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(Some Guy)   Bush signs into law a prohibition against being a web or email troll without providing your real name   (news.com.com) divider line 519
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2006-01-09 10:15:46 AM  
Well, there go the SomethingAwful forums.
 
2006-01-09 10:18:07 AM  
Well, there go the Fark greenlit forums.
 
2006-01-09 10:23:08 AM  
Well there go.... wait you guys covered it.
 
2006-01-09 10:23:12 AM  
Well, there go the Fark greenlit forums.

...which this has now become.

All right. I'll own up. John Smith, 123 Fake St., Anytown, MA 02110
 
2006-01-09 10:23:20 AM  
So long, guys. It's been fun.
 
2006-01-09 10:24:59 AM  
Well, shiat.
 
2006-01-09 10:26:21 AM  
Now that I have RTFA:

This ridiculous prohibition, which would likely imperil much of Usenet, is buried in the so-called Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act. Criminal penalties include stiff fines and two years in prison.

I'd like to know who put this rider in...Any way to find out?
 
2006-01-09 10:26:51 AM  
El_Swino: So long, guys. It's been fun.

That annoys me.
 
2006-01-09 10:27:28 AM  
Well, my real name really is spelled Occams_Electric_Razor, but when you pronounce the underscores it changes the way it sounds completely.
 
2006-01-09 10:28:08 AM  
Dancin_In_Anson: I'd like to know who put this rider in...Any way to find out?

RTFA...again:

To grease the rails for this idea, Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, and the section's other sponsors slipped it into an unrelated, must-pass bill to fund the Department of Justice. The plan: to make it politically infeasible for politicians to oppose the measure.
 
2006-01-09 10:28:10 AM  
So who's got the moonshine?

/might as well make a prohibition party of it!
 
2006-01-09 10:28:30 AM  
I'd like to know who put this rider in...Any way to find out?

Strangely enough, someone named "B1llyb0b".

Since it is considered grandfathered, he doesn't need to produce his real name.
 
2006-01-09 10:28:31 AM  
I'm not usually a paranoid person, but I get a creepy feeling everytime I hear Bush has signed something into law.
I keep thinking about things he may be doing outside the laws he signs
 
2006-01-09 10:28:32 AM  
This is my real name...sort of...but then again I'm NEVER annoying!
 
2006-01-09 10:29:29 AM  
This should get tossed by the courts.

I love it how our government restricts our freedoms to "protect" us. I don't want to be "protected"...I want the government to leave me alone.
 
2006-01-09 10:30:08 AM  
"That's what the internet's for, slanderingannoying others anonymously."
 
2006-01-09 10:30:28 AM  
John Q. Public here - and Bush sucks!
 
2006-01-09 10:30:28 AM  
Anonymous Cowards and GNAA representatives everywhere cry out in horror
 
2006-01-09 10:32:03 AM  
It's a good thing my real name is What You Say. It's a family name dating back to the 18th century Say dynasty in Outer Sayton. My father was Ijust Wanna Say and my grandad was Thehell You Say. So, I guess I can keep annoying everyone.

*poke*
 
2006-01-09 10:32:49 AM  
I date a pot-smoking lesbian from Berkeley sometimes. I find PC LOAD LETTER's post annoying because she does shave her legs.

(in best homer simpson voice)

/whips out the white glove

"I demand Satisfaction!"
 
2006-01-09 10:32:50 AM  
PC LOAD LETTER *snicker*
 
2006-01-09 10:34:49 AM  
"This ridiculous prohibition, which would likely imperil much of Usenet"

Oh, whew. Government types don't have the capacity to understand what Usenet is, or that it exists so that part's ok.
 
2006-01-09 10:36:14 AM  
slayer199
This should get tossed by the courts.

You're right. If this is ever enforced the courts should view a two-year sentence for an anonymous internet posting to be a pretty steep violation of free speech. I doubt it will be enforced anytime soon though. It seems like it'd be a waste of resources to track down an anonymous poster.

just in case:
DISCLAIMER: this post is meant for informational purposes only and in no way meant to offend/annoy any who may be reading it.

 
2006-01-09 10:36:36 AM  
Dancin_In_Anson
Well, shiat

LOL

I think you'll be okay. You're hardly ever an e-annoyance.
 
2006-01-09 10:36:53 AM  
GIS for "anonymous trolling":

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2006-01-09 10:36:56 AM  
Imminent Death Of The Net Predicted.
 
2006-01-09 10:37:09 AM  
You guys are annoying me.
 
2006-01-09 10:38:29 AM  
i'm officially changing my name to sparky...
 
2006-01-09 10:39:35 AM  
I like this quote: ... the First Amendment protects our right to write something that annoys someone else.

