So how is it possible that after all these years (13 years and counting), the second largest web email service with more than 250 million users world wide still doesn’t offer full https support for its web clients?  That is absurd!  Yahoo!’s supposed to be the good guys.  Smart guys.  Ya-hoo-ooo!  What’s going on with that company, man?  Nobody I know that works in Yahoo! can give me a satisfactory answer, including those yahoo’s who work inside Y! Mail.

I mean I _know_ that the mail protocol is inherently unsafe and the only way to properly protect your correspondence is to encrypt.  I _KNOW_ that, Alice and Bob!  But I also know that having HTTPS full time was already standard in many many other web services like 10 years ago!  Gmail, hotmail, and for crying out loud, even facebook offers it.  You got beat by the Big Zuck!?  Really!?  And I also know that it takes 2 minutes to set up mod_ssl once you go through the incredibly complicated and arduously strenuous procedure to acquire a SSL certificate which takes a normal brain dead college student 10 minutes to do on Go Daddy.com, once you take your eyes off of Danica Patrick’s … hair.

So wake up, Yahoo! Mail.  In fact, wake up Yahoo!  What the hell is wrong with you!?