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Interestingly, this stems from last week's Threat of the Week

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[Last week, we ran with a Threat of the Week. The person concerned panicked and fired off some emails. We thought it was only fair to give him a right of reply.]

Threat of the Week Mike's a dead man

Apology 1

Dear Mike,

Please Sir, I did not mean to send any kind of threat whatsoever. If you take it that way then I profusely send my sincere regrets. I only meant to say that the people mentioned risk the loss of their journalistic integrity. I would appreciate it if you would please inform your readers that was my intent, I am not a violent man. Misguided and opinionated sometimes but not violent. Again I send my regrets if my words were inflammatory in any way.

Yours Truly,
Mark Di Saverio



Apology 2

Dear Mike Magee.

As part two to my previous reply, I would like to say that I am very sorry that this whole thing has come about. The fact is I feel sick to my stomach just thinking about it. Mike, I work for XXXXXXXX and something like this could cost me my job. I have a wife and two young children to support and quite frankly I am really worried about this whole thing.

I didn't mean anything by my comments only that you should "watch out" for your audience viewing you as biased thus ruining your journalistic integrity. I really enjoy The Register and I look to it as a valuable source of hardware information. I would never knowingly threaten you or anyone on your staff. Please accept this as an apology if I have caused any undue distress.

Yours Truly,
Mark Di Saverio



Apology 3

I sent an earlier e-mail to express my regrets over an earlier e-mail to Mike Magee but I think my reply did not get sent somehow. So I am sending this again as I don't want any mistake about the fact that I am a non-violent person and I would not intentionally threaten Mike or anyone else for that matter.

Please accept my profound regret and apology for any misunderstanding about that letter. I hold The Register as a valued and honest source for all of my hardware news. I feel sick to my stomach right now over the whole thing and I hope you will please remove the letter from your front page. When I sent the letter my intent was to warn Mr Magee of the possibility of losing journalistic credibility if his articles seemed biased against the p4 cpu and then the chip turned out to be a real performer.

Kieren, I am really sorry that I sent that letter without better wording what I meant. I can only tell you that I am never going to write in any forum, e-mail any hardware site or get involved in anything like this ever again. It seems whenever I do I get into some kind of trouble or another and I do not need to get into any trouble as I have a wife and two kids to support and they really depend on me. Please have Mike write me back to let me know he has received word that I am no threat whatsoever to him. I doubt that I am going to get much sleep with all this going on. Once again please except my humble apology.

Yours truly,
Mark Di Saverio



Reader perspective

I shouldn't worry too much about Mark Disaverio: he's well known to those who frequent the forums at Ace's Hardware. To date he holds the exclusive record of being the only soul banned from the site for shameless trolling.

His vitriol extends to anyone who dares use the word "microprocessor" in any proximity to the name of any company that's not Intel.

He also claims to fully back Rambus against all of the "blood sucking cartel" of the Dramurai, who he claims personally targeted him for financial ruin.

On second thoughts Mike might need to be concerned, as the reasonably calm and lucid tone of his email is in direct contrast to his normal abusive scattergun approach. Maybe he is coldly analysing his target for some real world nutterism.

All the best and keep sticking it to 'em.

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