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Thai Gaming Sites Ordered Shut Down After Suicide 82

eldavojohn writes "Seventy-two websites have been ordered shut down by the courts in Thailand following the suicide of a 12-year-old boy who jumped from the sixth story of his school after his father banned him from playing computer games. This brings more action from the court: 'Some websites are rumored to take in over 100 million baht from online betting a night at peak periods, causing huge economic losses to the country. To prevent online gambling, the DSI, also a member of the internet safety committee, would notify all Internet service providers across the country about the court order. From now on, any provider found to encourage or provide online gambling will not only face a jail term and a fine, but also have his/her ISP license revoked by the ICT.' Thailand is no stranger to internet censorship of various sites."
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Thai Gaming Sites Ordered Shut Down After Suicide

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  • Why.... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Darkness404 ( 1287218 ) on Saturday May 23, 2009 @10:59PM (#28071511)
    I've never really understood why countries take so many steps to censor things. What exactly was the problem? Kid liked games, parents took away the games, kid committed suicide. So obviously the answer is to ban all game sites? This is about the worst logic I have ever heard, heck, even Jack Thompson makes more sense than this...
  • by iluvcapra ( 782887 ) on Saturday May 23, 2009 @11:10PM (#28071595)

    100 million Thai baht = 2.9121 million U.S. dollars, annualized == $1.058 billion (granted that's a peak period, so it's probably half that)

    Thailand's Population == 63.9 million

    Thailand's GDP / Thailand's population == $3718

    Thailand's game website expenditure (peak night) / population == about $22 or 215% of annualised GDP per capita!

  • Re:Huh? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by digitalchinky ( 650880 ) on Saturday May 23, 2009 @11:12PM (#28071615)

    This might be explained or at least rationalised slightly better if you understand the differences between Asian culture and the one which, presumably, you come from (My assumption is the US, but I could be wrong)

    Now, I don't make the rules here, so when I say it is sometimes seen as a 'very grave family insult' to commit suicide, you might think this is stupid, backward, and crazy arsed dumb 12 ways from Sunday. And you would be right too. Thai people tend not to want to directly confront any problem head on, they like to tackle things a little more obliquely, talk about it in vague hand waving first. "Yes" often actually means no, or just maybe.

    Knee jerk reactions such as this do sort themselves out in parliament or the legal system. Give it a month or two to have the person responsible for this action will get slapped around, the law might not get stricken from record, but it wont really be enforced either. Aside from this, there are always deeper issues at play, people using tragedy as an excuse to push their agenda. None of us anywhere in the world are stranger to this though!

  • by ctmurray ( 1475885 ) on Sunday May 24, 2009 @12:16AM (#28071971) Journal
    The best data I could find does not support 11 ft as the LD50 for falls. The mean height was 48 ft and the median was 28 feet in a study by NIOSH. . Still best not to fall off the roof of your home. []
  • by SmallFurryCreature ( 593017 ) on Sunday May 24, 2009 @03:21AM (#28072773) Journal

    You are using fact and reason to point out the sky isn't falling down. Do you know the harm this is doing to slashdot's advertising revenue? They NEED stories like this and wild random speculation on it to draw visitors. You sir are stealing the food out of the mouth of poor slashdot editors who hardly could get any other job with their skills. I hope you are proud of yourself.

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