British MP Calls On RIM To Shut Down Messenger Services To Stop Riots; Because Pissing Off Rioters Calms Them Down?

from the umm... dept

After some have been blaming the Blackberry for facilitating the London riots, it seems that some politicians are hanging their hopes on that to the point that they actually think that shutting down Blackberry's messaging feature will help. MP David Lammy apparently is asking RIM to shut off its Blackberry Messaging Service because nothing quells a bunch of angry, rioting young people like trying to cut off their ability to communicate.


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    blaktron (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 7:09pm

    Isn't the first sign of tyranny when the government shuts down public communications?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 7:13pm

    As I recall, the last time a government responded to rioting by shutting down communications networks, that government ended up being overthrown.

     

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      Jay (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 9:05pm

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      I'm all the way in America. I must not be the only person to say "This is NOT going to end well".

      Especially given the *fact* that the Prime Minister is not understanding WHY people are rioting.

       

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        monkyyy, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 2:21pm

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        wow both obama and bush got that there were job loses, so as long as we get someone in that doesn't believe that's going on we can "CHANGE"?

         

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    Spaceboy (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 7:18pm

    Makes sense. It's not as if iPhone, Windows Phone or Android users are rioting. I mean it's only BlackBerry users that are causing all this trouble right?

     

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      blaktron (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 7:22pm

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      Which is hilarious, because im POSITIVE that BBM is being used to conduct business in Britain FAR more than its being used to riot...

       

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      That Anonymous Coward (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 7:33pm

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      Why Blackberries/BBM: "This could be attributed to the fact that BBM messages are free and private to send—or simply because 37 per cent of 16 - 24 year olds in the UK own a BlackBerry, according to Ofcom."

      http://gizmodo.com/5829077/blackberrys-site-hacked-after-rim-vows-to-help-bring-bbm+using -rioters-to-justice

      as well as

      "Blackberrys allow for private, PIN protected Group chat-rooms, intended for the corporate sorts. But kids. You know kids. They're smart. A lot smarter than they're given credit for... "

      picked up from the BoingBoing thread.

      There are a large number of them, and to stop the other things you need to shut down the internet. Anonymous has taught us... If the Government shuts down your internet, Shut down your Government.

      Besides it is easier to shift blame to Blackberries than to admit to the number of failings in the handling of this entire affair.

       

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      Jay (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 9:07pm

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      From what I'm reading, the RIM is more secure, so they're putting all blame on the Blackberry, because it's more difficult to track.

      I expect an impinging of civil rights after these riots are quelled, and the UK is not going to be very pretty...

       

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      John Doe, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 4:52am

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      They are probably rioting because they see that RIM is dieing and they can't face it.

       

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 7:28pm

    Have been chatting with people over on BoingBoing about this.

    A hacker group, Team Poison, hacked RIM and told them they would release a database of RIM employees to the rioters if they did this.

    The situation is well out of hand, but the Government seems to think they can just tell them the street lights are on, you have to go home now.

    Being on the outside, with only second hand information, I'm trying to hear both sides and find the truth in the middle. What is becoming clear is there is a massive disconnect between the Authorities and the People.

    They went into a situation that was already upsetting people and then shortened peoples fuses by mostly ignoring the family. Then there are reports after hours of waiting for someone to talk to them a 16 yr old girl got upset and threw (either paper, a rock, or both) at the police and then was beaten by 15 officers. There is video circulating of the beating as well as eye witness accounts of it.

    Now in the void of information about this, rumors of him having been executed or handcuffed then shot, followed by a police response that looks disproportionally heavy handed in the beating of a 16 yr old... it makes it hard to dispel the rumors gaining ground in this case.

    Add a media machine set to frappe trying to get the next shocking headline out, add a dash of people who feel the Government was out to get them to begin with... and boom.

    There is a massive disconnect between the people in charge and the reality of the situation. If we turn off the Blackberries everything will just stop and we all all resume our civilized lives.

    At the end of the day, if they shut down the network the rioting will only get worse. More people will join in feeling the Government is committed to crushing everyone underfoot.

    If when they manage to get some order restored, the UK is going to, as a nation, need to have a serious look at itself and figure out why the gap is so large and how as a society they manage to close the gap.

     

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      JMT (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 8:20pm

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      "...a 16 yr old girl got upset and threw (either paper, a rock, or both) at the police..."

      Is it too early for the obvious joke there?

