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#1 Yoruichi-san

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 10:08 PM

I don't know if you're familiar with Reddit, but there has been a major controversy surrounding the leakage of the real-life identity of one of its moderators. The crux of the controversy, as I understand it, is that Reddit is supposedly a major proponent of 'free speech' but it's administration has suppressed the flow of information on the mod's identity.

So I think it brings up an interesting question. Should there be a right to cyber-anonymity? Do you have a right to keep the persona(s) you use online separate from your real life persona? Should the internet give you the right to say whatever you want whenever you want without fear of repercussion on your real life self?

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 12:51 AM

i try to write posts as if everyone knows who i am.
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 05:09 AM

Google Amanda Todd and figure out the horrors of internet anonymity.
This case is beginning to garner international attention, especially with Anonymous (the evil hacker group) getting involved.

I don't support internet anonymity, because although there are some benefits to it, I think that there are many more dangers involved.

Sure, it is helpful to hide your identity to share information against oppressive regimes and the like, but there are other methods than could be used.
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 05:17 AM

Wow, after reading into this reddit moderator guy, I just realized exactly how intertwined these events are.

The violentacrez guy apparently started something called "jailbait" where people share pictures of underage women.
This is (possibly) the same website mentioned when talking about the 32 year old man who harassed and stalked an underage woman resulting in her suicide.
The internet creates a place for the dangerous people to meet and escalate their activities. Without the ability for people to act as they do, there would be less escalation as they wouldn't have the support system and competition with each other.

Would they continue to feed their perversions if they didn't have this type of system?
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 05:33 AM

Here's some information about your violentacrez guy:

Michael Brutsch

Arlington, TX • +1 989 278 8724
michael@mbrutsch.comwww.mbrutsch.com
Summary

Over twenty-five years of programming, design and systems maintenance experience with a focus on the UNIX/Linux environment and systems software. Extensive experience in the development, implementation and maintenance of user interface systems.
Note to Recruiters: I no longer use MUMPS, and do not know of anyone who does. Thank you.
Current Skills


Scripting Languages: Perl, Bash, PHP
Integration: ACH, Leads Online, Business Watch International
Databases: SQL Server
Packaging/Code Control: Git
Misc: Regular Expressions
Past Skills


Visual Languages: Visual Studio
Scripting Languages: MUMPS
Web Technologies: HTML, CSS, Apache Server, XML, SOAP, JavaScript
E-Commerce: PayPal, PaySystems Integration
Databases: SQL Server
Networking: Bind/DNS, iptables, iproute
Packaging/Code Control: APT, RPM, CVS, BitKeeper
Misc: LDAP
Experience

First Cash Financial Services - Arlington, Texas
August 2004 - October 2012
Application Developer
  • Write point-of-sale and back-end accounting applications for financial services company using Perl and MS-SQL
  • Experience with police/FBI reporting for pawn stores, ATF regulations for gun sales, and ACH integration
Photo Digital Imaging - Irving, Texas
April 2004 - August 2004
PHP Programmer / Linux Systems administrator
  • Contracted to redesign, rewrite and deploy portions of golf-related website
  • Developed threaded socket server to communicate with Verifone POS terminals Implemented server-side message handlers based on predefined protocols
  • Introduced CVS for source code control
  • Compiled and installed MySQL/Apache/PHP on Debian and RedHat servers
  • Implemented wikiweb (TWiki), used extensively for online documentation
  • Typical sysadmin duties, including tape backups, server installs, user mail, Windows integration, etc.
Global Cyber Strategies - Dallas, Texas
August 2003 - March 2004
Perl Programmer / Linux Systems administrator
  • Maintained DNS for several hundred domains using Perl scripts
  • Wrote Perl scripts to generate custom Apache configuration for several hundred domains running on remote webservers
  • Wrote front-end scripts in Perl and PHP for database data-entry, server-side scripts in Perl to generate websites from templates and data
  • Compiled/installed Linux kernels, Apache, PHP, etc.
  • Replaced SonicWall firewall with Linux/iptables
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  • Typical sysadmin duties, including tape backups, server installs, user mail, Windows integration, etc.
Netmark, International - Anchorage, AK. (telecommute)
August 2001 - October 2003
Perl Developer
  • Migrated existing Perl CGI scripts to OO-compliant modules in support of mod_perl conversion
  • Led migration of Perl codebase from CVS to BitKeeper
  • Acted as primary support programmer, for existing 400,000-line Perl codebase
  • Led migration of support tracking to Bugzilla
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  • Developed cost-based ROI tracking
Intrusion.com - Dallas, Texas
January 2001 - August 2001
Perl/CGI Developer
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TIAS.com - Houston, Texas (telecommute)
January 2000 - January 2001
Systems Engineer
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Dynacare Labs, Inc. - Addison, Texas
1999 - 2000
PHP Developer (Contract)
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  • Made modifications to 3rd-party website hosted by Dynacare
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Electronic Data Systems (EDS) - Plano, Texas
1998 - 1999
Systems Engineer, Advanced
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  • Installed and upgraded Apache, Perl, Samba, MySQL, and PHP
  • Familiar with standard GNU utilities, X11, networking, firewalls
  • Managed local and national development teams developing desktop and distributed applications using Delphi and HL7
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Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) - Dallas, Texas
1997 - 1998
Senior Systems Analyst
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  • Trained users in web design and maintenance using FrontPage and related technologies
  • Adapted laboratory instrument interface specs for use on intranet
  • Maintained existing laboratory systems
  • Developed instrument interfaces
  • Trained users in device troubleshooting techniques
  • Developed system utilities
  • Designed and implemented device management system
VA Medical Center - Charleston, SC
1989 - 1996
Senior Software Developer (GS-11)
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  • Experienced with Borland Delphi V 1.0 - 4.0, MUMPS, HTML, Windows API
VMS Systems Manager (GS-7 - GS-9)
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  • Developed numerous time-saving automated systems for multiple environments
  • Gained proficiency in VMS, DCL, MUMPS. POSIX, Clustering, DECnet, PathWORKS, TCP/IP (UCX)
Digital Computer Mechanic (GS-5)
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  • Computer Mechanic - Responsible for rewiring datacenter, PC hardware installation, troubleshooting and maintenance
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1983 - 1989
Office Manager, Warehouse Manager, Machine Operator and Computer Operator
U.S. Air Force - HQ AFSC, Andrews AFB, MD / HQ SAC, Offutt AFB, Omaha, NE
1981 - 1983
MAJCOM Programming Specialist
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AWARDS


