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University Networks Block Student Project

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the be-less-creative-next-time dept.

Censorship 167

An anonymous reader writes "A computer science student at University College London put together FitFinder as a bit of a joke — it's been described as a cross between Twitter and personal ads, and it rapidly became very popular. The university took exception to this and started by blocking the site from being accessed on campus. Not content with this, a few weeks later it fined the student £300 and had him take the site down completely. Currently, the site is still offline, although there is a petition with several thousand signatures requesting its return. In the meantime, a site called PhitFinder has appeared, claiming to have no link to the original."

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Frist psto (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32476738)

suck it

Re:Frist psto (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32476756)

you got nothing...

catch me if you can! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32476776)

I am hiding from the Police as I write this.

I am quite certain that there is an All-Points Bulletin all over the entire San Francisco Bay Area for me.

I knew the jig was up when I was damn near flattened by three hospital security guards almost three hours after I was discharged from the Psychiatric ICU in San Mateo, California. I howled with laughter because they almost trampled me to death in their rush to find me.

The wristbands used to identify hospital patients are usually white. Special Patients such as myself wear Day-Glo yellow wristbands so that it is easier to invite us back to our Special Hotel should we wander away.

The PICU only learned that I put the drop on them when I realized I would do well to ask the hospital gift shop to cut mine off with their scissors. The manager explained her great reluctance by pointing out that hospital policy forbid them from cutting off patient wrist bands. I pointed out that I had been discharged after being admitted just the night before, then went into great detail as to why I was admitted. I then cheerfully said that I would be happy to chew my wristband off with my teeth.

Get This:

I was still wearing that wristband fifteen minutes later when only my quick thinking spared my life from the Hospital's Finest's Buffalo Stampede.

I then ambled off in the general direction of El Camino Real in search of a place to lie low while I contemplated my next move. After I was well out of sight of the hospital, I chewed off my wristband then stuffed it in my wallet. If I am so lucky as to be Slashdotted, I'll present a hardcopy of this post to the hospital's legal counsel, then whip out what's left of my wristband and say:

"You guys really need to start paying attention. You're beginning to piss me off. If I weren't such a nice guy I could have turned that place into a bloodbath."

A couple days ago I walked right out of the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at San Mateo Medical Center [sanmateome...center.org] in San Mateo, California.

Psychiatric ICUs are very small, secure locked wards where each patient is constantly and carefully observed by two or more Psychiatric Nurses, who take notes about everything us wingnuts ever do. I was admitted to such an ICU back in 1985 for acute Bipolar Mania, but was diagnosed with Bipolar-Type Schizoaffective Disorder rather than just Manic Depression because the nurses spotted my constant, desperate but unsuccessful search to find the fellow ICU inpatient who was Hell-Bent on murdering me. My auditory hallucination only called my name, but I was striken with terror whenever She did, because I knew She was coming to kill me.

All I required to escape the San Mateo PICU was a friendly chat with one of the Psychiatric Nurses. I did this on purpose to teach my friends at the PICU a valuable life lesson of the sort we commonly refer to as a "character building experience".

I've been struggling for decades to penetrate the Mental Health Community's thick skull with the simple advice that I have an ability to manipulate the minds of others in ways that put Adolf Hitler, Jim Jones, Pol Pot, Marshall Applewhite and David Koresh completely to shame:

If I weren't such a nice guy, I would have almost instantaneously transformed that PICU into a Suicide Cult whose existence would not have been discovered until the shift change, when the incoming staff flipped out when they found the unit's walls and ceiling completely covered with blood. You would have required a squeegee and dustpan to scoop our remains into our coffins for proper burials.

I'm hoping to get this Slashdotted because I would feel really bad for the people of the San Francisco Bay Area that would have to suffer as a result of all the fallout that would cover the place after my lawsuit for Criminally Negligent Medical Malpractice, Attempted Suicide and Attempted Murder turns all of San Mateo County into a smoking radioactive wasteland.

I knew I was hallucinating all day long when my hallucinations kept changing the locks on me so I couldn't get through any doors. Ironically, just knowing that you're Mad doesn't make the Madness go away. After finding myself locked outside a door that can only be locked from the outside with a key, I set out for Stanford Medical Center only to be trapped inside a convenience store I stopped at when my hallucinations led its sliding glass doors to trap me inside. "Please call 9-1-1 for me," I politely asked the clerk. "I'm hallucinating."

Strangely, the sliding glass doors worked just fine for everyone else.

Minutes later, almost a dozen cops and ambulance attendants had me totally surrounded. I cheerfully explained that they needed to haul me to the nearest Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, "5150" me then throw away the PICU's key until I stopped having trouble with my own keys.

Shit like this gets old sometimes. It really fucking does. This kind of thing has been happening to me for decades.

Get This:

Seconds after the last cop entered the store, the other clerk suddenly and for no apparent reason switched off the sliding door's electrical power. Rather than turn it back on when it was time for me to depart, two cops worked together to force the doors back open.

Explain that one to me. I know I made them do that somehow but I remain completely flummoxed.

Look Carefully

Why do you suppose Suicide Cult leaders all have such penetrating stares? Marshall Applewhite [youtube.com] , leader of the Heaven's Gate Mass Suicide in San Diego in 1997 is a good example. Adolf Hitler was that way too.

I have that same intense stare when I become psychotic. That's why I begged the ambulance attendance to 5150 me. Instead they 5151ed me because I knew I was hallucinating and so had the clerk dial 9-1-1 for me. These are from the sections of California's Lanterman-Petris-Short Act that governs the state's psychiatric hospitals. 5150 concerns involuntary admissions, 5151 voluntary ones. Perhaps you can see where this is going.

YO! SAN MATEO PICU! I KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO READ THIS SOMEDAY!

You better listen, and listen good. Fail to heed this simple advice and I'll get so pissed off that nuclear war breaks out all over the planet:

When I am psychotic, I can completely hypnotize even very experienced Mental Health Professionals just by looking at them.

Pleased to Meet You. Can You Guess My Name?

Last November I was having the time of my life flirting shamelessly with a young UCSC Psychology student I met one night at Lulu Carpenter's. While she continued to laugh and flirt back at me, I could see that she also seemed quite disturbed. Upon realizing that I was trampling all over that poor girl's subconscious mind, I offered to exchange emails then politely said I needed to go see a man about a horse.

I then raced at 90 miles an hour all the way from Santa Cruz to Palo Alto. Dominican Hospital was but a few miles a way but I knew Stanford would have a 24-hour Psychiatrist. I begged her to admit me because I knew I was well on my way to putting David Koresh completely to shame. They agreed to admit me but only because they regarded me as delusional for thinking I could do what David Koresh was so easily able to do.

They refused to release me a week later because they knew I was delusional because I claimed I could make Schizophrenics stop hallucinating just by talking to them.

Get This:

The very next day they released me when I pointed out that I had been offered an interview with Google.

Do you see why I get so pissed off sometimes? Don't even get me started. Just Don't.

