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A man who died in a fall from JP Morgan's headquarters in London yesterday has been named as Gabriel Magee, a senior IT programmer at the firm. The 39-year-old American had worked for the investment bank for ten years in both New York and London and was vice president in CIB Technology at the time of his death. "We are deeply …

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Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'

Not really all that funny...

I've had a colleague who went on to kill himself - it's an awful time for all concerned.

Thoughts with families, friends and colleagues...

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@theodore now that's how you 'take a fall'

Especially as you've got to try quite hard to get any fresh air in those buildings.

I'll pass on your sympathies.

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Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'

Probably he used an Open Source parachute....

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@theodore, Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'

I was going to make a snarky remark on this topic, but, instead I plan to express my sympathies for his loved ones and co-workers.

To do otherwise is extremely cruel and downright nasty.

Nuff said.

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Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'

Having worked in a building where someone jumped off an internal balcony into the atrium below, this is neither funny nor appropriate, even for El Reg's… questionable comment standards.

Shame on you, and my condolences to the members of the public and the colleagues who witnessed it, and the family and friends who have to suffer through this.

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Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'

Screw it. I'll take the down votes for awhile. What he said was crass and unfunny but all the solemn fake bullshit on here is nauseating. Not allowing people to question or express themselves in opposition to the group think emotion of the moment turned out so well after 9/11. Bill Hicks and George Carlin would be the first to say get over yourselves.

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Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'

What are you expressing yourself "in opposition to"? This isn't a stupid debate on the merits of Samba as a replacement for a Windows domain controller - this is about some poor b@stard that probably took his own life.

If you think that's funny, you've got a f#cked-up sense of humor. If you think it's "fake bullshit" that people are expressing sympathies, you're just f#cked up.

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Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'

We all laugh at the Darwin awards. An IT guy tops himself though and suddenly it's serious business!

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Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'

Thank you voice of reason.

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Re: now that's how you 'take a fall'

"I'm sorry. My responses are limited. You must ask the right questions"

You know whats coming next

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@theodore 17:10

You are a nasty little child, aren't you?

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Re: @theodore 17:10

quote: "You are a nasty little child, aren't you?"

Without knowing the exact circumstances or people involved, it would impossible to say whether making light of this death is unforgivable or to be celebrated.

I am going to hold off from either offering sympathy or making jokes until I find out if he was one of the demographics we're allowed to be nasty about (paedo, rapist, wife-beater, lawyer etc.). Until I have that information I can't be sure what the correct reponse is :/

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Define suspicious

I've worked for more than one company that's asked me to spice up my code to make it look like the company was making less money than they actually were and wondered about my health when I said no. I think the real reason the American Mafia is in decline is because normal business has made them redundant.

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Re: Define suspicious

What is it with the commentards on here that they always know the circumstances behind every tragedy?

Meaybe the cops shouldn't bother investigating. All they need to do is ask Fehu for an opinion.

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It's an elaborate hoax

He'll be back next season

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Re: It's an elaborate hoax

This is not Battlestar Galactica.

But in IT and suicidal thoughts?

I know the feel.

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The higher they climb -

The harder they fall...

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Re: The higher they climb -

Well, its a new way of leaving because its tough at the top!!

Good job it wasn't a banker really, otherwise we'd have to assume there's another stock market crash about to happen...... Oh wait, there's limitless free money, the Dow's at 16800 and its unsupported by fundamentals. What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: The higher they climb -

Yes, about that

Disquieting news next to your breakfast cereal

After last week´s decision by HSBC to halt its policy of not honoring large withdrawal requests by depositors comes news of the Russian bank “My Bank” implementing its own run-protection measure.

“My Bank”, one of Russia´s top 200 lenders by assets, has introduced “a complete ban on cash withdrawals until next week.” In my discussion of HSBC´s similar policy here, I note that limiting redemption requests has been a measure to help fractional-reserve banks remain solvent since, well, the advent of fractional-reserve banking.

