Another Story Of A 'Fake' Brilliant Inventor? Is 'Scorpion Walter O'Brien' A Real Computer Security Genius?

from the more-of-this-crap? dept

There's apparently a new TV show on CBS called Scorpion that has received mixed-to-decent reviews. It supposedly is about some computer security geniuses/outcasts who help "solve complex, global problems." However, Annalee Newitz's description of the stupidest, most batshit insane hacker scene ever from the first episode, suggests that the show is not worth watching. In the past few years, it had been kind of nice to see Hollywood actually seem to have some clue about accurately portraying hacking in some situations, but that's all apparently been tossed out the window with Scorpion. Even if you don't read Newitz's story (or view the video clip), just know it involves an ethernet cable hanging from a flying plane with a car racing beneath it to download some backup software needed by the airport so planes can land. Yeah.

A big part of the show's marketing is the claim that the story is partially based on the life of one of the show's executive producers, Walter O'Brien. CBS News has an article talking up these claims of O'Brien's amazing feats, helping out its parent company, CBS, who broadcasts the show. But... for such a "genius," many of O'Brien's claims are coming under scrutiny, and they're not holding up well. Having just gone through the whole Shiva Ayyadurai / inventor of email crap, it's beginning to sound like a similar case of someone pumping up their own past for publicity purposes.

The claims about O'Brien are both odd and oddly specific. Here's CBS's reporting:
Walter O’Brien has the fourth highest IQ in the world.
Elsewhere, he claims that he was "diagnosed as a child prodigy with an IQ of 197." First off, there are significant questions about IQ as a particularly useful measurement of anything. Furthermore, the idea that there's some definitive list of those with the highest IQs seems equally questionable. A quick Google search will show you a whole bunch of "top 10 lists" of IQs -- all of them different, and none of them including anyone named Walter O'Brien.

O'Brien's story started unraveling when he made the somewhat unwise decision to do a Reddit AMA. Redditors are pretty good at sniffing out completely bogus claims, and it didn't take them long here. Also, Asher Langton has been doing a bang up job debunking basically every claim that O'Brien makes.

Among other things, O'Brien's story claims that he began Scorpion Computer Services in the mid-1980s and that "Scorpion has mitigated risk for 7 years on $1.9 trillion of investments and has invented and applied Artificial Intelligence engines to protect United States war fighters in Afghanistan." It's not even entirely clear what that means. It goes on:
Since 1988, Scorpion's team of world class experts partner with clients on a global basis, across industries, to add real measurable value in mission-critical initiatives from planning, to execution, to running the business. Scorpion's senior management has a collective knowledge of more than 413 technologies, 210 years in IT, and 1,360 projects. Scorpion himself has created over 177 unique technology inventions including ScenGen and WinLocX and is one of the world's leading experts in the application of computer science and artificial intelligence to solve complex industry challenges."
Again with the odd, and oddly specific claims. They have knowledge of 413 technologies? Do they have a list somewhere? Does it include the coffee machine in the lunch room? Did they send someone out to get the new iPhone 6 to make it 414? Either way, there are... just a few problems with these claims. As Langton points out, the "headquarters" of Scorpion Computer Services Inc. does not appear to be a particularly large or impressive company. Its headquarters is actually... a UPS store address That report notes that it has one employee, and revenue of $66k. It's possible that the report is inaccurate, but for such a big and successful company, you'd expect to see... at least a bit more historical evidence of its existence. But there is none.

And then there's this page (and here's the web archive version in case O'Brien figures out how to delete the old page), which apparently used to be the site for Walter's Scorpion computer Services, that, um, looks like it was built on GeoCities -- complete with the animated fire torches next to the dreadfully designed logo.
For a big, massively successful company... you'd expect, um, something a bit more professional. Walter's own Linkedin profile notes that he actually worked at Capital Group for a while, with redditors claiming he was just a QA guy there, though his profile says he was a "technology executive." Many other claims on the company's website read like self-promotional gibberish. "We saved $43 billion in opportunity risks over a five-year period." "We invented an efficiency engine that performs 250 human years of work every 1.5 hrs with over 99% improvement over human error." By the way, the "see how" link on that last one doesn't actually show you "how" it just takes you to a page about how the company is a value added reseller "for proven IT products." The entire website looks like gibberish from someone trying to sound like a real tech company. It reminds me of Jukt Micronics.

Langton also turned up that O'Brien appears to have another "company" called Strike Force, using the same UPS Store address, and with very, very, very, very similar website design and bullshittery. That site has a really bizarre "what others say" page, listing out random referrals for O'Brien, which are generally just the standard empty "personal reference letters" people without much experience tend to ask some former colleagues for when looking for a new job. The first one is from Steven Messino (with the date conveniently stripped off) which looks like the generic job reference letter:
Note that O'Brien claims that Messino is the co-founder of Sun. That's... not true. Anyone who knows anything about the history of Sun knows it was co-founded by Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Joy, Scott McNealy and Vinod Khosla in 1982. Messino's own LinkedIn page shows he joined Sun in 1988. Six years after it was founded. Also, Sun had its IPO in 1986. So it's not like this was a small company when Messino joined... as a "regional sales manager."

Basically, everywhere you look, O'Brien's claims are either massively exaggerated to downright ridiculous.

There are also some odd personal claims about "Homeland Security" coming to find him as a 13-year old boy for hacking into NASA. Except, when he was 13, there was no Homeland Security -- an agency established after the September 11, 2001 attacks. O'Brien also claims this:
Scorpion was born and raised in Ireland, and at 16, ranked first in national high speed computer problem solving competitions. At 18, he competed in the World Olympics in Informatics and has ranked as high as the sixth fastest programmer in the world.
Sixth fastest programmer in the world? Really? Some folks on Reddit noted that it doesn't appear Ireland competed in the "International Olympiad in Informatics" in 1993, though someone else found a report from the University of Sussex, which O'Brien attended, noting that O'Brien had come in 6th in a different contest, but in the Olympiad itself, he came in 90th. I mean that's great for an 18 year old, but it hardly makes him into some programming genius.

And we won't even touch the claims that his programming helped catch the Boston Marathon bombers, because... well... really?

Frankly, the parallels with Ayyadurai and the email story are there. It certainly appears that, like Ayyadurai, O'Brien was a bright kid who did some impressive programming as a teenager, but then didn't appear to amount to all that much noteworthy beyond that. Try searching for any news references or evidence of O'Brien doing anything other than in the last few months in the publicity leading up to this new TV show. However, he is trying to reinvent himself and rewrite his history as some sort of genius programmer responsible for all sorts of amazing things, very little of which seems directly supportable. Of course, CBS doesn't really care, so long as they have a fun TV show that people watch, but at the very least, they shouldn't continue to spread the exaggerated myths about O'Brien that appear to have little basis in fact.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2014 @ 9:36am

    Computer Security Genius

    There is no such beast...

    Its like saying there is a Doctor that knows everything about the human body.

    What the fuck ever!

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      JP Jones (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 6:02pm

      Re: Computer Security Genius

      There is a Doctor that knows everything about the human body...he travels through time and space, and...oh, wait, you were talking about a human doctor.

      Nevermind.

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      Jennifer, 29 Sep 2014 @ 8:55pm

      Re: Computer Security Genius

      Funny how all these guys can see is the hacker part of the story. Its about how people with very high IQs have problems dealing with people. How when someone who cares helps guide them they can accomplish much more than left to deal with the sheep on their own.
      I wish there had been someone to catch how smart I was. I was smarter than all my teacheres from 3rd grade on and was so bored I just got in trouble. The other kids didnt want to study or read all the time so i started smoking weed to dumb myself down so I could have friends. This show is inspiring and is helping me understand myself and my son better.
      Really only someone with average or lower IQ would think it was simply about hacking. Of course they hollywood it up to get the dumbasses who dont get the real meaning something to bitch about.

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        Coyoty (profile), 29 Sep 2014 @ 11:34pm

        Re: Re: Computer Security Genius

        Don't use this show for inspiration. You are identifying with it because it offers a wish fulfillment reassurance to those who imagine they've been superior to everyone else all along.

        It's a TV show, intended to make their demographics identify with them and feel better about themselves. This one is targeted to viewers who identify with genius, so it tells its viewers they're misunderstood and smart and pats them on the back. (I quit Mensa in grade school because that's all I saw happening there; a mutual back-patting society.)

        If the show were about sports, it would have a dream team of physical misfits for the viewers to vicariously feel athletically superior through.

        Validation should come through real-life experiences and efforts, not aggrandizing TV shows.

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        Plan, 15 Nov 2017 @ 8:44am

        Re: Re: Computer Security Genius

        So your entire life you needed validation for how much of a genius you are...and you got it from a shitty network TV show that's 40 percent commercials and based on the boasts of a man who is the computer version of Steven Seagal. The fuck out of here.

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      Anonymous, 13 Feb 2015 @ 8:36am

      Re: Computer Security Genius

      He's trying to out boast L. Ron Hubbard, who's his homeboy.

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      anonymous, 20 Jun 2015 @ 12:24pm

      Re: Computer Security Genius about the human body but

      God created man so man cannot know everything about the human body but man created computers and so it is possible to be a computer security genius

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      Mystic420, 31 May 2016 @ 1:25pm

      Re: Computer Security Genius

      Wanna bet!!!

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    JohnG (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 9:40am

    I watched the show. Mildly entertaining and there appears to be some potential with a couple of the characters. Obviously you have to take the high-stakes heroics with a massive grain of salt.

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      Blackfiredragon13 (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 12:12pm

      Re:

      You forgot about his claim of the then none-existent DHS coming to him as a 13-year-old. That's makes it enough salt to fill every salt shaker in Utah. Not including the twerkers who cover themselves in salt.

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      DJ, 15 Oct 2014 @ 5:02am

      scorpion

      It's a TV show. It's supposed to be entertaining. If you want absolute truth do the research yourself. Oh, and the Marvel super heroes aren't real either.

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        Mike Masnick (profile), 15 Oct 2014 @ 5:33am

        Re: scorpion

        It's a TV show. It's supposed to be entertaining.

        I've explained probably a dozen times already, that I'm absolutely fine with the TV show being entertaining. My issue is with journalists not doing their job *and* with the fact that Walter is trying to build his business based on what appear to be false pretenses.

        Enjoy the show. That's great. I have no problem with the show itself, but with the lies about the real life Walter.

        If you want absolute truth do the research yourself.

        Which, you know, is what I actually did.

        Oh, and the Marvel super heroes aren't real either.

        Right. But they also don't claim to be and aren't running a company in which they ask for your money based on those false pretenses.

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          nasch (profile), 15 Oct 2014 @ 6:06am

          Re: Re: scorpion

          I'm guessing these people all stopped reading at "the show is not worth watching" and then just sprayed their butthurt all over Techdirt. The article is not about the TV show, people!