Didn't get an offer though. At least Google managed to spring me from the Booby Hatch.

My name is not Jonathan Swift. No!

My name is not Michael David Crawford. No!

My name is Jesus h-Bar Christ.

I have lived with the delusion that I was The Second Coming since the earliest days of my infancy.

I am a Physicist.

h is Planck's Constant, derived by considering Classical systems of harmonic oscillators to determine the spectrum of Black Body Radiation. Loosely speaking, that spectrum is the color of the light from a non-reflective material of a given temperature. Planck lucidly explained why hot metal is deep red, while lightning is blueish-white. Lightning is very hot you see.

or h-Bar is the angular momentum of a Spin-One elementary particle. h by itself is sufficient for Classical Physics, but Quantum Mechanics just about always divides by two times Pi whenever h is present. Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

"H" was both of Harry Houdini's initials.

Now I can see that in addition to being the Second Coming of Jesus Christ...

I Am The Second Coming Of Harry Houdini!

I've been putting Harry Houdini completely to shame since 1985 without the Mental Health Community even being aware I had done so.

Here's a clue: In July 1985 could have savagely murdered two completely innocent ambulance attendants who were so damnfool ignorant as to not pay attention when they transported me. I wasn't trying to hurt anyone; I just wanted to quietly amuse myself during the drive from downtown LA to Norwalk. I'll tell you what I actually did a little later in this essay.

The source of Houdini's special magic was that he could dislocate his own shoulders just by flexing his muscles.

The source of Feynman's special magic was that he could numerically solve systems of partial differential equations just by thinking about doing so. Despite being but a graduate student in his early twenties, J. Robert Oppenheimer knew that Feynman's deep insight into both Physics and Numerical Analysis would enable both types of Atomic Bombs - the Uranium Assembly Bomb and the Plutonium Implosion Bomb - to work just right on their very first tries.

Feynman enabled the Trinity Test - a Plutonium Implosion Bomb - to knock a man flat at a distance of ten miles. Hiroshima was totally vaporized by a Uranium Assembly Bomb on the very first try. Nagasaki's Plutonium Implosion Bomb worked even better than Hiroshima's little package a few days later.

Don't even get me started about Tsutomu's special genius. Just Don't. Tsutomu is so brilliant because he regards being completely out of his tree as the right way to live. The knots inside Tsutomu's head make the source of Ted Kaczynski's great love of Mother Earth look like a cashmere sweater.

Most geeks are shapeless couch potatoes or beanpole-thin ghosts, but Tsutomu is an incredibly dedicated athlete. A batshit insane athlete as well: when his brakes failed during a bicycle race, Tsutomu figured that the best way to slow down would be to crash his racing bike into a crowd of fellow cyclists waiting by the side of the road. Tsutomu pulled stunts like that damn near every single day during our studies together.

The source of my special genius is also the reason I so much as survived my childhood. I have an insight into my own mind's Psychology that is much like Feynman's insight into numerical analysis.

I have advanced to the point that I can facily pass from lucid sanity into floridly batshit psychosis in a half hour just by adopting a certain frame of mind. Now properly dressed for the occassion, I hypnotize everyone in sight just by looking at them. No one ever catches on because I can then pass just as facilely from floridly batshit psychosis back into lucid sanity just by adopting a certain different frame of mind.

That I am able to finally write down the explanation of my own recovery as I have been doing the last few months enables me to agree with Tsutomu: floridly delusional batshit psychosis might actually be the right way to live.

You're Tripping!

There are certain aspects of reality that are plainly apparent to Psychotics but that the Sane are so delusional as to deny the very existence of. I have discussed several of these with my doctors over the years who all agreed that I wasn't delusional to see these realities, but who also said that to see them at all is an unquestionable symptom of psychosis.

I call these realities "Convenient Hallucinations". I have identified several so far, counting them along one axis at first, eventually two axes in a plane, then quickly into a third dimension of space.

It is important to understand that to Conveniently Hallucinate is the only way that the Sane can hope to be Sane at all.

When you turn in tonight, I want you to lull yourself into sleep by counting not sheep, but Convenient Hallucinations. When you arise in the morning, you will find that not only have you become The Second Coming of Christ, but that all of your followers agree.

Friedrich Nietzche wrote:

Be careful when you wrestle with monsters, lest you thereby become one. For, if you stare long enough into the abyss, the abyss also stares into you.

The reason I've been flipping out so much the last little while is not at all because I re-entered my psychosis. It is because I knew that the only way I could identify each of the Convenient Hallucinations and to understand the reality behind each of them would be to re-enter my psychosis. It's not the psychosis that drives me nuts. I've been putting psychosis on my pancakes since I was but a lad.

No, it's peering into the abyss that lies in the deepest depths of my psychosis. Friedrich and I are homies, you see.

Let's Get Together

One such Convenient Hallucination is that we have separate bodies and separate individual identities. It is trivial to disprove that idea using first year Quantum Mechanics.

The worst symptom of psychosis is what I call Loss of Identity. In going from me to you, the idea that my identity stops at the surface of my skin and yours starts at the surface of yours is completely delusional.

But that very same delusion enables us to survive.

The great appeal that cults have to so very many lonely isolated people is that cults enable them to feel for the very first time in their lives that they are a part of the human race at all. To feel that one is a part of something greater than oneself is one of the happiest feelings one can have. Tragically, that same feeling leads to the spectacular mass suicides of death cults.

Listen Carefully Or I'll Beat You To Death With My Bare Hands. I Don't Want To Have To Say This Twice:

The most dangerous symptom of psychosis is that when one becomes psychotic, completely unaware that they are even doing so, the Sane not just voluntarily but quite enthustiastically begin to participate in one's psychosis.

That's why dozens of talented young web designers were so enthusiastic about taking their own lives that they all bought brand new sneakers so as to be properly dressed for the occasion as well as sewing dark blue, diamond shaped burial shrouds that they covered themselves with just after they ate poison apple sauce.

"Have some apple sauce," Marshall Applewhite said, not in English, but in what I metaphorically refer to as The Language of the Gods [softwareproblem.org] . "It's home made, I picked the apples from the tree in the backyard."

"But I can see in a way no one else is able to that the right way to make apple sauce is not with sugar, but with phenobarbital."

"That sounds tasty!" said all of his followers, not in English, but in the language I refer to metaphorically as The Language of the Gods.

Marshall Applewhite? Apple sauce? Surely there is a connection here. But I've been puzzling over why some of them ate pudding instead.

The very instant I ever catch a Sane person participating in my psychosis I hurl myself with the greatest force through the door of the nearest nuthouse then beg them to let me stay. The PICU at San Mateo Medical Center is the only one that has refused to comply so far. That's why I got so pissed off and decided to Make A Statement about the error of their ways.

Gentlemen such as Marshall Applewhite and myself have such intense stares because that enables us to manipulate the minds of others through a very advanced and powerful form of Neurolinguisic Programming.

