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Posted by Frank ( on January 23, 2002 at 18:04:12:

Perhaps you are aware we have also had a few people posters who are not who they claim to be?

Today it was noticed that you and Bob Baker both have the SAME IP address... What is wrong with that? Well...(almost) all computers on the Internet have a unique IP address at any one time. And since we are questioning whether Bob Baker is for real... the IP number raised a red flag.

WebTv (and AOL) use something called a proxy-server. You are dialed into it and then it is talking to the Internet for you. It has a pool of IP addresses. When you make an Internet request, it goes through the proxy-server (which can pick any of it's many IP addresses); it makes the request for you; it sends you the result.

WebTV can give one person 50 different IP addresses during one online session... and can also assign the same IP number to several users at once.

Sorry... after the crap that has been on this board lately (see DJ's "IMPORTANT MESSAGE" at the top of the board), we're a little paranoid lately.

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