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Comment: Re:Much as I despise trolls (Score 1) 484

by oldmac31310 (#48187587) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail
I was deliberately giving an extreme example but how far do you have to scale it back until it is socially acceptable (for want of a better phrase) to preemptively commit physical violence? When is a threat a real physical threat and not merely a perceived threat? You can't make legislation that is contingent on a person's perception. The act of trolling should not be illegal and it should be up to the party who feel's threatened to take it to court if they so wish whereupon the clowns there will decide if there was a real threat or not.

Comment: English insularity (Score 1) 484

by oldmac31310 (#48187219) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail
Whatever about the pros or cons of the leglislation proposed and possible punishment I find that the English seem to be getting more and more insular and nationalistic when it comes to the internet. Their politicians don't seem to get the idea that it is not their internet. It's almost like the empire they didn't have and are somehow miffed at losing control that they never had over it. But, it is the same everywhere. Politicians are clueless arseholes. Not sure if it is the summary that is at fault here, but you can't tar all trolls with the same brush. Surely trolling runs the gamut from playful pisstake to bullying and death threats - from merely annoying to genuinely frightening - but if I post the Golden Girls song here now - am I a criminal? OK, probably yes...I'll have to think about this some more...

Comment: Re:So, it has come to this. (Score 1) 742

by oldmac31310 (#48186211) Attached to: Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job
Interesting. The last place I worked shut down after a horrible series of financial problems. I figured I could continue with some of my customers to get their work done - BUT - my ex-boss had his lawyer call me to tell me not to call on any customers. The really ugly part of this was that this same lawyer was my divorce lawyer. How fucked up is that? So I was effectively shut out from pursuing the kind of work I had been doing for almost 20 years. Nice old boss, eh? I had never signed anything - but being taken to court was something I couldn't risk. Five months unemployed and finally landed a job doing something very different. What is one supposed to say? It's all for the best? Everything turned out OK in the end? These experiences definitely wear away one's sense of self worth.

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