I guess I go a little ruffled reading vero's post and I was not sure from what source he got his data. The way he gets his ip addresses/host names makes this the information just a curiosity, nothing more.
That's right. That's why it's "a little game."
What's more, many of the ip addresses will not tell you anything. Mine will show up as an ip address belonging to my ISP and will not tell you any more. If you are browsing from work or school then of course that can reveal a little more.
Yep. The majority of "locations" I can see are simply ISPs. I don't include those in my list above because that wouldn't allow the game to be very interesting.
I'm not very protective of my identity. If you like, you can find out a lot of things about me in my postings including pictures of me. Nevertheless, after reading vero's post I perceived it as an attempt to undermine whatever anonimity we have here and I felt that was not to our advantage. I'm much calmer now Â
and perhaps vero did not consider this aspect as he is not the least bit shy about his identity.
First, I of course respect anyone's preference to remain anonymous, but personally, I find it to be a weak position. If you post anonymously, you have no "real life" accountability for what you say here. Actions have consequences in "real life", but on anonymous bulletin boards, less so. I prefer to be as true to myself as I can at all times -- including when I am publishing my thoughts, views, and insights into a worldwide bulletin board. If I know that you guys know who I am, I will choose my thoughts more carefully and avoid the easy way out -- which is all too easy to do when you post anonymously. We see it here all the time. Besides, I am proud of who I am and what I have accomplished in life thus far. I've no need to be shy. Second, don't think for a minute that I or someone else on here won't be able to figure out who you are, what you do for a living, or even where you live. There are ways to do this simply by using basic investigative tools and services widely available on the Internet or via a few phone calls. But, doing such work takes time and money. Ultimately, you may not really be worth all the effort. So, just don't be very interesting and you'll be safe. (Obviously, with my lack of anonymity, I'm assuming that I bore many of you here to tears...)