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      Sinful (profile), 29 Jun 2015 @ 11:30pm

      Re: JohnG

      The show is very entertaining, we have to remember it is a tv show and not always following the suggestions of Walter O'Brien they do go with what will make people watch and do some various leeway with licensing. The person writing this article didn't research well, Walter's IQ isn't listed because he does not have the mansa test of his IQ from his school. If you do type it in for a search it does come up. He also was not arrested by homeland security as the person says in the article it was the FBI and NASA homeland security is not mentioned as the part who arrested him when he was a child. We all have to remember there will be others out there who will be snide and mean to others and based on jealousy and their ability to not measure up to that person so they strike back how they can. I never believe everything I read on the internet it is the "internet" after all. I think we should just enjoy the show with a grain of salt. It is interesting and keeps my attention. With my brain always on high it is hard finding entertaining shows that capture my attention. So with a grain of salt people just take it for what it is a show made to entertain and not always with truthful path that can be followed in entertainment.

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    MondoGordo (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 9:40am

    Bullshittery aside ...

    The show is pretty entertaining ... if more than a little over the top.

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 9:41am

    Man, I was a pretty bright teenager who competed in local programming challenges and stuff in high school. I want my own TV show where I can hang out of a plane with an ethernet cable to a speeding car below.

    No, wait. Use wifi, dumbass.

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2014 @ 9:46am

      Re:

      No, wait. Use wifi, dumbass.

      Not while the aircraft is taking off or landing. ;)

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        Zonker, 25 Sep 2014 @ 3:59pm

        Re: Re:

        If only they could have use their cell phones while in flight, then he could have transferred the data over 4G. Oh well, it would probably have exceeded his data cap anyway.

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          Red_Right_Returning (profile), 14 Oct 2014 @ 8:00pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          Using a cell phone in flight will cause the plane to crash in a fireball of death. This is true because the FAA said so and government agencies never get important things, such as in-flight cell phone use or Ebola wrong...right?

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      Mike (not that Mike, the other Mike), 25 Sep 2014 @ 10:44am

      Re:

      They tried wifi but the plane was moving to fast....no really...

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      sorrykb (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 12:57pm

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      The sixth-fastest programmer in the world shouldn't have needed an Ethernet cable hanging from a plane. He should have been able to solve the problem by typing really really fast, possibly on three or more keyboards, in a room illuminated only by blinky-light-units. I know because I saw it on TV.

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        Red_Right_Returning (profile), 14 Oct 2014 @ 7:55pm

        Re: Re:

        It only works if he types really really fast while scowling at the screen like Chloe on 24 (yeah, that's a retro-reference because that's how cool I roll)

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      Anonymous Coward, 28 Oct 2014 @ 6:49pm

      Re:

      You asshole there was a reason for not being able to use wifi and needing to connect directly. Watch the show you stupid fuck.

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        Sean Timmons (profile), 29 Oct 2014 @ 10:04am

        Re: Re:

        Yeah. You can't use wifi because the plane is going too fast. But that doesn't seem to bother them when they're plugging a computer into it. And why didn't they just hand the laptop up to the guy by the cord if we want to continue this insane line of thinking?

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        Graham, 23 Feb 2015 @ 4:07pm

        Re: Re:

        Yes because the plane travelling at 200mph (90 m/s) would affect the Wifi signal travelling at 300,000,000 m/s.

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      Jon, 11 Mar 2015 @ 12:35pm

      Re:

      Ignoring the whole "cable out the front of an aircraft just above stall speed" - Ethernet cable will transfer data MUCH faster than "using wifi, dumbass" - in a theoretical situation, data needing speed is much faster by cable. Now, why an aircraft has a crossover cable anyway, with a remarkably excessively long cable available - well, it's an entertainment show, so suspension of disbelief is necessary for a fun hour.

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        Sean Timmons (profile), 12 Mar 2015 @ 4:17am

        Re: Re:

        Ok, so you are being marked down as not believing this dudes claims of genius and all of that. So, if you would like to discuss the episode from an entertainment only standpoint, why not have the plane land without radar? There could be explosions or at least the shearing of a few wings. It seems odd to try to defend with technology then saying its for entertainment only. The point of using WiFi was that you didn't need to fly at ten feet over the ground and you could perform the same transmission of data with a lot more leeway. Why, you can set all of the lights to green in the city and go on for miles and miles! Either way, it was unimaginative.

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 9:41am

    His IQ can't be that high, smart people know not to take on the internet with a puzzle.

    It might sell some fantasy to people with inflated checkbooks, but if he is inaccurate in his own biography you expect the programs to work as he claims?

    My rock keeps away tigers....

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2014 @ 9:46am

      Re:

      Can I buy your rock?

      ~Walter O’Brien

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        Togashi (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 8:21pm

        Re: Re:

        Since 2014, Scorpion's team of brilliant investors has mitigated the risk of over $2,733,492,382,014.30 of potential tiger attacks. His expert distribution of the tiger-repellant rock has optimized the application of graph theory by solving both the traveling salesman and Chinese postman problems in constant logarithmic time on a TI-89 calculator.

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    ike, 25 Sep 2014 @ 9:43am

    A good hacker movie

    A good hacker movie that exhibits a great deal of realism is Who Am I: No System Is Safe. I saw it at the TIFF last week. No idea if/when it will be published.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2014 @ 9:47am

    He's a self proclaimed expert.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2014 @ 9:48am

    I long for the day when animated fire torches become retro and cool again. Then my patented fire torch copyrights will make me millions. Millions, I say!

    -The Scorpster

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    Regret, 25 Sep 2014 @ 9:49am

    Ugh. His claims that "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security certified Walter as being of National Interest to the United States and transferred him as a National Asset to the US on the same Visa as Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill," appear to be nothing more than the standard EB 1-1 Visa granted to thousands of people each year. More info here: http://www.eb1visalawyer.com/eb-1-1-visa-extraordinary-abilities/

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    John Fenderson (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 9:50am

    The fastest way

    The fastest way to devalue your accomplishments and get people to ignore any actual contributions you've made is to comically overstate those very same accomplishments.

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    Digitari, 25 Sep 2014 @ 10:12am

    Seriously?

    What do you expect from a Scorpion?

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    MM_Dandy (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 10:27am

    No! No! No!

    ...everybody knows that the only right way to connect to the on-board systems is to deliver a team of "operatives" led by Steven Seagal and Kurt Russell on board an aircraft that looks like an F-117A on the outside, but is really a TARDIS by docking with the airliner in-flight.

    Oh, and don't forget, folks, that F-117A/TARDIS was invented by Mr. O'Brien himself.

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      JP Jones (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 6:09pm

      Re: No! No! No!

      Oh, and don't forget, folks, that F-117A/TARDIS was invented by Mr. O'Brien himself.

      This actually makes sense. If Mr. O'Brien had access to the TARDIS, then presumably he had a sonic screwdriver...which can hack anything except wood.

      Computer genius, or man with a sonic screwdriver? I guess we'll never know...

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    David Muir (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 10:33am

    I don't understand how "Based on a true story" adds value to a television show or movie. Fargo completely destroyed that idea by having such a statement at the beginning of each episode when it is clear the show is pure fiction.

    In Scorpion (the TV show) the jet's ethernet connection to the laptop in the Ferrari was crazy and illogical but it was just the most obvious example of how they're going for a "cartoon" reality level. I won't take it seriously, but I can still enjoy it.

    The bogus claims about real life accomplishments though... those are not enjoyable at all, even though they are a complete joke.

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2014 @ 10:46am

      Re:

      I wonder if they'll take the Based on a true story off the series opener.

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        Crazy Canuck, 25 Sep 2014 @ 11:56am

        Re: Re:

        But it is based off a true story... There was a man on the planet Earth known as Brian... All true! From there they just decided to spruce it up a bit with creative/artistic license.

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      John Fenderson (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 11:14am

      Re:

      I have yet to see a TV show or movie that's "based on a true story" and actually bears any resemblance to the true story it's "based" on.

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        zip, 25 Sep 2014 @ 11:28am

        Re: Re:

        The movies that are indeed based on true stories will instead have the (bogus) disclaimer that the story is fiction and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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        art guerrilla (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 12:17pm

        Re: Re:

        12 years a slave ?
        read the book, saw the movie, pretty close accounting...
        as per usual, movies are just too shallow and time-limited to include ALL that is in a book, but followed the book pretty well..

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          John Fenderson (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 12:28pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          The question is, how accurate is the book? The "based on a true story" problem tends to be as true with books as with TVs and movies.

          That said, I can't comment on "12 Years a Slave" as I've not read the book or seen the movie, and I'm not familiar with the story it's based on.

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        Anonymous, 30 Sep 2014 @ 2:36pm

        Re: Re:

        Try "Catch Me If You Can" based on a true story about Frank Abagnale Jr.

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        nasch (profile), 2 Oct 2014 @ 9:57am

        Re: Re:

        I have yet to see a TV show or movie that's "based on a true story" and actually bears any resemblance to the true story it's "based" on.

        You can bet there will be a bunch of made up stuff. The ones I really roll my eyes at are "inspired by a true story". Why even mention the true story when you're admitting this has nothing to do with it?

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        Teigan, 5 Oct 2014 @ 6:45am

        Re: Re:

        I'm pretty sure that using the term "based on a true story" can mean there is just one thing in common, ie: name.

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        Jack Jones, 16 Apr 2015 @ 4:39pm

        Re: Re:

        the thing is true story things have to be exaggerated and really i dont care if they lie because it's still a good fictional show.

        And captain phillips was pretty close to being 100% true

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          Anonymous Coward, 17 Apr 2015 @ 11:09am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Just being clear here Jack. I'm going to ensure we all understand the comments about the show change nothing about the fact that the article is about the real person. Since the real person hasn't even done just about anything he claims to gave done in real life, the stretching of truth aspect is way out the window. The show is pure fiction.

          As for the show, the reality one must suspend to accept the show as good is appalling. The first episode had a gigantic plot hole. Its been discussed in the comment section ad nauseum. From what I've read here, the rest of the episodes haven't gotten any more believable.

          So, a fictional account that doesn't adhere to basic understanding of technology. But aside from that, I'm sure its great.

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      Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 1:14pm

      Re:

      I agree.

      I'm fine if Hollywood makes up a batshit insane storyline that originated when a writer heard about something that really happened.

      In fact, so long as the movie doesn't take itself seriously as an attempt to portray something that happened or could actually happen, they can be perfectly enjoyable. Get the audience to buy into the absurdity - don't fool them into believing it is based on reality.

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      bratwurzt (profile), 30 Sep 2014 @ 4:30am

      Re: Enjoying the show

      I can't enjoy this show. It would be like enjoying story plot in a porn movie.

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    zip, 25 Sep 2014 @ 10:34am

    bullshittery and IQ

    I agree with Mike, everything reeks of "bullshittery" - almost to the point of an obvious-to-most-everyone parody. Kind of like those late-night get-rich-quick infomercials in which sometimes it's hard to know where to even begin trying to explain to someone why it's such an obvious scam. But the vast majority of everything on TV is bullshit anyway, from the so-called "reality" shows to the so-called "news" - which is really more of a mix of entertainment, propaganda, and embedded advertising.

    IQ tests are funny beasts. An IQ of 197 statistically translates to being in the top 99.9999999950% of people tested - or 1 in 1.5 billion. There have been people claiming IQ scores so ridiculously high that would have put them as the highest-scoring person who ever lived plus will ever live for the next hundred centuries.

    http://www.iqcomparisonsite.com/iqtable.aspx

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      OldMugwump (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 10:43am

      Re: late-night get-rich-quick infomercials

      "late-night get-rich-quick infomercials in which sometimes it's hard to know where to even begin trying to explain to someone why it's such an obvious scam"
      Those things are like the Nigerian 419 scammers - they're deliberately obvious scams.

