Adam Borowski wrote: > On Sat, Aug 26, 2006 at 02:01:21AM -0400, Benjamin Seidenberg wrote: > >> Michelle Konzack wrote: >> >>> Since I have no valid ID-Card (problens with France, since I am origin >>> iranish/turkish witeh illegal german adoptivp arents) I can not enter >>> the NM... nobody can sign legaly my GPG key and more bs. >>> >>> Maybe if I go back to Iran or Turkey it would be possible for me. >>> >> You can always use a Transnational Republic ID card. >> > > I am pretty sure Michelle has at least _some_ sort of ID, even as an > illegal alien. And with the current anti-Arab scare she would be > already deported were she lacking complete valid papers -- you can > sit in peace if you don't travel anywhere, but by browsing > debian-devel I get the impression Michelle travels around a lot. > > > And, there is a number of ways to reasonably prove your identity > better than an ID. And ID can be gotten by talking to an > absent-minded clerk, bribing the said underpaid clerk or even get a > nice blank one from Ivan -- so an ID cannot be deemed a solid proof. > > Michelle, you're not a nobody. Many people know you. If I walked > with you to a known figure who knew you for a number of years and he > vouched for you, I would be a lot more certain than if I had seen > nothing but a smudged photo on an ID. You can bribe or sweet-talk the > guy to fool me, but I still would call an university professor or the > like someone more trustworthy than a nameless clerk. And I'm sure > there's a number of similar people who know you. What would you say > about the chief of Polish chapter of FFII? He's a long-time buddy of > mine, even though I haven't seen him for a number of years. While > not a DD, I don't think his word would have less weight than an ID > you can get for $25. > > > Also, the name means little. I don't really care if an upload was > done by a person who claims to be named "Benjamin Seidenberg", I care > that it was done by a person with a history of valid good > contributions whose prior work was checked by many people. Whether > it was signed by "Benjamin Seidenberg" doesn't matter until I want to > pursue legal action. I don't need your real name to appreciate your > deeds -- feeling thankful to "astronut" works as well. > > > It's the ownership of the key what matters, not the name attached to > it. It's important to know that the key is yours, not that it > belongs to a "Benjamin Seidenberg". > > > This issue was heavily discussed in a previous project thread after the blog post I linked to was published. It incited a huge flame war, which I was referring to in humor.
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