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Re: The higher they climb -

So there's this JPM IT guy. There's the Deutsche Bank exec who hanged himself in Kensington, both within days of each other, and days of reports of several banks all restricting people's access to withdrawing their money.

Maybe these two can see another major banking collapse within the next week or two and figured this was the best option rather than wait to see the global economic system flush itself down the toilet?

or, maybe it's just all coincidence

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Unhappy

Looks like I've stumbled into Vulture Central

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Throw them a bone!

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Or an entire skeleton!

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I am your opus,

I am your valuable,

The pure gold baby

That melts to a shriek.

I turn and burn.

Do not think I underestimate your great concern.

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Hmm...

I find it a little disturbing that people make jokes about such a tragic incident especially as, being an IT guy, some of his family, friends and colleagues may be El Reg readers. Jokes are appropriate for stupid lawsuits, failed products and CEO gaffes not, it seems to me, untimely death. My thoughts go out to those suffering loss.

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Re: Hmm...

My sentiments exactly.

Have an upvote from me.

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Re: Hmm...

Perhaps it is a little disturbing, but gallows humour is common and it's free expression. Are you advocating censorship on the grounds of 'taste'?

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Re: Hmm...

That's the good thing about un-censorship... It makes it easy to identify the lowlifes who feel smug about being able to joke (lamely) about someone taking their own life.

Cutting edge radical comedy... Right on kids...

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Re: Free speech and poor houmor?

Is this even an outlet for free speech? You can say what ever you like anywhere you like, it does not give a requirement of TheRegister to keep it posted though. If done so in a public place, then everyone can listen if they wish, here there can be and are rules.

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Re: Hmm...

@apjanes - Thanks for the moderating comments.

Let's await the conclusion of the inquiries. Spare a thought to those who knew him -

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/jp-morgan-death-it-executives-family-pay-tribute-after-fall-from-canary-wharf-tower-9093052.html

Mr Magee’s parents, Bill and Nell, told the Standard they had been left distraught by their son’s death and would come to London looking for answers.

Speaking from their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mrs Magee, 74, sobbed uncontrollably as she said: “I’ve lost my baby.

“We are shattered beyond words. This was a young man, we cherished him. He was named after the angel Gabriel, the messenger who always had good news. He always brought us good news.”

RIP Gabe

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"Are you advocating censorship on the grounds of 'taste'?"

I'm not advocating censorship at all. People ARE free to express what they wish, as they wish. What I am doing is trying to __encourage__ posters to show some sympathy and compassion in their posts by their own free choice. Ultimately should you choose not to, that is __your__ choice just like expressing my concern, dislike and disagreement is __mine__.

"Perhaps it is a little disturbing, but gallows humour is common"

It is worth noting that just as society as moved on from the gallows and now considers such methods barbaric and uncivilized. Perhaps we should also move away from it's humour. Just because something is common does not make it right and just because something can be expressed, doesn't mean it should be.

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Re: Hmm...

Gallows humour is very much part of both El Reg and cynical IT bods.

We've made a shit ton of jokes about dead stupid people, accidental-but-funny deaths and celebrity deaths, and we've danced on several gravestones here. The fact that Reg publishes such stories is the first clue that death IS funny, and has been since Ug put his hand into a dead deer's skull and played hand-puppet.

However, jumping in with 'FIRST POST' tastelessness is a little sour. There is a difference between biting gallows humour and simply being an unfunny and an unpleasant human being.

Let's not confuse it.

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Re: Hmm...

Unless you're an American in certain states where sending people to their death via electrocution or injection of lethal chemicals is not at all considered barbaric and uncivilised.

It's at this point that I might quote Voltaire.

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Re: Hmm...

"Are you advocating censorship on the grounds of 'taste'?"