      They want to filter out everyone with enough brains to give them trouble.

      Sadly, if we get old enough, we'll ally reach that mental level.

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2014 @ 10:48am

      Re: bullshittery and IQ

      4th highest IQ in the world.

      Maybe they really meant the 4th highest score possible (i.e. 200, 199, 198, 197). - Not that he's the 4th highest scoring person in the world.

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      John Fenderson (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 11:23am

      Re: bullshittery and IQ

      Not to mention that what your IQ is affected by lots of things not connected to your intelligence, such as: which IQ test you're taking, what mood you're in when you take it, etc.

      IQ tests are really only good for one thing: they're reasonably good at predicting how well you'll do in college. They're not very good for anything else, including gauging actual intelligence.

      Indeed, the very notion that intelligence can be meaningfully represented as a single number flies in the face of everything we know about intelligence.

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        zip, 25 Sep 2014 @ 11:56am

        Re: Re: bullshittery and IQ

        "Indeed, the very notion that intelligence can be meaningfully represented as a single number flies in the face of everything we know about intelligence."

        Perhaps the greatest factor in life success might be "social intelligence" - a talent that may be far beyond any kind of standardized method to test for it.

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          nopers, 27 Nov 2014 @ 1:06am

          Re: Re: Re: bullshittery and IQ

          "Perhaps the greatest factor in life success might be "social intelligence" "

          Bahaha, you wish Pollyanna! In the real world the people who rise to the top of corporate america fit the profile of psychopaths.

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        Linda W, 17 Oct 2014 @ 9:48am

        Re: Re: bullshittery and IQ

        IQ tests in no way demonstrate how well you will do in college. People of all levels have done well. What it does is measure how FAST you typically catch on or learn something. Doesn't even measure the quality of the crap you learn.

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      Mobius, 26 Nov 2014 @ 11:10am

      Re: bullshittery and IQ

      If an IQ of.197 occurs 1 in 1.5 billion people, then there are 4 people with that IQ or higher walking around Earth right now. Their shows of the four 197+ folks must be

      The Kardashians,
      The Fill in the Blank - Chef, Show,
      Red Reddington on the Blacklist, and
      Scorpion.

      Obviously, on Red Reddington is the real genius. Now that show bad ass!

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2014 @ 10:48am

    Enquiring minds want to know two things

    1. Did he claim to invent email?

    2. If yes, can we arrange a Thunderdome match to settle this?

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      orbitalinsertion (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 5:56pm

      Re: Enquiring minds want to know two things

      But in a brilliant flash of insight, he also invented the wheel* and the inclined plane** while simultaneously working on the One True implementation of email***.

      *By his specific and correct definition.
      **See above.
      ***Ibid.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Sep 2014 @ 11:41am

    Of course, "Scorpion" is true...

    I mean, if it isn't, what about that other show on TV called "Castle"? That's *totally* about a real person. The guy's got actual books published and everything..!!

    /s

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      Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2014 @ 4:27am

      Re: Of course, "Scorpion" is true...

      And don't forget about 'Bones'. She's a real life book writing genius that has a tv show.

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Sep 2015 @ 8:39pm

        Re: Re: Of course, "Scorpion" is true...

        I always wonder how someone who is presented as not understanding the most obvious and well-known idiomatic expressions and metaphors and as not having anything resembling a normal sense of humor is supposed to have written all those best-selling pop-culture mystery books.

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    No use for a name, 25 Sep 2014 @ 12:02pm

    100' long ethernet cable

    I saw I thread on fark the other day about this and had no idea what people where talking about, it degenerated quickly into a discussion of the NCIS two geek on computer scenes (that happens in more than one episode.

    Why do I care about this again, seriously if you are not watching connections your not watching anything worth watching.

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    Jon, 25 Sep 2014 @ 1:03pm

    He never participated in the Olympiads

    Looking at the Hall of Fame (All), it shows EVERY PARTICIPANT, even if they never placed. Guess who's name isn't there. Go on, guess.

    http://stats.ioinformatics.org/halloffame/all

    (Hint: You've been reading about him)

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    Sheogorath (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 4:19pm

    There are also some odd personal claims about "Homeland Security" coming to find him as a 13-year-old boy for hacking into NASA.
    {{Citation needed}}

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    Orion (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 4:20pm

    Walter

    What did Walter do to piss you off? Everybody reaps what they sow. He is basically a man who promotes himself aggressively.

    Go after Goldman Sachs or the Federal Reserve. They seriously lie to the population, Walter is small potatoes.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 4:30pm

      Re: Walter

      What did Walter do to piss you off?

      Lied to the public about accomplishments he didn't do.

      Everybody reaps what they sow. He is basically a man who promotes himself aggressively.

      By lying. Reaping what you so means that when you lie, it comes out and there are consequences.

      Go after Goldman Sachs or the Federal Reserve. They seriously lie to the population, Walter is small potatoes.

      You must be new here. Do you not think we highlight others' lies as well?

      In the meantimes, since you're the first person we've seen defending Walter, can we ask if you have any personal connection to him?

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      zip, 25 Sep 2014 @ 11:13pm

      Re: Walter

      "What did Walter do to piss you off?"

      Anyone with the gall to puff themselves up and parade around as some sort of genius can expect to be taken down -- and hard. It's an old tradition, and these beat-downs make for great spectator sport.

      My person favorite was Aaron Barr, head of HBGary Federal, the self-proclaimed "internet security expert" who got hacked wide open and exposed as not only a malodorous character, but an idiot as well.

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    SwagCoffin (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 5:43pm

    Thank you for this article

    Finally, a bit of real journalism that bothered to check some references.

    As you might be able to tell from my username, I am one of the posters of Reddit that is referenced in this article. I have known Walter previously, and he is the most exaggerated, ingenuous, and callous person there is. Absolutely, unequivocally, everything out of his mouth or keyboard is a lie. Many of us that knew him actually question his mental health / sanity. He has been dismissed or laid off from every job (that I know of) because of these issues.

    Walter's the type of guy who will be listening in to a conversation, and best everyone there (a topper) - except that his claims are laughably ridiculous. These are actual examples that I've summarized from memory (disclaimer: it's not verbatim). I wish I was making these up -

    Example 1:
    "I was finally able to lift 225 lbs on the bench!!"
    Walter butts in: "Hah! I can lift 500lb!"
    "Can you show us some time?"
    Walter: "I don't like to show off, so no. Never."

    Example 2:
    "Yeah guys I'm leaving for Vegas tomorrow, it's going to take me 4 hours or so to get there (275 miles) so I'm going to leave a little early."
    Walter butts in: "Last time I went, I got there in 1hr in my Lotus"
    "Hmm, Walter, there's many things wrong with that statement. You got there from here in 1hr?"
    Walter: "Yup. In my Lotus."
    "Walter, I won't go into the physical impossibility of this as it speaks for itself. You know, like having to hit speeds over 500MPH to be able to average a speed of 275MPH. But forget that, let's talk about this thing about your Lotus. You don't have a Lotus. You have a 1988 Toyota MR2 with a spoiler and incomplete body kit (this is around 2005). If you did have a Lotus, you'd know that the whole point of Lotus is handling and NOT speed, and you'd know not to make such a comment."
    Walter visibly disturbed by this comment: "No, I mean before I moved here."
    "But, you moved to California from Ireland... WTF are you talking about??"
    (Walter pulls his cell phone out of his pocket and steps away even though his cell phone never rang or buzzed)

    I know I'm just some random dude on the internet and all of you are under no obligation to believe any of this, but as this fraudster is exposed for what he is in the coming days by more reputable sources, these stories will seem more believable.

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      SwagCoffin (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 5:49pm

      Re: Thank you for this article

      Oh God I inadvertantly added to his and CBS's P.R. campaign. I meant "disingenuous", NOT "ingenuous" in my above post!

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      JP Jones (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 6:20pm

      Re: Thank you for this article

      I'm fairly sure I've met other people like this. It's always struck me as a form of pathological lying. What always shocks me is people who hear someone like this and don't have warning bells going off in their head screaming "bullshit!"

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        Koder Kev (profile), 29 Sep 2014 @ 10:52pm

        Re: Re: Thank you for this article

        I have never seen a photo of the real Walter. He doesn't, perhaps, look like Jon Lovitz does he? Has he ever claimed to have slept with Morgan Fairchild? (Kids, ask your parents for clarification.)

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          Anonymous Coward, 30 Sep 2014 @ 4:01pm

          Re: Re: Re: Thank you for this article

          He is short, round faced, over weight, with pulled back thinning hair and a short ponytail when I knew him 7 years ago or so.

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      sorrykb (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 7:13pm

      Re: Thank you for this article

      The guy sounds more sad and sick than anything else. If we're (quite correctly) condemning fraud, we should also look at the people feeding his delusion, and profiting from it.

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      SwagCoffin (profile), 25 Sep 2014 @ 8:08pm

      Re: Thank you for this article

      I found a couple of old threads (ok, I lifted them from Reddit on Walter's AMA) to support my claim about the Lotus MR2!

      http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f152/lotus-x100-concept-car-westlake-village-89859/

      http://www.lo tustalk.com/forums/f165/lotus-x100-manhattan-beach-13569/

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      eva, 25 Sep 2014 @ 10:37pm

      Re: Thank you for this article

      Thank you for this article as I also know Walter for years and I believe that he has some mental issues with him self and constantly talks about his "fake achievements" !

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      Anonymous Coward, 26 Sep 2014 @ 5:31pm

      Re: Thank you for this article

      SwagCoffin -

      You're absolutely dead on! I've known Walter since his days at Capital and he's the biggest bs'r I've known..

      He also claims to have a $500k Lambo that looks like a put together piece of crap from a bunch of sh*t from the junk yard.

      The fact that others have caught on to his 'embellishments' and are calling him out, make me smile! I hate the f*ng prick.

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      DGeorge, 30 Sep 2014 @ 3:56pm

      Re: Thank you for this article

      I know Walter and I have my own set of stories about that dude. I concur, the guy is mental.

      I was his technical interviewer when he was a candidate for an open QA position at a major financial firm. He told me in the interview that he had interviewed with Bill Gates to be his Chief Software Engineer for 1.5 million a year salary, but he (Walter) turned Bill down because the position was too restrictive as to intellectual property rights.

      This from a guy applying for a 80K QA position. I reported that he knew enough about QA but he was a head case and I recommended that he not be hired. I was overruled by the hiring manager.

      Both she and Walter were laid off a while later.

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        Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 8:03pm

        Re: Re: Thank you for this article

        Ha Ha. Went to University of Sussex with this guy in he early 90's. Quickly learned to totally ignore anything he said or claimed to of done. If I remember non of his school work could be considered genius and he didn't graduate top of the class. If you knew all that he was nice enough. All power to him for getting a show - maybe this is a good thing for all involved. Can't think of a better source of totally unrealistic and fabricated plot lines...

