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Virginia Woman Is Sued For $750,000 After Writing Scathing Yelp Review 424

First time accepted submitter VegetativeState writes "Jane Perez hired a construction company and was not happy with the work they did and alleged some of her jewelry was stolen. She submitted reviews on Yelp and Angie's List, giving the company all F's. The contractor is now suing her for $750,000. From the article: 'Dietz, the owner of Dietz Development, filed the Internet defamation lawsuit filed last month, stating that "plaintiffs have been harmed by these statements, including lost work opportunities, insult, mental suffering, being placed in fear, anxiety, and harm to their reputations." Perez's Yelp review accused the company of damaging her home, charging her for work that wasn't done and of losing jewelry. The lawsuit follows an earlier case against Perez, which was filed in July 2011 by Dietz for unpaid invoices. According to the recent filing, the two were high school classmates.'"

Comment Re:Why is this bad? (Score 0) 553

Oh for goodness SAKE. I'm undoing my mod points here because your analogies sucked so bad.

Nobody has bought this and got something they didn't expect to pay for, unlike all of your examples. Instead, people are getting angry that they are being *offered* the chance to buy something. If it's not to their taste, they can ignore it. Instead they're throwing a hilarious shit fit like you and going on about 'betrayal'.

Are Western geeks so absolutely full of themselves that now they are getting offended because something is being offered for sale that they don't like? Is that what we've come down to?

Comment Re:Name and shame again and again. (Score 2, Insightful) 143

He's just blocking people on Twitter now (myself included.) I usually find 'you don't understand what's going on' with no attempt to educate to be an excuse used by the guilty party. The fact that he later said on said twitter feed that 'he owns the domain name' seems to solidly imply that he is guilty of this dick move, and he thought he's morally in the right to do what he did because of it.
The Almighty Buck

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For Developers To Start Their Own Union? 761

juicegg writes "TechCrunch contributor Klint Finley writes that developers have shunned unions because traditional workplace demands like higher pay are not important to us while traditional unions are incapable of advocating for what developers care about most while at work: autonomy and self-management. Is this how most developers feel? What about overtime, benefits, conditions for contractors and outsourcing concerns? Are there any issues big enough to get developers and techies to make collective demands or is it not worth the risk? Do existing unions offer advantages or is it better to start from scratch?"
Crime

DNSChanger Shut-Down Means Internet Blackout Coming For Hundreds of Thousands 264

Since you're reading this here, you're probably already aware that in the early hours of Monday, lots of DNS calls are going to fail as the FBI turns off servers from which Windows machines infected with DNSChanger have been served. New submitter SuperCharlie adds a reminder of the impending shutdown, and adds: "The FBI has a step-by-step method for you to see if you are infected in this PDF document, or you can go to dcwg.org for an automated check if you are so inclined."

Comment Re:Not a good precedent (Score 1) 138

Not really. You see, Tetris is a very simple game, there's no hidden levels of depth to it. It's blocks falling and you arrange them to make lines that disappear.

The fellows over at harddrop.com that prefer the licensed Tetris Grand Master series and the 'ripoff' Lockjaw game would like a word with you.

For many extremely detailed reasons that would make your head explode, these aforementioned games are far better for very advanced play, versus the rules currently mandated by Tetris Co. that basically castrate the game if you play Tetris seriously - such as infinite floor kicks (allowing you to stall indefinitely just by constantly rotating a piece even on the ground) and the fine details of how pieces rotate being a pain for 20G play (top-speed.)

Comment Re:Why should you have a say? (Score 2) 171

Have people really lost sight of liberty so much?

Yes. They get too emotional about casualties in the name of freedom and opt to restrict what other people are able to do. They cannot handle even a single loss, and they don't even realize that their 'solutions' will often not even solve the problem.

This is why some people support the TSA and the Patriot Act. "We must restrict everyone's rights in exchange for a bit of safety." It's just that there are different things that they want to sacrifice freedom for. In some cases, it's terrorism (restricting people's rights to "stop the terrorists" doesn't seem popular here). In some cases, it's children (I've noticed this is more popular here, especially when it comes to issues like child porn).

Comparing the negative response to the idea of installing Twitter in a car to the hysterical comparison of such negative responses to the support of the TSA and the Patriot Act and strongly implying support of totalitarianism? Slashdot's all well and normal then, the cute little hippy libertarian tykes.

Fucking ridiculous.

Comment Re:The justification for WebM (Score 1) 182

There's no chilling effect. If you don't want to license the MPEG LA pool you can always distribute uncompressed video and not pay anyone a cent. Or develop your own video encoding technology that isn't based on those ideas.

Good luck with both of those options, neither being based in any realistic world (good luck successfully dodging every software patent out there for video [The WebM probably didn't either] and you're just being sanctimonious with the comment about uncompressed video.)

Microsoft

Submission + - Windows 8 on multi-monitor desktop PC (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "We know that Windows 8 is primarily a tablet and touch-first operating system, but — assuming everything goes to plan — it will also be used on hundreds of millions of desktop PCs around the world. Microsoft has spent a lot of time and tens of thousands of words convincing us that Windows 8 will work perfectly across every platform — that desktops and laptops without touch interfaces will be first class citizens — but when it comes right down to it, when you cut through the PR crap, is Windows 8 actually usable with a keyboard and mouse? Here's a video from ExtremeTech that shows a multi-monitor desktop PC setup of Windows 8. I wouldn't say that Metro and Desktop don't play well together, but the interaction is definitely interesting."

Comment Re:Body language is an effective tool (Score 5, Insightful) 189

It's easy to avoid notice if you act like you know what you're doing, where you're going and that you belong where you are. Never stand still or look around.

Bingo. Simple tactics and social engineering are usually all you need if you really want to get at something.

The weakest link in any security chain is always the people, and people are easy to deceive.

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