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Arizona Attempts To Make Trolling Illegal 474

LordofEntropy writes "Though unlikely to pass any First Amendment test. Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer has a bill on her desk that would in essence make 'trolling' illegal. The law states 'It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.'" This did indeed manage to pass through both houses of legislature and only needs a signature to become law.
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Arizona Attempts To Make Trolling Illegal

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:04PM (#39573237)
    Jail this!
  • by Kincaidia ( 927521 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:04PM (#39573239)
    [ this comment has been removed by the State of Arizona ]
  • by bonch ( 38532 ) * on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:04PM (#39573245)

    BREAKING--Trolls Left Homeless After Website Ruled Illegal

    Tech site Slashdot was ruled illegal today, leaving hundreds of trolls without a home. Slashdot, founded in the late 90s by master troll Rob Malda, has provided shelter for countless trolls over the years.

    "It leaves me feeling naked. And petrified," said Slashdot user PortmanHotGrits. "Slashdot was once a thriving troll community due to its rigid ideology, biased editors, and broken moderation system."

    "Where am I going to hate Apple now?" asked one anonymous user. "I hate Reddit, and my real life friends bought Macs years ago. Slashdot was the last place my puppet accounts could go to vent their frustration at iSheep Crapple fans. Android4Lyfe! Hang on, my custom ROM just crashed."

    Reaction in other internet communities was mixed.

    "Slashdot is still around?" asked several Twitter users. Said one IT administrator: "Whoa, Slashdot? I used to post there when I ran Linux on my desktop back in 2001. I used to write 'Micro$oft' non-ironically. I was an embarrassing idiot. Farewell, Slashdot."

    Rob Malda, who ran screaming from Slashdot earlier in the year with half his body engulfed in flames, could not be reached for comment.

  • Arizona (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:04PM (#39573247)

    I'm glad I moved to Texas.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:10PM (#39573361)

    That is on the front page of your website. Everyone should be fired, immediately, and replaced with people who know how to write English.

    You're advocating exporting Slashdot's jobs outside of the U.S.?

  • Trolling (Score:5, Funny)

    by DaneM ( 810927 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:12PM (#39573385)

    So...if you make inflammatory comments against fraudsters, does that mean you're...(wait for it)

    Trolling for phishers? Would that now be considered poaching?

  • by durrr ( 1316311 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:16PM (#39573455)

    Jail Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer for trolling if this law passes. It certainly offends and annoy me.

  • Re:Arizona (Score:3, Funny)

    by Reverand Dave ( 1959652 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:17PM (#39573485)
    That is the first time that comment has been posted any where ever. Joking or not.
  • I guess... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Genda ( 560240 ) < minus cat> on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:19PM (#39573501) Journal

    In a related story, Today the Arizona state legislature made Gays, Democrats, Liberals, Mexicans, Muslims, gay mixed drinks with fruit and umbrellas, small dogs, men's skin care products, evolution, gun control advocates, subcompact foreign cars, lite beer, pansies, petunias and 6 other flowers that begin with the letter 'P' illegal. When asked, leaders of the legislature said "Yeah, we know its unconstitutional, but tomorrow we're making the Constitution illegal."

  • by hob42 ( 41735 ) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [24opuj]> on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:29PM (#39573653) Homepage Journal

    Did you just suggest boycotting Arizona? As a Tucson resident, that ticks me off. I'm calling the cops.

  • by Gription ( 1006467 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:31PM (#39573707)
    I assume this bill is on the AZ legislature's website which is an electronic medium.

    I find this type of assault on the first amendment blatantly obscene. And I am very offended.
    Voting to pass this makes it the voice of everyone that voted Yes on it. Let the first round of class 1 misdemeanors begin.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:36PM (#39573761)

    Hello my dear friend. Would you please kindly click here []? Thank you oh so very much.

    Wow. Polite trolling is better.

  • by jimbolauski ( 882977 ) on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:36PM (#39573763) Journal
    You have the right to not be offended, if can not afford to be offended, the court will provide someone to be offended for you.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @01:52PM (#39573997)
    Maybe we'll be cell mates!
  • by geekoid ( 135745 ) <`dadinportland' `at' `'> on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @02:09PM (#39574283) Homepage Journal

    "I pick fruit off my own tree."
    Which is safe because of laws controlling waster from corporations. Funded through taxes.

    "I mow my own lawn with a push reel mower."
    SO how did you get the mower without using any public infrastructure? paid for with taxes.

    "I prefer the buffet anyways,"
    created with food that has a minimum bar for safety, and a recourse that you can take if it makes you ill. All paid for with taxes.

    " but I cook for myself and family anyways every other day."
    With power that is reasonable consistent, and available for reasonably prices, thanks to taxes.

    "Now get off my desert. "
    Without taxes and regulation, you wouldn't have a dessert to cal your own.

    "Liberal scum."
    yes, wanting corporate responsibility, and to build a society that can progress, and not have corporation return to the way it was 120 years ago sure is scummy.

    "Go pay more taxes while yer at it."
    How about we pay reasonable taxes based on services needed to continue to progress?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 04, 2012 @02:57PM (#39574951)

    This guy's submissions [] are hilarious:

    iPad 3 Confirmed To Have 2048x1536 Screen Resolution

    Google Begins Country-Specific Blog Censorship

    Why Android Isn't Gaining On Apple In The Enterpri

    Android Malware May Have Infected 5 Million Users

    Apple Beats Android In U.S. Marketshare

    Apple Reports Record-Breaking Quarter Results

    Apple Closes In On Android Marketshare

    Apple Closes Marketshare Gap With Android

    Samsung Moves To Reduce Android Dependence

    I'm sure he's not biased at all.

    Slashdot was the last place my puppet accounts could go


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