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Apple Sued For Man's Porn Addiction

samzenpus posted about 9 months ago | from the who's-to-blame dept.

The Courts 509

coolnumbr12 writes "Chris Sevier, a 36-year-old man from Tennessee, got so addicted to porn videos that his wife took his children and left him. Now he has sued Apple saying the company failed to install any filter in its devices to prevent his addiction. In a 50-page complaint, Sevier calls Apple a 'silent poisoner' responsible for the proliferation of 'arousal addiction, sex trafficking, prostitution, and countless numbers of destroyed lives.' Sevier is seeking damages from Apple, but said he we will drop the lawsuit if Apple agrees to sell devices with a 'safe mode.'"

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False Flag (4, Interesting)

digitrev (989335) | about 9 months ago | (#44287685)

Normally, I'm not this paranoid, but this reads like a false flag operation by some religious group looking to get filters installed by default. At the very least, I wouldn't be surprised to find out that they're helping fund this insane lawsuit.

Re:False Flag (3, Funny)

digitrev (989335) | about 9 months ago | (#44287719)

And now having re-read the article, I realize that this man is patently insane. Primarily because he blames Apple for driving sex shops out of business.

Re:False Flag (5, Insightful)

Gription (1006467) | about 9 months ago | (#44287841)

It is this sort of stupidity that I think the creationists could use as an effective argument against evolution.
- The fact that SO MANY people have no ability to take any responsibility for their actions and the fact that people don't overwhelmingly blast them for their insane helplessness seems to be some level of proof that humans have no evolved traits for any self responsibility. I would expect that self responsibility would have to be part of any sort of evolved survival traits.

(or maybe we need to release more tigers in our cities to get the old awareness going again...)

Re:False Flag (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287997)

Personal responsibility is an invented concept driven by societal needs. Fundamental evolution doesn't work well with the concept. In fact shuffling responsibility onto others and suckering them into dealing with it is a fantastic survival strategy we can see throughout the animal kingdom.

Re:False Flag (5, Insightful)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 9 months ago | (#44288059)

Mod parent up, was just gonna say this.

Evolution doesn't give a damn how much of an irresponsible moron you are, only how much you reproduce. And irresponsible morons are especially good at that.

Re:False Flag (5, Insightful)

Reverand Dave (1959652) | about 9 months ago | (#44288031)

This is the exact opposite. Humans are selfish and self-serving like no other species can be. This is a direct result of natural selection. Your ancestors weren't the ones holding the door so people could get through, they were the ones trampling old women and children to get theirs first. More recently however, helplessness is a trait that is bred and perpetuated by a society that is ok with just accepting things as is without explanation.

"How did the universe get here? I dunno, God did it." What is more lazy and helpless than that? It's pretty thematic through out the whole ID debate. Acceptance in spite of investigation and evidence to the contrary. That is the epitome of a lazy and entitled attitude IMHO.

That being said, fuck yeah, bring on the tigers.

Re:False Flag (1)

Rick Zeman (15628) | about 9 months ago | (#44288061)

It is this sort of stupidity that I think the creationists could use as an effective argument against evolution. .)

Dunno, I kind of think this guy is the most effective argument against evolution.

Re:False Flag (4, Insightful)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 9 months ago | (#44288073)

Which type of people do you think procreate the most; people with or without a sense of responsibility?
There are whole MTV shows dedicated to demonstrating this principle of evolution.

Re:False Flag (1)

pspahn (1175617) | about 9 months ago | (#44287875)

I would suggest he is primarily insane because he has been a serial stalker.

Re:False Flag (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 9 months ago | (#44287961)

yeah, from a quick glance his wife left him because he was looking for fuck dates on the internets.

he could also try suing lenovo, dell and microsoft on the same grounds and while at it google, firefox and his isp.
fucking douche. or apparently not a fucking douche since he is complaining.

