A Defense of Process Patents
There's a large misconception about Microsoft being a patent troll. In fact, they have never used their patents to bully other companies. Only time they've used their patents is when other companies have tried to bully them.
In turn, take a look at Google who is outright buying companies to make their patent war-chest larger and larger. They're somewhat new company so they're only been preparing their chest now. How long until they start hitting companies with patent lawsuits? And how does Google justify having those patents? Apart from their search engine they haven't really made anything by themselves. All the other products are bought off from other new and innovative companies. I mean, just take a look at Android! And thanks to Google, these new innovative products get cancelled because there is no immediate profit in them. Google is, in fact, one of the biggest and most evil companies when it comes to suppressing innovation and start-ups.
Texas Supercomputer Upgrading the Hurricane Forecast
GreatBunzinni has been posting anonymous accusations listing a whole bunch of Slashdot accounts as being part of a marketing campaign for Microsoft, without any evidence.
GreatBunzinni has accidentally outed himself as this anonymous poster. Here, he writes the same post almost verbatim, first using his logged-in account and then in an anonymous post submitted days later. Note the use of the exact same terminology and phrasing in both posts.
Half the accounts he attacks don't even post pro-Microsoft rhetoric. The one thing they appear to have in common is that they have been critical of Google in the past. GreatBunzinni has been using multiple accounts to post these "shill" accusations, such as Galestar, NicknameOne, and flurp.
That's not the problem. The problem is that moderators gave him +5 Informative and are now modding down the accused, even for legitimate posts. Metamoderation is supposed to address this by filtering out the bad moderators, but clearly it's not working.
This "shill" crap that has been flying around lately has to stop. It's restricting a variety of viewpoints from participating on the site and creating an echo chamber.