Say Goodbye to Anonymity (not really)

This has got to be the most ridiculous bill I've ever seen. How does this make it to Senate without someone gently pointing out that this is not only impossible, it's stupid.

So apparently New York wants to make it so that you have to list your full legal name, address, and IP address on your internet forum posts.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/york-senate-bill-seeks-end-anonymous-internet-posting-162549128.html

Anonymous intarweb message board posts are serious business.

Seriously...how is this getting any type of consideration at all? What am I missing that makes this not borderline lunacy?

I just sent a request to Certis to remove your post until you validate and post your full name, IP address and phone number.

And you thought it was bad when Blizzard and Google+ did it.

I console myself with the idea that someday, it will be literally impossible to elect officials who obviously have never seen the Internet.

What if you use TOR?

KingGorilla wrote:

What if you use TOR?

You have to peel the onion...

Try not to cry whilst doing it.

OMG..POLICE STATE

It does seem a bit absurd. I do know the local Syracuse.com website and CNYCentral.com site recently required you to use your Facebook profile to post. Not exactly the highest of security but I will say that it's dramatically cut down on the amount of trash that gets posted. There's some serious psychopath's out there base on some of what I saw/read.

Let's say they do manage to force me to use my actual name, address, and IP whenever I post online. They still can't actually prove that I wrote anything unless they actually watched me write it. Any of my posts could be written by a friend, relative, hacker, burglar, identity thief, or anyone else with access to my computer and/or personal information.

Heck, this post right here could be the result of a cat walking across my keyboard and you'd never know unless dfanajkfl;afmaaaadfa fgdafasdfaasaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Remember, this state is the same one that in 2008 passed a law requiring the creation of parental controls on all consoles (something that's been in them since the PS2 and original Xbox).

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/07/...

Sounds like a law drafted by white men. It benefits no one, and only opens the doors for a-holes to make threats against women and people with funny looking names.

That said, I wouldn't be too worried about it passing. China has been trying to force the Chinternet to require real name registration for years now, and has gotten nowhere with it.

Sounds like a law drafted by white men. It benefits no one, and only opens the doors for a-holes to make threats against women and people with funny looking names.

That said, I wouldn't be too worried about it passing. China has been trying to force the Chinternet to require real name registration for years now, and has gotten nowhere with it.

/sarcasm/ IP addresses, how do they work?

You know how easy it is to spoof an IP?

Must have all personal info on forum posts? Hello stalkers.

You know those odd cases where someone tracks down a person who upset them on the internet and beats them up or kills them? Yeah, I imagine there would be a lot more of that.

bandit0013 wrote:

/sarcasm/ IP addresses, how do they work?

You know how easy it is to spoof an IP?

About as easy as writing a false return address on a mail envelop. But it is kinda useless if the protocol established first requires a reply to a question (as is the case in TCP) before actual communication is established. By spoofing the address you'll never see the question as it send back to the wrong location.

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Unless of course you mean hiding your IP address with a proxy.