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NJ Gamblers May Be Locked Out By Flaws In Virtual Fence 88

According to an Associated Press story (as carried by the Washington Post), regulations meant to selectively allow some forms of internet gambling to take place within New Jersey (with a cut to the state, of course) are being enforced by means of "virtual fences" that fall short of the state's borders. An excerpt: "'Unfortunately for some people, there may not be sufficient verification that they are in New Jersey — even if they are — and they’ll be denied,' said David Rebuck, director of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. 'It’s an unavoidable consequence.'" For some values of unavoidable, maybe.
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NJ Gamblers May Be Locked Out By Flaws In Virtual Fence

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  • Hmm.. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by CheezburgerBrown . ( 3417019 ) on Sunday November 17, 2013 @05:22PM (#45450317)
    Could someone ask these people to define "unavoidable" for us, please.
  • Re:Proxy? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 17, 2013 @05:29PM (#45450355)

    could even be made into a service and monetized for those who dont know what the fuck a proxy is

  • Re:Proxy? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Sunday November 17, 2013 @06:12PM (#45450543) Journal

    Is it just me or does this look pretty silly? One proxy inside their virtual fence and it's utterly pointless and useless?

    Just remember that the objective of the system is to satisfy a statutory requirement. Can whoever is responsible for this 'virtual fence' system testify in court/legislative session that they are 'aggressively using industry-standard IP geolocation technology to ensure that New Jersey electronic gaming is conducted in accordance with the law'? Probably so, even without anything arising to the level of perjury. After that, why try harder? If there are lucrative, or sufficiently whiny, customers too close to the border for IP geolocation to work, maybe the ROI/flack avoidance value of working with ISPs to whitelist a few edge-case customers will be worth it; but leave crowing about having shut down somebody's trivial proxy site to the Attorney General or the DA, they get off on that kind of feel-good nonsense, and it's one less thing for you to do.

    It's like doing CISPA [] compliance. Do you think that the people who do that are utter morons who actually think that they can keep horny adolescents away from smut? Hardly. But they need a system that complies with that mandate, without breaking the budget or soaking up lots of admin time, and in it goes.

  • by magic maverick ( 2615475 ) on Sunday November 17, 2013 @06:53PM (#45450757) Homepage Journal

    The rest of the world doesn't (by and large) claim to be "land of the free". And yes, any place that outlaws victim-less activities, and claims to be free, is obviously not. But, apart from the drugs issue, there are plenty of places that allow the buying (and selling) of sex, and gambling.

    Personally, I think it's not so much as stop enjoying what I don't, but more, that's bad for you, because I said so. And I'm obviously know better than you, because.

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