      "At the end of the day, if they shut down the network the rioting will only get worse. More people will join in feeling the Government is committed to crushing everyone underfoot."

      Not everyone, just those looting, smashing and burning the property of innocent people and businesses, not for some worthy cause or support of disadvantaged people, but because it's fun and they can get away with it. If they won't stop, those people should be crushed underfoot so to speak.

      I have a great deal of distaste for brutality or unwarranted violence by the police, but I think this situation has definitely passed the point where it's warranted.

      Cutting off Blackberry communications sounds like a stupid move, but so far the Metro Police's response seems very weak.

       

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      Jay (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 9:26pm

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      Here's one person in London. I believe the reasons are a lot more than "these people need their blackberries" and Laurie Penny explains quite well:

      Violence is rarely mindless. The politics of a burning building, a smashed-in shop or a young man shot by police may be obscured even to those who lit the rags or fired the gun, but the politics are there. Unquestionably there is far, far more to these riots than the death of Mark Duggan, whose shooting sparked off the unrest on Saturday, when two police cars were set alight after a five-hour vigil at Tottenham police station. A peaceful protest over the death of a man at police hands, in a community where locals have been given every reason to mistrust the forces of law and order, is one sort of political statement. Raiding shops for technology and trainers that cost ten times as much as the benefits you’re no longer entitled to is another. A co-ordinated, viral wave of civil unrest across the poorest boroughs of Britain, with young people coming from across the capital and the country to battle the police, is another.

      ... The truth is that very few people know why this is happening. ...

      Most of the people who will be writing, speaking and pontificating about the disorder this weekend have absolutely no idea what it is like to grow up in a community where there are no jobs, no space to live or move, and the police are on the streets stopping-and-searching you as you come home from school. The people who do will be waking up this week in the sure and certain knowledge that after decades of being ignored and marginalised and harassed by the police, after months of seeing any conceivable hope of a better future confiscated, they are finally on the news.


      So the politics matter. The background is a situation that has been ignored for decades, and has finally reached a boiling point. I'm concerned about this. By what is being said about "restoring order", it seems that the UK's elected officials may decide to get more violent with the protests, making this much worse. I truly hope I'm wrong in this.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 12:07am

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        The only problem is that not all the people rioting are in the situation you describe. It may be true in London but elsewhere like Birmingham, Bristol and Gloucester, people are just doing it for the sake of looting. It's a disgrace. If people have a problem solve it with peaceful protest not by burning the homes and businesses of the innocent. Just because you have nothing does not give you the right to take it from the who do.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 12:36am

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        Maybe they should petrol bomb more everyday "middle-class" families out of their homes, completely burning down apartment blocks and homes, after robbing them.

        You know, since this is a legitimate way to do a protest in a civilised country and not just an easy excuse for some thievery, assault and vandalism.

        I seriously doubt these rioters even know Mark Duggan's name.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 3:49am

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          Completely agree, I like it how some people on here are suggesting that there must be some "bigger" reason.

          NO THERE ISN'T, these are just scumbag's who fancy some new trainers, tv's and free alcohol. They fancy a chance to show the police and the "rich people" (FYI rich person seems to be anyone who has worked hard, has a job/business, regardless of how big) that they run the streets.

          Alot of the businesses that have been burnt down are small local family businesses (yes there are a load of big stores as well). We are now seeing communities coming together to protect their businesses and streets against the looting scumbag's.

          There have been quite a few residents coming out and praising the Turkish and Curdish communities in London for banding together and projecting families, businesses and properties.

           

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            Jay (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 5:00am

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            I like how you ignore the fact that a 16 year old girl was set upon by police, a man was shot and killed by a police officer, in one of the poorest and derelict parts of the UK. But woe betide that depriving a community of their rights leads to any rioting. Now they're all criminals.

             

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      FuzzyDuck, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 3:35am

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      In as much as I think governments are trying to screw us out of our freedoms and that the police are often abusive thugs themselves, I find that burning down other people's property and livelihoods, just amounts to wanton senseless destruction that will do no good to anyone. If you have a bone with the government, take it up with the government, not with your neighbors and not by destroying property and things that other people depend on to make a living.

      If there is one thing a government should do it is to protect people and their property from thugs. They have a duty to their citizens to crack down on the rioters.

      Though shutting down RIM is not one of the things they should do in a democratic country.

