Poker Player Obama Seizes Online Poker Sites?

from the seriously-now? dept

One of the big stories on Friday was the Federal Government's questionable decision to seize the domain names of some of the biggest poker sites in the world. The indictments against the operators of those sites focus on some of the "money laundering" tactics -- but the early details seem to suggest the only reason some of those sites were doing questionable things to get money was because of the bizarre federal government dislike of poker -- which is mostly driven by big casino lobbying money. Some have been pointing out that President Obama has a history of being a poker player, and even held regular poker games when he was a state Senator in Illinois. Apparently, that kind of gambling is okay. But... this other kind of gambling? Well, the government will come down on you hard for that.
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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Apr 2011 @ 2:36pm


    Becuase the internet IS US jurisdiction, or at least that is what they are leading us to believe.

    Personally i think it would be a good idea to store dns records in such a fashion that they are part of the multicast group, making it impossible to seize a domain name without seizing all the servers, or shutting down the whole internet. That way if they want to actually get rid of something they will do it, instead of just turning their backs and pretending it is gone.

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