NLP is commonly thought to be the most fraudulent kind of Snake Oil. In reality it is the most effective form of Psychotherapy that the Scientific Community has been able to identify, but often fails because it is incredibly difficult to learn: one must manipulate one's own irises.

This sets up a two way communication between the therapist and client's optic nerves, the second thickest nerve bundles after the spinal cord. The client doesn't know this but it became plainly apparent to me the day I put the drop on the San Mateo PICU, because everyone I ever looked at looked straight back into my own eyes with that same stare that Marshall Applewhite had.

I have one of the worst mental illnesses to ever have walked the face of the planet Earth: three independent mental illnesses as well as a neurological disorder that affects my brain. My Bipolar-Type Schizoaffective Disorder was diagnosed in July 1985. It's much like having Manic Depression and Schizophrenia at the same time, but not quite the same because of the interactions between them. One takes the same medicine as is used for both mental illnesses, but they aren't as effective as they are for the individual illnesses because of the subtlety of those interactions.

I was first informed of my Obsessive-Compulsive Style [google.com] by my therapist Dr. K. of Santa Cruz, California, in March 1994 when I was a High Energy Physics graduate student at UC Santa Cruz.

I'm quite certain now it was first diagnosed in 1985, but one must not reveal the truth to a neurotic before they are ready to accept it. Two weeks later I turned up forty-five minutes late to my session because I carefully and slowly took a circuitous route all over Santa Cruz to get there.

Crawfordian Psychoanalysis [crawfordia...alysis.com] denotes what I metaphorically refer to as The Language of the Gods in a more lucid way as Speaking in Code:

"I don't need this anymore," I explained as I handed Dr. K. my copy of James Bamford's The Puzzle Palace, a detailed history of the National Security Agency.

"I have a gift for you," I said, handing Dr. K. a six-by-nine manila envelope. She was horrified to discover a slightly smaller envelope inside. I remember being quite puzzled at her increasingly growing horror as she opened envelope after envelope until she found enclosed in the innermost envelope a carefully folded handwritten letter that I took great care to write the night before our session.

All I can remember now is that it had something to do with "Fine Grain Psychosis". I finally know now what I was trying to say - I was saying much the same thing we mean by referring to Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski having his head all tied up in knots.

"Mike, you need to go to the hospital. Your software is buggy."

I protested at first but eventually complied.

At the hospital I explained to the Intake Psychologist, "I have gone through The Looking Glass." Completely flummoxed that she failed to understand, I went on to say, "We are on a chessboard. You are on the White squares. I am on a Black square."

Intake Psychologist Joan Junqueira provided me the key that would someday unlock my mind: "In more traditional societies, the Schizoaffectives are the Shamans." I knew instantly what she meant. While I have never had any Shamanistic training, neither have I felt I needed any. We are commonly known as Witch Doctors, but in reality we are the Healers of our communities. I go to Joan Junqueira, Dr. K. and Dr. I. to get my head fixed up. Were I in the Amazon rain forest, all the Amazon crazies would instead come to me. I long ago lost count of how many lives I had spared just by talking to despondent people. I've been counseling the suicidally depressed since I was a small child.

Just a few months ago I realized that I had lived with the delusion that I was Jesus Christ for my entire life. I was performing Biblical Miracles all over Alhambra Community Psychiatric Center in 1985. The staff understood completely what I was doing, but regarded me as the Second Coming of Christ because I figured out how to do it.

Here is how to make a Schizophrenic stop hallucinating:

If you see him suffering, walk right up, tell him your name, ask his, offer to shake his hand, then ask who is bothering him. Is there anything you can do? Fulfill his request then Presto! Satan stopped tormenting a deeply faithful Christian man named Bernard.

I instantly knew what to do but not why it worked so I asked one of the nurses. "You entered his reality. If you can figure out the rules that apply there you can bring him some relief."

Bernard just asked me to say a blessing over him.

I never make anyone stop hallucinating. Every Schizophrenic can make himself stop hallucinating but doesn't know he can until I give him that insight.

In September 2006 I finally stumbled upon The Holy Grail that would enable me to recover from my Madness. Towards the end of my essay My Deepest Fear [vancouverdiaries.com] , about my incredibly paranoid visual hallucinations about The Thought Police - the Police Inside My Head - I wrote that psychotics aren't in any way delusional or even mistaken.

I had re-discovered Carl Jung's explanation of Psychological Projection by explaining projection to myself. We see metaphors but experience them as objective reality. Clearly I must identify all of my metaphors, then struggle to understand the objective reality behind each of them.

I finally broke through The Looking Glass last October when an executive where I was working went totally batshit with rage at me for not having done some work that no one ever asked me to do. I saw him the exact same way that others see me when I totally flip out for reasons that never make any sense to anyone.

This precious opportunity might not come again: I hauled back my fist then blasted a smoking crater through The Looking Glass then leapt through the hole. Metaphor after Metaphor from my mind suddenly and relentlessly made their realities plainly apparent to me.

I went completely out of my tree; just since last October I have had six psychiatric hospital admissions, the longest being three one-week hospitalizations in which I admitted myself, the shortest being three hours or so when I called 9-1-1, four sheriff's deputies showed up, one handcuffed me then hauled me to the nearest nuthouse.

Get This:

All I required to obtain my release from this last was just one hour with a psychotherapist.

Most regarded this as the craziest I have ever been. Only two people ever agreed that I was experiencing not the symptoms of Madness, but of Healing: my close friend F. and my new therapist Dr. I. F. and I became the closest of friends as I at first helped her to recover from her mental illness, and she later helped me recover from mine.

The Armed Forces of the Human Mind

Scientists such as myself carry around laboratory notebooks in much the same way as clergymen carry Holy Books.

The very instant I knew that I had finally crawled all the way out of my batshit insanity I hurled myself back into floridly delusional psychosis [softwareproblem.org] with as much force as I was able to muster. I started by adopting a certain frame of mind that I knew would set the process into motion the same way a snowball initiates an avalanche.

I accellerated the process by writing about doing so, because for me writing has always been the most Powerful Voodoo of all.

I ensured my success by going completely off my medicine immediately, I didn't taper off at all. For a psychiatric patient to go Cold Turkey that way is much like it is for a heroin addict to do so, for the very same reasons.

I reenlisted, you see. I was going back in armed, not with a machine gun, but with a laboratory notebook [softwareproblem.org] .

I wanted to identify what psychosis was in as much detail as I was able to, as well as how to recover from it.

I knew I was making good progress when I found myself completely overcome with horror when I suddenly realized I was having the most floridly delusional experience of my entire life. I knew I was hallucinating but despite my desperate struggle I could not determine what was actually delusional about my hallucinations.

It was just like eating a whole bushel of Magic Mushrooms.

Suddenly a bunch of Ninjas jumped me. Taking a martial arts stance with my fists held ready, I shouted "Stop!"

The Ninjas disappeared. I found myself lying in my bed, dozing but awake.