       

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    freak (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 7:49pm

    Wow. I hadn't realized that the riots were STILL happening.

    I didn't hear about them stopping, I just assumed they wouldn't last the full night, and took the appearance of clean-up efforts as being evidence for that assumption, (subconsciously).

    Wow.

     

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    Jake, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 7:50pm

    From a tactical point of view, denying the rioters the ability to communicate will make life a bit easier for the police by making the violence less organised and coordinated... at least until some of the brighter gangbangers loot a few handheld radio sets.

    However, shutting down Blackberry Messenger will mean a lot of innocent people are going to at best severely inconvenienced and at worst cut off from their friends and families in the middle of a massive riot. From a political point of view, that's going to create a lot of problems in the long run.

     

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      freak (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 8:01pm

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      BBM is just one method that's being used, to my understanding. Yesterday, I was already seeing pictures of pamphlets & advice sheets making the rounds, and text messages & twitter are also being used.

      Given the level of organization, I wouldn't be surprised to see codes start to pop up. Y'know, if they haven't already.


      One thing I'm disliking about this is the picture we automatically paint of any western riot: The rioters must be out to get rich or get sexual satisfaction out of burning things.

      While I'm sure there are opportunists, I'd like to hear the reason why an entire crowd starting burning and trashing their own city for multiple days. Current stories are pointing towards a disproportionate response from 16 police ganging up on a girl who threw a rock at a protest, (First rock, thrown, apparently).


      I assume that protesters in the middle east are probably also portrayed as being hooligans and looters in their countries. Are they? (Time for me to get googling, I think).

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 11:34pm

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        I assume that protesters in the middle east are probably also portrayed as being hooligans and looters in their countries. Are they? (Time for me to get googling, I think).

        I wouldn't doubt it either.

        Your comment finally made me find that Star Wars piece about the Death Star memorial service.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 3:54am

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          Difference between the middle east and London is fairly clear really:

          Middle East - common problem/issue against the government, very little looting/burning of your own community

          London - no common problem/issue against the government (some don't even know who's in power or whats going on in government) and lots of looting/burning of your own community

          Quite frankly it is insulting to all the people fighting for increased democracy in the middle east to compare them with the scum looting in London

           

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            freak (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 8:41am

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            As far as I can tell from my googling, the news coverage is moreorless the same.

            Newspapers, and the 'general sentiment', (As far as I can tell), is that the protesters were just noisy hooligans, and where it didn't erupt into looting and arson, the newspapers appear to uphold "Our stellar police forces, who prevented a possible tragedy".

            There appears to be, (I'm not sure, google translate was doing the heavy lifting for me), a controversy in one of the countries about how a newspaper printed pictures of the riot and other stuff . . . the day before the riot happened, (So that they had enough newspapers on hand to sell while the riot was happening).
            (The printing factory/whatever they used was one of the first places hit during the actual riot, and the PR people for the newspaper were absolutely clueless to this occurrence when people started asking them questions how they could print the newspaper that fast).


            So, regardless of whether it IS the same or not, I conclude that the general sentiment and newspapers/new sources from the effected region will generally always decry the riots as hooligans & looting.

            So, regardless of your insistence of a difference that's not at all clear to me, I think I'll wait until after the riots, and after a few more facts come out, to see whether the majority or a small number of rioters were looters, what this would mean even if a majority were looters, and all that other good stuff.

             

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      PaulT (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 1:42am

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      "From a tactical point of view, denying the rioters the ability to communicate will make life a bit easier for the police by making the violence less organised and coordinated."

      That would be true only if Blackberries were the only form of communication being used.

      "From a political point of view, that's going to create a lot of problems in the long run."

      Since when has that stopped politicians from trying to make a name for themselves in the short term?

       

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    Robert Shaver, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 8:26pm

    So do you think ...

    that the British people are oppressed? Will these riots finally liberate them? Will they shout, "Free at last! Thank God I'm free at last to smash windows and steal liquor from rich shop-owners. Finally I have achieved my dreams."

    In fact I heard one of the looters interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered as she drank from the bottle she said she liberated from a shop in Lavender Hill. She said that the whole thing was the government's and rich people's fault.

    The sad truth is that I doubt that anything will change as a result of this.

     

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      Hephaestus (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 10:10pm

      Re: So do you think ...

      "The sad truth is that I doubt that anything will change as a result of this."

