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  • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21, @09:02AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21, @09:02AM (#1329633)

    Um, janrinok, are you not aware that IP addresses are, in many cases, dynamic? That means they can change, and are not a reliable identifier of an individual user. Use of a VPN make that even the more so, so that the coincidence that one AC has the same hash as some other AC, some years ago, does not remotely mean they are the same person. Do you understand how the internets works? It's not a bunch of trucks, with license plates, it is more like a series of tubes, and you never know where the dump is coming from. So, stop with the foolishness, janrinok. Give it up. I am aristarchus.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by janrinok on Saturday October 21, @09:20AM (1 child)

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 21, @09:20AM (#1329637) Journal

    I understand that perfectly. But when IP addresses are only used by a single account in over 9 years then it is a fairly good indicator that they are being used by the same person, particularly when they have used that IP for several years as a named account. A VPN might be used by millions of people, but we are only interested in the ones who access this site. Most hashes are unique. Where they have been used by more than one identity it is clearly obvious to us.

    But for the reasons that you state we DO NOT rely solely on IP addresses. There are other correlations that can be made that assist with identifying the user. For example, I can tie 5 different comments into the hashes that are associated with 5 separate comments made over a period of 16 minutes this morning. The chances of those comments coming from completely different users but all commenting in a short time period and all looking remarkably similar to those easily associated with a specific account are astronomically huge.

    There are also additional clues such as :

    Give it up. I am aristarchus.

    In essence, your security sucks.

    • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21, @09:53AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 21, @09:53AM (#1329640)

      Random IP assignments by VPNs are no basis for a system of government! Constant references to Monty Python's Holy Grail might be, however.