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      Wormwoodbush, 23 Oct 2015 @ 7:35am

      Re: Thank you for this article

      I dated a guy like that once....wait, no I'm STILL dating a guy like that (not for much longer)! Self promotes, narcissistic personality disorder, has to top or better everyone who says anything. Claims to have vast knowledge of industries he's had nothing to do with (like health care, I'm a nurse and he constantly tries to tell me I did something wrong, or how I could have done it better. He is mechanically gifted and can fix or build almost anything, but he can't stop himself from bragging about that and telling you all the in-depth details over hours of mind numbing one sided conversation! Oh and he actually loves to tell everyone how smart he is and how good and wonderful he is!! I've never met anyone like him before

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    Zem, 25 Sep 2014 @ 10:29pm

    Does everyone called Walter have a fictional life?

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    Masera, 26 Sep 2014 @ 1:50am

    lol

    Knows 400 technologies but doesn't know how to design a website LMAO

    #genius no doubt

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    Joe, 26 Sep 2014 @ 3:25am

    CBS don't care?

    Surely CBS knew this guy was a scam, but wanted to have the 'based on true story' to get people hooked?

    No idea how they're going to run a whole season on a guy who well done nothing lol.

    He aids the US government but can't build a website? How about his youtube videos being in 240p!!

    I have no doubts he scammed a couple of millions from people who 'invested' with him but didn't pursue legal action thinking it was 'lost' in the market.

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    John85851 (profile), 26 Sep 2014 @ 3:39pm

    Doesn't he have his own domain name?

    Changing the subject slightly, what kind of "genius" doesn't use his own domain name? Why is his site on a "iol.ie" domain and and not something like "scorpionsecurity.com"? In fact, why didn't this genius (and obvious millionaire) buy the "scorpion.com" domain name?

    And obviously, if he's such a programming genius, why is his website crap? And why don't the pages end in a programming language, such as asp, aspx, or even php?

    Or are these two ideas not part of the "413 technologies" that his team specializes in?

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      John Fenderson (profile), 28 Sep 2014 @ 12:24pm

      Re: Doesn't he have his own domain name?

      One can be a genius without having PR or aesthetic sensibilities.

      "why don't the pages end in a programming language, such as asp, aspx, or even php? "

      This means nothing. There is literally no reason why pages have to have such suffixes no matter what language is used for them. In fact, when I see them, it makes me think of the site as being less professional, not more.

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        SwagCoffin (profile), 30 Sep 2014 @ 12:23pm

        Re: Re: Doesn't he have his own domain name?

        "One can be a genius without having PR or aesthetic sensibilities."

        Oh, the irony of this statement. Everything about Walter O'Brien "Scorpion" is just a half-assed PR job. Just wait and see!

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    Coyoty (profile), 26 Sep 2014 @ 9:20pm

    Walter-Ego

    It sounds like another show about a super-genius named Walter is more believable. It's called Fringe.

    Thanks for saving me an hour a week and TiVo space.

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    Genius is IT, 27 Sep 2014 @ 5:48am

    What is a genius?

    Considering that I am supposed to be a genius, I have worked with many people who were a lot smarter than me. Most of those not being classified as geniuses.

    It means nothing much really unless you are actually effective in your life.

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      John Fenderson (profile), 28 Sep 2014 @ 12:28pm

      Re: What is a genius?

      This is a common misunderstanding of what "genius" means. It doesn't actually mean "really, really smart". Many, maybe most, geniuses aren't insanely smart. What makes someone a genius is a knack for making intuitive leaps that tend to be correct. Most geniuses are also obsessive about their fields of interest, and so they tend to be very expert in them.

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        Genius is IT, 28 Sep 2014 @ 3:58pm

        Re: Re: What is a genius?

        Agreed, however, this particular characteristic is found in many who are not classified as genius and they also have a reasonably rounded life.

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        Anonymous Coward, 28 Sep 2014 @ 6:04pm

        Re: Re: What is a genius?

        "Many, maybe most, geniuses aren't insanely smart."

        But a shockingly high percentage are, indeed, "insanely smart" -- as the link between insanity and intelligence is well documented.

        The "mad scientist" stereotype is more than just myth, with psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and manic-depression afflicting a disproportionally large number of the highly creative and intelligent people that we tend to think of as geniuses of one sort or another.

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        Hello (profile), 3 Feb 2016 @ 9:40pm

        Re: Re: What is a genius?

        That makes a great deal of sense. I have been reflecting on the fact that a genius can fail due to absolute boredom with the subject at hand. Interest is a form of energy. The more energy, the more power to move through the information organization steps. When I have observed a genius at work, it seemed that he went through the same learning stages, just faster. I have wondered if it was simply a brain cell power situation, perhaps with the mitochondria in the brain cells. I have also reflected on the role of education in the life of a genius. A genius may be able to originate some things, but education may also play a huge part in helping a genius to truly thrive.

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    SwagCoffin (profile), 30 Sep 2014 @ 12:21pm

    So, where's the follow-up?

    Mike Masnick, are you going to be following up on O'Brien's bullshit further like you did for the Shiva Ayyadurai inventor of email bullshit? In a sea of other news outlets just parroting his and CBS's bullshit, Techdirt is an oasis.

    Can't wait to see the next piece on Walter O'Brien being called out!

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 30 Sep 2014 @ 12:32pm

      Re: So, where's the follow-up?

      Mike Masnick, are you going to be following up on O'Brien's bullshit further like you did for the Shiva Ayyadurai inventor of email bullshit? In a sea of other news outlets just parroting his and CBS's bullshit, Techdirt is an oasis.

      Stay tuned... working on something. :)

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 30 Sep 2014 @ 8:25pm

    If they were able to fly the plane 8ft above the empty runway, why didn't they just land the plane?

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    Ninja (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 3:45am

    Having just gone through the whole Shiva Ayyadurai / inventor of email crap, it's beginning to sound like a similar case of someone pumping up their own past for publicity purposes.

    Not at all, this time you can spell his name without stuttering!

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    Mike McGowan, 1 Oct 2014 @ 3:41pm

    IQ tests don't prove how "intelligent" you are...

    ...they prove how good you are at taking IQ tests.

    Yes, there is often (but not always) some correlation between a high score on an IQ test and some easily-demonstrable proof of knowledge attainment and/or recall of facts and/or mathematical/linguistic ability and/or general "connection spotting" skills (rarely all of those in a single individual though it has been reported there are some people who are spectacularly adept in all these areas).

    But in my personal experience with many people who score highly on IQ tests (I'm an IT/Sci-Fi/quiz geek and so are lots of my friends/colleagues/associates/acquaintances from the past 30 years, many of whom allegedly score 150+ on IQ tests) and from my extensive reading on this subject over the past 30+ years, it appears to me that in many cases (impossible (for me at least at the current time) to quantify precisely since nobody has ever published (which probably means there's never been) a long-term, repeated study on a large enough scale to provide figures which could reasonably be considered truly meaningful) it simply cannot be shown reliably that a person who scores 170 on an IQ test is significantly smarter than a person who ONLY scores 140, though of course in many cases it may be possible to demonstrate that they're vastly more capable/knowledgeable in one or more specific areas.

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      Mike McGowan, 1 Oct 2014 @ 3:56pm

      Re: IQ tests don't prove how "intelligent" you are...

      ...Oh, I should also have said that even though I think Walter O'Brien is probably a total BS'er in real life, I'm actually quite enjoying the show even though it's insanely unbelievable in most respects.

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    Larissa, 2 Oct 2014 @ 11:13am

    Best article and comments ever!

    After watching the first episode I wanted to know if the hacking into NASA story was true. I'm no techie but I sounded too far fetched. I said "bullshit" out loud while watching the plane, ferrari, ethernet cable scene. I love a good action sequence but that was way beyond my suspension of disbelief capabilities. The comments on this post are hilarious and more entertaining than the show itself!

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    fiction, 3 Oct 2014 @ 7:51am

    can we just call it fiction and enjoy the show?

    I enjoy the interaction of the characters on the show. It's been a tough year of zombies and biker-mom-gone-crazy, so I'm liking the human connection the show has so far. I can overlook that the supposed origins of the show may be somewhere in a gray area.

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    Jonathan, 3 Oct 2014 @ 7:34pm

    Complete Shit

    Alright first off you have no evidence to support your argument. You only used quotes to support the other side of your argument. Secondly why the fuck would someone go through all this trouble just to fucking lie. And all your quotes were from the same sources I found mine. You literally just searched his name

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Oct 2014 @ 10:55pm

    WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT MR. O'BRIEN IS THAT HE HAS STARTED US THINKING ABOUT THINKING, THE SAME THING WITTGENSTEIN DID IN
    HIS TRACTATUS. BEFORE THERE IS A RASH OF ARGUMENTs, IT HAS TO BE REMEMBERED THE STARTING PLACE IS ALWAYS THE SAME PLACE.
    lastkoan

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 3 Oct 2014 @ 11:24pm

    LOL NO

    > MR. O'BRIEN

    Call him 'Scorp.' His dog is O'Brian.

    > HE HAS STARTED US THINKING ABOUT THINKING

    He didn't start anything. Mike Masnick wrote the article and he definitely started some reality fact checks.

    > IT HAS TO BE REMEMBERED

    No. No, it doesn't. When making up shit on the Internet and you're wrong it doesn't create a rule for everyone else.

    > THE STARTING PLACE IS ALWAYS THE SAME PLACE.

    Time to go back to therapy.

    I find discussing things with disconnected individuals just not very fun. It gives me no joy; they think we're having a conversation; in reality (the real reality, not the one in the disconnected person's mind) there will never be a meeting of the minds.

    I wish you well. Hit caps-lock once to return to lower-case.

    E

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2014 @ 1:30pm

    The sad thing is Walter O'Brien is going to get away with all this.

    With the exception of Mike Masnick, no journalist is willing to call b.s.

    He keeps telling crazy unverifiable lies and the journalists simply nod and print his baloney without question.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 4 Oct 2014 @ 2:54pm

    The story is getting some attention...

    https://www.google.com/search?q=walter+obrien+frud&gws_rd=ssl#q=walter+o%27brien+fraud&spell =1

    Slashdot
    Cnet
    (Techdirt, and Reddit already mentioned here)

    It's a start.

    E

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    sharon, 8 Oct 2014 @ 12:33pm

    get a grip

    Why can't people just enjoy something whether it is real, based on fact or an actual story or pure bullshit. The acting is more than decent & there is a lot of humor in the show. Parts about the autistic child Ralph seem to depict real life issues.
    So again get a grip let this be a show with acting & not a stupid reality show, depicting supposed real life bullshit!!

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      Sitric O'Toole, 8 Oct 2014 @ 2:32pm

      Re: get a grip

      Hey Sharon,

      No one here, or over on the follow up article, is talking about the quality of the T.V. show.

      We're talking about a charlatan who has lied to the world about serious issues.

      e.g. Saying his software was used to kill 2600 people in the gulf war. See his interview at techmanity. And there is a plethora more.

      You are either trolling, or part of CBS propaganda team trying to deflect from Walter O'Brien's made up life.

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        nasch (profile), 8 Oct 2014 @ 8:56pm

        Re: Re: get a grip

        You are either trolling, or part of CBS propaganda team trying to deflect from Walter O'Brien's made up life.

        I think it's more likely she completely missed the point of the article.

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    James Weddle, 10 Oct 2014 @ 5:33am

    Liberty Valance anyone?

