Stopped reading comments on other sites a long time ago, but the Slashdot moderation thing used to work mostly.
He's 14 years old FFS. I don't remember much of what I did or did not do at that age, but I am damn sure I wouldn't come off great from a trial by social media.
At least above average intelligence, socially awkward kid probably misuses the word 'invent'. Maybe he was a bit desperate for attention. Don't know, don't care. He got handcuffed out of his classroom, in every part of the world I have been to that is every level of messed up, and I wouldn't grudge him getting some time hanging out with people / institutions he looks up to. Maybe he wouldn't make this photo on merit: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qMS0...
So fucking what. He got handcuffed out of his classroom. If he gets to visit NASA and Google and Facebook, that's pretty commensurate compensation. What the kid needed was some off the radar time hanging out with tech / science folks, then back to (a different) school. Pre social media, that would be possible - it would make the papers, then fade away, people forget your name.
But now, we put a 14 year old's life under the type of scrutiny no one would survive unscathed. Some of the comments that I would love to annotate with 'HE'S FOURTEEN'.
Browsing at '2' now:
1) He is not a particularly bright kid and is being unduly celebrated.
He's not particularly bright and spends his time publically denouncing unduly celebrated 14 year olds on internet forums.
2) 20,000 volts should be enough for anybody
Joke about tasering a skinny non violent 14 year old kid. HAHA
3) Sorry, but you need to be part of a celebrated group, re-assemble your clock into something that some people say resembles an IED, and then have the school go apeshit and overreact to it.
I made a better clock when I was 14 and no one cared, so I'll piss all over this 14 year old.
4) So, they finally got their 15min of fame, and now let's just be happy to have them out of the country and back where they want to be in the first place.
The funniest thing about the 'us vs them' theme is the denial of reality. The family are Americans, they hold American passports, they are and remain American in the only way that counts.
5) IMO, this was all part of a preconceived plan to scare people at school by bringing in a suspicious-looking device and then cry discrimination when called out on it.
(4 Insightful) Sigh
6) Yep.... I hate to say it, but I think a LOT of us just got fooled on this one, at least initially. As techie geeks , we *wanted* to believe this was all about a young, brilliant kid getting held back by the system.
Usual predictable media cycle of build them up then tear them down. Actually I don't think any real tech geek was 'fooled' even before the clock tear downs etc. I saw a curious kid stuck in a crap system being treated abysmally by public taxpayer funded institutions. The fix was to get him into a better environment where he can make what he can of himself. Not this circus. If you got fooled, the fault is yours, don't put it on the kid.
7) If you're muslim, you don't bring anything to school that can be mistaken for a bomb
I had the privilege of being brought up in an environment where that wasn't much of a concern when I went to school. I want all 14 year olds to have that privilege.
And everyone goes on about 'muslim kid', when did we start stamping religion at birth? His muslim-ness didn't seem to be that big a part of his life before this whole business. Now we've given his dad an excuse to cut him off from the rest of the world, take him to Mecca, maybe enrol him in religious classes, move to a muslim country, all at a very impressionable age. If the kid turns into a bearded islamist conservative, I won't blame him. He tried being different and fitting in and look where it got him.
8) Ahmed didn't just not invent anything, he disobeyed a science teacher who saw the clock and told him not to show it to anyone else in the school. Ahmed plugged in the clock and set an alarm to go off during his English class. The mess of unsecured components and wires was dangerous when plugged into 110V AC, if not scary for what it might be. The English teacher quite understandably freaked out.
Ahmed's father had to have known the clock was not the invention of his son, yet he set up fundraisers.
Last November, Ahmed's father registered a company named Twin Towers Transportation.
This is the only one of the nutty conspiracy things I actually looked up and feel stupid for doing so. Apparently it's housed in a building called Twin Towers. Or maybe not. Who gives a crap, I thought this was about the 14 year old and if it is who gives a damn what his uncle calls his company or his cat.
Even if that twisted summary of what he did is accurate, I can't find anything to be outraged about. Like, you know, handcuffing a kid out of the classroom. He did, knowingly, and with malicious intent set off a clock alarm
9) I'm curious if they're leaving the country to avoid a potential fraud charge. You don't insult a police department this haphazardly and get away with it. Nothing would make me happier than watching this piece of trash and his family get arrested as they try and leave the country.
Only one thing worth noting - the 14 year old is very much included in the poster's list of people who should be arrested. The rest of his family, I don't know or care if they should or shouldn't.
10) Because clearly he deserves more recognition for reassembling a clock than Olivia does for discovering a new way to detect Ebola...
(5 Insightful) Ok. If you say so. You are the only one saying that though. In this world of perfectly proportional recognition given out to everyone from the Kardashians to Fujio Masuoka, the 'recognition' for this 14 year old is what we should be outraged out.
Incidentally, I don't think I saw or read a single comment describing him as some sort of genius], all I saw was 'hey kid, drop by our lab sometime, we can show you some cool stuff'.