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UK Teen Banned From US Over Obscene Obama Email 555

British teenager Luke Angel has been banned from the US for sending an email to the White House calling President Obama an obscenity. The 17-year-old says he was drunk when he sent the mail and doesn't understand what the big deal is. "I don't remember exactly what I wrote as I was drunk. But I think I called Barack Obama a p***k. It was silly -- the sort of thing you do when you're a teenager and have had a few," he said. The FBI contacted local police who in turn confronted Luke and let him know that the US Department of Homeland Security didn't think his email was funny. "The police came and took my picture and told me I was banned from America forever. I don't really care but my parents aren't very happy," Angel said.

Comment The Problem with a enthusiastic community (Score 1) 221

The only problem there is with this idea is that when people feel passionate about a company or community that they belong to, they start to drink the kool aid.

Have you ever read the tech support forum for any games publisher/producer? I'll use World of Warcraft as an example:

Whenever a patch has been posted thats introduced problems, until its officially recognized, people posting about the problem will get a slew of replies that are along the lines of 'Its fine for me, therefore it must be your computer' and refuse to acknowledge that there might be any kind of actual problem with the patch.

My local computer parts supplier has a customer forum and I've run into similar things there, they were selling systems that were very well specced except for the PSUs which were woefully inadequate for any modern video card (They supplied 300w PSUs with their otherwise cutting edge systems) and when someone pointed out it was a shame there wasn't a option to customize what PSU was provided, rather than people agreeing, instead they got several hostile replies on how any idiot could replace a power supply and what did they expect for the price etc and generally praising the company while berating the poster.

It's fantastic people want to be involved and even volunteer their time but it does seem to ultimately lead to bit of a echo chamber and cheer leading.

Comment Why would it be? (Score 1) 534

The article seems rather pointless and smacks of journalistic hackery, one could of easily written an article saying "Monkeys no threat to Elephants!", that is to say while they are both OS's that may share some marketspace, they really don't interact much and aren't a threat to each other whatsoever.

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