if someone tells you they are going to rape you to death, to your face, that's assault
But it happens all the time on the internet and is rarely, if ever, investigated. Probably most threats on the internet are not credible, but how do you know? If you are a semi-public figure the internet because a risk-free way to threaten and harass you, with guaranteed no consequences.
There are going to be people that say things or publish things you find distasteful. If you don't like it don't partake in that activity/event/business/group/etc.
Are you under the impression that when people get offended they somehow have legal power to make you stop saying the offensive thing? They are fighting speech with speech. What mental gymnastics do you have to jump through to believe that people should be able to say the things you agree with but then when people don't like those things they are not allowed to argue back?
They should have included a copy of Playgirl magazine also
I REALLY want something like this to happen one day. I wonder what the comments on that slashdot article would be like...
Real Programmers don't write in FORTRAN. FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies. FORTRAN is for wimp engineers who wear white socks.