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You obviously have a strange sense of humour, but that's up to you. Not everyone agrees that this "prank" was funny - and the key thing is did the person on whom the prank was played did not find it funny.
The rules for these sort of calls - in the UK and in OZ - are that having carried out your amusing prank, you should ask the victim if they found it funny, and are they happy to have it broadcast. Now there are plenty of examples where this process has been followed and everyone (?) has had a good laugh.
My gripe with the distraught DJs is they didn't even consider following the rules, or give any thought to the views of the victim(s) - I'm leaving to one side the gross dereliction of duty by their employer.
So you carry on supporting them. I wonder if they will ever carry out a prank again without following the rules - isn't that in itself an admission of their guilt?
You did not say that it was funny, but you did say that it was not a bad one. Sole point of a "prank" call is to amuse - therefore it follows that the "not bad one" was "not too unfunny" - geddit?
You must have some very strange conversations if the other party can't draw conclusions from what you say. You should have a field day with this reply!
therefore it follows that the "not bad one" was "not too unfunny"
No it doesn't. Unless you have as warped a value system as you appear to have.
Not a bad one in this case means that the intent did not appear to be to cause distress. Geddit?
As for your assertions that the DJs were derelict, I take it you haven't actually been following the story in the reputable press. It looks like your response was based off the knee jerk reactions of the likes of the Daily Mail. The call was vetted by the lawyers for the media company, and they were the ones who agreed to the call being played. If you listen to the call, it's plainly apparent that it's complete rubbish - how anyone could believe it was the royal family is beyond me, but that's a different matter. I feel sorry for the nurse, but I don't believe that the DJs should be excoriated over this, and the witch hunt that's going on with the gutter press is disgraceful.
You should have a field day with this. Oh, and you can abuse vote this reply as well.
*pre-emptive celebratory nipple tassle jiggle* - Sean Ewington
Agreed that they don't deserve this, but if we were all rational about this then how would the media justify their witch hunt of the week?
That said, I don't agree that they should have done this particular prank - if it's phoning up someone and having a stupid conversation or generally winding them up, that's fair game. But to have a conversation which could cost someone their job, then publicly broadcast it seems a bit low.
I agree that the "prank" doesn't seem to be "bad" enough to cause a suicide let alone the attention it received before the suicide. Honestly... why does ANYONE give a rats ass about "monarchs" in this day and age?
My problem with "pranks" of this nature is that by design they publicly make unsuspecting, innocent people look like fools. That's not humour in my opinion.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. ~ George Washington
The thing about prank calls, is that you know nothing about your victim, nothing about what else they have going on, nothing about their state of mind. This is because you don't care about them, they are selected at random and you don't think about anything that will happen after you hang up.
I don't wish to excuse the British press from anything. I don't think anyone should seek to excuse the Australians either.
Prank calls are the lowest form of comedy; lazy, selfish, and designed to get laughs by humiliating the victim and encouraging others to laugh at them.
Also, for the same reason let's not persecute the two presenters. The station pre-recorded the prank and managers and lawyers passed it for transmission. If everyone involved learns lessons from this at least there'll be something good comes from it. Sadly, I don't have much faith in the press or radio DJs in general to learn anything.
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
So, as we all know, the nurse who was involved in the Duchess of Cambridge prank
call died last week. And now there's a witch hunt in place from the UK press for
the 2 DJs who played the prank. I've listened to the call, and it wasn't a bad
one - certainly nothing that should have caused the kerfuffle that it did.
Misrepresentation is often criminal.
Death or injury which occurs during criminal activity, even when not directly caused by the activity, often impacts the prosecution of the first.
Exactly, look up "thin-skull" cases to find the relevant laws: a helpful page[^]
To all those who are defending the pranksters consider that they did not think their prank was inappropriate so why should they be defended from the backlash? If they can't take abuse, they shouldn't dish it out! (IMHO prank = abuse) I think they deserve all the negative attention they brought upon themselves. Through their deliberate actions they caused the death of a human being!
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- Of all the things I have lost, it is my mind that I miss the most.
- I vaguely remember having a good memory...
I've never been into kernel development - that whole area passed me by. It's a dark art as far as I'm concerned. Now if you want to talk about 3D routing algorithms and variant segmentation management instead, then I'm your boyo.
*pre-emptive celebratory nipple tassle jiggle* - Sean Ewington
I have never touched a single line of *inux code and I've always sighed at some high paid C++ requirements _ON_ Linux. I have seen the IDEs for Linux and they never got my interest. like Vi editor was something I saw during my school days . I'm sure there must be some modern day editors for C++ on Linux. But I'm not sure if I;d would ever give it a try.
Starting to think people post kid pics in their profiles because that was the last time they were cute - Jeremy.
Anyone smart enough to write an IDE for Linux already knows vi, emacs or both and recognizes the inherent power of them. It would be a come-down to use an IDE (and I am familiar with Visual Studio and Eclipse). I still fall back to vi and make when I am getting work done quickly in Linux.
First of all, I'm a Windows user and fan; I'm not a Linux troll. Having said that, the more that I've gotten to know Linux specifically and Unix in general, the more impressed I have become with it's overall architecture and style. When I first started working with Linux it was because I was forced to and it wasn't a pretty experience. However, it's slowly started to grow on me and I can honestly say that I appreciate a lot of stuff about it.
I don't do kernel programming in Windows or Linux, but I'd be interested to hear some more about the differences or pros/cons of each and what your take on all of it is.
SHELL PETROLEUM INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION NOTIFICATION have just sent me a 581KB PDF telling me that I have just won $1,500,000 in a lottery where they entered my email address as an 'alternative number CD80A'. Apparently it is a 'Shell GB Promotion', so I find it a bit sad that they forgot to translate the prize into GB£.
Mind you, the photo and graphics were pretty good, albeit a bit blurry.
The saddest thing, though, is that they are obviously giving away so much money, that they can't afford to buy a dictionary or spell checker, and can't afford a website, so they have to send email through live.com!
Seriously though,folks, a 600K spam PDF? How the hell are they managing to send those? Obviously, it obfuscates the message for spam filters, but I thought these guys sent out tens of millions of spam messages day.