Later I was in a pub, trying to eat a sandwich but finding myself unable to do so. I considered driving to the Emergency room but knew I would wreck my car as I would be hallucinating travel through an entirely different city. I then considered dialing 9-1-1 but grew concerned I would pull the cop's gun from his holster and shoot him dead.

Just opposite me on the other side of the table was an inflatable couch. The top edge of the couch started welling up with powerfully vibrating waves. Suddenly an inflatable clown leapt up from the floor on the other side of the room and attacked me.

"Stop!" I shouted. The clown flew away as it deflated, then fell completely empty to the floor.

"You entered his reality," said the nurse who explained why I could make Schizophenics stop hallucinating. "If you can figure out the rules that apply there, you can bring him some relief."

I had learned how to work within the rules of my own delusional reality.

That clown's deflation was my last hallucination until I came home from Portland to discover that my house's locks had been changed because the subprime crisis had just hit my landlord.

The Special Genius of the Caltech Community

I survived because I first learned of my illness when I was suddenly hospitalized during the first term of my Junior year at Caltech in 1984. Completely out of nowhere and for no apparent reason I abruptly changed my major from Physics to Literature.

The only other human being who didn't regard my decision as a symptom of psychosis or the bipolar mania was Theoretical Physicist Richard Feynman who shared the 1965 Nobel Physics Prize with Tomonaga of Japan for explaining the interaction of light and electric charge with complete precision.

Kevin Mitnick eluded capture for years while tearing a huge, wide swath through computers throughout the world. But he made the mistake of pissing off a nuclear weapons designer who didn't even have a college degree. Tsutomu Shimomura hates doing homework you see.

I played around with the predecessor of the Sun that Mitnick busted into many years before when I visited Tsutomu's place in San Diego a while back. But I knew I would do well to ask permission first.

I always got better grades than Tsutomu did because I focussed on my studies while he focussed on Theoretical Physics research, often in collaboration with Feynman.

Feynman tutored me on Quantum Mechanics in a class known as Physics X, which had no grades, n o homework, no final exam in which one could ask Feynman any question one wanted provided it not require him to work out equations on the chalkboard: conceptual questions only, you see. I knew Quantum Mechanics well enough to get good grades on my homework but regarded it as delusional because I was heavily into the Newtonian idea of the Clockwork Universe. Four or five months was all I required not only to gain a deep insight into Quantum Mechanics, but also to regard the Clockwork Universe as the delusional of the two.

"Suppose you had a bunch of circus performers line up to be shot out of a cannon at the slits," I proposed. "If one looked at the bloody mess on the other side with a powerful microscope, one should find fine ridges in what's left of their bodies."

Feynman instantly agreed: the bound state of any two particles is a single particle itself. It obeys the same laws, just in a more complicated way. This gives rise to Superconductivity in extremely cold electrical conductors when Spin Up and Spin Down Electrons combine to form Cooper Pairs.

Spin One-Half particles obey The Pauli Exclusion Principle. Loosely speaking, "Spin One-Half particles cannot be in the same place at the same time."

Integral Spin particles such as the Spin Zero Cooper Pairs obey Bose Statistics. Loosely speaking, "Integral Spin particles struggle desperately to be in the exact same place at the exact same time."

I did not yet realize it, but learning to write would be the way out of my Madness.

Feynman was somehow able to sense that too. Can you see why all us Techies regarded Feynman as a Heaven-Sent Diety? There is a sculpture of Heaven above the inside entrance to the Dabney House courtyard. G-d's face looks just like Feynman's.

Writing is an incredibly effective way to practice Freudian Self-Analysis. Freud developed Psychoanalysis to ease the profound suffering of his neurotic patients. He developed Self-Analysis to ease his own profound suffering.

Freud was a Physician - a Doctor of the Body. He developed Psychoanalysis after a wealthy Vienna resident asked Freud to find some way to cure his daughter's hysteria, which at that time and place was very common.

The Scientific Method starts not with Hypothesis, Theory nor Experiment but with simple observation of the available data in hopes that some discernible pattern might turn up.

Not knowing how to proceed and being deeply steeped in the Scientific Method, Freud thought it might help just to ask her some questions, only to find that the questions all by themselves helped her hysteria quite a bit.

This lead to his development of Freudian Psychoanalys which consists of little more than asking questions that lead neurotic patients through a process known as Free Association to uncover and encounter their deepest fears, most often traumatic events from their childhood.

While incredibly powerful and effective if it works at all, Freudian Psychoanalysis is almost entirely discredited now because it requires three sessions a week over a period of twenty or thirty years, so it is collossally expensive. Far worse is that many neurotics prefer to continue suffering than to face what it is that they are really afraid of.

The Shutterbug

All that was required to hurl me headlong into 26 years of incredible batshit insanity was to read just the first chapter of child psychologist Alice Miller's [alice-miller.com] Drama of the Gifted Child then discuss it with my Intro to Psych class. I spent that weekend in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, a small locked ward under the observation of several psychiatric nurses. I was so anxious I was completely unable to speak.

A few days after my discharge I asked my friend Bruce Tiemann if I could borrow his brother Michael's expensive Canon A-1 camera so I could photograph my hallucinations; Michael Tiemann sold Cygnus Support to Red Hat at the height of the Dot Com boom, where he remains Cheif Technical Officer to this day.

I knew I was hallucinating and that the visions were the product of my own fevered imagination, but Bruce and I were both so delusional as to think I could photograph them.

When the visions didn't turn up in my prints I knew it was due to my inexperience as a photographer. Two months later I could leave even advanced professional photographers completely dumbstruck with awe with the most primitive kind of fully manual camera. My first Pentax K-1000 didn't even have a light meter. My Sony digital camera could win an aerial dogfight just by pointing it out a fighter plane's cockpit canopy. I set it to fully manual mode when I opened the box; I have yet to open the instruction book.

Strangely though, despite twenty-six years dedicated to my work as a photographer, the visions still have yet to turn up in my prints.

The Silver Chalice

In September 2006 I finally stumbled upon The Holy Grail that would enable me to recover from my Madness. Towards the end of my essay My Deepest Fear [vancouverdiaries.com] , about my incredibly paranoid visual hallucinations about The Thought Police - the Police Inside My Head - I wrote that psychotics aren't in any way delusional or even mistaken.

I had re-discovered Carl Jung's explanation of Psychological Projection by explaining projection to myself. We see metaphors but experience them as objective reality. Sigmund Freud was the first to identify Psychological Projection; I have long known of Freudian Projection, but my re-discovery of Jungian Projection is what finally enabled my recovery.

Psychological Projection enables one to experience otherwise completely unacceptable thoughts and feelings by projecting them onto - or attributing to - other people. Projection is the reason that so many ardently homophobic Right Wing politicians keep getting busted in Homosexual Tea Rooms - that is, soliciting anonymous gay sex in public restrooms. It's also the reason that, while controversial, "Outing" is practiced by gay male prostitutes: they want their lovers to stop trying to take away their Civil Rights. The most destructive effect of psychological projection is commonly expressed as:

We hate the most in others that which we hate the most in ourselves.

