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Hmm, maybe I've missed the bigger picture here

A few days ago I went off the deep end and psycho-analyzed Gizmodo's prank at CES 2008, and its philosophical grounds for doing so. 

All that went out the window this morning when I read an article about a Polish teen who used an IR remote to derail a few trams at a local depot

It's probably not likely that this kid knew of the Gizmodo prank at the time, or that he even intended to hurt anyone, but it brought me to the larger conclusion that the next kid who wants to do this sort of thing doesn't need to look very far to know he can get away with it. 

Taking away someone's CES press badge is not punishment. I still think that's lip service.

Fortunately nobody was killed in the event, and my condolences go out to anyone who was hurt in the ordeal. 

As a personal message to Brian Lam: I respect your decision to do what you did. I personally think you were even entitled to do so from a legal and moral standpoint.  However, I do think you should be very clear to those who look up to Gizmodo that such actions won't land Gizmodo in trouble, but it could have deep consequences for people with less clout.

Update 1/14/2008: As forecasted, CEA gave the offending owner of the IR nuker a lifetime ban of CESGizmodo, as a publication, faced no consequences.  I asked a CEA liaison how the organization intends to prevent this individual from entering the show next year.  The CEA official claimed the organization has banned other people before.  As long as he attempts to sign up under the same name, he will not be allowed back into the show.

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Worst. Prank. Ever.
By MMilitia on 1/14/2008 6:48:34 AM , Rating: 2
When I was about 13-14 I had a watch that, through the magic of technology, could turn off TVs. I thought it was the most hilarious joke ever the day I turned off a TV at school while we were watching a biology documentary.

To me this kind of sums up the level of humor shown in this so-called 'prank'.

The only way this could've possibly been made funnier would have been to shine a laser pointer at the screens to make it look like a sniper was in the room, OMGLOL.

RE: Worst. Prank. Ever.
By Master Kenobi on 1/14/2008 9:09:04 AM , Rating: 2
Except for the fact that Sniper targeters are in the UV range and can only be seen through the attached scope, they don't use plain old laser pointers. Stop watching hollywood.

RE: Worst. Prank. Ever.
By TomZ on 1/14/2008 9:13:16 AM , Rating: 2
Except that Hollywood, not reality, is what most people know.

RE: Worst. Prank. Ever.
By Master Kenobi on 1/14/2008 10:20:16 AM , Rating: 2
That would be extremely funny if it weren't completely true.

RE: Worst. Prank. Ever.
By MMilitia on 1/14/2008 11:23:12 AM , Rating: 1
When I was 13 I didn't know any better, and thought shit like that was hysterical. That was kind of the joke I was getting at.

RE: Worst. Prank. Ever.
By jjabrams on 1/15/2008 4:48:29 AM , Rating: 2
yes, attempting comical inclinations of teenage boys and juvenile monkeys is exactly what gizmodo has stooped to - congratulations.

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