I'm going to have to make a small correction regarding the article.
First: YouTube isn't making anyone use their real names, they're making people use Google+, which was a separate Google program people trusted enough to use their real names.
Second: Given the above, all it takes is an update in Google+ settings to remove the real name. Once this is done, the "anon" can easily be restored.
However, the bigger issue isn't the anon in comments: It's that Google is forcing this crap on people who wanted to keep their comments and social program separate.
This gets even worse when Google is now allowing anyone with a Google+ account to email your Google+ account despite not having an email address. All it takes is a Google+ account.
See where this is going? This whole bullshit of the "One Google" is the problem.
I've actually closed my Google+ account because of these recent changes, and I'm also on my way out of closing my Gmail account.
After Google's ridiculously stupid merging of all their services under one account, I can't trust the site to protect my single account from accessing my photos, documents, and other digital content because of this massive security flaw (and coming from a company which tells others not to share security credentials, you can see the major problem with their one-login setup).
It's a shame Google has done this, chasing Facebook because their billions aren't enough revenue.
While this article is a good start, it needs to go further to really drive home the point anonymous comments are going away: Public security is turning into a single point of entry, which means the least concern is someone knowing my real name.
"In the end, just as we predicted at the beginning, this is a story of the silly things a tech company is forced to do these days because of our stupid patent laws."
I don't agree with this position. Google isn't being forced to do anything of the sort. It's just cheaper for them to do, rather than start working on their own lobbying group(s) to spend, er buy off politicians who pass the laws to begin with.
What's sad in all this: when Google starts to become a has-been, they'll start using these patents in the form of offensive, not defensive.
It may not happen for a for years, but if history shows anything, it's proof this will be inevitable.