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Thursday, July 14

Crime & Punishment

BAR EXAM STUDY BREAK: Commenting on the small slap on the wrist given to the German teen reponsible for last year's Sasser worm, John Tierney provides some suggestions about tailoring the punishment to fit the crime.

For shoebomber Richard Reid:
He ought to spend his days within smelling range of all those socks at the airport. In an exclusive poll I once conducted among fellow passengers, I found that 80 percent favored forcing Mr. Reid to sit next to the metal detector, helping small children put their sneakers back on.
For spammers:
[They] could be sentenced to community service testing all their own wares. The number of organ-enlargement offers would decline if a spammer thought he'd have to appear in a public-service television commercial explaining that he'd tried them all and they just didn't work for him.
For hackers:
Make the hacker spend 16 hours a day fielding help-desk inquiries in an AOL chat room for computer novices. Force him to do this with a user name at least as uncool as KoolDude and to work on a vintage IBM PC with a 2400-baud dial-up connection. Most painful of all for any geek, make him use Windows 95 for the rest of his life.


  • My computing hell would be more along the lines of Windows Me, but to each his own.

    By Blogger Torry, at 7/22/2005 2:35 PM  

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