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A German chap who demonstrated his frustration with his PC by throwing it out of the window escaped a fine when police oficers decided they rather sympathised with his actions. According to the Evening Standard, Hanover cops were alerted in the middle of night by neighbours who reported a "loud crash" outside their apartment …


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  1. Brian


    I hope it wasn't a terribly expensive one! I doubt the insurance/warrenty covers that...

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Please do not use the word "perp"

    I do wish you wouldn't use the word "perp".

    I live in Hull, and here "the perp" is what people call the head of the Catholic church, and it confuses me.

  3. Stephen Gray

    Gotta be Wintel

    We all know its Bill's fault.. :)

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    RE: ‘German hurls computer from apartment block’

    He must have finally received his Vista upgrade disks from Dell.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    ...let me guess....

    he opened a Window and it promptly crashed!

    Where'd I leave my coat...

  6. Stuart Ross

    would it be too obvious....

    to suggest that maybe it was a Spectrum with rubber keys? It used to really p*ss me off because I have large fingers. reminds me of the Simpsons joke where Homer cant press the keys.

    Still, cant understand him throwing it out of the window....if it was an iPhone then yeah ok ;)

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Broken Machine

    If you think your machine doesnt work, throw it out the window. Then you'll KNOW it doesnt work!!

    That said, most the time for a Windows based PC is literally OUT the window (and not a Mac user)

  8. Bytus

    I bet... car against a dogs turd he was running M$ Vista! X-D

  9. Sahil Choujar


    It was later revealed that it was actually his visiting mother in-law from Cybertron.

  10. Gabor Laszlo

    not noted

    but I would be willing to bet good money it was running Vista

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Big X..

    "zo, Amerikanischer computer schweinhund, for you ze Vindoze Genuine Advantage Tool ist over, ja?"

  12. Ian Cleary

    The Purp

    Hull?.... sounds fishy to me....

    I actually *do* live in Hull and so I know that whilst "purple" would be pronounced locally as "perple".... Pope would be pronounces as "Purp".

    As you were...


  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Did the person have burns on their arm?

  14. Steven Walker

    That's OK then

    "It was later revealed that it was actually his visiting mother in-law from Cybertron."

    I think most people have been tempted to throw their mothers in law out of a window. At least he still has a PC.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Je suis le grand zombi

    "a Spectrum with rubber keys?"

    It would have been too light to smash down to earth with a loud crash. Instead, it would have fluttered off into the night and landed several miles away, with a quiet clattering noise. Perhaps the machine was an ancient and heavy PS2, in which case it might still work.

  16. Steve McKinty

    Dilbert did it first...

    I have an old Dilbert cartoon on my wall where such an incident is referred to by the investigating officer as '"code rage"...

  17. Daniel Ballado-Torres

    German kid

    Maybe he's the father for that "German kid" getting pissed off on Starcraft/Counterstrike/whatever that has been made famous in YouTube??

  18. Andy Jones

    He took friends advice

    All he did was take his Linux friends advice of 'time to throw out Windows'.

    Either that or he had porn on the screen when his mum walked in. What else could he do?

    Actually, maybe he was trying to send an email.

  19. Alain Moran

    Jean Loius Gasse?

    Whats the betting this bloke used to work for Be Inc? They're well known for chucking electronic objects off of tall(ish) buildings ;D

  20. Scooby

    "he opened a Window and it promptly crashed!"

    and you would think the officers would have had the decency to boot it up for for him... Taxi!!

  21. John A Blackley

    @Stu Reeves

    Thank you for that. First good laugh I've had today.

  22. Acidbass

    Homer's fat fingers

    "I'm sorry, the fingers you are using to dial this phone are too fat. To request a new phone with big buttons please repeatedly slam your palm against the keypad."


  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sour Krout

    A german getting pissed off and over-reacting. Heard that one before.

    I worked pc repair, and I can firmly say if he's anything like your average user, his brower was probobly clogged with spyware, pop-ups (porn) and was more than likely locked up on something particularly nasty.

    Or he just could be an idiot.

  24. Les Matthew

    Not work safe: German lad in a tizzy with his PC

  25. Luiz Abdala

    BOFH style tossing

    BOFH offered all the lusers in his company the joy of tossing eletronic equipment from the top of the building before this german boffin.

    Here it is:

    BOFH: Danger, Falling Computing Peripherals

    Episode 6 It'll all end in tears

    P.S. Not to mention I loved reading it again.

  26. Jeff Hansen

    Bethca something

    I'd lay money it was Windows- prolly Vista

  27. Aubry Thonon

    Re: "He must have finally received his Vista upgrade disks from Dell".

    The funny thing is, I live in Oz and the radio just ran an add for a laptop running Vista but "easily modified to XP".

    I kidd you not.

  28. Sean Nevin

    Broken Windows

    I've gotten frustrated with my Linux boxes before, as well as Windows. The only difference is that with Linux, I know it's probably something that I messed up. With Windows I know it's probably something someone else messed up.

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    it doesn't matter the OS

    Oh no don't try to make this out to be anything

    Linux vs Windows at any particular time the damn

    machine will make you mad as hell any OS, any time

    he just had a self control problem it depends on how

    mad it made him I have seriously considered this on

    many occaisions instead I have learned to torture

    computers not kill it force it to do what it hates over and

    over crash OK reboot hahahahaha bastard suffer. Well

    it beats losing your PC and going to jail anyway.

  30. CharleyBoy

    If it happened in England

    Of course if it had happened in England the chap would probably be locked up now awaiting investigation for terrorism - having caused an explosion- and the tabloids would be having a feild day describing the neighbourhood as in SHOCK, or PANICING, whilst living in TERROR at the HORROR they now feel regarding falling consumer electronics.

    P.S. Was it just the computer case he threw out? I have visions of a real Blue-screen-of-death decending from the skies and landing on some hapless passerby.

  31. Aram

    Re: it doesn't matter the OS

    Wow, almost top-quality stream-of-consciousness stuff, apart from the single comma.

  32. Jos

    Code rage

    @Steve McKinty:

    Perhaps? ;-)

  33. Dan

    OS/Platform is irrelevant

    That said, I bet it was a Mac. What a load of shite those things are.

  34. John

    Sounds familiar

    A friend of mine did exactly the same with one of his pesky servers, it wasn't playing nicely so it got a biiig boot in the side and then left the house from an upstairs window into his garden.

    Great stress reliever I expect.

  35. Joe Cooper


    "That said, I bet it was a Mac. What a load of shite those things are."

    I get the urge to throw my Mac out the window daily.

    Not that I'm flaming them...

  36. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    King-size Homer

    It's actually, "The fingers you have used to dial are too fat. To obtain a special dialing wand, please mash the keypad with your palm now."

  37. !!11oneeleven


    Dear Lord, this guy is most certainly a saint!

    This should become standard answer for "complicated" helpdesk-callers.

    "Sir, I need you to open your window, please..."

  38. Mark Roome

    It's a classic case ...

    of drag-and-drop functionality.

    Just DRAG your computer over to the window and DROP it out.


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