My first clue into this came during the one session I ever had with Psychotherapist Andrea Shields at Big Bear Lake in late June 1985. Most of these visions were Yin-Yang symbols, all but one in the clouds, the most powerful one being across the entire sky from horizon to horizon [geometricvisions.com] .

"She must be a Jungian," UCSC Psychobiology student Timothy Dreszer explained later. "Jung was heavily into that kind of stuff."

Clearly I must identify all of my metaphors, then struggle to understand the objective reality behind each of them.

I am quite flummoxed though. The combination of both Freudian and Jungian Psychoanalysis were the most powerful tools in my recovery. While I required forty-six years, I feel I have now recovered completely. I've been off all my medicine for an entire month and am doing just fine.

Yet Jungian Psychoanalysis is rarely practiced anymore, whereas Freudian Psychoanalysis is almost entirely discredited. WTF?

More Real Soon Now.

Re:catch me if you can! (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477350)

Crazy is only treatable by death. Kill yourself before you relapse and begin another bout of madness and misery. A dry dive off something tall is a quick rush, like bungee jumping, followed by instant nirvana.

You will feel nothing, no one will miss you, and you will know it was a grand gesture befitting a noble person such as yourself.

PhatFinder (2, Insightful)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476778)

Just release the code and let people play with it. The uni won't be able to block every site. Now that's Phat!

Re:PhatFinder (2, Funny)

SoVeryTired (967875) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477238)

Judging by how badly the site got hacked within five minutes of being linked to Slashdot, I'd say people are playing with it enough already.

A cross between... (2, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476792)

Well, I'd say it sounds more like a cross between twitter and a creepy stalker organisation, but maybe I'm over-sensitive.

GAWD THIS IS NOT NERD NEWS IT'S ADFUCK (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32476798)

Sloooooooo nerdnews day.

what has the university to do with it? (-1, Troll)

allo (1728082) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476848)

what has the university to do with the students privat project? is this an american thing? Here in europe, the university has nothing to do with their students privat projects. I would have thought its in america the same thing, as long as its not hosted on uni-servers, its none of their business?

Re:what has the university to do with it? (5, Funny)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476864)

It are happen in Europe.

Most of the time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477182)

I feel bad that I don't speak [insert non-English language here] as well as many Europeans speak English.

Today is not one of those days.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1)

snowboardin159 (1744212) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476878)

"A computer science student at University College London " dot dot dot, this is from london, which as my understanding goes, is 'part' albeit separated by sea, of europe.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476880)

ZOOOOOM!!!!!

Didn't read the article, did you?

Re:what has the university to do with it? (2, Informative)

Neon Aardvark (967388) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476882)

University College London isn't in America.

Can you see why?

Re:what has the university to do with it? (5, Funny)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476932)

Because we don't call our schools "University College"?

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1)

DavidR1991 (1047748) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477392)

In the UK a collegiate university means a university built up of individual colleges (a college is not synonymous with university in British English)

UCL is one college which forms part of the university of London. Hence it's a college of a university in Lodon. Or specifically, a university college of London [University]

So yeah. Given college != university the above isn't really that funny

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477482)

By "we," I was referring to America, not the UK.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477990)

No shit, you fat ignorant cunt?

Re:what has the university to do with it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477806)

In the UK a collegiate university means a university built up of individual colleges (a college is not synonymous with university in British English)

UCL is one college which forms part of the university of London. Hence it's a college of a university in Lodon. Or specifically, a university college of London [University]

So yeah. Given college != university the above isn't really that funny

College is not synonymous with university in America either. In fact, I'd say the definitions agree, however we do not use the term "collegiate university". Syracuse University in New York has a University College as well (http://www.suce.syr.edu/).

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 4 years ago | (#32478118)

even more fun, in France, le collège = Junior High School (12-15). Then comes le lycée (16-18, baccalauréat at the end), then l'université (ou une Grande Ecole).

Maybe an idea for a Community knock off (best comedy series of the year that one): not "I got my degree from Colo/umbia, and now they want met to get one from the US", but "my collège degree from France is no longer enough, I've got to go to College in the US, too".

Re:what has the university to do with it? (2, Interesting)

skelterjohn (1389343) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477554)

There is a University College that is part of Rutgers University. "University" and "College" are both words. They have meaning.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (2, Informative)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476936)

University College London isn't in America.

London isn't necessarily where you think it is.

London, Ontario, Canada.

The London Bridge which was sold and shipped from the UK to Arizona.

London, Ohio

London, Kentucky.

London, Arizona

London, California.

There are more Londons in the US than in the UK.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32476982)

No. That's not valid because those towns wouldn't deliberately create the confusion involved. It's a sound assumption that an institution with "London" in its name hails from the approximate geographical site of Londinium.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1)

beelsebob (529313) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477008)

Oh really? How many University of Kent, or University of Canterburys are there?

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1)

skelterjohn (1389343) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477586)

No idea? Why don't you tell us. Is the answer one, and one?

Re:what has the university to do with it? (2, Insightful)

bytethese (1372715) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477002)

According to the article, the student was fined £300, only the UK uses pounds to my knowledge...

again, wrong (0, Flamebait)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477488)

go to any average canadian or american city and you will see people walking around with many more pounds on their beltline than your average european

additionally, ukians don't even use pounds, they use a fascist communist terrorist socialist system called kilograms. luckily here in the usa we are still a free country and we use pounds for measurement, as god intended

Re:again, wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477808)

Please tell me that you thought you were posting that to K5.

And how's that horror film of yours coming along, BTW?

Re:again, wrong (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#32478006)

Better than his comedy one, it would seem.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1)

DeadboltX (751907) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477048)

There are more Londons in the US than in the UK.

There is only one London I know of that uses the GBP, and it just so happens to be the same one that University College London is in.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (2, Interesting)

91degrees (207121) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477148)

Yes, but if someone says London without specifying a state or nation, typically we assume that they mean the greater London area around the capital of the UK. It being a major financial centre, a major university town, one of the worlds largest 20 cities (with a population well in excess of every other London added together). The only typical exception being when you are in the general vicinity of another London.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32476890)

This is not the club with which to bash America you are looking for.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1)

characterZer0 (138196) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476900)

An American thing? Read the article. This is in England.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (5, Insightful)

Pedersen (46721) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476924)

Ya know, I really don't reply much, but the whole "anti-american" thing has gone too far when the damned summary includes something that tells anybody that knows anything about currency that this is not US thing. Here, allow me to quote it:

they fined the student £300

You might be especially interested in the currency indicator. That "£" symbol is used to denote the UK currency unit called the "pound". Over in the actual article (I know, nobody ever reads it, but I still did), they say this:

Rich Martell, 21, a final-year computer sciences student at University College London, has taken the site down under pressure from university authorities, who were concerned that it was distracting students from their studies.

