Let's just shut 'er down

That's the title of my Slaw post for today.  It reads as follows. Apparently some of the British rioters have been communicating using Blackberrys. Which resulted in a suggestion that Blackberry should suspend its instant messaging service until things quiet down.

That kind of reaction never ceases to amaze me.

As if when that was shut down, the riots and destruction would stop because the malfeasants couldn't communicate any more. And of course consider the effect on the average Blackberry user who is without service as a result. Attempts to shut the entire internet have not stopped people from doing what they are doing, let alone 1 mode of communication. That's no different than trying to stop the use of any tool used by criminals. In most cases, people, like the internet, are good at working around outages.