Re:False Flag (4, Informative)

Artifakt (700173) | about 9 months ago | (#44288169)

I'm wondering if this particular Sevier lives in Sevierville. Seveirville is named after John Sevier, a pioneer settler to the region. That part of the state has literally thousands of people with some variant on Sevier as their last name; Mostly Seviers, but with Siviers, Seebers, Seibers, Severs, and even a few Xaviers. I know of only one sex shop in the Sevierville area, but I don't think it's out of business. (It calls itself "Sexy Stuf", and the ex and I don't patronize places that can't spell, but it looked open when we stopped at the Smoky Mountain Knife Museum (It's like a four story mall full of knife dealers, with taxidermied animals and indoor waterfalls, and I'd bet Mr. Sevier would love it if he can stop focusing on sex so much).
        Knoxville, 30 miles away or so, has lots of sex stores still open last I checked - Adult Superstore, Fantasy World, Intimate Treasures, Romantic Escapades, and others. Town and Country seems to be fading fast, but they're kinda disquieting (as in labeling the plus-size video's "fattyporn", and clerks who seem oddly judgemental), so I really doubt it's apple putting them out of business.

Re:False Flag (2)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 9 months ago | (#44287731)

Who cares, let them do whatever they want. They can file as many suits as they want and, each time, a jury will be able to decide if Apple is the group that is ultimately responsible for some guy who got himself addicted to porn. While he's at it, he can sue Ford for allowing him to drive to the convenience store to buy beer and fuel his alcohol addiction, because that is obviously Ford's fault since they don't ship their cars with a mode that makes the car unable to drive to the convenience store to buy beer.

Re:False Flag (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287851)

better to have the responsibility lie with the individual who chose it.. blame chain games turn into societal witch hunts very very quickly. these witch hunts destroy liberty. to be honest, it was his wife's choice to end the relationship, not his.

Re:False Flag (4, Insightful)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | about 9 months ago | (#44287903)

If I am on a jury, and I hear "Addicted to porn", I'm going to have a really hard time remaining objective about the person speaking.

As such I'd probably get thrown off the jury and people who actually BELIEVE THIS SHIT will take my place.

Re:False Flag (0, Troll)

Reverand Dave (1959652) | about 9 months ago | (#44288119)

Porn addiction is a real thing just like a lot of other habit forming activities, but seriously we don't blame the heroine or meth for a junkie becoming a junkie. I don't blame beer for someone being an alcoholic, I blame them for being a weak, simple, and pathetic human being, just like this dude is.

Re:False Flag (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 9 months ago | (#44287971)

Normally, I'm not this paranoid, but this reads like a false flag operation by some religious group.

Even better:

Chris Sevier, an attorney from Nashville,is suing Apple...

Rent-seek much?

Re:False Flag (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44288009)

Or maybe Apple is behind the whole thing.

Re:False Flag (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44288045)

You don't have to be religious to be against pornography...
For example, against porn are many feminists or atheistic societies (communists) - not to mention many scientists (medical or other) that find porn damaging humans and their societies.

Re:False Flag (2)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 9 months ago | (#44288057)

But... there already ARE filters on by default. The app store doesn't seem have anything that would rate higher than a PG-13. Safari's default search engine was at least google, maybe they've changed it, but google has safesearch on by default. It's not like you say "Siri, I like dogs" and it goes right to a gallery of people having doggystyle sex.

...

I guess I'm assuming that religious groups would think about it first. You may be right.

I'm glad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287693)

LOL i'm so glad his wife and kids left him - AND he gets nothing from apple. A double dose of joy for me.

safe mode (5, Funny)

RichMan (8097) | about 9 months ago | (#44287705)

Remove the battery. Your device is now configured in safe mode. Unless you are disturbed by a black screen the device is now configured not to present offensive material.

Any material is possible to be a problem to someone. As "safe mode" cannot be sufficiently defined yet leave the device with any function at all "safe mode" is impossible".

Re:safe mode (5, Funny)

alen (225700) | about 9 months ago | (#44287741)

remove the battery? this is an iphone we are talking about

Re:safe mode (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | about 9 months ago | (#44287865)

Safe mode for this moron: Get hammer, apply to device repeatedly until offensive content is no longer shown.

PS - this was a macbook.

Re:safe mode (1)

rullywowr (1831632) | about 9 months ago | (#44287975)

Safe mode for this moron: Get hammer, apply to anatomical device repeatedly until offensive content is no longer shown. There, FTFY.

Only takes a hammer. (1)

GodInHell (258915) | about 9 months ago | (#44287879)

Works every time.

Re:Only takes a hammer. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287999)

Brings a whole new meaning to "Hit any key to continue..."

CAPTUA: "pounds" Really? Pun much?