    Bummer to hear O'Brien isn't the real deal, apparently. Good luck slowing CBS's roll tho' because, as the quote from Liberty Valance states, '...When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Hollywood loves a good legend.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=363ZAmQEA84

    Side note: My son, who has Aspie's, not only loves the show but emotionally requested that we watch the first episode together. He wanted to show me how hard it is for him to understand/communicate with "the normals". Ultimately, I could give a s*** if Hollywood or O'Brien "gets away with it." A) It's what they do, B) the legend has merit in my world.

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      Kimberly, 14 Oct 2014 @ 9:10pm

      Re: Liberty Valance anyone?

      Oh my gosh I'm sorry about your son.. Personally I think the show is great! I think that Hollywood has been doing this sort of thing for years and who gives a crap about what they do now..

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    AJ, 14 Oct 2014 @ 2:02am

    Inconsistancies in your article

    I know you think you are being a good investigative journalist, but you are twisting a lot of facts. #1. The website you linked is from a defunct Ireland Online (an even crappier cousin of AOL) account. You gave a webarchive address "in case he takes it down" but the simple fact is, that site hasn't been on the web since 2005. It was last updated in 2002. What did YOUR website look like in 2002? Probably like it was made on Geocities. The current website, www.scorpioncomputerservices.com , should be more to your "professional" standard. #2. The letter from Steven Messino. Have you, or anyone ever tried to contact him to see if the letter was fake? You seem to enjoy implying that it is. #3. If the guy exaggerated who gives a crap? He was a computer programmer looking for a job. Tell me you didn't exaggerate on your resume to make yourself look better. Or throughout this entire article, for that matter.

    Look, I get that you are into technology. I get that if Walter O'Brien is a fake, you want to expose him. Everyone would. However, doing so by misrepresenting evidence is actionable (libel), and kinda just makes you a douche. Do more investigation, write another article with real facts, actual verifiable research, and I will be glad to read it. Otherwise, gonna have to send you to jelly school.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 14 Oct 2014 @ 3:38am

      Re: Inconsistancies in your article

      #1. The website you linked is from a defunct Ireland Online (an even crappier cousin of AOL) account. You gave a webarchive address "in case he takes it down" but the simple fact is, that site hasn't been on the web since 2005. It was last updated in 2002. What did YOUR website look like in 2002? Probably like it was made on Geocities. The current website, www.scorpioncomputerservices.com , should be more to your "professional" standard.

      First, that site is, in fact, still on the web, that's how it was found. Second, he claimed that by 2002 it was a massive business that had been around since 1988. I know what websites of similar businesses looked like in 2002 -- and it wasn't like that. Third, our website in 2002 looked like this: https://web.archive.org/web/20020326145922/http://techdirt.com/ And we were a 1 man operation at the time. The business side looked like this: https://web.archive.org/web/20020802135719/http://www.techdirt.com/ci/ I'd argue that both are a hell of a lot more professional than Walter's at that age, but we weren't pretending to be a giant multibillion dollar business built on saving the world. Fourth, we do discuss his current website and it's a joke. It's all meaningless buzzwords and empty content.

      #2. The letter from Steven Messino. Have you, or anyone ever tried to contact him to see if the letter was fake? You seem to enjoy implying that it is

      I don't think the letter is fake. I think Walter is ridiculous in pretending that Messino is the founder of Sun Microsystems. He's not. He joined many years after the company was founded, long after the company was public, and he was a middle-level manager. It just shows Walter's exaggerating (extremely).

      #3. If the guy exaggerated who gives a crap? He was a computer programmer looking for a job. Tell me you didn't exaggerate on your resume to make yourself look better.

      Yes. But that's not what he's doing now. Now he's claiming to be the 4th smartest man in the world, who has saved countless lives, stopped wars, caught terrorists and the like -- and he's asking people to give him money. Lots of it. Don't you think it's worth exploring the details of whether or not he's an honest individual? If he was still a young 20-something looking for a job, you'd have a point. But he's not.

      Or throughout this entire article, for that matter.

      Feel free to point out anything we actually got wrong.

      However, doing so by misrepresenting evidence is actionable (libel), and kinda just makes you a douche.

      Would you like me to school you on defamation law, as well? Because you're wrong.

      Do more investigation, write another article with real facts, actual verifiable research, and I will be glad to read it.

      Here you go: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141004/07211128727/mythical-almost-certainly-made-up-legend-walt er-obrien-continues-to-grow.shtml

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        Sean Timmons (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 12:37pm

        Re: Re: Inconsistancies in your article

        I'm sorry but someone should have given Mr. Masnick the biggest high five ever for this. I mean, he owned that comment so freaking hard!!! Read his rebuttal again and just bask in its brilliance. I wish I could see AJ's face as he closed his browser promising himself he would never return to the scene of the crime.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 14 Oct 2014 @ 2:20am

    Inconsistancies[sic]

    Seriously, troll, learn to spell.

    Look, I get it, you want to be clever.

    Instead you're illiterate, rambling, nonsensical, make claims offering nothing to support them, and in all other ways show yourself to be a moron.

    It's ok to be a moron. Just don't expect to convince anyone that everyone else is wrong.

    Cheers and all that, or whatever you morons sign your letters with when you're in RealityLand™.

    E

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    Linda, 14 Oct 2014 @ 10:39am

    Scorpian

    O'Brien is a great conman, so what! Since when is any movie or TV show the truth? It supposed to entertain and it does.

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      Kimberly, 14 Oct 2014 @ 9:07pm

      Re: Scorpian

      See this person actually knows and gets what TV Is about...

      Go you!

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      jillian (profile), 7 Jul 2015 @ 12:38pm

      Re: Scorpian

      Conman, yes. Great? No. He's a lousy conman. He's completely transparent to anyone with even a low IQ.

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      Aerokossa, 11 Apr 2017 @ 4:11am

      Re: Scorpian

      Agreed. Who cares if its true or not. TV and Movies have LONG since the 60s lied about truths to sell a tv show or movie as real life. Cannibal Holocaust, Guinea Pig 2, The entire Faces of Death Series, and thats just the early fake snuff films people thought were based on truth. And more recent one that started it all again, Blair Witch Project, a movie that had a fake website that made claims to its truth more than a year before the movie came out, and the list goes on. Its Entertainment People. Dont get me wrong, the article is interesting, but to have done so much research on this just to prove its wrong seems like a huge waste of time to me because since the first few episodes I could clearly tell it wasnt based on a true story. I did think there were some truths to the story but it was clearly not all true. In fact even some of the movies and tv shows that are claimed to be true stories and are even in the history books have some serious exaggerations to the story lines and some lies to make it for a better movie or series. That is what hollywood does. The make ENTERTAINMENT. You want history. Watch the History Channel, or go read some books. Dont look for prime time tv series for history. Thats just stupid. Now Im going to go read the article about the email thing that is mentioned in this article. Hope its more entertaining than this one. And sorry if anyone is offended by what I had to say. Not sorry for saying it, just sorry you are offended.

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        Ehud Gavron (profile), 11 Apr 2017 @ 4:22am

        Illiterate non-apology

        You're not sorry anyone's offended by your illiterate offtopic rant. You're just trying to claim your privileged status to spew on public forums because you feelz your opinionz are more important than the topic being discussed.

        You are wrong.

        Next time you feel like opining off-topic and spewing on a public forum, knowing you're wrong in doing so, and pretending it's ok because your narcissistic attitude of "not caring about others' opinions" somehow makes that right...

        Don't.

        just don't.

        Now go slink off into the sewer from whence you came.

        E
        P.S. If any of the words I used upset you, or triggered you, or micro-triggered you, just read them again.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 14 Oct 2014 @ 11:09am

    It's not about the show

    NOBODY CARES IF THE SHOW IS FICTION.

    What the point of the article you didn't read is is that it is being hyped as TRUE and the news critters from that same network are hyping him up as TRUE and he's using his fame from these false praises to drum up business for his FAKE company.

    Names left out to give them less exposure.

    I'm sorry if it's TLDR to read the article, but when you go to the effort to comment on it, at least have the decency to know what you're commenting on. And no, it's not "the last five shiny words that got my attention", it's the whole article.

    E

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    Kimberly, 14 Oct 2014 @ 9:04pm

    IDK

    I don't care about all this crud. The show is decent and I like it. I agree that it life's but that doesn't mean they are to blame. It's a good shoe and actually for once has logic behind it!
    So whoever wrote this is full of crap!

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    DJ, 15 Oct 2014 @ 5:12am

    article

    I think the guy who wrote the above article is a tad bit jeleous that the show is doing so well. People are tired of the same old "reality" shows that are swamping TV. They want a bit of escapeism and they get it with this show. The characters are likeable, they have flaws, and they don't exactly fit in with the normal crowd. Kind of like The Big Bang Theory, but with more action. I'll keep watching and Mr. Masnick can keep writing his drivel until he finds a real job.

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    Evan, 15 Oct 2014 @ 9:46pm

    WOB Email Addresses...

    I'd be very interested in knowing why 13 different email addresses clearly related/belonging to WOB are attached to a man known as Dustin Cook living in TX. WOB falsely claims to own a Lamborghini Countach in his Adam Carolla interview (hence the countach addys), and scorpon@msn.com is a verified WOB email address. The other 11 are all related to the scorpon/countach addresses as well. Very interesting...

    http://www.advancedbackgroundchecks.com/d/dustin-cook/928058672

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    Bill, 20 Oct 2014 @ 11:02pm

    scorpion

    Really? You research and then write an article on whether Walter O'Brien is a fake? That's the best you have to spend your time doing. Dude, it's a TV show for crying out loud ! Who really cares about Walter O'Brien? If the show is entertaining, then great. If not, so what? Either way, 99.99% of the people watching the show will never actually know who or what the real Walter O'Brien is.

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 22 Oct 2014 @ 8:14am

      Re: scorpion

      OK, since you didn't read the entire article and completely ignored all of the comments, allow me to reply to you.

      This article is about Walter O'Brien. This article is NOT about a television show.

      This article shows theultiple lies told by Walter O'Brien. Walter O'Brien is attempting to use this false information to sell products. http://www.scorpioncomputerservices.com/the_founder.html

      This article does exactly what it should, digging (and it didn't even take a ton of research) into the claims made by this individual on his own web site.

      Clearly, the only reason you are reading this is because you saw the guys name and got excited. Feel free to read all of the coents, some of them from former coworkers of his. Then you may understand why the article was written.

      Feel free to complain about my method of reply as well.

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        Bill, 22 Oct 2014 @ 9:09am

        Re: Re: scorpion

        Sean,
        I apologize for accidentally stumbling on this article and incurring the wrath of the truly haunted souls who reside in this space!

        What is the obsession you guys have about correcting other people's views about this article? Like it or not, IT IS ABOUT THE TV SHOW! If it weren't for the TV show no one would be reading this article in the first place.

        What you odd folk don't seem to get is, several of us are saying that we don't really care about O'Brien personally or how he is milking the publicity from this show. It doesn't matter. If people are taken in by him, that's on them.

        I don't usually make comments or get into discussions with people on the Internet. This particular article prompted a comment because it seemed to me that the writer and a lot of the commentators were caught up in a really worthless discussion. Now it seems I too have joined up with a bunch of pathetic people who really need to find something useful to do with their time! My bad.

