* Posts by Ed Fingleton

6 posts • joined 17 Dec 2010

@UnSteveDorkland Twitter satirist faces 4 charges in US court

Ed Fingleton

Re: Not at all odd

Free speech is guaranteed in the UK. Don't need a first amendment for that!

This weekend: First ever iPADS IN SPAAAACE

Ed Fingleton

They better not have angry birds on there, or they aren't getting ANY work done!

Laptop shoots spike into owner's hand

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But what was he watching?


Samsung says Apple lifted iPad from Kubrick's 2001

Ed Fingleton

@Asgard Interesting news item in the tablet video...

7 minutes in there's a close up on news items that the user will be interested in. At the bottom of the page there is a news item about the US warning china not to oppose sanctions that they want to place on Libia. Struck me as rather topical!

Facebook closes today ... NOT!

Ed Fingleton


Surely you mean cretinous...

Scientologist overlord declares victory over Anonymous

Ed Fingleton

"If anything I liken these activities to the civil disobedience of protesters like Gandhi."

I really don't feel that you can equate the actions of the people who subscribe to being part of this 'Anonymous' group with the actions of Ghandi and his followers. Especially those actions as part of the campaign against opposers to wikileaks.

I must say, I support the anti Scientology feelings which the 'Anonymous' group have and were they promoting anti Scientology denial of service attacks I would probably not bat an eyelid. It is only since they have begun attacking reputable companies who have made a viable business decision to not support or allow their services to be used by wikileaks that I have realised that I was being a hypocrite.

Direct action, whether via the Internet or in person up in someone’s face through violence, which in a way a DDOS attack is despite it happening in a totally nonphysical world, can NEVER be the way we treat people of different opinions to us. This is not the way to a society in which we can exercise free speech.

In this world there are many viewpoints which I find frankly distasteful (e.g. the BNP political party in the UK) but I’m supposed to live in a country in which I can say anything as long as it does not violate the rights of others, either directly or indirectly (e.g. by inciting violence). So BNP you have a right to be here and say many things I find distasteful, Scientology do too, and I find that equally distasteful, I mean really who follows a religion whose founder said that "The way to make a million dollars is to start a religion." But their right to speak things I dislike is directly related to my right to speak out if I see injustice in the world around me, my right to speak about my own religion (Christianity) and my right not to be oppressed because of my views.

Wikileaks I do not support, and businesses which do not wish to be associated with it have a right to not do business with it. That is one of many ways society can show that it does not approve of something a person/organisation is doing. Attempting to affect the way businesses which refuse to do business with wikileaks do business with others via DDOS is a crime and should not be taken part in no matter how righteous the actors feel their cause is.

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