Re:safe mode (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44288021)

Remove the battery. Your device is now configured in safe mode. Unless you are disturbed by a black screen the device is now configured not to present offensive material.

I don't know. Those screens are awfully reflective...

A safe mode (1)

EvanED (569694) | about 9 months ago | (#44287723)

Sevier is seeking damages from Apple, but said he we will drop the lawsuit if Apple agrees to sell devices with a 'safe mode.'"

Apple machines do come with a safe mode. Here [apple.com] is the relevant documentation (though primarily geared toward leaving safe mode).

Personal Responsibility (5, Funny)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about 9 months ago | (#44287745)

If this continues, every item sold within the US is going to have a 89-page disclaimer. It is bad enough that insulated cups have warnings about the contents being hot, now electronic devices need to have a disclaimer about the internet having pornography? This guy is literally, blaming the messenger (company that makes the device), for this his own actions and lack of self-control. Plenty of people can use the internet and even peruse sexual content without having their lives destroyed.

Maybe he should have tried getting a life and setting his priorities, instead of watching the Farrah Abraham video.

Re:Personal Responsibility (4, Insightful)

DigitAl56K (805623) | about 9 months ago | (#44287947)

If this continues, every item sold within the US is going to have a 89-page disclaimer.

I believe Apple already serves this with every iTunes update.

Case dismissed!

Re:Personal Responsibility (5, Insightful)

bonehead (6382) | about 9 months ago | (#44287969)

I remember a time when people were expected to take responsibility for their own actions. The world was a much better place then.

Now everyone who engages in anti-social / psychopathic behavior is a "victim". We blame government. We blame society. And best of all, we blame inanimate objects. But under no circumstances can we point out that the guy actually chose to behave in the way he did, and that he is entirely, 100% to blame for the situation he finds himself in.

(I'm not saying that viewing pornography is "in general" anti-social behavior, however, within the context of the boundaries of his marriage, it apparently qualified.)

Re:Personal Responsibility (0)

maliqua (1316471) | about 9 months ago | (#44288083)

I personally blame the USA since you guys seem to have a monopoly on this retarded litigious crap but luckily your media spreads far and wide so your insidious sickness and sense of entitlement will spread to the rest of us eventually

your country is like a plague on the competence of the world

Re:Personal Responsibility (1)

MrKevvy (85565) | about 9 months ago | (#44288003)

"It is bad enough that insulated cups have warnings about the contents being hot..."

You have a point: Hallowe'en Superman costumes contain the disclaimer "Costume does not enable wearer to fly."

Re:Personal Responsibility (2)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about 9 months ago | (#44288063)

That would make MUCH more sense on the Green Lantern costume. Everyone KNOWS that Superman can fly because of the Earth's yellow sun, not his costume.

What? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287755)

He probably turned to it because she was using/withholding sex as a behavior modifier (or is grossly overweight). Lots of girls do this these days because they know they've got the social and legal upper hand. If so, she chose to destroy their lives together because she couldn't control his access to sexual release. Of course, all the white knights and manginas here will downmod this and blame the man because that's the popular thing to do these days..

Re:What? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287793)

whenever my wife does this, i use beer and sports as my behavior modifier.

chicks are attention whores, take it away and they will do anything to get it back

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287929)

That's true, however, society condones her passive aggressive behavior because she's assumed 'oppressed' while demonizing your assertive behavior because you're an assumed oppressor. Welcome to identity politics. If she chose, she could use your tactic as 'evidence' that you aren't 'committed' and file fault divorce papers, leaving you with the bills, child support, and vaginamony. There's already precedent set that such behavior is considered 'abuse', but of course, only for your behavior, not hers.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287965)

are you kidding?

most divorces are settled very easily. you have to do something very dumb to get stuck with the bills and everything else

Re:What? (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | about 9 months ago | (#44287897)

He probably turned to it because she was using/withholding sex as a behavior modifier (or is grossly overweight).

Probably? What's the basis for that assessment?

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287943)

As any probability claim, it is the result of examining similar situations and developing generalities that can be applied to new specific situations to develop a partially educated response when the full truth of the details are not available.

TL:DR version:
Experience.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44288137)

So your reaction to people assuming men are at fault is to assume women at fault and you think that is a better equivalent? What happened to not assuming anything when little to no information was given... even though in this case there is some information like the guy sounds like an idiot.

