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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

taustin Re:name and location tweeted... (796 comments)

Using publically visible information (nametag & gate sign) to state an opinion constitutes harassment?

Depends on what he tweets with it. Or threatens to. Anybody who reads Slashdot should know how easy it is to get a lynch mob stalking some random stranger with death threats with lies.

yesterday
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

taustin Re:SW Should Pay! (796 comments)

Asking customers or others to leave a business has put way too much power in the hands of people unable to handle it.

You've clearly never, ever worked in customer service.

Situations like this deserve a court hearing.

He had that option when she threatened to call the police. He declined. Strictly speaking, he still has that option in a civil court, but will decline that, too, I expect.

At times it may even be in opposition to the Americans With Disabilities Act.

This guy's only disability is that he's an asshole, and that's not a protected class.

yesterday
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

taustin Re:Is there an SWA Twitter police? (796 comments)

That's one interpretation. The other is that - as the articles say - he named her in the very public tweet, and might have threatened to escalate further and encourage people to harass, threaten, or do worse to her. It's not implausible that she did feel threatened by his behavior, and threatened behavior.

You, of course, will assume that the article is a true and complete account, because that's the popular thing to do on the internet, but there's always two sides.

yesterday
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

taustin Re:So SW Agent was following the passenger's tweet (796 comments)

One thing that was included in the article was that he named the gate agent in the tweet. That pretty much proves your theory that his intent was intimidation. Given how easy it is to convince stupid assholes on the internet to stalk some random stranger with death threats, I'm not all that sure it was an overreaction.

If it was as he described, his best reaction would be to tell them to go ahead and call the cops, which would have proved that the gate agent doesn't have the authority to do so, and determine whether or not their supervisor was an idiot.

yesterday
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

taustin Re:Customer service? (796 comments)

I dunno about you, but I - who have no children - would rather be sitting in the uncomfortable chair at the gate waiting for the idiot parents with unruly children get their shit together than be sitting in the even more uncomfortable, far more cramped seats on the plane. Let the parents board first, by all means.

yesterday
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

taustin Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

The example was not "You're ugly" or "you're stupid," it was "you're ugly as a woman" and "you're stupid because you're a woman."

Try to pay attention, troll-boy.

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

taustin Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

"Sexual harassment" has a specific legal definition - and the example given fits in it quite firmly. You are factually incorrect about it not being sexual. The "sexual" part of "sexual harassment" refers to gender, not the sex act. (My employer's mandatory - by state law - sexual harassment training used to be done by a trial lawyer who loved defendants - so long as he was on the other side - like you.)

And you implicated that I cannot possibly disagree with you unless I am mentally ill is proof that you have quite a bit of experience at one side of bullying. Unfortunately for you, son, you haven't got what it takes to troll the master, so go ask mummy for some milk and cookies, and head off to bed so you won't fall asleep in school tomorrow.

about two weeks ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

taustin Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

Sexual or not, it's certainly harassment, and therefore, illegal in the US. More so in some states than others, but illegal everywhere.

I'd guess you've only been on one side of bullying, to take such a position.

about two weeks ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

taustin Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

Having a formal policy reduces legal liability (somewhat) for the employer.

Of course, enforcing the policy reduces it even more.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

taustin Re:So... (401 comments)

Contract provision or no, they're a corporation, and that means they are required by law, in every state, to have a business address published (usually with the secretary of state for the state they're incorporated in).

They'll claim the contact prohibits notice by mail, but that's unenforceable to begin with, and when you describe the phone call - their flat refusal to accept the cancellation - or play the recording of it, even if it were technically enforceable the contract would be ruled unconscionable.

You can believe in the ultimate, unchallengeable power of the Mighty Corporation(tm) all you want, but their only real power comes from your belief. If you stand your ground, and bother to know what the law is, it's on your side.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

taustin Re:So... (401 comments)

That's why you don't tell them until after you've told them to cancel the account. If they reserve the right to record it - which they did before the human came on the line - there is no expectation of privacy, and you don't need to tell them. You only tell them at the end to reinforce that you can prove you did.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

taustin Re:So... (401 comments)

"This call may be recorded for quality assurance purposes" means that you have their permission to record it, too, even in California.

"Cancel my account."

"I can't do that unless you give me a reason."

"I'm recording this conversation, so I have proof that the account has been canceled. If I receive any more invoices, the next phone call will be from my lawyer, or the police."

Click.

The better method, though, is to do it in writing, by registered mail. End of equation.

about two weeks ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

taustin Re:Needed to stop anyway (153 comments)

I know I'll get modded down for this. but I find it hard to sympathize with someone who goes on vacation on another continent and wants to play computer games in their hotel.

Sever allergy to sunshine must be more common than I thought.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

taustin Re:LMGTFY (148 comments)

I see no criminal charges mentioned. There's an allegation of perjury in a civil case, but no criminal charges.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

taustin Re:LMGTFY (148 comments)

Can you name a single case in which someone has been prosecuted, ever, for a bogus takedown notice?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

taustin Re:John Smith? (148 comments)

That the other guy is living in his car will, no doubt, be a great comfort to me as I'm living in my car.

about three weeks ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

taustin Re:I work IT in the taxi industry. (273 comments)

And what happens when a passenger makes unreasonable demands - "Hey, I need to stop here and do some shopping, so you just wait here, and BTW, I only have half the money, so you won't get paid what I agreed to pay." - and then threatens to give the driver a bad rating if they complain about it, what mechanism is there to address that deliberate libel once it's posted publicly? Sure, the driver can give the passenger a bad rating, too, but that won't help him any.

And that is the failing of relying solely on a reputation system. There's no protection against liars.

about three weeks ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

taustin Re:Trust (273 comments)

Uber drivers, as a rule, don't have insurance. There have already been lawsuits over it. Your private insurance will not cover you if they find out you're driving someone for money. Your private driver's license is not good enough, either. So, in most states, when you use Uber, you're riding in an uninsured car with an unlicensed driver, and if there's an accident, you, the passenger, are 100% responsible for whatever medical expenses you have (because the driver will be spending all his money to avoid prison).

about three weeks ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

taustin Re:Taxi Medallions (273 comments)

Unless you just sign up for a different account every time.

about three weeks ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

taustin Re:Taxi Medallions (273 comments)

After the customer leaves the car, there is no record of their behavior in the taxi.

Given that most cities require video and audio recording devices in all taxis, I find your source less than convincing.

about three weeks ago

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