[uug] Wiretapping at BYU
sasha at asksasha.com
Thu Feb 25 13:45:35 MST 2010
> I have no clue what expressions they're searching for, or how they deal
> with what they read. They obviously didn't realize that I was joking in
> this case. Now I'm worried that there might be other situations where
> they take things out of context and have no sense of humor. What can I
> do to protect myself from being wrongly accused because of the
> misinterpreted contents of any future email?
I would recommend filtering your own sense of humor. What some people
think is funny, others do not, and it can cause problems. For example,
if you are in Russia and you hear Стой, кто идёт? followed by Стой,
стрелять буду! you know you have approached a guarded military object,
and alerted the attention of the guard. After the guard shoots, you
will not have a chance to explain that you were just kidding.
On a similar note, jokes at the airport are bad. Do not kid a police
officer when he starts flashing his lights behind you even if you
think it is funny. Etc. Restrict using your sense of humor to
situations where you are absolutely sure everybody will understand the
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