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Submission + - Angry entrepreneur replies to patent troll with racketeering lawsuit (

kintamanimatt writes: Patent trolls are legal. Can one be nailed for extortion? One man is betting yes.

"There's a lot of outrageous stories, but everyone's so damn afraid of coming forward—It's like going against the Mafia," he said. But the idea that trolls may retaliate against those who speak out is overblown, he thinks. "If they want to try to teach me a lesson, go for it. This will be my retirement. I'll fight them."

The patent troll's attorney also made the claim that calling someone a "patent troll" was actually a "hate crime" under “Ninth Circuit precedent" and threatened to file criminal charges—unless they settled the civil case immediately, apologized, and gave financial compensation to the troll. The offer was "good until close of business that day."

Comment Re:FE F1 (Score 1) 443

Could be, but it's doubtful.

PayPal in the early days nearly got eaten alive by fraud and they obviously have to protect their business from bad actors. The problem is not that they assess the risk of fraud, but their overzealous fraud department and the way they treat their customers.

Also, fuck PayPal. I've had no end of problems with them in the past.

Comment Surprise! (Score 2) 443

As tiresome as it is to read the same kind of PayPal horror story, I hope they keep coming. The world needs to be continually reminded not use PayPal because of they way they treat their customers. Why people voluntarily continue to use PayPal is beyond me. There are an increasing number of less evil alternatives.

I hope PayPal becomes a relic of the past, like AltaVista and other things I can no longer remember.

Submission + - Linode hacked, CCs and passwords leaked 6

An anonymous reader writes: On Friday Linode announced a precautionary password reset due to an attack despite claiming that they were not compromised. The attacker has claimed otherwise, claiming to have obtained card numbers and password hashes. Password hashes, source code fragments and directory listings have been released as proof. Linode has yet to comment on or deny these claims.

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