Daily News Brief: Ban Online Anonymity!?

Daily News Brief: Ban Online Anonymity!?

Ban Online Anonymity!

In the January issue of Maximum PC, we described How To: Surf the Web Anonymously. Little did we know that the methods described could one day lead to costly fines for Kentucky residents. That is, if House Bill 775 filed by Rep. Tim Couch manages to get approval. The would-be bill purports to make anonymous website posting illegal, requiring surfers to register their full name, address, and email address. Violators would be hit with a $500 fine for a first offense, and $1000 each time thereafter. Has Couch fell off his rocker? Couch admitted the obvious First Amendment issue and won't push the bill, and instead wants to call attention to online bullying. Mission accomplished.

Toshiba's Billion Dollar Gamble

Toshiba rolled the dice on the HD-DVD format, and when it turned up Blu-ray, Toshiba took it's remaining chips and went home. According to the Nikkei Business Daily, the gamble likely cost Toshiba 100 billion yen, or $986 million USD in losses. Production line changes and other chargers contribute to the loss. More here.

OCZ Takes Slice of SATA II SSD Pie

We're fast on our way to 128GB SATA II SSDs, but in the meantime, OCZ's getting in on the action with high-speed 32GB and 64GB SSDs. The new drives claim read speeds of 120MB/s and write speeds of 100MB/s, the same as found on Samsung's 64GB SATA II SSD. Most likely rebadged units, DailyTech points out the retail availability as a key advantage for OCZ, whereas Samsung drives mostly come pre-bundled with notebooks. Of course, that availability will come at a price, with the 32GB and 64GB models carrying an MSRP of $599 and $1099, respectively - ouch!

Hostile Takeover Brewing...

...and we're not talking about Microsoft's infatuation with Yahoo. In late February, Take-Two Interactive publicly rejected Electronic Arts' unsolicited takeover bid worth $26 per share, or roughly $2 billion, calling the bid "opportunistic" with Grand Theft Auto IV nearing release. According to The Wall Street Journal EA now plans to take the matter directly to shareholders, signaling a hostile takeover attempt in the making. The tender offer is set to expire April 11 at midnight. GTA IV is scheduled to debut on April 29.

Asus Embraces Windows

Linux faces tough times in the retail segment. First Wal-Mart announced they will no longer stock Linux-based PCs on store shelves, and now the open-source OS has to make room for Windows on Asustek's Eee PCs. Asus Chairman Jonney Shih made it be known that roughly 60 percent of Eee PCs will carry Microsoft's Windows XP, with price points expected in the $390-$400 range. More on this decision here.

Maze Frenzy

Your mouse may tout a 2000 DPI laser, but can it earn the top score in Maze Frenzy? This time waster will test your dexterity, requiring a steady hand to make it through the maze unscathed. Once you master the obstacle course, give Maze Frenzy 2 a try.

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horzo

I love when politicians who lack even the most basic understanding of how the Internet works attempt to pass unenforceable legislation regulating it.

*sigh*

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Darth Ninja

As said above, just how would you fine someone that 's browsing anonymously? maybe a banner ad saying "You have broken the law, click here to pay your fine".

Be afraid of the scary internet Timmy, the hackers are coming for yooooooooo!

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MantaBase

I don't know how you would fine (I thought he meant "find")someone (anonymous or no). You can't prove who was sitting at the box. And it would be expensive to pursue.

I was just commenting on anonymity online. You can't keep it just by using a proxy and doing whatever you please. It requires multiple layers and even then it requires a certain type of behavior online to keep it.

The proposed law is silly and unenforcible IMO. But I think there are many silly and unenforcible laws. It sits in good company.

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nmanguy

How can you give someone a fine if they're anonymous? If you use Xerobank like you had on your MaximumCD, there isn't really any way to find out who is the poster, so they're going to go after the sites themselves, just like Youtube, Napster, and other sites got into legal trouble.

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hackman2007

Surfing anonymously isn't a cure-all. They can still track you down. Your IP address has to come from somewhere, even if you use an "onion tactic".

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MantaBase

Right and true Hackman.

Internet anonymity, for the most part, is an illusion. True, if you are really smart about it a layered approach with proxy can obfuscated activity. But ya know, if you walk home the same way everyday - well.....leave it there I guess ;)

Point is - there are a bunch of folks that *think* they are anonymous - but really are not.

Why would anyone think a free proxy system offers them real protection? I mean....well....it cost money to run the service. Wonder how they make that money.

Just my thoughts on a Thursday evening.....

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