Writing Hubs For Fun, Profit... And Death Threats

 

Kathy Sierra, Robert Scoble, Michael Arrington... what do I have in common with them? Well, I'm certainly not as well-known a blogger as they are, but what we do have in common is that we have all received death threats for our online writing.

It all started at my How To Destroy Your CPU By Lapping It Hub when I explained that the soapy water sanding removal of the nickel coating (IHS) of a CPU in soapy water (it still boggles the mind...) in a vain attempt to make it run up to 20 degrees Centigrade cooler was ridiculous and that any "lapper" expecting these temperature deltas was a moron. I was then barraged by a tempest of frenzied comments, most of them written at a sixth-grade education level, calling me every dirty name in the book for daring to defend a process which Intel and AMD have firmly and repeatedly stated will immediately void any semblance of CPU warranty.

Hey, you want to come onto my Hub and tell me I'm wrong, go ahead. That's why the First Amendment exists in the country where HubPages is headquartered. Let 'er rip.

But these towering intellects went a bit further: In what they might have mistakenly thought was their private sanctum, www.overclock.net, they went on to engage their prepubescent hormones (obviously spiked after playing bloody mutilating video games all night) with threats of death towards yours truly:

cisf0rcalvin: i want to kill him.

a1161979: Me too, I'll hold him while you stab.

Cyth'Rawl: How about I pull a pin out of a grenade, cram it up his ass and video it... Perhaps being lowered into a meatgrinder...

DIRTYDUCK: ...building a water slide for him made of razor blades and fill the pool with lemon juice and rock salt.

Vagrant Storm: I am rather particular to strangling some one with their own intestines...

Dezixn: He should be hurt.

The best part about this is that these fools go on to identify exactly what they commented on the Hub under different nicknames, without realizing that DUH, I've got your IP address now! And I've saved your site's entire thread's HTML in case you manage to convince your Moderators to erase it!

Of course, these bozos also think that I'd be stupid enough to live in the city shown on my profile when I use my own, very traceable legal name rather than hide behind a nickname. I even drop hints all the time in my Hubs as to my actual location, but it's obvious that these lunatics lack the cranial capacity to walk and chew gum at the same time, let alone engage in (gasp) logical deduction!

But here is the best part! Guess who IS in Toronto?

  • overclock.net
  • Shogun Interactive Development
  • Domain Admin (contact@shogun.org)
  • +1.4169074185
  • 119 Spadina Ave.
  • Box 333
  • Toronto, M5V 2L0

You guys have made is so easy on me! I won't even have to deal with the FBI on a cross-border investigation. All I have to do is dial 613-993-7267 for the RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa. You see, Canadian web site publishers have legal responsibility for moderating comments made on their sites. Naturally, no one can prevent crazies from posting whatever criminal statements they want on an open forum, but strictly specific legal precedent has been established that if the web site publishers do not delete said content once they have been made formally aware of it, then they can be held profoundly liable. If you have any doubts about how serious the Canadian courts are about this, just ask Holocaust Denier Ernst Zundel who was deported to his native Germany and is now serving five years in prison for his website writings which didn't even go as far as posting death threats.

Geez... what did I say about lappers being morons... :)

So, what do YOU think? Should we all be submitted to threats of bodily violence leading to death when we write on HubPages? Should we let the perpetrators continue to be confident in their invulnerability on the Wild West Web, or should we use every legal channel at our disposal to shut down the sites that publish Holocaust Denials and Death Threats?

All comments will be reviewed and published. Er... except those expressing a desire to kill me. :)

For the conclusion of this story, check my The Quality Of Mercy Hub.

More by this Author


Comments 95 comments

Hal Licino profile image

Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Nonsense. You're confusing a blog (this one) with a 24 hour a day, fully moderated, staffed forum (OCN), where they let the comments stand for days!


Dave 7 years ago

I do not think that overclock.net could be held responsible in this situation. This is why.

Say you have the comments set to auto accept. Someone comes on here and posts racist, mean, and death threat comments to people. You are somewhere where you can't delete that post. Should your page be deleted because of what a idiot did?


video game rentals 7 years ago

You This is a very interesting topic


Hal Licino profile image

Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

As I stated in its title, there was mercy involved, although believe me... it was close. I still wonder whether I wouldn't have been better off to put the pedal to the metal and drive them into the dirt where they belong! :)


Andromeda10 profile image

Andromeda10 7 years ago from Chicago

For cryin' out loud! My threats weren't nearly as bad as yours and others'. I can't wait to read the conclusion!


Hal Licino profile image

Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

I don't practice safe sex. I've never had intercourse in a bank vault. :)


Kika Rose profile image

Kika Rose 8 years ago from Minnesota

Me + guessing = great fun.

True, you have to watch the clock if you're gonna put your bouncing babe in the sunny backyard/window, but it honestly does work. I should know; it worked for me when I was a baby. :-P Gotta love grandmas and their home remedies. I should write a hub on that...

Maybe they should send all the African men to my old high school sex ed. class. "No sex is safe sex!" "Condoms? Ha, like they work!" "Birth control is for girls who can't keep their legs closed!" "Sex will always give you STD's!" Ah, the joys of living in Rural Minnesota...


Hal Licino profile image

Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Excellent uberguessing! :) As for the sunshine, it does help to dissolve the bilirubin but you do have to be careful to limit the exposure as most Caucasian babies' skins don't have enough protection from the sun. Millions of men, mostly in Africa, believe the sex with virgins AIDS thing, so much so that child rape has skyrocketed there in the past few years.


