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Comment: Re:in other words, (Score 1) 339

by tverbeek (#49525291) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

Meanwhile, another person has dropped two different weights from the Tower of Pisa, and observed that they landed at the same time.

And this just in: high-resolution photos taken from the International Space Station appear to confirm that the Earth is approximately spherical in shape. Experiments intended to determine whether objects in motion tend to stay in motion, are underway.

Comment: Re:WikiLeaks are fuckers (Score 1) 143

by tverbeek (#49492845) Attached to: Wikileaks Publishes Hacked Sony Emails, Documents

Wikileaks performs an important public service ... and does it badly.

The U.S. Constitution recognizes that it is necessary to violate privacy to expose wrong-doing, but places limits on the government's authority to do so "unreasonably", because the very act of doing so can be harmful to those who are not guilty. We shouldn't applaud when a private entity violates others' privacy even more irresponsibly than the government.

Comment: Try doing it right next time (Score 4, Insightful) 700

by tverbeek (#49478141) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

It would be nice to see a petition that instead makes a cogent, fact-based, reasoned argument against the COS's legal eligibility for tax-exempt status, rather than a rant consisting of a bunch of unproven allegations, unspecified accusations of government corruption that sound like they come from conspiracy nuts, some borderline libel, with a couple facts thrown in. It wouldn't be that difficult to do, and it might actually make it awkward for the White House to dismiss, rather than making it easy by inviting them to defend their tax status as an example of how the U.S. defends "oppressed" religions.


Amazon Sues To Block Fake Reviews 126

Posted by samzenpus
from the 4-out-of-5-stars-would-review-again dept.
An anonymous reader writes Amazon has filed suit against operators of sites that offer Amazon sellers the ability to purchase fake 4 and 5 star customer reviews. The suit is the first of its kind and was filed in King County Superior Court against a California man, Jay Gentile, identified in Amazon's filings as the operator of The site also targets unidentified "John Does" who operate similar sites:,, and From the article: "The site, which the suit claims is run by Gentile, didn't respond to a request for comment. But Mark Collins, the owner of, denied Amazon's claims. In an email interview, Collins said the site simply offers to help Amazon's third-party sellers get reviews. 'We are not selling fake reviews. however we do provide Unbiased and Honest reviews on all the products,' Collins wrote. 'And this is not illegal at all.'"

"I have more information in one place than anybody in the world." -- Jerry Pournelle, an absurd notion, apparently about the BIX BBS