... U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas defended this principle magnificently in a 1995 case involving an Ohio woman who was punished for distributing anonymous political pamphlets.


Makes ya think.
 
2006-01-09 10:40:15 AM  
This is especially embarrassing for me, because my real name is Mucus Rumpburglar.
 
2006-01-09 10:41:23 AM  
Cake Hunter: This is especially embarrassing for me, because my real name is Mucus Rumpburglar.


Mom?!?
 
2006-01-09 10:42:12 AM  
DAMN! No more posing as d­r­ew[nospam-﹫-backwards]k­r­a­f­*com in the mailing lists, Usenet groups, Wikipedia, & all the other fun places. :(
 
2006-01-09 10:42:40 AM  
I have no problem with this.

/yes I do
 
2006-01-09 10:43:15 AM  
My real name:

George W. Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C.
 
2006-01-09 10:48:39 AM  
kevlar51:

You're right. If this is ever enforced the courts should view a two-year sentence for an anonymous internet posting to be a pretty steep violation of free speech. I doubt it will be enforced anytime soon though. It seems like it'd be a waste of resources to track down an anonymous poster.

No doubt. More and more we're acting like a communist country. Next step: Papers Please.
 
2006-01-09 10:49:14 AM  
And me without my Earl Weaver picture. =(
 
2006-01-09 10:49:37 AM  
9-11 changed everything. I mean, it keeps us safe. umm....Clinton did it first? damn
 
2006-01-09 10:53:27 AM  
Gecko Gingrich: RTFA...again:

D'oh!

Is this really what we are to expect from Washington?
 
2006-01-09 10:53:44 AM  
img405.imageshack.us
 
2006-01-09 10:57:19 AM  
It won't survive its first court challenge - why worry about it?

Seriously, this kind of political grandstanding is stupid. It was inserted, most likely, to satisfy the requirements of a lobbyist or donor in return for cash and favors. It's not going to survive long, as it would violate free speech and it's going to be very difficult to view "intent to annoy" as anything but a highly subjective criterion.
 
2006-01-09 11:02:27 AM  
Finally, somebody in Government is doing something the about the exploding and out of control info and opinion sharing that is happening on the internets. They need to put the smackdown on this as soon as possible and this is a welcome step in the right direction. Thankfully, President Bush is the right man at the right time to protect our rights from the evils of the written and posted word. I find it annoying that any of you have a problem with this. What are you trying to hide? hmmmmmm?
 
2006-01-09 11:02:56 AM  
FormlessOne: It won't survive its first court challenge - why worry about it?


Becuase it's signed into law currently, and it's a gross misuse of the legislative process. I've never liked the way riders are used to sneak in unpopular legislation. Why shouldn't this rile me?
 
2006-01-09 11:03:54 AM  
FormlessOne: It won't survive its first court challenge - why worry about it?

For two reasons:

1.) Either the party of "small government" thinks this is what "small government" means, or;

2.) This sort of First Amendment infringement is for sale to whatever donor will pony up the dough to have it included in a bill.

Either one is pretty darn unpleasant.
 
2006-01-09 11:08:12 AM  
Anson- This was originally introduced as the bill "To reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994" in both the Senate and the House.

In the House, it was H.R. 2876 sponsored by Mark Green - WI.

In the Senate, it was S.B. 1197 sponsored by Joseph Biden - DE.

That's all that I could discover.
 
2006-01-09 11:09:10 AM  
Is this when we find out that there are only 13 TFers posting under numerous accounts?
 
2006-01-09 11:10:29 AM  
PS don't be so certain this will fail in court challenges if Judge "Expanded Executive branch power is A-Ok with me" Alito is confirmed.
 
2006-01-09 11:10:56 AM  
Oh. My. God. I thought this had to be satire. But it's not. Good job, Bush, on reading this shiat before signing it! That's really scary. Which government agency is supposedly going to deal with all the "OMG WTF THIS GUY IS ANNOYING ME!" complaints?
 
2006-01-09 11:11:00 AM  
Since I'm not a resident of the US, I'm willing - for a small fee - to continue posting for all of you guys... gmail in profile.

/will not do poop threads, though.
 
2006-01-09 11:11:07 AM  
coyote71
Is this when we find out that there are only 13 TFers posting under numerous accounts?

You are the only real person on Fark. We are all chat-bots. This is an social experiment being done on you. Normally, I wouldn't tell you this, but its the law now.
 
2006-01-09 11:12:00 AM  
So I guess Fark Cliches are now illegal unless you post your real name. Ha Ha Guy and O'Rly owls wanted for questioning...

I work for to come in 3..2..1..
 
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