* Posts by Mark Hewitt

14 posts • joined 26 Feb 2008

Judge dismisses charges against accused Twitter stalker

Mark Hewitt
FAIL

Without a doubt the guy is a looney. Damn stretch to consider this free speech that should be protected. Obsessive behaviour, multiple psedonyms, telling porkies. How is all this not "uttering threats" ?!? The following is a quote from this Canadian website about the Criminal Code of Canada (http://www.defencelaw.com/utter-threats.html):

"What the Crown must prove

To secure a conviction at trial, the Crown must prove that the person making the threat did so knowingly. That is, the prosecution must show that he was aware of the words used and the meaning they would convey. It also must show that he intended the threat to be taken seriously, that is, to intimidate or strike fear into the recipient. It is not necessary that the person making the threat intend to carry it out or be capable of doing so. The motive for making the threat is equally irrelevant.

In assessing whether the words constitute a threat, they must be considered objectively. The court must ask: In the context and circumstances in which the words were spoken or written, the manner in which they were used, and the person to whom they were directed would they convey a threat to a reasonable person?

A history of violence between the parties may support a finding that the words were intended as a threat. Whether or not the person making the threat has an apparent ability to carry it out when the words are spoken, his use of gestures or acts, whether the recipient of the words takes them seriously, and disparity in size between the speaker and the recipient of the threat may all be relevant to an assessment of the speaker's intent."

The Right to Free Speech shouldn't be a club that turns on the nuance of phrasing. IANAL, but in Canada I'd say he'd be convicted.

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Google's Siri-a-like to be named 'Majel' after Trek actress

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And for a change of pace...

You could always get Steven Wright, especially when you're playing music. >:)

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Nearest supernova since 1986 blasts boffin off her chair

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Neutrinos would have arrived with the first light. The analysis will come out of the neutrino instrument logs.

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Oz gov launches $AU200m green energy fund

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...Vulture Partner....

I first read "...Venture Partners...." as "...Vulture Partners....", which is completely wrong.

But it sounds like a great idea!

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Paul Allen proposes new space launcher

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FAIL

How about between Mercury and Gemini?

Mid-1963 to 1965, where no American flew into space either.

Although in both that and the Apollo-Shuttle pause, the follow-on program was much more advanced when the previous one stopped.

Bah! Both with Apollo and Orion NASA rejected the better designs: GE Apollo (http://www.astronautix.com/craft/apollod2.htm) and Lockheed Martin CEV (http://www.astronautix.com/craft/cevkheed.htm). Whatever happens it's their own fault.

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Microsoft preps 13 updates for August Patch Tuesday

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Re: If your OS was a car.

@Trib, ...just don't buy one for the first year of a major model change.

Hey, a helpful car example! :D

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Assange: Text messages show rape allegations were 'set up'

Mark Hewitt
Black Helicopters

How about bait 'n switch

So Assange gets extradited from the U.K. to Sweden.

what if the aircraft he leaves Britain on next lands in the U.S.?

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BOFH: The PFY Chronicles

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Dead Vulture

How he could return

Don't think it'll be like Sherlock Holmes. Else the Bastard would have died in a mighty struggle with his arch nemesis...er, don't know who, and the PFY would have found the scene afterwards.

Someone better not wake up next year and realise it was all a dream.

Maybe the use of arcane computational arts could be bent to make him rise again.

And if he was like the Doctor, he'd be back, somewhat the same character but strangely different. Ah, but the IT grind would soon mold him back into the same old ways.

Then he could spend a year as the BOIH as someone else thought. Could get himself kicked upstairs. :)

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Tokyo battles monstrous murder of crows

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Need a Hitchcock icon

...or Tippi Hedren. :)

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Google brands ebook monopoly critics 'shortsighted'

Mark Hewitt
Black Helicopters

Nice cat, Sergey

But don't those white long-hair's shed something fierce?

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Intel says new PCs will cost you nothing

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Wonder how much changed hands?

Could have got that done with any Debian derirved distro like Ubuntu, using aptitude with apt-dater and cron-apt, for a fraction of the cost--and without that unsightly Windows mange.

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Acer flaunts first Ion-based nettop

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Flame

What about using dual Atom 330?

As you can find out in El Reg's own articles (search for "Atom 230" and "Atom 330") you can see that everything after Windows XP just demands too much of the Atom 230. A fancy graphics design may help, but right now MSI Wind barebones PC's prices increase from $175 to $185 going from Atom 230 to 330 here in Canada.

Surely Acer should have used the Atom 330, especially if they're thinking of Windows 7.

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US gov now says Eye-o-Sauron™ border masts are crap

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Jobs Horns

Now with Web 2.0™!

"Plan to buy new, better Eye-o-Sauron™ 2.0"

..with Web 2.0™-enabled cameras allowing Young Pioneers...er, Homeland Security Cadets...er, True American Volunteers™ to protect the Land of the Fee without leaving the comfort of their flats and barkaloungers. One quick call to Blackwa...er, ah, the Authorities and you can settle back and enjoy the show. Why settle for "reality" television when you can have the truly unreal?

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Odeon kicks Rambo in the 'nads

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I liked it

"...attracted criticism for failing to adequately explore the inner turmoil of the eponymous hero,..."

Well, it's not quite as good as "Rocky Balboa" but at least it attempt to deal with the turmoil of being a soldier. A friend also said she appreciated that the rape scene was clearly violent and not at all erotic.

"...preferring instead to substitute subtle analysis of Rambo's psyche with heavy-calibre firearm rounds and lots of stuff exploding."

Yup, lots of things going boom. And as typical with Hollywood they get the explosions and wounding wrong, with lots of gasoline fireballs and more blood than a slaughter house. The "Tall Boy' bomb explosion was way too big. (At least, like Chekhov's gun, having shown the bomb in Act 3, they blew it up in Act 4. :)

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