        Bill

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          nasch (profile), 22 Oct 2014 @ 9:43am

          Re: Re: Re: scorpion

          Like it or not, IT IS ABOUT THE TV SHOW!

          That depends on what you mean by "about". If you mean that it includes some mention of the TV show, then yes, that is true. If you mean that the main topic of the article is the show, then no. You may have even noticed that the headline doesn't mention the show.

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          Gwiz (profile), 22 Oct 2014 @ 9:44am

          Re: Re: Re: scorpion

          What is the obsession you guys have about correcting other people's views about this article? Like it or not, IT IS ABOUT THE TV SHOW! If it weren't for the TV show no one would be reading this article in the first place.


          That is simply not true, Bill. Techdirt ran a couple of articles about a guy who makes the claim he invented email and that guy doesn't have a TV show.

          As has been repeated, ad nauseam, in the article itself and in the comment sections - it's not about the show, it's about a real life person lying about their real life credentials and the achievements of a real life company.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 21 Oct 2014 @ 1:52am

    Sadness

    I'm very sad.

    I have friends with challenged children.

    They can't read.

    Like you.

    It's not about whether fictional shows are entertaining. It's whether real people pretend this is real and then try to have real careers based on that fictional.

    Fictional shows are great. Let them say what they will.

    Trying to use those to pretend this IDIOT is either a genius (he's not) or help his career (he's an IDIOT) or hire him (he's an IDIOT) or help him out...

    That's retarded. Oops. I used the R-word. Sorry, Bill, you're retarded.

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      Bill, 21 Oct 2014 @ 5:59pm

      Re: Sadness

      Mr. Gavron,
      I am astonished by your comments on my commentary. You call me retarded. You call other people names in this thread. You criticize people left and right. You are an angry soul! You need to do something with your life rather than spending time arguing with strangers on the Internet.

      You have some unresolved issues that you need to get help with. Clearly you need to call attention to yourself and want people to think you are smart. But the way you are doing it doesn't accomplish that. Instead you are coming across as belligerent and unintelligent (which you are!).

      Get some help.

      Bill

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      bkon17, 10 Nov 2014 @ 8:43pm

      Re: Sadness

      than get upset at the tv station not the person. you come across as just sounding jealous because you didn't think of it first.

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    ME, 21 Oct 2014 @ 5:04pm

    LOL

    I am Walter O'Brian and i have IQ of 197. LOL! Game over. Next please.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 21 Oct 2014 @ 5:22pm

    Re: LOL

    > I am Walter O'Brian and i have an IQ of 197...

    Hey Walter, you misspelled your last name.

    Best check that IQ again... this time verifying both digits.

    E

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 22 Oct 2014 @ 9:21am

    Apologies

    One cannot apologize for others' behavior. When one issues an apology it should be for the hurt one has caused others.

    I understand you presume to tell Techdirt writers, editors, and readers what appropriate topics are and that this doesn't fit the Bill Standard. Looks like all the other commenters disagree.

    "I don't usually make comments or get into discussions..."
    Better to be thought an ass than open your mouth and be proven one.

    E

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      Bill, 22 Oct 2014 @ 10:51am

      Re: Apologies

      "E"
      Apparently you have not read my response to you personally that was sent on October 21 at 5:59pm.

      You need help sir and quickly. Clearly you have some anger management issues that need attention immediately. If you don't, you are likely to become a danger to yourself and others.

      I suspect that most of your family and friends are concerned about this issue. I also suspect that you are already alienated from some of them.

      It is not my intention to be hurtful, just helpful.

      In the meantime, I need to say good-bye to this very strange group of people. There are now even more odd fellows taking me on as if I were attacking Abraham Lincoln or motherhood! The problem is that you are all so myopic in your perception of things, you do not comprehend what you are reading.

      I actually do have a real life and I will get back to it.
      It's been a hoot!

      Bill

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        Gwiz (profile), 22 Oct 2014 @ 11:59am

        Re: Re: Apologies

        In the meantime, I need to say good-bye to this very strange group of people.

        Ummm, you are one the giving armchair psychiatric diagnoses to someone you've never met across the internet, yet we are the "strange" ones. OK, whatever.


        There are now even more odd fellows taking me on as if I were attacking Abraham Lincoln or motherhood!

        Nope, not taking you on, just correcting your ill-conceived misconceptions.


        The problem is that you are all so myopic in your perception of things, you do not comprehend what you are reading.

        You the one who thinks this entire article and all the comments are about the TV show, when in reality it's not at all and we are ones with reading comprehension problems? Okie dokey, Bill, got it.


        I actually do have a real life and I will get back to it.

        So do I, Bill, I have a wife, kids, grandkids, a house and a job. Not really sure what that has to do with anything though.


        It's been a hoot!

        Not really, but have a nice life anyways. :)

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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Oct 2014 @ 8:18am

    Couldn't the data be provided on a USB stick?

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      nasch (profile), 26 Oct 2014 @ 4:49pm

      Re:

      Couldn't the data be provided on a USB stick?

      Sure, but then they'd have to come up with some other reason to drive a Ferrari convertible under a jetliner.

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    YES (profile), 26 Oct 2014 @ 9:53am

    What the hell is wrong with the people on here I WAS IN HIS CLASS IN SCHOOL HE DID GO TO THE OLYMPICS.HOW IS IT FAIR FOR YOU TO SAY HES FULL OF SHIT AND PUT UP STORIES ON HERE WITH OUT GIVING HIM A CHANCE TO SAY NO THATS MOT TRUE OR YES IT IS.Walter has helped friends of mine who's companies where in desperate need of help with some things and has not asked for a single cent
    From me or them he's a stand up guy WHO WANTS TO DO GOOD. I WONT BE COMMENTING AGAIN ON HERE I WOULDNT GIVE YOUR SITE THE TIME OF DAY. ID BACK OFF NOW AND GET YOURSELVES A LIFE. PS I HATE BEGRUDGERY

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 26 Oct 2014 @ 5:41pm

    Literacy is a lost art

    What the hell is wrong with the people on here I WAS IN HIS CLASS IN SCHOOL HE DID GO TO THE OLYMPICS.HOW IS IT FAIR FOR YOU TO SAY HES FULL OF SHIT AND PUT UP STORIES ON HERE WITH OUT GIVING HIM A CHANCE TO SAY NO THATS MOT TRUE OR YES IT IS.


    It's fair is that this isn't Walter's web page so nobody has to wait for his say so to write about him. If you were in his class in school or he in yours, clearly his "genius" couldn't possibly include high-school level English writing. It also lacks understanding of fairness, right to free speech, and not being a douche on the Internet.


    Walter has helped friends of mine who's companies where in desperate need of help with some things and has not asked for a single cent


    Ah, my congratulations for locating the lit-up button labeled "Caps Lock" and having the wherewithal to press it. No, you have no friends who's[sic] companies were helped by Walter. Mostly because you have no friends that own companies, and secondly because Walter is a scam. Occam's Razor and all that...


    I WONT BE COMMENTING AGAIN ON HERE I WOULDNT GIVE YOUR SITE THE TIME OF DAY. ID BACK OFF NOW AND GET YOURSELVES A LIFE. PS I HATE BEGRUDGERY

    Yes, that begrudgery is a horrible horrible business. Got it once while in the bush. Fortunately some ointment makes it all go away, just like you. (Note: for it to be begrudgery, the moron being discussed must actually have an enviable success... and that's not the case with Dear Ol' Lying Walter.)

    As for "ID[sic] BACK OFF NOW" I suggest that you do, in fact, back off now. All the way off the nearest cliff. You've already fallen far off the cliff of literacy or making yourself understood [to be anything other than a troll jerk].

    In case you think I'm mot serious, I mot certainly am.

    E

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    Sean Timmons (profile), 28 Oct 2014 @ 1:20pm

    What I'd love to know

    Is how much of the crazy ass stuff on the show is what he believes is reality. I admit to watching the show and it's gotten quite humorous. Something something old computers. Only one person can perform an update. Programmers are terrible it seems.

    OK, let Mr stop talking about the show before I get another nutjob fired up.


    Guy is a douche. Heard him

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    Concerned Citizen, 29 Oct 2014 @ 1:01am

    obsessed much?

    Ehud Gavron, at what point did you become obsessed with Walter O'Brien?

    You've spent 4 weeks of your life on an Internet forum complaining about a guy with a show on CBS.

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    Don't Even Waste Your Time, Replying, Because I Wo, 30 Oct 2014 @ 10:07am

    I find all the comments on this page..

    I have to say that I find all the comments on this page that are hell-bent are thrashing and disapproving of this show, to be quite sad, because honestly, it's pathetic to watch as this lonely people come on here and complain, complain, and complain some more. You think that because you don't think that it is a good show, it should be taken off? Ha, no. There is a theory called being "well-rounded" so these stuck-up pricks who are too busy doing just the opposite need to get off their asses and live a little. I am so tired of seeing the bullshit complaints and not actual "criticism" like criticism as what to improve upon to, together make the show better.

    This world is fucked.

    Sincerely,
    If You Complain, Don't Condone ANYTHING ELSE.

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      nasch (profile), 30 Oct 2014 @ 10:22am

      Re: I find all the comments on this page..

      I have to say that I find all the comments on this page that are hell-bent are thrashing and disapproving of this show, to be quite sad, because honestly, it's pathetic to watch as this lonely people come on here and complain, complain, and complain some more.

      I find all the comments on this page hell-bent on defending the show to be quite sad, because honestly, it's pathetic to watch as these people are incapable of understanding what an article is about. Oops, I wasn't supposed to reply.

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        Sean Timmons (profile), 30 Oct 2014 @ 10:43am

        Re: Re: I find all the comments on this page..

        Can I reply to your reply? I feel like we have been trapped on an infinite loop!

        Now, everyone... You are not allowed to state that the logic used in the show is flawed. That makes you a horrible human being. You should ensure you are going outside and spending time with your famioies instead of spending five minutes a day writing responses to inane statements.

        I wish I didn't have this dysfunction that makes me feel the need to see accurate information. I'll begin accepting incorrect beliefs and add some new Facebook friends.

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          nasch (profile), 30 Oct 2014 @ 12:44pm

          Re: Re: Re: I find all the comments on this page..

          Can I reply to your reply?

          I didn't tell you not to, so I guess it's fair game. I'm going to go be well-rounded now.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 30 Oct 2014 @ 11:00am

    "Why don't you all get a life"

    It's funny how many people are trolling. The article is not about the show.

    People who think Walter is deluded are not in need of a life.

    Pretty simple. Oh and I love the free psycho analysis.[sic]

    Ehud

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 30 Oct 2014 @ 1:50pm

      Re: "Why don't you all get a life"

      I'm going to take the heat on this one. I couldn't help myself earlier and asked a question about the show. I apologize who heartedly. I gave them an inch. All it takes.

      Oh.. Wait.. Let me see if this works...

      If you see this message, you must post this article to your Facebook account five times in five days or you will die in some as yet decided naaty accident.

      There. This thread is officially dead.

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    Andrew, 2 Nov 2014 @ 4:08pm

    Interesting article

    More info about computer security

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 3 Nov 2014 @ 8:47am

    VPNs make circuits have bigger bandwidth capacities

    This one time, I needed to transfer medical results from an on-site exam machine to a doctor to save a patient's life. The patient held critical national-security information that he just acquired from a recently-deceased enemy combatant. He had to survive to give us the intel.

