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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Law Is An Ass

So it's now illegal to anonymously annoy someone on the internet. Sounds ridiculous, don't it? Well, not according to the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act, which was cunningly attached to a must-pass funding bill for the Justice Department (a lovely example of the dysfunctionality of the US legislative system).

Read the whole stupid story here.

boy, I for one am glad that I never annoy people on the internet ... anonymously, that is.


At 1:49 PM, Blogger DaPi said...

Since spam annoys me, I read this as a CAN'T SPAM act.

(I live in hope, dreamer that I am.)

At 2:06 PM, Blogger Bob B said...

The only problem is, if they're annonymous, how the hell are you supposed to identify the annoyer?

"If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."

VW: smenita
An exotic drink from the makers of svedka?

VW: vgasm
Some sort of perverse activity with an old fashioned computer monitor?

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Joel Garry said...

Been saying for years, the only way to avoid this is to build non-repudiation into the underlying protocol, hardware level. Would that be a good thing? For e-commerce yes, for speech, no. So we need two webs...

vgasm Definitely one of the best yet.

At 7:00 AM, Anonymous OracleDoc said...

you've got that right Dave it's stupid. I wonder how long it will last before an uprising occurs and makes the government realize they messed up.

At 8:12 AM, Blogger David Aldridge said...

OracleDoc ... probably take a simultaneous strike by all sports players plus a national television shutdown ... that aside I can't think of any motivating force strong enough :D

At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This does suck...just think
If this comment annoys you, I could be in trouble...
only if you can find me (re: Bob b)

At 6:10 AM, Blogger Bill S. said...

[quote]David Aldridge said....
that aside I can't think of any motivating force strong enough :D

Well, that depends on whose campaign guys like Mr. Gates contribute to.

Word Verification: fcldsh
Nope. Not touching that one. Might annoy someone.

At 2:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to be outdone by Australia when it comes to silly laws:

"Law makes euthanasia unspeakable"

Originally noticed via this blog post/article:

No doubt some self-serving lawyers, law makers, politicans and empire building civil servants will primarily benefit from all this.


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