Re:What? (1, Interesting)

gl4ss (559668) | about 9 months ago | (#44287995)

his excuse is that he typoed facebook as fuckbook. 99.999% chance he was looking for some bitch to fuck - so the complaint is religious to the max to hide that he is that kind of a guy who had a wife and went on to look for sex dates on the internets...

I mean, who the fuck goes to fuckbook.com for porno and get real, the guy claimed he had never seen a pornographic image in his life in which case he probably got a hard on from evening news and wanked to mtv which doesn't sound sensible at all.

Re:What? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44288017)

He probably turned to it because she was using/withholding sex as a behavior modifier (or is grossly overweight).

Or she could just no longer be attracted to you anymore. I mean, who finds bitterness and disdain for your gender attractive in a sexual partner?

Or was I being unfair in assuming that you're speaking from personal experience here? (I doubt it.)

I'm suing... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287757)

...McDonald's for making me fat. They have failed to install a filter to prevent me from installing unhealthy food into my body.

Re:I'm suing... (1)

Scarletdown (886459) | about 9 months ago | (#44287867)

...McDonald's for making me fat. They have failed to install a filter to prevent me from installing unhealthy food into my body.

You need to replace your filter, as it obviously isn't working. I have the most up to date filter imaginable for that. I gag even thinking about trying to choke down anything from McDonalds.

Re:I'm suing... (1)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about 9 months ago | (#44287973)

Remember the rule. When you go to the hardware store and buy a new AC filter and batteries for your smoke detectors, you have to replace your unhealthy filter. Brought to you by the Ad Council.

Re:I'm suing... (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about 9 months ago | (#44288051)

I have a filter for it but it happens later. My body seems to reject fake food like that. I can get it into my stomach but it refuses to digest it. It feels like I ate a rock and after about 2 hours of feeling like crap I end up puking. Same thing happens with most fast food places and other very processed food.

Only in US... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287763)

That's what happens when you don't have English Rule (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_rule_%28attorney%27s_fees%29), and you have personal bankruptcy.
There lawsuits doesn't happen in Europe for these 2 exact reasons, you'll have to pay the attorney fee's if you lose, so you have something at stake as well.

What are we going towards? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287785)

A Safe-Mode? What would they call it?
iCondom
ICondemn

And would you need a new name when it's disabled?
iSin
iLonely

Re:What are we going towards? (1)

Scarletdown (886459) | about 9 months ago | (#44287899)

A Safe-Mode? What would they call it?
iCondom
ICondemn

And would you need a new name when it's disabled?
iSin
iLonely

iGoatse.

Every time you even think about viewing porn, the safe mode kicks in and pops up a high def Goatse on your screen, causing instant bone kill.

Apple... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287799)

... deserves every fucking sue they can get, apple sux balls.

  Linux FTW

And this is why we can't have nice things (0)

denis-The-menace (471988) | about 9 months ago | (#44287803)

If this does goes bad, religious whack-jobs will have a blueprint on forcing people to fit THEIR morality.

I doubt it will work thought.

Trying to look the nice guy, just wants cash (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287805)

A safe mode strikes me as something that has absolutely nothing to do with his situation. Would he have handed it to his wife and said "could you please enable safe mode on this iPad and not tell me the password to remove it?" Sure, that would help with kids, but with an adult who bought the device and theoretically manages it?

This smells of the guy trying to provide an option that makes it sound like he's not in it just for the money, but which you can be pretty sure the company is not going to do. Apple isn't likely to put tons of development into something like that just based on this lawsuit. So he gets to feel like he's suing for a good reason, when he's really just hoping for a settlement somewhere below the cost for Apple to implement a "safe mode".

Re:Trying to look the nice guy, just wants cash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287901)

I find it hard to believe that there aren't already several internet filter apps available for the iPad. It'd be funny if Apple's response was to send the guy 99 cents to just fucking buy one of them.

Re:Trying to look the nice guy, just wants cash (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about 9 months ago | (#44287927)

This smells of the guy trying to provide an option that makes it sound like he's not in it just for the money, but which you can be pretty sure the company is not going to do. Apple isn't likely to put tons of development into something like that just based on this lawsuit. So he gets to feel like he's suing for a good reason, when he's really just hoping for a settlement somewhere below the cost for Apple to implement a "safe mode".

