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409 weeks ago @ Obie Fernandez - I want a kill switch f... · 0 replies · +1 points

You can't just start forcibly doing anything to a 16 year-old, especially not related to her communications with friends. (I supposed that you *could* but it would cause a lot of tension.)

410 weeks ago @ Obie Fernandez - I want a kill switch f... · 0 replies · +1 points

Jammers are a no-go... http://transition.fcc.gov/eb/jammerenforcement/jamfaq.pdf

448 weeks ago @ Obie Fernandez - Andrei Apologized · 0 replies · +2 points

He just sounded very humbled and remorseful, so I let it go. People make mistakes -- I certainly have, many times.

449 weeks ago @ Obie Fernandez - Andrei Bodnarescu, Rac... · 0 replies · +2 points

I have evidence else I would not have made this blog post. It does not
surprise me that he's denying it. That is one plausible strategy to
try getting out of his mess. Unfortunately, it's the incorrect
strategy to use with me. An admission and apology would be welcome and
much, much more effective.

By the way, nothing in my post should be interpreted as an attack on
EI-Technologies. I don't know anything about them, other than that
Andrei Bodnarescu claims to work. I used that information as a means
to identify Andrei versus any other person that shares the name.

449 weeks ago @ Obie Fernandez - Andrei Bodnarescu, Rac... · 0 replies · +2 points

So you think it's petty to threaten someone with bodily harm and wish
for their painful and disgusting death? Without provocation even?

See http://gbitk.net/2011/11/13/feed-the-trolls/ for thoughts on why
trolls deserve to be exposed.

449 weeks ago @ Obie Fernandez - Andrei Bodnarescu, Rac... · 0 replies · +2 points

I agree 100% and updated the blog post to reflect that.

449 weeks ago @ Obie Fernandez - Andrei Bodnarescu, Rac... · 0 replies · +1 points

You're probably right.

449 weeks ago @ Obie Fernandez - Andrei Bodnarescu, Rac... · 0 replies · +2 points

Paul,

Maybe the guy is just an asshole or maybe he was drunk and ranting, but regardless, the purpose of an email like that is to intimidate and suppress expression on the one medium in this world that remains somewhat free and open. You can call it whatever you want, but I call it online bullying and it's used very effectively against other people, not just me. I've gotten insulting emails before. I've been victimized in various ways. I've been mugged at gunpoint and witnessed my family get assaulted. I was with my sister when we were mugged at gunpoint by 4 youths right in front of my fucking doorstep in Atlanta, and she miscarried the next day. I know what it's like to feel powerless to stop a bad situation and live with the resulting angst.

By the way, Andrei's behavior is fucking insidious precisely because he threatened me privately INSTEAD OF publicly. If he had posted on his blog, or twitter, the same bullshit and called me out I would have chuckled to myself and ignored it. Why? Because I could give a shit about his opinion of me. However, he wrote me privately and not only insulted me (I can take insults) but threatened bodily harm and wished for my death. That's taking it too fucking far.

I don't wish for any bodily harm to come to this guy, nor do I expect it would ever happen. I didn't dig up his personal information in some secret database or anything, he was foolish enough to threaten me using an email address that could be trivially linked to his real identity, about which there is plentiful information out there including his CV on his own website.

Obie

449 weeks ago @ Obie Fernandez - Andrei Bodnarescu, Rac... · 0 replies · +1 points

You're probably right.

449 weeks ago @ Obie Fernandez - Andrei Bodnarescu, Rac... · 0 replies · +1 points

Actually I thought about that and my phrasing works whether he's Romani or not. Someone from Romania living in France should be sensitized to some degree about racial prejudice given the way that Roma peoples are treated. On the other hand, he might hold some racial prejudice against them himself. (And considering his chosen email alias, maybe he's Moldavian.)