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Comment Re:Flamed (Score 1) 491

I don't think you get to make a generalisation about a group of approaches to software development when you have never used them ;)

Not having the need for them is perfectly valid though, if you're in that kind of situation then you're actually very lucky. Things like Waterfall can work and work well, the whole point though is that one size doesn't fit all. So whether you're Scrum or Waterfall it doesn't actually matter. Just like development tools, you use the best thing for the job.

Comment Re:trolling vs free speech (Score 1) 898

but if he said offensive things to the person's face, what would the punishment be?

I don't think that's an equal comparison, that'd be more equivalent to sending a user a message.

I didn't RTFA, but it appears that the memorial page had an open comment section and they expected it to not get trolled. It doesn't matter who is in the right here, but that's an unreasonable expectation.

And people on the internet need to learn a bit more about real life. The internet does not actually define the rules of law.

Car analogy: pedestrians have the right of way. That doesn't mean you should try to walk across a 6 lane road with heavy traffic.

In the UK any road of that size is likely to be a motorway where pedestrians do not have the right of way :)

At the end of the day, your behaviour online still falls under the laws of the Real World. You can be held accountable for copyright infringement, libel and malicious communications amongst many things.
In this case the length of the sentence is likely to have been weighed up with the seriousness of the intent involved, along with how public it all was. Don't forget he'll likely serve less than 12 weeks of the sentence (assuming good behaviour).

Comment My girlfriend would disagree (Score 1) 553

Speaking as someone whose significant other has a psychotic ex-boyfriend, what Randi is suggesting would mean people in her position would either have to take the chance that their knife wielding ex's stalk their online presence and maybe eventually turn up at their door, or that they can't use the internet.

The fundamental problem with the idea that you have to be a real person online is that it brings all the 'real world' problems with it, and all these bright sparks never seem to address these issues.

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