If we all used self censorship on the grounds of taste perhaps moderators would not need to do so. I'm perfectly happy for this site to moderate comments on grounds of taste. It's common decency to do so. Many people have a notion of 'free speech' meaning you can say what you like. But you can't - there are laws that prevent many such utterances, as people decide through legislature that they don't want that happening.

There's a balance to be struck between 'anything goes' and totalitarian censorship

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It would be a start.

Some taste.

Meanwhile will no one think of the children?

Or are the constables involved the sort that are allergic to Brazillian electricians and the like?

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WTF?

"It is worth noting that just as society as moved on from the gallows and now considers such methods barbaric and uncivilized."

The reason that we no longer have a death penalty is that we no longer trust the police or the legal system. As for barbaric and uncivilised, I think killing certain types of people would be a boon to civilisations everywhere.

Did we have a free vote on whether or not we keep the death penalty?

I think I might have remembered a referendum on that. We had it decided for us by people that some on here besides myself, hold in very low regard.

I am sorry the man jumped. It was described as a fall but by the sound of the comments and the fact it is getting a low level of constabulation, the plod are not suspicious. I'm sorry anyone is so upset they feel "down" never mind act on the feeling. It is sad but you can't ever tell when people are suicidal until they are suicidal. Them's the breaks.

It is a high pressure world and getting worse.

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Re: Hmm...

"I find it a little disturbing that people make jokes about such a tragic incident "

I find it even odder that a news site would invite comments on such a story?

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@Russell Clarke It's not asking for censorship just a bit of human compassion for fuck sake.....

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@DannyAston

So gallows humour == lack of human compassion for fuck sake.....?

It's still popular. Perhaps that says something about 'human'?

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I doubt many commentards have a problem with gallows humour. I certainly don't.

However, as noted earlier, as an IT professional it's not outwith the realms of possibility that some of his friends, colleagues, etc might see this article and read the comments. It appears at least one person who has commented here may be connected to him in some manner.

I'm pretty sure you wouldn't approve of someone walking into his local cracking jokes about him being a 'high flyer' etc.

Time and a place, and all that.

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I've experienced suicide both of people I know, and also, twice, being >< this close to doing it myself. Nothing will change my opinion based on these experiences that suicide is the most selfish thing a person can do, and that black humour is a very good, and extremely necessary, way for some people to deal with it. Some of the funniest events I've ever been to have been funerals.

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@theodore 17:10

You should maybe think about how you would feel if this happened to someone you knew. I work in the very office, was here at the time and I can tell you it's not anything you want to experience.

There may well be people here that public opinion is against but do you think that someone who is just here to make a reasonable living, like the most of us are, derserves this for just being associated.

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Just as a correction for the article, a vice president at an investment bank isn't an executive. A very large proportion of IT staff will be Associate VP or VP just because of their base salary. Then of course you get the next level of job title inflation with Executive Directors at some of the banks which is largely the same thing.

On topic though it's a sad thing.You never know what drives people to it but I'm sure there will be a lot of people affected by having it at work.

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What did he know that they dont want us to know?

Too many people 'falling off balconies' this week..

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did he damage the roof of the building

there's only a few reasons to do this.

1 I think I can fly - drugs etc

2 got pushed off - murder

3 guilt - easy out

4 oops - really?

If you pull a #1, can you really expect any sympathy at all? #2 should result in the guilty party being convicted. #3 if you can't stand the heat... #4 who approved the building plans.

the most recent stats I can find state that 161500 people die every day, so even my death will be insignificant.

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Re: did he damage the roof of the building

You really have no idea, do you?

# 5 - clinical depression, organic cause (i.e. brain chemistry)

# 6 - clinical depression, due to stress, bullying, etc etc

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Re: did he damage the roof of the building

"the most recent stats I can find state that 161500 people die every day, so even my death will be insignificant."

No, even with some of the attitudes on display here, almost everyone's death is significant to someone. Maybe not on the global scale, but friends and family tend not to care about that.

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