A couple of years ago I was challenged by a coworker to come up with a descriptive acronym for my job function using the word "chupacabra", to which I replied "Certainly He Uses Perforce Anywhere Code Abruptly Becomes Repeatedly Altered"
Bonniee (or whatever you call yourself after John locks you out again),
It is a common fallacy of internet users to believe that their input into the system is somehow absorbed into a great ether, never to be seen or have any repercussions. It is also naive to believe that using a false name to log into a web site will totally obscure your true identity. While I do not speak for Wordie.org or it's creators, I will offer my thoughts here and let you dwell on them (if you are capable of such a thing).
You don't seem to realize that there is a direct path leading to you, and, if one were so inclined, could lead to litigations against you (people have been sued for lesser and more ridiculous things).
As we all now know, your school's intranet does not permit you to visit certain web sites (for good reason, obviously). These types of filtering programs typically rely on network user accounts to know which user to block from what domain. This means that your network administrator is tracking your terminal sessions, which includes the network user account you used to initiate the session. Speaking generally, the user account (since this is a school system) probably has a bunch of personal information attached to it (full name, address, parents names, etc.). These terminal sessions have dates and times associated with them and could easily be correlated with records that John (that guy you got mad at) keeps. Since John tracks the IP address of every source that submits data to his web site, he can find the IP address of your school by finding records with the exact date and time of the terminal session (I'm sure your network administrator and school system would be interested to know of these occurrences). The timestamps of the terminal sessions and Wordie.org are probably kept synchronous with the use of an NTP service, so, by working together, they likely to find the match.
So unless you can account for yourself being somewhere other than that terminal at the date and time of the terminal session, you could be, as they say, up Shit Creek without a paddle if someone decided to look for you.
Again, this is purely hypothetical as I do not know the particulars of the IT infrastructure at your school system. However, if you think it through logically, you are opening yourself up to a world of unknowns.
When I encounter a word that I am unfamiliar with, I often type it into the search box at top right-hand corner of the Wordie page. If the word is unlisted, I am forced to consult another resource to find the definition.
It would be nice if the lookup links that appear with listed words also appeared with unlisted words.
Bounder: Anyway you're interested in one of our adventure holidays? Tourist: Yes I saw your advert in the bolour supplement Bounder: The what? Tourist: The bolour supplement Bounder: The colour supplement? Tourist: Yes I'm sorry I can't say the letter 'B' Bounder: C? Tourist: Yes that's right. It's all due to a trauma I suffered when I was a spoolboy. I was attacked by a bat Bounder: A cat? Tourist: No a bat Bounder: Can you say the letter 'K' Tourist: Oh yes, Khaki, king, kettle, Kuwait, Keble Bollege Oxford Bounder: Why don't you say the letter 'K' instead of the letter 'C' Tourist: what you mean.....spell bolour with a K Bounder: Yes Tourist: Kolour. Oh that's very good, I never thought of that. What a silly bunt.
- from The Travel Agent Sketch by Monty Python
Nov 11, 2008
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