      What this will do in the long run is remove socialism from the table politically. It will remove many of the things the government and elected officials takes for granted. Things like not being re-elected based on your promises and performance not your BS rhetoric. We have the ability and technology to rate politicians, it will happen soon.

       

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        Ed C., Aug 10th, 2011 @ 3:16am

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        Great! When will that start to happen in the US? My guess would be never. We can't even begin to make our officials accountable for their rhetoric until we make our press accountable for their spin and bias.

         

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    PrometheeFeu (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 8:43pm

    I am still not used to the idea of blackberries not being used exclusively by businessmen. The idea of blackberries being used by rioters conjures up the image of a bunch of people in suites speaking loudly into their bluetooth headsets: "Yes... Yes.. No... Give me a sec, I need to trash that car... OK. Yes... Well, let's talk about it over lunch. OK! See you tomorrow."

     

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      Jake, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 9:56pm

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      They're cheaper than iPhones and the availability of pre-pay 3G SIM cards means there's a thriving secondhand market for them. Besides which, there's probably no shortage of people out there rioting who were in fairly good jobs before the recession.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 1:28am

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      In the UK, the Blackberry Messenger Service is free and it's easy to send messages to groups. Blackberries are relatively cheap. They're the phone of choice for the young.

       

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    Preston, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 8:56pm

    Bad idea?

    This is classic strategy. If you want to disrupt a large group attack the communications. I think it's a great idea.

     

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      Jay (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 9:14pm

      Re: Bad idea?

      (I'm assuming there was no sarc mark, but if there was, ignore this)

      No, it's not. Do you realize what this does on a massive scale? This means that the government is *furthering* the disconnect? I can't begin to tell you how bad this is!

      Let's say you have a shop owner, that keeps a blackberry. He's being robbed. Well, the police deactivate all cell phones. How is he going to get out any type of message about his status? What is going to happen to him? More than likely, he would *join* the rioters in taking down the government, because it's now the government that is oppressing him from being able to speak to them!

      That's what happened in Egypt. Taking away the internet, gave people more thoughts into what the government is doing. That leads to more calls to overthrow the government. All it does is make the rioters fight even harder and larger numbers.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 4:04am

        Re: Re: Bad idea?

        There not talking about shutting down all the communications at all so I think you're jumping to conclusions.

        The talk is they plan to limit/shut down ONLY the blackberry messenger (I suspect with cooperation with RIM rather than..."yeah lets turn teh internetz off").

        But its just talk, much like the talk about calling in the army (which will be a horrible idea given most of our army has been fighting for their lives in Iraq and Afganistan and are definitely not ready to be deployed in a non lethal use of force situation)

         

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        Preston, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 12:59pm

        Re: Re: Bad idea?

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/aug/08/london-riots-facebook-twitter-blackberry

        I'm not buying the shop owner who needs his blackberry to call the police argument. These people are burning homes, looting, and committing murder.

        Call me a commie, but in this situation personal safety is more important than the communication rights of a bunch of thugs.

        What if during the LA riots they were using SMS to coordinate, it would make sense to shut the sevice to those towers down now wouldn't.

        Let's not let this idea of I can do whatever I want when I want get in the way of common sense.

         

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      PrometheeFeu (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 9:15pm

      Re: Bad idea?

      You know, I think that given the mood of the market the last thing you want to do is disable the trader's blackberries. They just might join the rioters.

       

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      The eejit (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 12:33am

      Re: Bad idea?

      Let's put it this way: it's about as rational as pouring napalm on an open flame.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 2:15am

      Re: Bad idea?

      It clearly was a great strategy for the countries in Middle-East, too.

       

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    Casey Bouch (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 9:16pm

    Tweeted a few minutes ago by a gm_rumley:

    "Not sure why the English are rioting, but I think it's because all their sandwiches have cucumbers in them." - Kimmel #LondonRiots

     

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    Dwayne, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 9:35pm

    Wait... what? I thought only business men used Blackberries. Does that mean the people rioting the streets are in-fact business men in common clothing? The revolution has begun.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 9:50pm

    What I find the funniest in all of this is that the rioters are the same type of people I suspect run pirate sites. They have absolutely no respect for anything around them, have no grasps of cause and effect, and are too busy sticking it to the rich people to understand the true effects of their actions.

    Generation Disrespect at full song.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 10:33pm

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      From your logic does that also mean all pirates are rioters?