Superior Performance Awards - VA - 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994
EDUCATION

Technical and programming training initially obtained during scholarship programs and military service; additional education subsequently gained through in-house training, independent study and industry seminars.
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 03:01 PM

Because trial and sentencing by internet is such a great thing...

If they are found guilt in a court of law then punish them. Until then there should still be such a thing as innocent until proven guilty.

Personally I think you are very much in the wrong for publishing someone else's personal information.
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 03:23 PM

As for my stance on the issue... I believe in anonymity otherwise it becomes very easy to punish people for having differing views.

Without anonymity imagine how easy it would be for those CEO's to target their democrat employees for layoffs for not voting for Romney. (Not trying to start a Romney versus Obama. I'm targeting the CEO's behavior which would be just as bad if they were doing it for Obama.) How could it not suppress political conversation online? How would you know you weren't picked for the layoff because you boss doesn't agree with what you posted online?

With all the zealots in the different idealogy camps... either we don't post anything or leave ourselves open for real life consequences for anything we post.

I find it humorous TheChad08 that you would repost personal information about someone else but you don't even have your gender and location filled out. I noticed you didn't include your own resume. Because of my view point I don't think you should have to provide your own personal info...I just find it amusing considering your view point.

As for your example of criminal behavior online. I do think that with court orders there should be ways to remove anonymity enough to prosecute the guilt parties. The key being court ordered, not by default or by vigilantes.
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:39 PM

As for my stance on the issue... I believe in anonymity otherwise it becomes very easy to punish people for having differing views.

Without anonymity imagine how easy it would be for those CEO's to target their democrat employees for layoffs for not voting for Romney. (Not trying to start a Romney versus Obama. I'm targeting the CEO's behavior which would be just as bad if they were doing it for Obama.) How could it not suppress political conversation online? How would you know you weren't picked for the layoff because you boss doesn't agree with what you posted online?

With all the zealots in the different idealogy camps... either we don't post anything or leave ourselves open for real life consequences for anything we post.

I find it humorous TheChad08 that you would repost personal information about someone else but you don't even have your gender and location filled out. I noticed you didn't include your own resume. Because of my view point I don't think you should have to provide your own personal info...I just find it amusing considering your view point.

As for your example of criminal behavior online. I do think that with court orders there should be ways to remove anonymity enough to prosecute the guilt parties. The key being court ordered, not by default or by vigilantes.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 06:17 PM

"I am Spartacus!"
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 07:11 PM

@phil: I post as if no one knows who I really am *cue Life is Like a Boat by Rie Fu* ;P

@chad: (cool last name, btw ;)) What other methods would you suggest to garner support for your cause on a mass scale without being punished by an oppressive regime?

@curr3nt: Do you really think a boss would go to the trouble of stalking his employee's cyber personalities to find out their political orientation and would fire them for it? Aren't there laws against that?


And don't bother posting my resume...it's just a front anyways, that the secret organization I work for put up :ph34r:.
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