trolls

  • Can Civil Comments Kill The Internet Troll?

    Can Civil Comments Kill The Internet Troll?

    To paraphrase an oft seen Internet trollism, ‘Internet comments are the worst thing since Hitler’. By which I mean: they suck. They suck bad. No, they really suck. The problem we have right now with Internet comments is clear: negativity and nastiness is burying or discouraging everything else. Read More

  • Can Decency Be Legislated? Crunch Network

    Can Decency Be Legislated?

    You may never have heard of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. However, the 1996 federal law has shaped how you have used the Internet for nearly two decades. Section 230 provides Internet service providers, websites and other online services with broad legal immunity for content that is provided by users. Read More

  • Bait Car: How Hollywood Has Found A New Way To Make Money

    Bait Car: How Hollywood Has Found A New Way To Make Money

    Paul (not his real name) has never seen the movie The Divide. He’s a horror buff and sometimes tries to find odd and decidedly bad flicks to watch with his wife. The Divide would have fit the bill. It made $16,700 at the box office – that amounts to about 2,100 tickets sold – and closed with $130,839 in the bank. It cost $3 million to make. Read More

  • Kickstarter: Own A Piece Of Role-Playing History With A Remake Of Tunnels & Trolls

    Kickstarter: Own A Piece Of Role-Playing History With A Remake Of Tunnels & Trolls

    As fans of D&D will attest, there are not many games as satisfying as Gygax’s original but darn it if it wasn’t fun to try new platforms when they came out. Tunnels & Trolls, created 37 years ago by Ken St. Andre, wasn’t so much a D&D knock-off but an alternative. St. Andre streamlined the D&D rules, reducing the complexity, and added a bit more humor. For… Read More

  • Tired Of Mean And Nasty YouTube Comments? The YuleTube Browser Extension Will Fix That

    Tired Of Mean And Nasty YouTube Comments? The YuleTube Browser Extension Will Fix That

    If you’ve ever gone “deep” into the nastiness that the YouTube commenting section can be, then you know that it’s not a pretty place. Depending on the type of content you’re visiting, fights will break out, mothers will be dragged into the conversation and it’s just not fun to be around. Who are we kidding? No matter what type of content it is, a YouTube… Read More

  • The Story Of An Internet Troll With A Surprising Twist

    The Story Of An Internet Troll With A Surprising Twist

    You get a thick skin when messing around on the Internet, and that can go either way. You can react, like a nerve burned raw, or you can become a troll. This is a story of both. I’ll paraphrase the story here, but go and read it yourself. It’s quite short and very concise. It shows a man’s descent into fear and his eventual recovery and uncovers part of the Internet that, in… Read More

  • 61 Percent Of Disqus Comments Are Made With Pseudonyms

    61 Percent Of Disqus Comments Are Made With Pseudonyms

    One of the unending debates in blogging circles is about the value of comments. How do you encourage the best comments and discourage the anonymous trolls? Do you even need comments?  Or do you enforce civility by requiring real names, through the use of Facebook comments (which is what we currently use on TechCrunch) at the expense of discouraging conversation? But there is a middle… Read More

  • Patent Troll Sells Licenses For In-App Buy Buttons, Then Tries To Explain Itself

    Patent trolling is often a lucrative hobby for many companies that have fallen into hard times. Like the junkies they are, the trolls will spin all sorts of delightful stories exonerating themselves of their actions in order to grab another infusion of cash. That’s why it’s not surprising to read this discussion from the trolls at Lodsys, a company that is now charging small… Read More

  • The Internet trolls have forced Geohot to quit jailbreak research


    As you probably remember, Geohot – George Hotz to his parents – is the kid who unlocked the original iPhone and, over time, became one of the foremost experts on iPhone unlocking and jailbreaking. A few days ago he announced an iPhone 4 jailbreak but, in an addition to the post, he states he’s probably not going to release it and may quit the scene. Another good man dead… Read More