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Man Claiming Half of Facebook Suffers Setbacks 127

itwbennett writes "Slashdot readers will remember Paul Ceglia, the man who says Mark Zuckerberg agreed to split Facebook with him and has the email to prove it. Well, his case took a turn for the worse this week. Two law firms representing him resigned, the judge refused to postpone a hearing to allow his new lawyers to get caught up, and the judge ordered him to turn over computers and electronic and paper evidence."
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Man Claiming Half of Facebook Suffers Setbacks

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  • Stop (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 03, 2011 @10:22AM (#36646448)

    Enough is enough! Stop with the news about Facebook!

  • Re:Stop (Score:4, Insightful)

    by betterunixthanunix ( 980855 ) on Sunday July 03, 2011 @10:27AM (#36646470)
    With a half a billion Facebook users, a story about someone who is trying to wrest control of the system from Mark Zuckerberg seems newsworthy.
  • Re:Stop (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Elbereth ( 58257 ) on Sunday July 03, 2011 @10:40AM (#36646530) Journal

    I agree, but what else is Slashdot going to report on? Most stories get complaints that they don't belong on the main page. If we listened to those people complaining loudest and hardest, banned all Facebook, Twitter, iterative product releases, generic rants and blogs, flamebait and troll articles, and reviews, what would be left? One story per day, which half the people on Slashdot didn't even understand, because it was too technical?

    I agree that there's too much boring, extraneous crap being posted to Slashdot, but this is the way it's always been. There was no glorious, crapless time when everything was relevant, interesting, and geeky. Half the fun of Slashdot has always been trolling the stupid articles, while you wait for a good one to be posted.

    And, let's face it, for every article that you consider relevant and interesting, there's someone out there, thinking, "Why the fuck was this posted?" Windows users don't give a shit about Linux 3.0, Libertarians don't give a shit about some Marxist interpretation of The Matrix, graphics designers don't care about the latest I.T. management fad, and teenagers don't understand why anyone would want to talk about the banking industry.

  • by Nick Ives ( 317 ) on Sunday July 03, 2011 @10:44AM (#36646548)

    Having your legal team resign is a bad sign. Despite most peoples view of lawyers, they are bound to act ethically and if they have reason to believe you're engaging in a fraud they won't represent you.

  • by sribe ( 304414 ) on Sunday July 03, 2011 @11:16AM (#36646668)

    Having your legal team resign is a bad sign.

    Yeah, considering the suspicions surrounding the legitimacy of Ceglia's contracts and emails, this is very likely a sign that the lawyers figured out that his evidence is indeed forged. I'm sure that's (at least part of) what you meant. But I'm equally sure that there are readers who are unfamiliar with the case and the suspicions that Ceglia's evidence trail consists of forgeries.

  • Re:Stop (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 03, 2011 @11:24AM (#36646696)

    The Slashdot I remember had no "Politics" section. Then came 9/11 and this place turned into the FOX NEWS of tech.

    Just look up at Google/Trends. This isn't what Slashdot used to be.

    This place is an asshole now with asshole editors who prefer asshole troll news because they think what works for FOX NEWS must work for this place too.

    They're wrong. "News for nerds. Stuff that matters." is long history now. 4chan is more relevant to Nerds that this asshole now.

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