Actually, I think this story smells more like a guy from a very conservatively religious community who is trying to shift blame away from him to Apple, saying he was helpless to avoid his divorce or viewing of porn. The article mentions that he talks about things like the ACLU inventing homosexuality in the 50s, and about God and how porn affects man's spirituality. This, or he has a certifiable mental illness, because a lot of his claims noted in the article make no sense and have no bearing on his argument. Either way, no lawyer should have agreed to take on this case and they should immediately be disbarred.

Re:Trying to look the nice guy, just wants cash (1)

bonehead (6382) | about 9 months ago | (#44288123)

This smells of the guy trying to provide an option that makes it sound like he's not in it just for the money,

No, this smells of the guy grasping at straws, hoping in vain to find validation for his bullshit belief that he is not responsible for his own actions.

In short, he's a pathetic, useless waste of oxygen.

Why would you use an Apple product? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287813)

My mac pro is shiny, pure and innocent. I want to keep it that way. If I want to watch porn i use the dirty old dell in the garage. Now that dell is a big whore.

Not Safe Mode... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287837)

Sevier is seeking damages from Apple, but said he we will drop the lawsuit if Apple agrees to sell devices with a 'RETARD mode.'"

There, fixed that for you.

OMFG... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287843)

Does he want hammers with a "safe mode" that prevents you from hitting his thumb? Does he want cars that have a mode that prevent you from turning without using your blinker? Does he want a diaper and a baby bottle to carry with him all day long because he's obviously too fucking irresponsible to be a functioning adult?

This is what you get when you construct a society that encourages people to blame others for every action they take which has any negative consequences.

Nanny State (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287847)

I would like to start a petition such that anyone found incapable of taking responsibility for their own actions should hear by no longer be a citizen of this country. they should loose voting rights, any rights to healthcare and any support from the government. i think its a fair statement to state that true citizenry requires the person in question to accept responsibility for their own choices and it also requires said person to hold other people to the responsibility of their choices.

As a recovering porn addict, I find this stupid (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287857)

For several years, pornography ruled my life. I lost my family over it. I lost my self respect over it. It was causing such deep depression that I nearly lost my life over it. Being in IT, I could get around any filters. If I wanted porn online, I found porn online. Simple as that. I finally broke my addiction to it and got my life back together. So, I feel the pain of the person who TFA speaks of.

That all being said...

This. Is. Stupid. Why not just sue The Internetz and your ISP and your carrier and every person who's ever produced pornography, and Samsung for making iPhone screens and... you get the point.

Stopping the addiction does not rely on Apple blocking porn on your iPhone. It involves taking responsibility, getting help, and STOPPING.

Re:As a recovering porn addict, I find this stupid (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44288053)

This.

I too am a recovering porn addict. 15 months 'sober.' There is much that could be discussed about the causes of, and methods of overcoming, a porn addiction, but blaming the manufacturers of devices is ludicrous. My last look at porn was on an iPad - which I no longer have.

With statistics showing that 50% or more of men now look at porn regularly, porn addiction is a pretty big deal. And no - it's not just a religious sort of thing. It's a ruining marriage, losing job, lost productivity, wasted time and money and quality of life sort of thing.

Carpel Tunnel ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287881)

If he can set good precedent, then I'll get rich from the thumb carpel tunnel that I received from my IPhone ....

Third option (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44287909)

Judge laughs him out of court and nothing changes.

I like it! (4, Funny)

wjcofkc (964165) | about 9 months ago | (#44287913)

While I think he's completely crazy to blame his addiction on Apple, the 'Safe-Mode' is not an altogether bad idea. Wouldn't it be nice to know your kids new MacBook had sex simply turned off?

It would take them days, perhaps even weeks to find a way to circumnavigate the measure. Just think how much our kids could learn about BSD! The really aspirational ones might even learn to cover their tracks with a terminal and Vim!

Safe Mode (1)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 9 months ago | (#44287915)

Assuming that Safe Mode is a mode that the owner can turn off and on, isn't that just the same as just not going to the porn sites? At least if you are the owner and an adult and not playing the "think of the children" game?

His offer sounds like he either wants to impose his values on others, or he knows that such "safe surfing" isn't really technically feasible so he can make to offer to sound like he's a decent guy rather than a pervert trying to profit big.

