Submission Summary: 0 pending, 16 declined, 2 accepted (18 total, 11.11% accepted)
The gist is that members of PrankNet have been using VOIP and counting on anonymity to pull puerile pranks. Members are able to listen on the prank as it being performed. It started with members pretending to be radio DJ's and convincing people to smash dishes on air by promising them $200.00. This behavior had escalated where people have been conned into triggering sprinkler systems by a prankster claiming to be a person in authority.
This raises some interesting issues:
Should the anonymity of a prankster be protected?
If not, what steps should be taken that would protect privacy rights of most people, while enabling individuals and authority a means of identifying those responsible for pranks causing damage?"
My wife and I recently bought a former pharmacy that has converted into a residential building. She is a graphic designer and I am a developer. It is a large building 3600+ square feet of usable finished space on the first floor and basement. Wood laminate floors throughout. In last week we had a number of people help us clear out a great deal of junk from the basement left from the previous owner. This morning I discovered 1 1/2 inches of water throughout the basement. The cause was a sump pump that was unplugged. How it got unplugged is a mystery (Should of, could of, would of...). Could it be the cleaner that we hired to rid the utlity room of the clutter left behind by the previous owner? Was it left unplugged by the previous owner? Could I have unplugged unwittenly? In last week we had about 50cm of snow with a big thaw on Thursday and Friday.
We called our insurance emergency hotline and got a cleanup crew into drying, ripping up the laminate. Fortunately we are covered by insurance. Over the next couple of days, the removal of wet nasty flooring and drywall will be done. In the next couple of weeks, or month to 2 mouths the flooring and drywall will replaced/repaired.
What measures would
— A water sensor alarm in the sump well.
— Replace the existing sump pump with one that will complain loudly if the power is interrupted.
— A bright orange tag that you can attach to the plug of sump pump that says "DO NOT UNPLUG"
Of course, this is all the stuff you learn after a major disaster. The good news is that no computers were hurt in the making of the flood."
How are you affected by their filing and are you going to get your $.02 on the dollar?