So, at least in this case, no, it is not an "american thing". It is, most definitely, a "London thing". As London is considerably closer to Europe (and, being part of the UK, is considered to be part of Europe) than any part of the USA, I would have to venture that your assertion

Here in europe, the university has nothing to do with their students privat projects.

is now verified to be false. In fact, it might be so far false that this could be considered to be a "European thing", though I'm not sure I'd take it that far myself.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (4, Insightful)

Tanuki64 (989726) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477012)

You are absolutely right. Nevertheless, it tells much when everybody automatically assumes this is an American thing.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477040)

Yea, that there are stereotypes caused by constant battering of propaganda from the media.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477100)

From the media? I don't know which media you are watching, but the only medium I get this stereotype from is Slashdot.
And no, I'm not in America. So that's no explanation.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (0, Troll)

Tanuki64 (989726) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477132)

Never said media. But Slashdot is part of a world wide society. And if something stupid like this happens, many people automatically think 'America'. So what do you think this could mean?

Actually, AC *did* say media... (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477270)

But I would imagine that the stereotype comes more from exposure to many tourists.

BTW, take a stroll through NYC, Chicago, SF, LA or any other major US city and behold the stupid, ignorant tourist. They're not just American, although you'll see plenty of them too.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1, Flamebait)

couchslug (175151) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477420)

It tells that in their elitist Eurohubris they are sure that the knuckledragging Yanks really ARE the Great Satan, and that no one would dare fuck about with THEIR civil liberties that way.

Want to piss off everyone? Remind them how free they aren't.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477524)

Want to piss off everyone? Remind them how free they aren't.

Maybe you should remind us all (I'm American, BTW) how free the US is and Europe isn't. Because what you may believe to be free, Europeans might think of as oppressive. And they'll have their own "freedoms" that we don't.

The world just isn't that black and white.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (-1, Troll)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#32478132)

It tells that in their elitist Eurohubris they are sure that the knuckledragging Yanks really ARE the Great Satan

It's their understandable embarrassment over having to have the US save their asses twice in the last century.

Very often, those that are uncomfortable showing gratitude display hostility in its place. Actually, I think it's kind of cute the way Euroweenies show contempt for a culture that they so obviously try to emulate.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32478348)

If you still think the US's actions in any war up to and including WWII were anything but self-serving, I think you still have a lot to learn. Actually, why limit it to the US? All nations' actions are self-serving.

Hell, quite often in WWII the US's aim wasn't to win the war or achieve an objective, but to one-up their competition/allies for purpose of national pride, regardless of the lives lost in a general's juvenile pursuit.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477442)

Not really. I wouldn't expect to see this action by a US university, unless it was in a bible-thumper state. And not because of "freedom of expression" or some other silly little teenager sentiment, but because the university would rightfully fear being sued.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477600)

You are absolutely right. Nevertheless, it tells much when everybody automatically assumes this is an American thing.

You are absolutely right. Nevertheless, it tells much when everybody automatically assumes this is an American thing.

All it tells is you're reading a primely American website and commenting with prejudice.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477864)

Yes, that people are fucking idiots.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477160)

As London is considerably closer to Europe (and, being part of the UK, is considered to be part of Europe) than any part of the USA

Not everyone in Europe (or UK, for that matter) would agree with that..

Re:what has the university to do with it? (0, Troll)

allo (1728082) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477172)

you are good at not answering the question. okay it was in london, but what has the university to do with the student's project?

Re:what has the university to do with it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477356)

You're quite the smug idiot, aren't you?

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1)

HiThere (15173) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477276)

Don't consider it a "European thing", as i think I could find something similar about the US within the last couple of months and restricting myself to Slashdot.

OTOH, if you wanted to call it an "Authoritarian thing" I'd be hard pressed to deny it.

P.S.: Unlike in traditional usage, "authoritarian" doesn't distinguish between left wing and right wing. Modern left-wingers can be just as authoritarian as their right-wing opponents. WWII pretty much saw the end of that particular association...though the 1960's featured a moderate revival.

P.P.S.: I have a strong suspicion that the association of authoritarianism with either left or right wing, and by implication it's opposite with the opponents of such, is pretty much an artifact of historical perspective. Groups not in power tend to oppose the centralization of power. Groups currently holding it then to support it. Left or right wing, or even anarchist, probably doesn't make any difference, though it may well make a difference in the means used to centralize the power.

Re:what has the university to do with it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477872)

Since the guy got fined a small amount of money without any real chance of an appeal (what so ever) and not threatened to get sued for a much larger amount of money, forced to settle for a large amount still, without any real economical chance (what so ever) of an appeal, this is obviously an "European thing".

Re:what has the university to do with it? (1)

kthreadd (1558445) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477474)

Don't confuse .uk with .eu.

I don't think that this kind of thing is actually regulated on the european level. At least here in Sweden it would be very hard for a university to do something like that (have a hard time believing they would actually want to do something like that) but I guess there is a different situation in England.

Stop having control (5, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476904)

If you are old enough to attend college/university you are old enough to do whatever you want. Stop "babysitting" and let students do whatever they please. Universities and colleges exist to educate people and hand them a piece of paper letting them get a job. Thats all they should do. Let students think for themselves, give them facts and have them make their own opinion and do what they want with them.

Re:Stop having control (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32476948)

If you're old enough to post this, you're old enough to stop whiny like a little bitch.

Re:Stop having control (3, Insightful)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476980)

Universities and colleges exist to educate people and hand them a piece of paper letting them get a job.

No, they exist to educate people and hand them a piece of paper certifying that they successfully studied there. It happens that this paper helps them to find a job, and surely many want it only for that purpose, but it's not what the paper is for. It's up to the employers to decide whether they care about the paper or not.

Re:Stop having control (2, Insightful)

clustro (1811836) | more than 4 years ago | (#32478576)

Universities and colleges exist to educate people and hand them a piece of paper letting them get a job.

No, they exist to educate people and hand them a piece of paper certifying that they successfully studied there. It happens that this paper helps them to find a job, and surely many want it only for that purpose, but it's not what the paper is for. It's up to the employers to decide whether they care about the paper or not.

While you are technically correct, you are ignoring the fact that the vast majority of the public believes that is what a university is for. 99.9% of people you were to ask "What is the purpose in getting a college degree?" would answer "To get a better job." The balance would say "To learn something new." Hell, I sure as hell didn't go through all those years in engineering to not be able to apply the knowledge. Nobody would spend the gobs of money and time a college degree demands if they didn't anticipate a payoff. The de facto purpose of a university is to prepare its students succeed in a competitive job market.

Re:Stop having control (-1, Troll)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477126)

Stop "babysitting" and let students do whatever they please.

Yeah, and turn the other cheek when they do lines of coke off each other's asses! *cough* The university isn't there to babysit -- but they are there to make sure they aren't spending resources on frivolous activities not related to education, as well as to provide a safe environment conducive to learning. By hosting this non-entertainment project on university servers, not only does the university become liable should someone complain (read: lawsuit), but it has no educational value.