    1.544Mbps (1.536Mbps for transport) would not have sufficed. So we brought up an L2 VPN and cross-scripted side-vector downloads to get the data to the doctor stat. That guy lived. The data got to our spooks. That's how I roll. Scorpion.

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      Real WOB, 3 Nov 2014 @ 11:49pm

      Re: VPNs make circuits have bigger bandwidth capacities

      No no no Ehud. How many times have we gone over this? If you use a 1.544Mbps line then you risk overheating his syncopated 1.44Mb floppy drive. It has to be a 10/100 Mbps ethernet cord dropped from a moving plane to prevent loss of packets otherwise the BIOS will infect the ROM and unintentionally fry the flux-capacitor.

      Now that that's been covered ...
      I Walter O'Brien approve this article.

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    Xena, 3 Nov 2014 @ 10:39pm

    Get over it

    It's a tv show to entertain. Regardless what all you all say Walter I'briens making money & even if it's all bs Walter O'Brien has one hell if a great imagination! I enjoy the show so boo on you kill joys! Walters getting rich & laughing right now! lol

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 5 Nov 2014 @ 4:15am

      Re: Get over it

      OK. At this point you are officially stupid. The article and the comments regarding the article have been so incredibly clear in stating that this is not about the show. This is about the man claiming to be a tech expert and selling his services in, like, for realels life. You clearly have the fifth highest IQ ever recorded.

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    Matthew, 5 Nov 2014 @ 10:23pm

    It does say "inspired by the life of Walter O'Brien". Not "based on a true story". That's like criticizing the BBC Sherlock because it's set in the modern day an uses modern technology to spice things up instead of setting it in its original time period.

    Scorpion did the same thing, basically.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 6 Nov 2014 @ 3:02am

    Reading comprehension lacking or an insane desire to justify the show?

    This Techdirt story is not about the show.

    If any of that is confusing or baffling, I recommend actually reading the story. That should clarify everything nicely.

    best

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    somelad, 6 Nov 2014 @ 2:51pm

    Walter OBrien

    I went to school with him in Ireland for two years when he was 13. He was no genius...was only modest academically. We all lived in a very rural area....there was no phone line in his homne which I visited many times and no way of connecting to any outside computer. I knew his brother slightly as well. I remember his as being prone to flights of fantasy and wild boasts which were easily disproved.....seems nothing has changed!

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    Grafik Fabrikası, 9 Nov 2014 @ 12:10pm

    ?

    Ehud Gavron, at what point did you become obsessed with Walter O'Brien?

    You've spent 4 weeks of your life on an Internet forum complaining about a guy with a show on CBS.

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    A hole, 9 Nov 2014 @ 3:57pm

    Enthernet cable

    If its a download just save on mem stick and jump out the plane, or lower it down on string if they insist on dumb ass scenes like that, and what year was this guy 13, 1988!!!! predates the internet ffs id check his maths for a genius

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Nov 2014 @ 6:44pm

    legs

    Wow, 6 weeks on, and this thread still has legs.

    I think I see why. I just Googled "Walter O'Brien" & "scorpion" and this Techdirt page is the third site listed.

    Though personally I prefer the other page's title, "The Mythical And Almost Certainly Made Up 'Legend' Of Walter O'Brien Continues To Grow" -- even if the "almost" part is provably untrue.

    Does anyone think there's any chance that this pathological liar will ever come clean and admit it was all a gigantic fraud?

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 9 Nov 2014 @ 7:31pm

    So easy to explain and yet it seems beyond comprehension.

    The article is about Walter O'Brien, not the show.

    This comment thread is about the article, not about me.
    ---

    Quick summary for the TL;DR crowd: Read the article up top!

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    bkon17, 10 Nov 2014 @ 8:36pm

    really people

    its a TV SHOW!!! watched on what my father (RIP)use to call the idiot box. can't we just enjoy the action without dissecting every piece? hell, quite often not even the news is accurate, so why would you expect a show like this to be.

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    Herc67 (profile), 17 Nov 2014 @ 7:54pm

    Walter O'Brian

    It's a Television show! Do you disect shows like "Once Upon a Time" also. TV is produced to sell commercial air time and somewhere down the line for people to enjoy after a hard day. CBS makes some of the best entertainment shows on Network TV. I love NCIS, do you want to tear that apart also. Most television shows based "On Real People" have little more to do with reality than a name or a concept. If you pick them all apart what is left to enjoy. The Scorpion Web Page is obviously made to help generate interest in the SHOW!!! Not the other way around. TV producers often make up Web Sites to help sell a program. Do you "'Believe" everything you read on the Internet. If so you have bigger problems than Walter O'Brian's qualifications to have a show based on his "life". If people didn't like to suspend reality and enjoy an action based dramady they would not be able to sell the Air Time to make the show profitable. It is profitable because people enjoy it. Not because they are looking to hire Walter O'Brian or even care about the real O'Brian, but because of the story's and action. I'll bet you don't like Magic Shows either, not because you don't believe in Magic, but because you can't believe the "Magician's Patter".

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 18 Nov 2014 @ 7:44am

      Re: Walter O'Brian

      Yep. You are an idiot. I do appreciate the misspelling of his last name. Nice touch. From here on out, every comment i see regarding the show will be responded to with, "You are an idiot." I hope you are proud.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 18 Nov 2014 @ 3:43am

    No it's not a television show

    > It's a Television[sic] show

    No it's not.

    > Do you disect[sic]...

    No nobody does.

    > ....also[sic

    No not that either.

    > interest in the SHOW[sic]!!!
    Seriously learn to write past a third-grade level.

    > If people didn't like to suspend reality...

    Honestly if you really mean suspension of disbelief you should focus your illiterate self on that.

    Between Walter "I'm an idiot" Scorpion OBrien and you this is just ridiculous.

    Nobody gives a rat's ass about the show. Only idiots have read this far and didn't quite catch that. It's about Walter being a lying scumbag make believe genius. He's exactly that. A make believe genius.

    It's ok. The more people keep making this a current story the more it will continue. I can't wait for another of Walter's friends to chime in and ask why I still care (because the truth wants to be set free, and it shall be, so there you go).

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 18 Nov 2014 @ 7:53am

    Mom had pride.

    Mr Timmons -- seeing as you've joined here and all your ten posts have been in defense of Walter "Not a Genius" O'Brian I suspect that your threat to respond calling everyone else idiots is a waste of your time.

    In my very humble opinion Walter O'Brian is a fraud, a charalatan, an idiot, and trades on a reputation he neither owns, deserves, earned, nor merits. As I said earlier, I love that trolls like you continue this "discussion." It only leads to trending stories about the NOT-A-GENIUS Walter O'Brian continuing to top the google charts.

    And it makes techdirt advertising money. About the only way this would be any more delicious is if the fraud himself showed up sceaming "I am not stupid!!! I'm a genius, I am! Mom told me when I was seven."

    Sadly, mom lied.

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 19 Nov 2014 @ 9:30am

      Re: Mom had pride.

      So,not for nothing but all of my comments have been to those who claim that this article is about the show. I know it can be confusing when reading the comments as they are displayed by default. View my comments in thread and perhaps it will help clarify who I've been addressing each time. Just saying... I've been saying he's a scam artist of a human being. Not making yourself look good attacking someone who's been agreeing with you the entire time.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 19 Nov 2014 @ 2:37am

    Keep the ball in the air

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 19 Nov 2014 @ 11:38am

    Apologies

    Sean, my apologies. You're right about the display of the comments, as well.

    Pax,

    Ehud

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    Walter James O'Brien (no, really), 26 Nov 2014 @ 4:30am

    Eccentric genius does not make IT work, busting a sweat and working together does

    I have not had a TV since 1986; in looking for available URL's already taken for my name I happened across this posting then took a look at the previews for the show on YouTube.

    Some people may have a predisposition toward higher achievement in specific fields but there is nothing in History to point to genius as having any social or economic value. Smart is as smart does: even great scientific breakthroughs were and still are a product more of dozens or even thousands of people working together rather than individual achievement. Whenever an honest high achiever gets an award in public the first words out of their mouth is "I would like to thank all the people who made this possible but we do not have the time tonight to list them all."

    I have an older sister and little brother now fully grown with their own families who made a penny or two in IT and they are bright but their fortunes were made through aeons of relentlessly cheerful hard work and through working with others (both started out in the Eighties working for H. Ross Perot's EDS and are now independent consultants).

    It is baffling to me why the focus is on an Irish personality as opposed to American. My guess is that in the phone book there are squillions of Walter O'Briens so it makes life easier for the studio legal section as people can and do sue if they do not like how their names are used in movies and TV. Trinity College in Dublin has a wonderful IT incubator but compared to any "cowtown" university in the USA it is no great shakes.

    I think the show looks like a complete bore along the lines of the old show McGiver or how ever it was spelled but TV shows are there to sell soap flakes, beer, cars and toys at Xmas.

    Most firms concerned with solving critical Federal IT issues are like Data Solutions and Technology Inc. in Charlottesville, Va. & elsewhere.

    http://dstincorporated.com/

    These types of firms are unerringly stable, non-eccentric, pleasant to work with even under stress, and not given to grandstanding or hunting for a magic bullet. Their main concern is on doing things right the first time.

    I do not know why the focus is not on how the business of hacking and coding is actually done as I know a few next-to-the-metal coders and they are brilliant as a rule though again genius is not the word which is relevant but rather thoughtful and hard-working.

    My work is in construction cost estimating for power plant projects and I also do production line economics for machined metal parts for Federal contractors but small family owned businesses are my focus rather than going after the big fish. IT is a bit far afield for me but it does not appear to be a haven for eccentrics as the show seems to present itself as being.

    Everyone I know in the IT field is solid as a rock in their personal lives as much as is possible today. I do not think it is fair nor accurate to portray them as being off-the-wall.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 26 Nov 2014 @ 11:46am

    Met Scorpion's people today

    > Red Reddington is the real genius. Now that show bad ass!

    AMEN to that!!!

    I stopped at a traffic light earlier and a guy came over to wipe my window. I could tell from his shirt that he was a part of the Scorpions team.

    There were a lot of cars idling and some driving so it was hard to hear but this is how the conversation appeared to me:

    I asked him how it was to work with them - "How do you like Scorpion?"

    He told me "Scorpion's in Iraq, Man!" He seemed awfully excited about that.

    I said "Is he working out there?"

    "Yeah working out here!"

    I asked if he liked his job "Do you love your work?"

    "Yes I would love to work!"

    The light having turned, I said goodbye and drove away. He must have felt his cover was blown because later when I went through the same intersection, he wasn't there.

    Scorpions rock, man.

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    Paola, 16 Dec 2014 @ 9:01am

    hi i think that s a good program will help to understand some kds in school ho are been bullied in school for be quiet or smart if he has 197 iq good for him i am jelous 😜

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      Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2014 @ 7:47am

      Re:

      That's awesome. I have a 229 IQ. Jealous?

      If you are bullied for being a smug a hole, you deserve it. If you think the ability to think makes you better than other people, you are the problem.

