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In one of the most significant moves yet in the growing push toward service interoperability on the Web, tech giant Yahoo announced Thursday that it is supporting the OpenID 2.0 standard for a universal Internet log-in.
Yahoo, which counts its registered users at 248 million worldwide, says that supporting OpenID will mean that OpenID-compatible accounts are available to a total of 368 million Web users. When Yahoo's support of OpenID goes live, starting with a public beta launch on January 30, this will mean that a Yahoo ID can be consolidated into an OpenID account that will be valid at all partner sites.
So why not legitimize (the practice) with a central userid provider (hopefully with a strict password requirement)
Not sure what the effect of it is, but you can even run your own OpenID server and use it everywhere that supports OpenID,
However, this news item makes it sounds like Yahoo won't be accepting OpenIDs where they currently use YahooIDs - they'll just be letting people use their YahooIDs as OpenIDs. That's nowhere near as useful.
I'll wait and see what actually happens on 2008-01-30.
...what would you propose instead of one centralized password...? ... Then people will just keep them written down on a piece of paper under their keyboard. Now every janitor and passerby is more dangerous than your "hackers".
Janitors can't hit 1,000,000 houses in an afternoon. 15-25 tops and the chances that they find the pieces of paper with the passwords are, let's be fair, 10%.
If you can't delegate from Yahoo to another server, then this is brain-dead: all it takes is two sites to refuse to delegate and you're stuck with two logins - bye bye Single Sign-on.