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IP addresses

  1. Judge Rules Subscribers Not Required to Secure Wi-Fi to Prevent Piracy

    The problem inherent in a number of ongoing copyright infringement lawsuits is that they rely on the spurious reasoning that an IP address can be directly connected to a person. In reality, an IP address is just a label given to a device accessing the Internet. By this logic, when someone doesn't secure their Wi-Fi connection, and piracy occurs through it, the whole illegal matter will trace back to the subscriber. A judge in California has now ruled that subscribers have no legal duty to secure these connections, meaning they're not liable for said piracy.

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  2. World IPv6 Launch Nearly Here, Probably Not End of World

    Welp, I guess it's time to head out Californee way. I hear they got a whole mess of internets out there and we're all dried up. You see, the world's run out of IP addresses on the old standard, IPv4. Luckily, said world has also been working on transitioning to the new standard: The bright and shiny IPv6. The launch of IPv6 compatibility across major internet service providers and home networking manufacturers is set to go down this coming Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

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  3. Judge Rules IP Addresses Are Insufficient Evidence To Identify Pirates

    Mass lawsuits have been one of the most effective weapons rightsholders have had against torrenters. By using IP addresses to identify infringers, rightsholders have not only been able to find a large supply of alleged infringers to take action against, but are also to attach names -- and wallets -- to instances of infringement. The problem is that these cases tend to operate with the pinpoint accuracy of a flamethrower, which is why New York Judge Gary Brown has ruled IP addresses are insufficient evidence to identify pirates, and has provided a lengthy and thoughtful explanation as to why that is.

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  4. Google Tells You Your IP Now, Bye One-Stop IP Sites

    Google will now tell you your IP address if you just ask it. Go ahead, give it a shot. This adds yet another piece of information Google will give you straight up instead of making you go all the way to a single serving website. Gone are the days of going to IP Chicken so you can tell your friends how to connect to your Counter-Strike 1.6 server, although I guess those days are gone for more than just this reason. There are dozens of "what is my IP address" sites though, and now Google is undercutting them all. Will they survive? Does anyone care? Who knows. If I ever need my IP I'll probably go back to IP Chicken anyway. It has chicken in the name. Tee Hee.

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  5. Today is IPv6 Day, the 24-Hour Test Drive of the New Protocol

    Happy IPv6 Day, the Internet is coming to an end! Not really, but IPv4, which stands for Internet Protocol version 4, has all but dried up, as the last IP addresses were handed out some time ago. Luckily, this doesn't mean the Internet has run into a wall or that no new devices can be connected to the purveyor of funny cat videos and 140-character messages regarding the sandwich someone just ate for lunch -- we have IPv6 waiting in the wings and today just so happens to be the day that some of the world's major organizations will be offering their content over IPv6 as part of a 24-hour test drive. As you can see from the above screenshot, Geekosystem is doing everything it can to participate in IPv6 Day.

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