       

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        cc (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 11:05pm

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        He has no logic. He's just not very fond of young people and he's also not very fond of copyright infringers, therefore both of those things are hooligans and pirates and terrorists.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 11:09pm

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        Nope, not in the slightest. It's just the same mentality. Short term thinking, anger with "the man", "the rich", "the arrogant", without any consideration except for their own personal needs at the moment. It's the ultimate in disrespect.

        Piracy is disrespectful, it is self-centered. Rioting and looting is disrespectful. It's a generation that just doesn't see respect as meaningful, except in the "don't diss me" stupidity of street gangs and thug life.

        So no, there is no A == B going on here, only that some that are in A are also in B, and that they appear to share a common thread of disrespect and self-defeating actions.

         

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          Casey Bouch (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 12:12am

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          I'd love to abolish all legally created intangibles (copyright, trademark, patents etc...). What kind of negative repercussions could this create?

          I don't see how piracy can be considered 'absolutely' disrespectful and self-centered. Both disrespect and self-centeredness(sp?) are internalized concepts and by making that claim you're suggesting that everyone pirates for the same reason. For example, you can pirate a song because you love an artist and wish to share it with others. Just because it's illegal doesn't mean you were intent on being disrespectful and self-centered.

          Also, nothing personal, but you sound like a fuddy duddy. You should leave the internet for a while and go tell children to get off your lawn.

          It may not be the generation's lack of respect but simply the older generation's lack of understanding. It's a continuous cycle. A few decades from now we may see a shift in ethics and morals that say otherwise.

          Does thug life still happen? I was hoping the internet would curb the appeal of thug life. Maybe someone needs to start a charity that works towards getting thugs addicted to MMORPGs. That would clean up the streets.

           

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          Richard (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 1:20am

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          and that they appear to share a common thread of disrespect and self-defeating actions.

          And the common thread in your comments is that you have no solutions (certainly none that stand a snowball in hell's chance of actually working).

          All you do is make a self satisfied rant about how other people are the problem.

           

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          cc (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 2:12am

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          Exactly. Respect him or he'll beat you over the head with his walking stick. That's how respect was earned in the good old days, he'll have you know.

          Taping a song in his time was like lighting fireworks in Mrs Robinson's mailbox, a mere 4 on the disrespectful youngster/masochistic asshole (DYMA) scale. But downloading a song today is like burning down a church full of kittens and babies, a full 10 on on the DYMA scale.

          There is only one way in which this new-found lack of respect can be explained: it is the result of a sudden and extraordinary mutation in the human genome. Based on evidence collected by the Geriatric Association of Landscaping (GAL), this mutation is exhibited by making the new generation instinctively enjoy the lamentations of the women of the previous generation, viz their mothers. This in turn leads their fathers to beat them over the head with their walking sticks. Of course, none of those behaviours can be explained by the fact that we are in the worst economic times ever, since there was no civil unrest during the great depression either -- none whatsoever.

          The GAL also uncovered an indisputable link between the burning and pillaging during riots with the burning and pillaging by pirates on the high seas. Since infringers of copyright are also called pirates, it was evident that these behaviours are linked. Even to a non-expert, it should be abundantly clear that the physiological lack of respect shown by a frenzied rioting mutant youth is precisely the same lack of respect shown by a mutant youth pirating media on the Information Superhighway. Needless to say, in the good old times copyright law was always respected, and all disruptive technologies were respectfully ignored so as not to inconvenience anyone.

          In fact, the good old days were just hunky-dory, because everyone sat around drinking tea all day. On more adventurous occasions they drank coffee. The mutant youths of today drink too much koolaid, download songs and some of them even set fires to things. The previous generations never did anything even remotely similar, no siree. There's no respect today. No respect at all.

          For those reasons, the GAL lobby makes the following recommendations:

          1) all mutant youngsters are subjected to surgical sterilisation;
          2) koolaid is banned from circulation and replaced with organic green tea;
          3) as a result of the mutation, the youngsters should not legally be considered human and should be made the property of their respective ancestors;
          4) all lawn carers will cut no more than one third of the leaf length in each mowing;
          5) a copyright levy of 42.3% of each mutant's income is collected and handed to a copyright association to compensate for lost sales and burning and pillaging costs; and finally
          6) a small explosive device is implanted in the cortex of each mutant youngster, which will explode if they are beaten over the head.

