When you have one or two passwords you can remember them. I have probably over 200 passwords so I write them down.
I actually keep then in an encrypted container, and use a 12-character random password for each site I am registered on, but passwords are still a pain.
Biometric data will just shift the pain, but will not eliminate it. We are still a long way off from having reliable biometric recognition, and when we do we will be no closer to being able to use it reliably. There will always be ways to fool the system, either by providing false credentials or by falsely changing the credential store.
I think we need to work towards a general acceptance that security cannot be absolute. Sites should look at what data they are recording that requires customers to be registered, and stop recording it. This may mean that one route to gain marketing intelligence would be closed, but other routes would open up.
The benefit of not needing to register to buy a train ticket or a SD card for my PC would mean the number of passwords I need could become small enough so that I can remember them.
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