I am a Tennessee resident and also IANAL. I was about to get all up-in-arms and send an angry email off to Gov. Haslam's office when I read this story but, fortunately, I decided to actually read up on what this "new" law is. It is, indeed, an update to the Harassment laws on the books for TN. This law covers directed communication with a malicious intent. Simply re-posting goatse images on your blog does not put you in violation of this law. Re-posting goatse images with an attached threat to a specific individual or group probably would, though.
Should harassment be protected free speech?
I do have an iPhone and have looked at my own data with the Tracker app. On the surface I would have to say there is some validity to this guy's claim because the location data on my phone included places I haven't been within 10 or 20 miles of ever. With that said I still installed the untrack app on my phone to dump the tables in the database where this data is stored, but that's mainly because my Tinfoil Hat Wearer's Club membership agreement required me to do so.
why would it be so wrong to believe that a creator would use the biological laws of the world he'd created to achieve said end?
This is exactly the point I try to make with the more devout+less educated cross section of my friends when this topic comes up. I truly don't understand why they think God would try to play some cosmic joke (burying fake dinosaur skeletons in the earth, etc) on the unbelievers. It makes far more sense that God would simply use the system he created.
I have also experienced the black screen of death 3 times. One of those was after the firmware update. However, every single one of the crashes occurred within Ghost Recon: Shadow Warriors (a lot of fun, by the way) so I'm not sure that isn't just a problem with that particular bit of software. I also have Super Street Figher IV, which I have played extensively with no trouble.
Issues--head-aches, etc--seems to vary largely by person. I've yet to get headaches while using it but have experienced some discomfort with certain settings and games. I found that when I keep 3D on the lower end of the slider that I am able to play continuously with no trouble. On the upper end of the slider, though, I do experience many of the problems others have reported.
But the fact that there are no charges being pressed enrages me.
Are you a parent? There's absolutely NOTHING they could do to the guy that would be worse than losing a child. I wouldn't be surprised if he winds up comitting suicide intentionally, with the same gun. I can't imagine how much this guy's hurting right now.
I'd also betting his marriage is over. Yes, charges of child endangerment could be filed, but no punishment is going to change anything; no punishment that state can inflict will come close to what he's done to himself.
I am a parent and literally incapable of imagining the loss of my child. The thought is too painful for my mind to conjure. However, you should not assume that all parents care for their children. Look around and you will find plenty of examples of parents who could not care less about their kids. Regardless, remorse does not absolve either the step-father or the mother from responsibility for their negligent acts.
Some others have also wondered how manual updates would be performed without Internet Explorer. Starting in Windows Vista this functionality was moved to a Control Panel applet. It was the same in Windows Server 2008 and is the same in Windows 7. So, no need for IE at all.