          The GAL believes that swift enforcement of these measures will kickstart innovation and will lead to the creation of 12 billion new jobs.

           

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          Ed C., Aug 10th, 2011 @ 3:53am

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          No, removing peoples' rights from copyright law without so much as even asking them first is disrespectful. Making it so ridiculously long that most copyrighted works won't see the light of day until long after their dead--and not even then as most of the originals will be dust--is disrespectful.

          A lot of social injustice is born from a fundamental disrespect as well. I doubt factories owners who used to chain their doors during working hours or maim underage workers in their poorly maintained machinery had any more respect for their employees than farmers have for their cattle. People seem to have forgotten the struggles of creating labor rights or even a decent wage that made joining the "middle class" possible in the first place. That's become rather convenient for the owners because they have been working to abolish those laws ever since they were created.

           

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          Zot-Sindi, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 5:49am

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          Piracy is disrespectful, it is self-centered.


          copyrights/IP/patents supporters are some of most unbeliavbly disrespectful & self-centered people i have known, on top of being huge control freaks and extremely rude

          so, you where saying?

           

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      Jay (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 5:26am

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      I'm of the mind to just absolutely put this to to bed with a Chamillionaire song, but then I decided the Sex Pistols is a lot better.

      Seriously? You are still running that old disingenuous pirate site moniker on a story about the UK's problems with a very valid disconnect of state and people?

      *facepalm*

       

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      CommonSense (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 8:47am

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      They do have respect for what is around them, and they do grasp cause and effect. That is why they remained peaceful as long as they did. It is the rich people, the government lobbyists, and the politicians who do not understand the true effects of their actions, and it is only now that they are getting a taste.

      Generation Disrespect at full song indeed, just not the generation you seem to think it is.

       

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    cc (profile), Aug 9th, 2011 @ 10:12pm

    I predict that the riots will end on the 13th.

    That's when the Premier Legaue starts, which is why the chavs are out looting: they want bigger tellies. Come the 13th, they'll want to stay at home and watch the games.

    Even though I'm being sarcastic, there could be an element of truth to this...

     

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    dev, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 10:12pm

    egypt

    it worked in egypt right?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 10:31pm

    Cutting communicatios helps to inhibit coordinated actions, and WTF? they are already pissed off how much will it really add?

     

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    Nicedoggy, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 10:54pm

    The disenfranchised and the victims of police abuse call the MP to step down and let someone else who knows WTF they are doing to take over.

     

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    tom, Aug 9th, 2011 @ 11:30pm

    happened before

    I think these people are rioting because for years they have been ignored and abandoned by schools and employers and politicians, much like the youth in the Arab world. but now they find they have this small bit of power so they use it. its frightening for us middle classes but its our fault - we (I voted liberal so I am to blame) have again voted in a conservative party and like under Thatcher there were riots by the jobless and ignored.

     

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      Casey Bouch (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 12:20am

      Re: happened before

      Any political stance the rioters are trying to make is going to be ruined as soon as the first 42" widescreen television gets stolen.

       

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        tom, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 3:37am

        Re: Re: happened before

        According to the Office of National Satistics the Standard shopping basket the TV is a flatscreen 22". So maybe you are right. But maybe only very slightly.

         

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      ChrisB (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 11:31am

      Re: happened before

      You can have your middle class guilt. These punks deserve a rubber bullet to the teeth.

      UK, and the rest of the world, is broke because idiot voters are bribed with their own money, politicians make promises our kids have to pay for, and Keynesian morons think the solution to spending too much money is spending more money. Next time, vote for the middle-of-the road guy who says, "I'm not going to war and I'm not supporting public unions. I'm going to give you reasonable services for the cheapest price possible."

       

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    Brent Ashley (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 12:42am

    Just a bunch of tools

    Clearly the fault in London's 1985 riots lay squarely with the telephone and the postal system. They had best also confiscate any Aldis lamps and semaphore flags they find on these hoodlums.

     

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    anonymous patriot, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 12:57am

    Ummmmmmm.

    Pretty sure RIM didn't shoot and kill anyone. I'm just guessing the original claim that the victim "shot back" isn't helping matters.

     

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    indieThing (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 2:06am

    This isn't political as such

    All this rioting isn't really political, it's a bunch of yobs mainly looting and robbing and generally taking advantage of the chaos. I live around the corner from where some of the action has been, and I can assure you that the only shops that were touched have some value such as electronic goods, jewelry and bicycles.

