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Submission + - Attorney sues website over his online rating (

An anonymous reader writes: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting that a local attorney is suing legal startup over a rating that was algorithmically assigned. The story touches over the controversy of computers grading humans. Such practices are not new: the New York Times earlier this year reported on Google using algorithms to determine applicant suitability. But what happens when you don't like the result? Can a computer program be considered defamatory?

"The algorithm to do that is extremely nasty. You might want to mug someone with it." -- M. Devine, Computer Science 340