Host the damn thing on a proper server, and you'll probably hear a collective yawn from the administration. It's not their problem anymore, then.

Re:Stop having control (5, Informative)

Bjorn_Redtail (848817) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477180)

He is hosting it on a proper server. From TFA:

A university spokesman said: “UCL does not approve of or condone this site. We therefore advised the student to take the site down, but he declined to do this. UCL has no jurisdiction over the site, as it is not UCL-hosted. We have, however, taken disciplinary action against the student for bringing the college into disrepute and he has been fined.”

UCL brings it's self into disrepute (5, Insightful)

Martin Spamer (244245) | more than 4 years ago | (#32478400)

By stifling a creative and enterprising endeavour the UCL brings it's self into disrepute.

Re:Stop having control (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477382)

It's intolerant Trolls like yourself that support oppression and censorship. Neoconservatism may be popular, but just because everybody is jumping on the Special Interest Group bandwagon doesn't mean that you have to be as immoral as everybody else.

If you don't like TV then turn it off, if you don't like Web Sites then don't click on their links. And finally, if you're going to mouth off about an article you should at least read it first (which you obviously haven't).

Some normal people in this world are getting sick and tired of Right Wing people (whether they be feminists or climate-change deniers) trying to force their intolerant attitudes and lifestyles on other people.

Re:Stop having control (2, Insightful)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477250)

But the university is educating students about the world out there, also full of control-freaks who don't want you thinking for yourself.

Re:Stop having control (1)

Have Brain Will Rent (1031664) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477494)

Universities and colleges exist to hand people a piece of paper letting them get a job.

There, fixed that for you. ;)

Don't expect Univ. to set up everything for you. (0, Redundant)

jbn-o (555068) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477594)

That would mean students are old enough to know that they should buy an account at an ISP for their site. This means the students can enjoy freedom from University policy/control, own the domain name and site code, and keep the site up after the student is no longer affiliated with the University. In the US one can get this level of service for under $10/month; it's hard for some university organizations to economically justify competing with that low price.

I don't know UCL's complete logic here, and I don't represent them. But in the US many public universities are facing hard financial times right now. Given fiscal realities tough choices have to be made about how to prioritize dwindling resources including staff time. It's not reasonable to expect that some for-fun project is going to get the attention and resources of staff and faculty work (which is rapidly being homogenized into whatever services can be delivered campus-wide, not custom setups for a particular person/group).

Didn't catch the site is not Univ. hosted (1)

jbn-o (555068) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477636)

The Timesonline server took too long to respond for me (now it works) and I missed the quote at the end of that article where the unnamed Univ. spokesman said that "UCL has no jurisdiction over the site, as it is not UCL-hosted.". Now I see that that aspect of the issue isn't the center of this debate. It's good that Martell hosted his site elsewhere.

Re:Stop having control (2, Funny)

binaryspiral (784263) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477728)

If you are old enough to attend college/university you are old enough to do whatever you want.

Wrong on so many levels.

If you attend a college or university, chances are you are held to a standard of behaviour that prevents you from making the learning institution look like a fool.

Admissions papers are full of "Sign here on the X", one of them was your agreement to not be a jackass and accept the college's rulings on your behavior.

Don't like it? There's the door.

Re:Stop having control (4, Insightful)

ultranova (717540) | more than 4 years ago | (#32478128)

If you attend a college or university, chances are you are held to a standard of behaviour that prevents you from making the learning institution look like a fool.

Held by what authority? Please explain the logic that justifies the university - or, for that matter, any organization - demanding complete control over its students lives?

Admissions papers are full of "Sign here on the X", one of them was your agreement to not be a jackass and accept the college's rulings on your behavior.

Do you honestly think that you are bound to university's will just because you signed a paper? That they can simply decide that they don't like something you've done so you have to pay them 300 pounds? Seriously?

Don't like it? There's the door.

Except that, as you yourself noted, the student and the university have a contract.

Re:Stop having control (2, Interesting)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 4 years ago | (#32478602)

Do you honestly think that you are bound to university's will just because you signed a paper? That they can simply decide that they don't like something you've done so you have to pay them 300 pounds? Seriously?

They don't have the ability to jail you, but they can certainly sue for breach of contract. If you want to stay a student there, then they naturally have more authority over you and can put all sorts of extra terms on. I don't know if he would be liable for the fine if he decided to walk away from the school and abandon whatever he already paid in tuition.

A fine and a takedown order? (4, Insightful)

Adrian Lopez (2615) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476938)

Not content with this, a few weeks later they fined the student £300 and had him take the site down completely.

There's a university with far too much power.

Re:A fine and a takedown order? (3, Insightful)

Luke has no name (1423139) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477020)

That's what I'm thinking. UNLESS the site was being hosted on campus... then it falls within their TOS probably.

If not, that's total bullshit and lawsuits should ensue.

They're holding his degree ransom (2, Interesting)

Capt. Skinny (969540) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477052)

Sounds an awful lot like breach of contract -- he agreed to pay a certain amount of money in exchange for the university's services, but now the university is refusing to deliver those services unless he pays more than originally agreed upon.

Re:They're holding his degree ransom (1)

jimicus (737525) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477726)

It probably is, but you're starting to go down a rabbit warren where the only way out would be to find a judge who would grant an injunction forcing the university to forget about the £300 and let him graduate.

As a lay person, this is something I wouldn't feel comfortable with unless I had some serious legal assistance - and for the sake of £300 it might be as well to put it down to experience. It would certainly be a lot cheaper.

Re:A fine and a takedown order? (1)

synthesizerpatel (1210598) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477064)

Or too little bandwidth?

Or wanting to avoid having to deal with ad revenue generating sites run by students?

There's a bunch of stuff here that could easily point to 'reasonable request'.

However, the Uni are a bunch of sissies. Back in the day we would have just rm'd his site, blocked it on the border routers and claimed a server crashed.

Re:A fine and a takedown order? (2, Informative)

canajin56 (660655) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477092)

The university isn't hosting it.

Re:A fine and a takedown order? (1)

synthesizerpatel (1210598) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477112)

hoist on my own petard. :(

You win this round, internet user.

Twitter / personal ad site blocked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32476944)

And nothing of value was lost...

ta heck with the degree (5, Insightful)

zogger (617870) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476962)

That's a zillion buck idea he had up and running! He should have told them to stuff it. That would have made the site even more popular as word of his telling "the man" to f off spread around his users and their friends. Plenty of time later to go get all the degrees ya want once you are rolling in dough.

My two cents (1)

Antony-Kyre (807195) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476968)

So, he violated the university's disciplinary code, correct? Well, either he did violate the code, or he didn't. In either case, I hope he fights it. If the former, the code needs to be changed.

Wait, does the UK have free speech like America?

In any situation, it's defaming to his character.

Re:My two cents (1)

RandomFactor (22447) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477106)

Wait, does the UK have free speech like America?

