To take an optimistic view: this looks like a desperate action by a group that sees that their plans to usurp governments is getting less likely to succeed. It could be a "hail mary" attempt to get something through before the window of opportunity closes.
I have three children: a twentysomething, an 18 year old, and a 12 year old.
My children are like yours. Not a single one of them is likely to ever subscribe to cable. They don't even watch broadcast TV. Their TV viewing revolves around YouTube and, to a lesser extent, Netflix.
Continuity of identity is very useful, Context is important, and continuity of identity provides additional context.
For example, I have a long enough continuous identity here that I no longer feel as much of a need to include various disclaimers and background to ensure that my comments are interpreted correctly.
Also, there are commenters (not just here, but in every forum) who never add anything of value or substance. It's very nice to be able to spot them by identity and just skip over whatever they're saying. This may be of less value to you if you enjoy reading troll comments, but it's of great value to those of us who don't.
I agree, this seems like a bug that should be fixed. But it's a relatively minor one, since (for example) the fake Whatever and the real Whatever are easily distinguished by the fact that the real Whatever is a registered user.
True enough -- even counting third parties, the available roster is very slim. That said, no matter how large the roster is, the odds are that nobody will be 100% perfect -- so you're trying to select the least imperfect candidate you can under any imaginable system. In that sense, it is almost impossible to do anything but pick the lesser of available evils.
Or I could rephrase it more positively as selecting the candidate who is as perfect as possible. That is logically the same thing.
I actually found a candidate that appears to be good to me (so far, my research isn't complete). As in, I could vote for them without even having to hold my nose. But it's not a candidate put forth by the Dems or Reps.
I'm very, very happy about this. It looks like I'll be able to vote the way voting is intended: for a candidate that I largely (although not completely) agree with! That would be impossible if I were to constrain myself to choosing between Dems and Reps.
I don't think so. From reading YubiKey's statements, the impression that I get is that they're doing this because they want to sell their product to governments and major corporations, and this is what those guys require.
Yubikey may become "dead" in the minds of individuals who care about their own security, but they may be richer than ever if they start selling to major entities.
A big part of the problem is that we have a society that seems to value getting the lowest possible price above all other considerations.
That leads to problems like Wal-Mart. It's a form of eating your own seed corn: paying lower prices means earning lower wages. That means the in the longer run, those low prices are no longer so low compared to median wages. Which means that what was once a great deal is now a trap: you can no longer afford to shop at a place that would actually help to lift the standard of living for your community.