Kika Rose profile image

Kika Rose 8 years ago from Minnesota

Well, thank you for the compliment! Though, I must admit, I uber-guessed. :-P

WD-40 relieves arthritis, you say? Iiiiiinteresting. I could have sworn that's what Aleve and Bayer were for. Did you know putting a baby with jaundice in direct sunlight cures the condition? I know that one for a fact. Though, having sex with virgin women curing AIDS is a new one. I have a whole list of home remedies that actually work, though the WD-40 and the virgin bit aren't on there. :-P


Hal Licino profile image

Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Lapping is a completely stupid, moronic and idiotic thing to do and there is absolutely no justification. Lappers should grind down their foreheads so that they should more accurately resemble the Neanderthals they really are.

You most certainly don't have to excuse yourself for your age, as your explanation of the diction is spot on! When I was 18 all I was doing was jumping motorcycles off ramps and chasing cheerleaders. You are most certainly to be congratulated for your maturity, knowledge and intelligence. Bravo!

The apricot pit thing is an offshoot of the Laetrile nonsense of the Seventies. It seems that myths never die. Did you hear the one about WD-40 relieving arthritis? I could go on and on and on! Heck, we live in a world where it has been confirmed that there are millions of men who are completely convinced that having sex with a virgin cures their AIDS! Very sad! :(


Kika Rose profile image

Kika Rose 8 years ago from Minnesota

... But that's a stupid thing to do. o_O How would that make it run cooler? Wouldn't it cause it to like, explode from lack of something-or-other or whatever? You'd think that'd be a bad thing.

Hmm. You know, you should cut me a bit of slack. :-P I am only 18, just graduated high school. But I'd probably have to go with Latinate Diction for informational Hubs, though it'll depend on the kind of informational Hub. If it's more technical, definately Latinate. If it's for beginners, Germanic.

Also; apricot pits do NOT cure cancer. >.> That's just pathetic.


Hal Licino profile image

Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

I would never say you are inferior, my dear Kika Rose. After all, keep in mind that I deal with Lappers and VMax enthusiasts on a daily basis. To me, you are a goddess among mortals! :)

OK, then can you tell me whether Latinate or Germanic Diction is best suited for informational Hubs given the demographics of the site? :)

The silly Lappers think that by grinding down their processor's metal covers like an iron worker working on a bridge beam they get them to run cooler. They're the same type of people who insist that Apricot Pits cure Cancer. There are smart people, there are stupid people, and then there's Lappers! :)


Kika Rose profile image

Kika Rose 8 years ago from Minnesota

rofl! I was thinking more like grammar blahblahblah than getting into deep poetry! *bows* I am inferior, o Hal... :-P

Dude, why would anyone do that to a computer? Isn't that just asking for trouble? That'd be like me touching the tower; baaaaaaaaaad! And why would they grind the cover off the processor? There must be a point to it, but I sure as heck don't see one. o_O


Hal Licino profile image

Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Hi Kika Rose! Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad I made you giggle. I make all the girls giggle... but they usually point and laugh too. :) Lapping is when idiots with more money than brains buy a new $1000+ computer processor and then proceed to grind the cover off with soapy water and high grit sandpaper in an industrial procedure which would be right at home in an automotive engine machine shop. They obviously think that the insides of a computer CPU have valves, cylinders and pistons instead of incredibly fragile and static damage-prone electronics. OK, now that I've educated you on the plum foolishness of lapping, can you tell me how to rationalize the very different poetic style of Sir Francis with the Baconian Shakespeare theories? PWN ME BABE! :)


Kika Rose profile image

Kika Rose 8 years ago from Minnesota

:') You make me giggle. I love reading stupidity, and you've provided it with the flamers' posts. It's sad that people would be so oblivious as to write those kinds of things on an open forum for everyone to see, and not expect some sort of legal action to be taken against them. Ah, the things idiots do...

I will admit I have no idea what in heaven's name "lapping" is, but that could be because I'm an 18-year-old rural Minnesota girl that can't tell Gigabyte from a Megabyte or whatever the heck those things are. The extent of my knowledge is as follows; my little first gen. iPod Nano gets 2 GB of music. I'm still using dial-up. My nice new cell phone can play the radio!

... Yeah, that's about all I know as far as technology's concerned. :-P Ask me a good English question, and I'll have to pwn you.

Oh; your personality reminds me of my own. That might be another reason as to why I LAWLed so hard while reading this.


Hal Licino profile image

Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

pcdriverupdate, what was good? People wanting to kill me? You have a strange sense of humor! Do you stand around car crashes laughing at the body parts? :)


pcdriverupdate profile image

pcdriverupdate 8 years ago from VA

haha, that was good =)


Hal Licino profile image

Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Sure... I'll give ya a personal check for $15,000, but I hope you don't mind that I write it on rubber as it's gonna BOUNCE BOUNCE BOUNCE!!! :) Actually, I have been wondering about Higgs bosons, so I'd like my own Large Hadron Collider as well... Since I'm writing bouncing checks, I might as well write out one for $10.7 billion! :P


SilverFire 8 years ago

Well, you do keep demanding that someone post proof in a reliable way, so I was giving you the option to "put your money where your mouth is," so to speak.


Hal Licino profile image

Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

You want me to give you $10,000 or maybe even $15,000 so you can do YOUR test? Hahaahahaaaaaaaaaaa! Go get a grant, dude!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working