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Comment Ask Slashdot (Score 2) 75

Why do we even have an "ask slashdot" section if none of the editors are ever going to post a story there? Of course the story is relevant in other sections or it wouldn't be posted here at all. That's not a reason to post it to a different section ough. Either post question type stories to the "ask slashdot" section or get rid of it. And no, putting "ask slashdot" in the title or adding it as a tag is not an acceptable alternative. It's a section for a reason.

/me steps down from the soapbox

Submission + - Apple, betrayed by its own law firm (

Fnord666 writes: When a company called FlatWorld Interactives LLC filed suit against Apple just over a year ago, it looked like a typical "patent troll" lawsuit against a tech company, brought by someone who no longer had much of a business beyond lawsuits.
Court documents unsealed this week reveal who's behind FlatWorld, and it's anything but typical. FlatWorld is partly owned by the named inventor on the patents, a Philadelphia design professor named Slavko Milekic. But 35 percent of the company has been quietly controlled by an attorney at one of Apple's own go-to law firms, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. E-mail logs show that the attorney, John McAleese, worked together with his wife and began planning a wide-ranging patent attack against Apple's touch-screen products in January 2007—just days after the iPhone was revealed to the world.

Comment Ask Slashdot (Score 2) 66

I know you know how to post "ask slashdot" stories to the Ask Slashdot section. I see other articles in that section that have been posted by you. If the submission is an "Ask Slashdot", then it belongs in that section. Otherwise what is the point in having sections and the ability to set a filter?

Comment Re:Sounds reasonable to me. (Score 1) 573

I'm pretty certain their contract doesn't specificially say that you can't have racks with servers - the most I'm betting is that it says "no servers", which of course is then weasel wording for _anything_ high bandwidth.

No, it's pretty clear. From the TOS:

You also may not exceed the bandwidth usage limitations that Verizon may establish from time to time for the Service, or use the Service to host any type of server . Violation of this section may result in bandwidth restrictions on your Service or suspension or termination of your Service.

Comment Re:Citations? They need to be sued heavily (Score 1) 507

Is there any way to get paintballs filled with regular oil-based permanent paint (like typical Krylon spray-can paint)?

There should still be. When I first started playing paintball, the only guns were cattle marking pistols that fired oil based paint and used the small CO2 cartridges. You had to shake up the tube of paintballs or they would wobble and fly in a curve when you fired them. Hurt a lot more when you got hit too.

Comment Re:Oh great ... (Score 3, Informative) 94

I think this whole snooping on the reporters thing has them deciding to fight back and send a big "F you".

Double plus good on this then. The media has been too damn cozy with both corporations and governments for a while now. Their relationship should be adversarial rather than cooperative.

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