Originally posted by Springer
While I love QR for boarding passes on planes, it's not going to fly on ATS. The reality is that we hold our responsibility for our member's privacy
sacred above all else. Anyone could add a QR bar-code to any post (or their avatar) that leads to an illegal site or, worse yet, a phishing site that
collects our members information.
As MirthfulMe indicated, if QR bar-codes get easier to instantly define their final destination we may change this rule, but, for now, they will
remain not allowed. Sorry, in advance, for any inconvenience this may cause our smart phone users (including me ).
Thanks so much for a direct, and rational (no I don't patronize. Anyway you look much tougher then me) reason as to "why not". Not as familiar w/
certain aspects of conventional computer web communication protocol's, foibles&dumb people moves, making "stupid pet tricks" look like brain
surgery, I am learning fast, never fast enough... Thank God for good friends&fellow travelers who understand the digital world FAR, FAR better then I
do (then, so does my cat. He must, his typing is better...)
I appreciate the specific comment that indicates concern about any unauthorized re-direct, or planting the equivalent variant and combination of Q
fever, anthrax, and any number/s of web-spread social diseases (to me thats just illegal, and in many cases but not most, is. But it is to me
immoral.), and twits trying to do whatever they can to be, well I'll clean it up, lets just say bastard's. I DID clean it up... Not to mention the
nastier ones w/ State sponsored or other agenda's. The ones I most worry about, we all better, are the "private player's", corporations or any US/
and world wide corporate or any NG entity. THEY are not encumbered by such niceties as the US Constitution, and you know where they stick statute's
about "privacy law's"...
Needless to mention, anyone of these entities can do a hell of a lot of damage. And the fact just going to an innocuous looking/deflected or
"hidden" actual site is , in some cases specifically designed to plant a nasty something whatever when whoever clicks on a post w/that code format,
and doing so spread's their "joy" is well known to me. And really makes me angry. (I have a tendency to cry, a lot, how pathetic). But I also do
pretty well on solving certain problems. And know enough to know I don't know s*** in so many areas. And since problem solving is my primary job
description, that's how I make my living, I'm not humble or shy
And I'm an arrogant ass. At least I know it.
As to having authentication on bar codes to define not just final destination, what if they want to go "no where"? Just sit in each individual
computer/server, or "cloud" amalgam (hypothetical spacial-temporal zone that is it's own identifier) and anyone who clicks on the image and is
designed to be interactive, but only one "key". Think of it as a variant of the public/private key encryption format. but "1/2 of the "key" is
quiet. Better term is dormant. If whatever piece or combination of information is sent it completes in effect "the circuit".
Yet all is hardly lost. There are ways to deal w/said bar codes keeping the required information, and even doing a bunch of stuff to "sterilize" any
possible data that wish's to "get drunk and not care who they get pregnant, etc" But that would take some time to go into and I won't on an
unencrypted format anyway. But general sender ID (encrypted so a person or company can be associated with only the avatar AND confirmation the bar
code is NOT a false ID'd in any other way, so you know it's "really" the original avatar, thats very doable. And I can talk about some of what's
being worked on, that I know about* (*obvious statement) If your interested feel free to send me a pm, or contact me at my listed email.
Privacy and authentication are serious personal passions, and my previous firm was very successful in ages past in developing advanced biometrics
technologies/products that integrate into the AFIS and other system's, so at least I'm not a total idiot (please don't laugh, I cry easily...) in
certain areas. Lord give me the self-directing construction of biological systems any time. Please.
Thanks very much for your concerns and efforts in this area. Believe me when I say, people who care about this stuff both notice and are grateful YOUR
site is concerned as well, aside from corporate liability issues, and even if motives are strictly business (I think there more but who cares) I and
others DO notice and appreciate your efforts.