BBspot


Archives
 
BBlog
Happy Thanksgiving and a BBeliever Daily Links - 11/10/11 Daily Links - 11/2/11
BBloopers
Fun at Sea
Football Fans
Great College
Top 11
Top 11 Things Geeks Would Do After Being Rescued from a Mine
PC Weenies
The Neverending Story
Gratuity Not Included
Uptime Downtime
Geek Horoscopes
Random Geek Horoscopes
Classics
How White and Nerdy Are You?
Bush Proposes Faith- Based Firewalls for Government Computers
Microsoft Purchases Evil From Satan
Slashdot Story Generator
Which OS Are You?
Teen Using MySpace to Lure Bands to Los Angeles
The BBook of Geek
Recommended
Fark
[H]ard Folding Team
The Toque
Worth 1000
Joe the Peacock
PC Weenies
Mental Floss
Smashing Games
Free Codecs
SlushFactory
Geek Press
Wil Wheaton
Jonathan Coulton
I-Mockery
Um... Things
Jokes Gallery
Funny Pictures
More Links

Monday, December 10 12:01 AM EST

Microsoft Dumps Passport for Liberty Alliance, Sun Adopts Passport

By Brian Briggs

Redmond, WA - Microsoft announced today that it was giving up its effort to control online authentication standards and would join the multi-lateral Liberty Alliance which has gained support from a variety of companies including American Express and AOL Time Warner. Shortly after the announcement Sun Microsystems announced that it was leaving the Liberty Alliance to support the much touted Passport services that Microsoft had developed.

"This abandonment of Passport demonstrates a real lack of commitment on Microsoft's part. We always knew Passport was superior, but just couldn't get Microsoft to see that," said Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun, "We suspect Microsoft will block our attempts to further develop Passport, the service that it so prematurely scuttled. This blockage is another example of its lack of cooperation and community spirit."

McNealy also announced that Passport would be renamed "jeli" and that it was originally developed by Bill Joy.

"While Passport allows us to extend our monopoly even further, we decided that authentication services are much too important to be trusted to just one company. We have joined the Liberty Alliance in a show of support for the community effort that we will eventually corrupt and exploit for our own gain," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Consumers have been clamoring for an online authentication and identification service to hold all their personal and financial information in one easy to access place. A recent survey of Internet users who haven't had their credit card information stolen in the past 6 months states that almost 3% would like a single authentication standard.

Credit card thieves have also supported the effort for a single standard. "Without a unifying standard or a central repository of data we must continually develop new methods to purloin this information. We put our full support behind any standard Microsoft develops," said CyberPhreak of the Crackers 4llianc3.

In a related announcement the Mozilla project announced that it would also be developing its own authentication standards called Mozdentify and forecasted version .989 would be ready in 2026.

More Microsoft News

Recommend this Story to a Friend

Previous Story:

Geek Antiques Roadshow
Next Story:

Geek Horoscopes

 
 
RSS Feed Subscribe
Follow on Twitter Follow Us on Twitter
Facebook Fan Us on Facebook
Google Buzz Follow Us on Buzz
Amazon Find the BBook

 

  Politics Contact FAQs
A
D

sharepoint survey web part - make money online

Copyright 1999-2011 by BBspot LLC
BBspot is a tech satire news and geek humor source, and meant to be funny.
If you are easily offended, gullible, or don't have a sense of humor, we suggest you go elsewhere. Those without the geek gene activated should also avoid this site.