||Quoth the Raven:
"Since the internet (last I checked, Mr. Gibbons, 'Internet' was spelled with a capital I.) is an open forum, it is easy for people to tell quite blatant lies and have them believed. In order to discourae (Another misspelled word?) this practise, adequacy takes steps to ensure that no idle readers are deceived by insidious lies from cynical media manipulators."
Quite true? Take for instance, sir, your post from December 2nd... I know you remember it:
Is Your Son a Computer Hacker?
Suppose for an instant that your "few days of investigation, and some research into computer hacking" was all-inclusive. You doubtlessly left no stone unturned, and did enough research to write a college-level thesis statement complete with bibliographic hyperlinks to the many conclusive sites you visited. In that article, sir, as you will recall, you stated that "AMD is a third-world based company who make inferior, 'knock-off' copies of American processor chips. They use child labor extensively in their third world sweatshops."
Now, from the objective reader standpoint that I tried my hardest to maintain, not one of your referenced hyperlinks directed me to the source of that information. Where, pray tell, did you find it? I keep trying to see the disturbing picture in my head...
It is early in the morning... a few moments before the dawn breaks the horizon in Sandakan, Malaysia. A malnourished 6-year-old delicately adds the 17 millionth transistor to his soiled microprocessor, constructed on a straw mat lying on the muddy, unpaved floor of a terra cotta shack that serves as an industrial workshop for AMD's cutting edge hacker processors. Damn his abilities! He has flawed the design and will only be able to make a 750 MHz microprocessor - technology outdated by two years! He will miss his 2.0GHz quota again, but perhaps... just maybe... if he disables "the security features that American processor makers, such as Intel, use to prevent hacking," he can stay the nightly flogging by W.J. Sanders III which is given to all deficient children who cannot meet the efficiency demanded by Advanced Micro Devices.
Quite an interesting word picture, do you not think so, Mr. Gibbons? How AMD has managed to stay in business since 1969 is truly a third-world miracle! I wonder if they are heralded by some of those third-world countries as local dieties! Then too, let's not forget the many woes that come from online games, such as "Quake ... an online virtual reality used by hackers. It is a popular meeting place and training ground, where they discuss hacking and train in the use of various firearms."
Keep your children off Quake! Hackers meet there! But, by all means, let them visit the safer domains of Quake II, Quake III Arena, Diablo II, and the ever-popular Everquest. Many fun filled hours can be spent amongst the friendly strangers you meet there!
I think that you, sir, would call me a hacker. What's worse than that, is that I am a hacker that has graduated college three times over and am now making a living sitting in front of a computer, understanding their very being. When they break, I find the fissure and repair it. I work to advance the technology you fear. I spend far more than 30 minutes in front of a computer each day. And, as you can tell from this post, I know the core language of the web... HTML. From my profession, I believe that your ill-informed and poorly composed thoughts are detrimental to the country, the economy, and the entire world. You sir, have shown us in this post one of the most sterling arguments to why some people should never be granted the right to free speech nor be trained on how to use a computer.
I must apologize and digress. Did you see where I was going with this post, Mr. Gibbons? If it helps you at all, go back and read the bolded sections near the top, in the second paragraph.
What it comes down to is you are the very thing you warn others against. Dictionary.com defines <U>libel</u> as "A false publication, as in writing, print, signs, or pictures, that damages a person's reputation." Look over a handful of the 4000+ responses to your post, sir, please. Your articles do little BUT deface or damage reputations. And that, Mr. Gibbons, is my point to you.
You do "tell quite blatant lies and have them believed" and you are one of the "cynical media manipulators." I know from reading your posts, the 'Hacking' one in particular, that you are an educated man, Mr. Gibbons, you do write well, and, for the most part, spell well also. You are not perfect, nor are you "a model parent." Any parent that names their children (six children) after a program on the media most responsible for the degeneration of society (anybody remember "The Brady Bunch?" Carol... Peter... Cindy...) is more of a narcissistical advocate of the Devil himself!
Further, if you are going to belittle a person who has a legitimate question for the site by pointing "out your ideological or genetic deficiencies," or other grammatical errors in a post, you truly are an unintelligent, unreasoning, blunder-headed jestingstock of a man.
I grow weary of writing, so I shall close this post. I'm saving a copy on my computer at my apartment, and will be posting a slightly altered form of this response to your other article. Hope to see something back from you, sir. Rest assured that I will again write the next time you post something worth my time.