Author Clyde Duncan

OpenID
Under the covers of OAuth 2.0 at Facebook
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For the past three years, the Facebook Platform has been built on top of a session-based authentication system that many developers found complex. In order to make any API calls, you have to understand the details of signature algorithms. It’s a common source of problems for new developers using the Facebook Platform. We have been searching for a way to make
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Geeks in Vegas? Woot!
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Last week, Facebook sponsored the TopCoder world finals in Las Vegas. I was lucky enough to go and hang out for a few days with some of the world’s best coders, and it was a fantastic experience. Sadly, I didn’t bring a camera, so I’m linking to these pics from the Flickr photostream. TopCoder is the world’s premier
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Logout: the other half of the identity equation
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This week, Facebook began accepting OpenID for single sign on. At the Internet Identity Workshop, many people raised a lot of questions about Facebook’s implementation, and in general the relationship between single sign in and sign out. In this post, I’ll argue that sign in is only half the battle; if we want OpenID to represent a
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A proposal for a conceptual “Open Stack”
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Last summer, John McCrea and Joseph Smarr put together a diagram of the “open stack”. The image showed up in numerous talks throughout last year, culminating in an Open Stack Meetup in December. Last week, Marc Canter sent an email asking for thoughts on crafting a new revision to the “open stack” graphic. I’d like to propose a
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Macbook Wheel isn’t all that far-fetched for some
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Apple just released the Macbook Wheel, a computer with only a single input device. Well, it actually has multiple inputs - an entire scroll wheel, plus a button in the middle. But it’s not that ridiculous of an idea. In Beautiful Code, there’s a chapter about how some researchers needed to design software for parapalegics (like Stephen
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I’m running for the OpenID board of directors
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I’m running for the OpenID board of directors. I’m a little nervous, having never done any sort of political thing before. So let me try to answer some questions. Q. Cool! Can I vote for you? Anyone who is a member of the Foundation is eligible to vote. Membership in the foundation costs $25, and requires
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Lessons from Facebook Connect
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Last week we finally launched Facebook Connect to the general public. In the time since I joined the team last May, I’ve definitely been surprised by a few things I thought I’d share. think big This time last year, I thought “Man, wouldn’t it be cool if Facebook became an OpenID provider? Maybe if we just
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Data driven decision making: Netflix or Blockbuster?
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My wife and I have been Netflix subscribers for years, during which we have rented hundreds of movies. We are considering a switch to Blockbuster, but one of the holdups has been that Blockbuster supposedly only has best sellers, while Netflix has lots of niche and foreign movies that make it more attractive. Then I
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