Showing posts from October, 2012

Trolls, Sock Puppets and IP Addresses

A bit more than 20 years ago, a very decent old college friend got a series of nuisance calls regularly on the phone.  As her old man worked in Telecom, it seemed the most sensible thing to do to complain to the Poll-Iss, get the number traced and catch the vagabond with nothing better to do.  Surprisingly enough, it turned out to be a kid on the same street.  I think he WAS actually charged, at least for a minor offence anyway.

I also recall the total persecution we as kids inflicted on one poor lady Muinteoir who lived next door to my Mum's good Irish Countrywomens Association friend.  The teacher was the constant victim of what in Dublin we call "knick knacks" - basically knocking on the door and running away.  After being tortured at school, eventually it followed her home.  Except that there wasn't a kid in the school, myself included, who could resist the urge to take even a tiny tap on the way by and flee.  Nowadays I guess you'd have security cameras or s…