Yes, but not to the extent the US does. Ask Simon Singh.
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(Yes, I know he won out eventually after a great deal of time and legal expense. Not every particle physicist has bestselling books, BBC documentaries, newspapers, and international networks of supporters behind them)

Re:My two cents (1)

DangerFace (1315417) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477194)

I beg to differ, but no - we have no guaranteed freedom of speech whatsoever. We are assumed to have freedom of speech unless that freedom is explicitly taken away (libel, slander, encouraging terrorism, etc), just as we are assumed to be able to swing our fists as long as that swinging isn't specified as being illegal - for example, if I swing my fist into your face, that would not be allowed.

Typical (1)

Bureaucromancer (1303477) | more than 4 years ago | (#32476998)

I can see the University taking it down, I wouldn't want to be hosting that either. But as far as the fine goes, what the hell. I really do wonder how that would stand up in court, presumably this is being called some kind of disciplinary measure, but it's a hell of a weird form of academic discipline, and one that I would suspect opens them up to bias accusations (what with limited ability to way and all).

Re:Typical (4, Informative)

canajin56 (660655) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477116)

The university isn't hosting it, he is.

phitfinder site sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477024)

So phitfinder doesn't filter html code, iframe of slashdot works just fine. Thanks.

University Networks *NOT* Blocking Student Project (3, Informative)

jamesbulman (103594) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477036)

A university spokesman said: “UCL does not approve of or condone this site. We therefore advised the student to take the site down, but he declined to do this. UCL has no jurisdiction over the site, as it is not UCL-hosted. We have, however, taken disciplinary action against the student for bringing the college into disrepute and he has been fined.”

Another triumph for Slashdot accuracy...

First rule of tabloid journalism (1)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477178)

never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

Even calling this thing a "project" in the headline and "a bit of a joke" once it's suckered in the readership reeks of the kind of deceitful tactics we don't expect (or want) on /. It would be nice to see better judgment and control over the stories - even on the weekend. Better no news than stuff like this.

Releasing the code... (1)

Mr Pleco (1160587) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477118)

The solution for every censorship problem of websites and software. =)

He should probably wander down to the law faculty (4, Informative)

jimicus (737525) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477122)

From TFA:

Dean of Welfare (Students), wrote: “Following the serious complaints brought to this institution regarding the contents of the site and your association with it, I find myself having to bring a charge under UCL’s Disciplinary Code of Bringing the College into Disrepute. Therefore I am fining you £300.”

IANAL but AFAIK private organisations in the UK cannot enforce fines - that's a privilege open exclusively to the government. And the nation's universities are essentially private institutions (albeit receiving heavy state funding).

Having said that, if the university I went to was any guide they'll probably have something in their rules which states that if you owe them so much as a penny on graduation day, you don't graduate. And though they may not be able to get a judge to force him to pay, I have no idea if he'd be able to get a judge to force them to write off the £300 "fine".

Re:He should probably wander down to the law facul (2, Interesting)

91degrees (207121) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477254)

Yes, but universities aren't private institutions. And UK law can be quite specific when it comes to legal status of universities. Not sure whether this affects anything, but you can't draw conclusions based on the legal status of a typical privately owned establishment.

Re:He should probably wander down to the law facul (1)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477370)

They can't enforce fines in the sense of sending men with guns to take it from his house if he doesn't pay up, but I don't see what prevents them from just adding $300 to his tuition.

Re:He should probably wander down to the law facul (1)

nosferatu1001 (264446) | more than 4 years ago | (#32478094)

1) Because tuition isnt set by the university
2) Because, even if it was, it would be breach of contract

Now what you have instead is the archaic "we withold your results unless you pay up" - however a FoIA request should clear that up, if pressed.

Re:He should probably wander down to the law facul (1)

DaveGod (703167) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477540)

No they cannot enforce it in terms of sending in the bailiffs. But they can withhold the degree, which is substantially more threatening. Maybe you could get it back via the courts, but I wouldn't bet on it and it really will not do you any favours when your next potential boss calls for a reference.

Universities (the good ones anyway) in the UK are about the research and the students are a pest they tolerate for the funding. Departments are ran on egos and committee politics. Bow to the egos and pay the fine, or appeal if you think you can manipulate the committee politics (highly unlikely unless you are at least phd student who knows the committees, or are friends with somebody who donated a building recently).

Lots of places fine people (1)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 4 years ago | (#32478528)

Every week you hear about football clubs fining players for bad behaviour. This guy accepted the University's terms and conditions when he signed up for his course. So if that makes provision for this sort of punishment for this sort of activity he can either pay up or get out.

Sorry PhitFinder (2, Funny)

binkzz (779594) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477168)

I was playing around with PhitFinder and I totally accidentally made it forward to slashdot.

Sorry.

Re:Sorry PhitFinder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477218)

I beat you to it. I was the alert + redirect. Javascript FTW.

Re:Sorry PhitFinder (0, Redundant)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477486)

I was playing around with PhitFinder and I totally accidentally made it forward to slashdot.

I sew what u did ther... Now Bobby, what did we teach you about that sort of thinking? http://xkcd.com/327/ [xkcd.com]

Note: Anyone wanting to do any phishing or click fraud should probably hurry up before someone perm redirects the site to goatse...

degree may be put in jeopardy? Stand for your righ (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477214)

degree may be put in jeopardy? just shows what joke schools have become.

Just Stand for your rights and who cares if if you list you have a degree but just they are holding it over some non course work stuff. What if you got a job and they later found out you failed the swim test and did not fully get the degree over that?

Re:degree may be put in jeopardy? Stand for your r (3, Insightful)

jimicus (737525) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477792)

Standing up for your rights is one thing, but I'd also argue: Choose your battles wisely.

In any situation where there is a huge imbalance of power (which there is in this case - the student has paid his tuition fees for the year and there's no obligation for the university to actually hand over the degree certificate), the one thing you do not do if you're in the less-powerful position is piss off the person in the more-powerful position - unless you want to wind up being thoroughly crushed. You make sure the balance of power is restored and then you start pissing them off.

I'm wondering - if you were to pay under protest and then sue for the money back at a later date (which is quite possible to do in the UK if you're over a barrel), the statute of limitations is six years. Hypothetically (and IANAL), he could pay up under protest now and sue once he's graduated.

please see Cheeseplants house in the 90s (1)

/dev/trash (182850) | more than 4 years ago | (#32477532)

We did overcome this and EW-TOO based talkers are STILL alive!

AwesomeProxy.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32477562)

Thank god there is awesomeproxy.com [awesomeproxy.com]

Possible inspirtion from/for webcomic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32478332)

TimesOnline says FitFinder was started a month ago. Almost a month ago today, the webcomic "Doomed to Obscurity" posted this strip [penguinpetes.com] launching a story arc about a character joining a "Twitter dating pool." Later strips even imply that somebody used it to post a NSFW image. The timing is eerily close, so either the app inspired the strip or the strip inspired the app.

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