Doesn't matter, had profits
Doesn't matter, had profits
The commenters didn't file a suit against him, they just said things on the Internet, so the right to face his accusers is not applicable here.
He's suing for the business to reveal information on their customers, nothing more. He can then try to file a suit against those customers for saying mean things leading to him losing his job, but it wouldn't be smart.
Hey now, the analytical engine could be programmed by anyone without signing an agreement with Babbage and paying him $100 per year. No reason the punch cards couldn't be GPL-licensed either.
That's assuming he didn't simply fuck up as a scientist and deserve to lose his job.
If the comments came in over the phone, whether they were legitimate criticisms pointing out mistakes you made or harassing calls that lead to you being fired for stupid reasons...you wouldn't sue the phone company or the callers.
In the early days of my Linux fumbling I am fairly certain that I would have pasted a "rm -rf
For that matter how many libraries have you downloaded and then run? How would you like it if the latest version of OpenCV came with something that would fry your GPU? Ha ha you were too stupid to check 20 million lines of code to see if there was a GPU frying addition by some guy who managed to get his contribution added at the last second. I hope you learned your lesson? Or is the guy who added it an asshole? (I use OpenCV generically as just some minor library that might not be rigidly managed)
We all can't be experts in everything. Some people are really really not technical while not actually being stupid people. This sort of thing might not fool many slashdotters but which fork to use during which course during a fancy dinner with a potential investor in our tech startup might confound many of us; and end up costing us a whole lot more than a replacement phone.
Also this somewhat depends on people being connected to local media to be informed about this reversal. Most of my technology friends have zero interaction with local media. That is they don't listen to local radio, watch local TV, read local publications; thus they are more likely to read about this place far far away than to read about a similar even locally.
But this all raises a much larger issue and that is we almost need a yelp to rate the rating services. Especially as time goes by these crowd sourced rating services will either begin to alter their ratings for pay or they will be largely gamed by various unethical players who usually have financial motives to game the system.
For instance in my town most restaurants don't have more than a few dozen ratings at best. Thus it would not take a competitor much effort to set up a series of shill accounts and trash their overall average. "I was served beef that had 2 cooked worms and the salad had a maggot in it, the owner laughed when I pointed this out and said that he has paid off the health inspectors so go ahead an call."
Not to mention that there are professional services that will do this sort of shill voting for you. As an example when certain companies are brought up on slashdot there is an instant onslaught of comments that basically are talking points written in a style that only a PR company would use. "Those spurious allegations were never proven in court, with all court actions dropped, and the publications that conjured up that story don't even rate as tabloids. This civic minded company has given over $2,000,000 to women's shelters in the local area alone."
But as more and more companies come to realize that crowd sourced rating or communication systems can be gamed for profit then they will put more and more sophisticated efforts into gaming the system. I love the slashdot system of quazi randomly assigning moderator points but very simply if you have 1,000 slashdot accounts run by a group of interns then a huge number of points and comments could be brought to bare on any issue that is desired.
If you want to run a simple experiment. Go onto reddit, go into the appropriate area and trash talk a fortune 50 company using a classically known wrongdoing from recent history. In most cases your topic will not only be voted into oblivion it will have many comments that are the above mentioned talking points. Some issues are so powerful that it can overwhelm the mathematical capability of their PR firms if they don't get onto the issue fast enough or if reddit happens to have nullified one of their voting cadres recently.
So unless someone comes up with a mathematically sound system of voting/rating that is invulnerable to manipulation these systems will only remain viable for as long as the people running them are able to maintain their ethics and outsmart the professional and financially motivated manipulators.
Holy shit, you're right 8-(
It's definitely not a monarchy, the head of government is an elected Prime Minister, the Queen's role is almost purely ceremonial.
"I want one too!" - Putin
Hey, anyone think these world leaders got the sudden urge to have these things after seeing the first episode of Black Mirror? XD
Lots of great things have been invented in a shed.
It's not a commercial product so who cares if some PHB who thinks the name of an application is important doesn't like it?
And if they wanted to make it a commercial product, they could market it under a different name like SecureVault, or more likely Zitzzers since all the real words are no longer available.