    Regarding the BB and other social media I have to disagree with you on this one Mike, the police are'nt saying that the tech is responsible, they're just stating that was what was used. They are also saying that the tech is useful to them to capture the yobs by posting pictures on Flickr and trawling through tweets etc. So far they've had 3,000,000+ vistors helping identify the culprits.

     

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    dragonseoman (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 2:44am

    Good job pissing them off

    As i recall a certain country named Egypt try to do the same thing and .
    .. not like it gonna happen the same in England, right?

    Anyway, a poor choice IMO

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 4:42am

    Very tricky situation this. I also suspect that many of the people involved in the rioting have no real agenda. Probably they are a bit pissed at slowly having their state benefits examined and probably reduced after years of increase until the point that it is actually uneconomical to go to work. Pays better to have a couple of kids. Coupled with an insanely lenient court system that pretty much lets everyone one off with community orders for all but the most serious crimes. Further aggravated by police who are extremely sensitive to race and complain that they cannot even look at people the wrong way without fearing a complaint and investigation.

    So you have angry bored people with a huge sense of entitlement from years of money for nothing and a feeling they are above the law as even if they are arrested and charged they get a sentence they simply ignore. You have police pissed off because they feel hugely under-appreciated, constantly under the spotlight of the very critical media assured that if they use force and someone gets hurt they themselves will end up in court (Tomlinson) and are also getting cuts to their pay and pensions. (Read Inspector Gadget blog http://inspectorgadget.wordpress.com/ for a coppers point of view).

    It is an explosive mix. The state cannot back down and suspend cuts as the country has high debt. Rioters must be cracked down on hard and the police must get the support of the state to do so. Rioting in a country like the UK for whatever reason cannot be allowed. Nobody is really starving. There is no police state (probably as far from a police state as you can get) and the poor living conditions of the type of people rioting is largely of there own making as they are sure that everything from educating their own kids to keeping where they live tidy is the responsibility someone else.

    Something drastic must be done. The people need to learn that their lives are their responsibility. The need to be disciplined until they learn some for themselves, perhaps send them to the Army for a short sharp shock and real criminals need locking up.

    Until then...

     

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      freak (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 9:18am

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      "the poor living conditions of the type of people rioting is largely of there own making as they are sure that everything from educating their own kids to keeping where they live tidy is the responsibility someone else."

      I find your depiction of poor people to very insulting and ignorant.

      I have a longer spiel about this, an anecdote from my own life, and an amount of statistics, but somehow, I think it would probably be wasted.

       

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      jonvaljon, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 12:29pm

      Re:

      "Nobody is really starving. There is no police state (probably as far from a police state as you can get) and the poor living conditions of the type of people rioting is largely of there own making as they are sure that everything from educating their own kids to keeping where they live tidy is the responsibility someone else."

      No police state in britian? No one is starving? Poor people are poor because of their own making, not underlying economic conditions?

      You cannot seriously think that a country with more CCTV cameras than citizens,a nd over 300 police killings in a decade with no convictions of officers involved isnt a police state. You cannot seriously think there is no one in England that goes without food. You cannot seriously think that everyone who wants employment has it, when there are 45 people applying for every 1 job in some london suburbs.

      There is a world outside your convoluted head, and if you cannot understand such hardships that some of the less fortunate among us face, you are too ignorent for words.

       

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    MAC, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 5:30am

    Criminals

    They are criminals plain and simple.
    In South Carolina citizens have the right to protect their property with deadly force.
    Shoot them, they are robbing and destroying private property and should be dealt with swiftly and surely.
    On wait, the brits can’t bear arms…

    And people want to take away our right to bear arms…

     

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    crade (profile), Aug 10th, 2011 @ 7:21am

    Shutting down communications is a relatively common tactic.

     

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    Wiley Koyote, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 7:38am

    Means, Motives, Opportunities

    It is likely that the baddies are agent provacateurs (outnumbering Joe SixpencePack demonsrators) with an intent to provoke just this reaction. In the USofA, the instigators have traditionally been lowlifes recruited by 3-letter agency types to justify the violent reaction. Works every time.

     

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    BongoBern, Aug 10th, 2011 @ 8:27am

    RIM Shot

    Damned if you do and darned if you don't. From the experience gleaned in the Middle East, shutting down isn't really an option, and as you say, will probably make things worse.

     

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