It might not be such a bad thing if Gawker were put out of business. I had never heard of Gawker until I read How Gawker Ripped Off My Newspaper Story seven years ago. Who needs to read the story from its original source when Gawker has published a digest? And this has helped put local newspapers on their back.
Of course, this isn't a lot different from a SLAPP, so it is troubling. The funny thing is that most litigation is supposedly about "being made whole", and our court system evaluates wholeness in dollars and cents, but Thiel seems to want wholeness in destroying the organization that outed him.
Is it ageism when the interviewer remarks "You're a little old" during the interview? This happened to me when I was 40 and still had hair, none of it gray. No offer was forthcoming, but the place didn't rate very highly from my perspective, either. And then there was the letter I received recently from EEO investigating a complaint about a company that hadn't bothered to have me come in after the phone interview despite my having all of the skills they seemed to be seeking.
Now I work for a small company where I am probably the oldest employee., but we all get along well, and I'm having the time of my life.
We have a Toyota RAV4 with the keyless technology, and it's worked pretty well, but there was one night when I tried to start it while a train was passing about 200 feet away. There must have been some pretty good RFI from the train, because the car would not start until the train was gone. So, I'm wondering if we could find ourselves in a situation in which solar flares or some new use of radio by the military might suddenly render all the motor vehicles inoperable. (It's not like this kind of thing hasn't happened before.) Then, too, there's the problem that these keys seem to be notoriously easy to hack.
"I have more information in one place than anybody in the world." -- Jerry Pournelle, an absurd notion, apparently about the BIX BBS