Yeah, right (1)

OzPeter (195038) | about 9 months ago | (#44287917)

From TFA

started when he “accidentally” replaced the “a-c-e” in Facebook with a “u-c-k.”

and

adding that until he got the MacBook, he had never seen porn of any kind or been to a strip club or sex shop.

I suppose that could be a new sales blurb (3, Funny)

lexx21 (1274802) | about 9 months ago | (#44287921)

"We at Apple make the most spank-o-licious computer on the market"

Total Lack of Self-Responsibility (2)

ScottCooperDotNet (929575) | about 9 months ago | (#44287923)

Blaming a device maker for your actions with it shows a complete lack of self-responsibility and requires a child-like understanding of one's own self-control. I can see this guy testifying before Congress or whomever in favor of legal requirements for some sort of restricted mode, because he can't control himself, so everyone else should have to bear a burden of increased cost. A potential legal requirement would be easily met by Apple, but FOSS could be further limited by such laws, as not meeting requirements for schools, etc.

This is different from accessibility requirements, since the folks who need those cannot simply choose to see/hear. All this guy had to do was put the infernal device down.

I'm addicted to tentacle porn hentai (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 9 months ago | (#44287957)

I'm going to sue Adobe for making Photoshop, the best image-editing software ever created, available for Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X.

Re:I'm addicted to tentacle porn hentai (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44288113)

I hope that man's lawyer is available because i'd really like to sue camera manufacturers for providing the tools for the porn industry to actually shoot pictures and videos. Oh, and when we're done with that we'll sue the tarmac manufacturers - without streets I wouldn't have had that accident that resultet in a severe brain damage..

Parental controls (4, Insightful)

Quila (201335) | about 9 months ago | (#44288005)

It's been built-in for years. The problem is that a person with a problem isn't going to use them to restrict himself.

Applying the knee-jerk logic... (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about 9 months ago | (#44288015)

Guns enable murder, so ban guns

Let's apply the same logic to:
    Water enables drowning, so ban water
    Cars enable homicide, so ban cars
    Apple enables porn, so ban Apple

Yep. Seems like the correct logic for progress as a species.

Classic case (0)

Fuzzums (250400) | about 9 months ago | (#44288039)

Real problem: Not taking responsibility for own actions; blaming others
Verdict: Grow up; get a life.

And I bet that 50 page complaint was written left-handed.

Bill of Perceived Rights (2)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 9 months ago | (#44288043)

WTF is going on with people these days? It seems over the last decade or so, our actual civil liberties - you know, the right to free expression, bearing arms, freedom from search/seizure without warrant - seem to be slowly fading out, while a brand new set of perceived rights is taking their place. Seriously, what the fuck is up with that?

FWIW, there is no such thing as:

the Right to Not be Offended
the Right to Determine What Rights Other People Have
the Right to Feel Safe

Ridiculous (1)

flippy (62353) | about 9 months ago | (#44288069)

This is the most absurd lawsuit I've heard of in some time. It's like suing Stop & Shop for selling beer, saying that it caused one's alcoholism.

This Happens All the Time (4, Funny)

Grashnak (1003791) | about 9 months ago | (#44288097)

Sevier claims that his addiction started when he “accidentally” replaced the “a-c-e” in Facebook with a “u-c-k.” Sevier said this F***book site “appealed to his biological sensibilities as a male,” and he started to prefer the images on the screen to his own wife.

Man, that happens to me all the time. One time, I reached for the skim milk and accidentally drank a 40oz bottle of vodka.

Another time, I was making a peanut butter sandwich and accidentally injected heroin into an artery.

Someone should pay!

Failed judicial system (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44288107)

This is the kind of lawsuit that would be laughed away in the courts in Canada on the first date in court. Yet Americans have convinced themselves that this determination can only properly be done after tens of thousands of lawyer fees have been racked up.
 

Important Comment on ArsTechnica (3, Informative)

FuzzNugget (2840687) | about 9 months ago | (#44288117)

According to this comment [arstechnica.com] in the ArsTechnica discussion of their report on this story [arstechnica.com], the plantiff is actually a suspended lawyer who was formerly deployed and is now dealing with mental illness.

Maybe the commenter is taking the piss, but really ... that's the only explanation that makes any sense.
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