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Comment Potential buyers (Score 1) 550 550

Here's my list of potential buyers, in rough order of preference:

CmdrTaco
Crowd-funded non-profit entity
Some unheard of benign tech group
Another tech news company
Some unheard of business acquisition group
NewsCorp
Microsoft Corporation

Unfortunately that same list is much less amusing when sorted on probability.

Comment Re:Pre-cambrian computing (Score 1) 191 191

Died? Huh? That was the highpoint for commercial Linux. Commercial Linux in the 1980s was displacing other systems that had evolved in hardware monocultures because it handled the rapidly evolving workstation / server hardware. Your history is just backwards here.

Do you mean Unix? Linux 0.01 was released in 1991.

Crime

Vancouver Area Teen Sentenced To 16 Months For Swatting 331 331

An anonymous reader writes: A 17-year-old from the Vancouver area in Canada has been sentenced to 16 months in youth custody and 8 months under supervision in the community after pleading guilty to 23 charges including criminal harassment, public mischief, extortion and uttering threats. The teenager was responsible for a number of swatting calls across the United States and Canada — mostly of female gamers. The judge told him, "It appears that when real life became too hard you retreated into the online world and became increasingly socially isolated. While you may think you enjoyed greater success in the online world, that success was an illusion. You were left with severely limited social skills and a significant educational deficit."

Comment Re:"You have to thrust the authorities." (Score 1) 431 431

There was no ambiguous constellation. This was a cartoon character in a clear gesture of "fuck you", as clear as if had been written in several different languages.

There is no alternate interpretation there.

Now if you think posting devices with hostile messages around a metropolitan area is a good idea, then I have bridge you may be interested in...

And no, "because it's art" is not a reasonable explanation. Planting and detonating an actual bomb that killed a lot of people could also be called art by some sick nutter.

Comment Re:"You have to thrust the authorities." (Score 0) 431 431

The 2007 Boston Bomb Scare was absolutely an appropriate response.

Consider what was found:
Electronic devices with lights shaped in the likeness of characters from an obscure television show that nobody born before 1990 had ever heard of, posed in a gesture that is universally understood to convey "fuck you".

What right-minded officer of the law would not regard that as hostile?

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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