      Anyway, this entire article is about the man not the show. He is a liar and a fraud. Walter OBrien is clearly no smarter than me. Too bad I didn't send an email to a producer. Guess I should have done the wrong thing.

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    Choc11 (profile), 16 Dec 2014 @ 6:04pm

    Am I the only one who sees how much free pub this asinine show is getting? This whole thread and all these articles and tweets and comments trying to disprove how smart this dude is, or how made up all his idiotic claims are just promotes his show for free.
    I don't care if his IQ is 197 or not. I can tell you he's smart enough to get all of you to talk about him and the TV show that he makes money on for FREE!

    Wake up people! Yes he lied. Yes the TV show is not based on a true story. Yes his bank account gets bigger the more "research" you all do to debunk his story. He is a "genius" and you all help him prove it every time he cashes a check!

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      Anonymous Coward, 17 Dec 2014 @ 7:53am

      Re:

      If you think people are going on the internet to research Walter O'Brien and finding out from this site that a show exists, I have bad news for you.

      If you were to read the comments above, you'd notice the vast majority are people who have already watched the show. Many stopped after realizing the incredibly insulting (to those with a technological bent) scenarios being presented.

      So, no. I'm not concerned that this article exists. Perhaps you will join us in providing facts to the general population.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 16 Dec 2014 @ 6:22pm

    That's just fine

    We don't care about the show. If it does well, that's awesome! So many people getting paid and not out of work. No worries.

    Walter O'Brien's lies is a different topic. That's getting lots of press. That shouldn't hurt the show. If it hurts Walter's ability to con clients, that's a public service.

    Now I have to go dangle an Ethernet cord from my boat into the ocean to save self-booting laser sharks.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff, 19 Dec 2014 @ 5:55pm

    Scorpion

    I love the show, the last show on the 15th, I really found it hard to sit still, I don't really care about Walter O'Brien, I just wanted to find out who Walter O'Brien was, I would imagine he is getting paid for doing this, I also would imagine a lot of research goes into their shows, at least I would think so, the last show about inserting a tube into that little boys arm and telling him not to breath and he could get oxygen, which I really would find remarkable that anyone would not breath even if they were getting oxygen through their veins if they were conscientious, do they research that to see if that is even possible?

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      Anonymous Coward, 22 Dec 2014 @ 6:05am

      Re: Scorpion

      Honestly, no. Extensive research us not done. Otherwise claiming the story is based on real events would not have gotten past first steps of research.

      That said... Reddit has multiple people discussing this particuoar episode and though they don't even bother asking if the method of blood cycling would work, I can help with this point...

      If one receives merely a single bubble of air into their veins they die. It happens often enough. This this episode is not believable.

      However, though you do have questions about the show and I am happy to refute items that are obviously falsified, please do keep in mind that the article above is about the man, not the show.

      You did prove my point that folks come here after seeing the show, so I do appreciate that. If you wanted to know about the man the show is supposed to be based upon, please do read the article above.

      It is definitely one thing to watch the show for what it is, a TV show. No argument there. To add the layer of "truth" is sort of like saying all those shows on TruTV aren't setups. Know the show is not reality and we can all high five over it.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 19 Dec 2014 @ 6:03pm

    Amazing

    Please do read up on the difference between "conscientious" and "conscious".

    This article is about that fraud, Walter O'Brien, and how he lies about his past to get clients. The TV show is being discussed on TVGuide.COM or People or some such.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Dec 2014 @ 6:09pm

    Sorry, but it is you who are keeping him alive, who cares what he does, the show is excellent, it is too bad he has any part in it but like anything at all, the bigger deal you make of him the bigger deal he is, sorry for my spelling error, I was in the middle of something else......I thought I hit the other button.....

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    Ramdi Ellen Zeff, 19 Dec 2014 @ 6:12pm

    Scorpion

    Sorry, but it is you who are keeping him alive, who cares what he does, the show is excellent, it is too bad he has any part in it but like anything at all, the bigger deal you make of him the bigger deal he is, sorry for my spelling error, I was in the middle of something else......I thought I hit the other button.....

    SO SORRY, THAT WAS MINE

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    gogo, 21 Dec 2014 @ 10:04am

    Scorpion

    When was the last time you fucking saw a realistic tv show.
    Also i bet your just jelous of him i could just tell by your sentence construction that your IQ is nowhere near his, so please do me a favor and shut the fuck up, and the day you achieve something that is willing of making a show about then and only then can you talk shit. Thank you
    yours sincerely, Fuck Off

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 21 Dec 2014 @ 11:53am

    Scorp supports show their IQs

    Walter O'Brien makes up stuff about his history. His clients should research him before they pay him. That's my honest opinion, and it seems to be shared by everyone else except his illiterati fans.

    That being said I'm so jelous[sic] about anything you say that I'm willing of[sic] making a show about then[sic] bwahahahahaha!

    Humor was missing from this discussion of the fact that Walter O'Brien is a fraud. Thank you for keeping the discussion alive.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff, 21 Dec 2014 @ 1:13pm

    Scorpion

    Before I leave this ridiculous conversation with you very rude people let me leave you with some humor; I don't care if Walter O'Brien is a fraud or not BUT someone believed him enough to make a tv show about him and PAY him probably a great deal of money that they are NOT paying any of you so keep at it and keep putting him down all you want, I am going to keep watching the show and maybe a lot of other people will also and he is going to keep making money that you are all NOT going to be. I BELIEVE YOU ALL ARE JEALOUS!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 21 Dec 2014 @ 2:09pm

      Re: Scorpion

      So since you aren't him, what is your intetest in keeping him rich?

      Of course all besides the point. We've tried and tried to make sense but it seems you lack it.

      One more time people. This is not about some TV show. If you read the article, hard is may be to read, you will see it is about the human being. It is in everyone's best interest to know true things about others. TV shows come and go and let's face it, no one knows how much he makes off the show, if anything.

      He doesn't write the shows and he clearly doesn't know much about how tech works. There is no jealousy to be had. Just facts. If you don't like facts why did you look up a story about him? Oh. Hm. Caught in your own pointless web.

      Merry Christmas to you too!

      Oh and thank you for keeping this article at the top of Google searches. People are learning.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff, 22 Dec 2014 @ 10:36am

    Scorpion

    I am very nice, how do you think I got here, I came to read about the man, somewhere I did read he consults on the show, that would tell me, he probably does get paid something also, this show revolves around him and Scorpion. That's it, yes, people die from air bubbles everyday, I am very much aware of that, air bubbles was not what I was asking about. I will, obviously, have to either find my answer on the internet or consult with a friend in the medical field. I do not want to discuss the tv show, I do not care who likes it or does not, if he is a fraud so be it, I am NOT hiring him and I agree, people should do their homework and not hire him on the basis of a tv ahow, I am not disagreeing with anything what has been said here, each and everytime, I have said, I don't care, I just like the show, is that a crime, I find you people extremely rude, again, this is how I ended up here, trying to learn about the man, I get updates from tv guide regarding when it is on, if it is new and what it is about, thank you for all your time, I have 4 grandchildren to attend to right now, they need gifts. Have a very happy holiday.

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      Anonymous Coward, 22 Dec 2014 @ 12:07pm

      Re: Scorpion

      It looks like the confusion here is all related to how this site's comments are formatted. It can be hard to tell who is replying to whom.

      That said, I was thanking you for making my point to another poster who indicated that our discussion on this thread would help the shows ratings. You helped me make my point to them by stating that you came here after watching the show.

      That said, you have consistently contradicted yourself. You said,

      "I don't care if Walter O'Brien is a fraud or not"

      "I don't really care about Walter O'Brien, I just wanted to find out who Walter O'Brien was"

      " this is how I ended up here, trying to learn about the man"

      So which is it?

      You initially asked if the tubing thing was possible, which is a TV Walter O'Brien, question, not a real Walter O'Brien question.

      Thus, you are asking that question on the wrong web page. Much like going to food networks site and asking for the differences between SQL Server and Teradata.

      Now, I will do you a kindness and provide you with links to articles that have nothing whatsoever to do with the subject at hand.

      http://m.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/recycling_a_patients_lost_blood_during_surgery _better_than_using_banked_blood


      http://www.englewoodhospital.com/ms_bloodless_tt_b.asp

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    Randi Ellen Zeff, 23 Dec 2014 @ 8:02am

    Scorpion

    You are right, I did contradict myself, I wanted to know more about Walter O'Brien that is why I came here, I was curious, if he really had that high of an IQ, etc., that was it, the fact that he is a fraud, so I learned something about the man, am I disappointed, not really. I guess, I did ask the wrong question here, thank you for helping me out and being so KIND. It was my first visit here.

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    Hasan Hussein, 24 Dec 2014 @ 9:12pm

    Einstien's I.Q.

    The opening claim that Einstein had an IQ of 160 is an estimate and not from actual testing. This estimate is historically accurate.
    One of Einstein's close personal friends --and I forget his name-- was president of the American Philosophical Society and a vigorous critic of I.Q. tests. This should be easy to find in a biography.
    So when Einstein did take an I.Q. test, he deliberately marked incorrect answers and his "score" came out at about 80.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 25 Dec 2014 @ 6:18am

    Re: Einstein's I.Q.

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud and uses made up credentials to get paid by real-life clients who don't know he's a fraud. This article up top is about Walter O'Brien the fraud.

    This article is NOT ABOUT THE SHOW.
    Nobody is discussing THE SHOW.

    So "the opening claim" has nothing to do with Walter O'Brien and is just whatever passes for television these days.

    NOBODY cares about THE SHOW here. The article is about the man.

    Let me know if you missed that.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Jan 2015 @ 8:36pm

    scorpion

    I find the show refreshing....different not the same ole crap. and so far no t&a which is also nice. hopefully it has a long happy run

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    RandiEllenZeff (profile), 7 Jan 2015 @ 12:34pm

    Scorpion

    I agree with you totally, couldn't wait for Monday night and a new season, that was really good, also, if you noticed, it does not say BASED ON THE LIFE OF WALTER O'BRIEN anymore so that should make all you people above very happy, I forget what it says now, but they changed it to something else...

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      nasch (profile), 7 Jan 2015 @ 12:47pm

      Re: Scorpion

      it does not say BASED ON THE LIFE OF WALTER O'BRIEN anymore so that should make all you people above very happy,

      The article is still not about the show...

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        Anonymous Coward, 7 Jan 2015 @ 2:45pm

        Re: Re: Scorpion

        Really? Only took a few months. And I agree but let's face it. The comments section has gone that way enough. It's fun to mock bad TV

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    John Burke (profile), 7 Jan 2015 @ 1:17pm

    The zipper on the monster costume

    I'm great at suspending disbelief. I am able to overlook some of the most far-fetched insults to science and common sense in the interest of being entertained, especially for the sake of classic hero-villain stories. As a kid I was easily able to ignore the zipper on the monster costume. Some things, though, I just can't ignore, as when Arnold survived nearly zero atmosphere in "Total Recall." That scene ruined the whole otherwise-equally-implausible flick! The fake claims by the real Walter O'Brien have done the same thing for the TV series, which I will promptly delete from TiVo. For sure I would have been able to look the other way if CBS had only peddled it as fantasy. The characters are affable enough and the episodes fun, but the key character is now a glaring fake!

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      Anonymous Coward, 7 Jan 2015 @ 2:44pm

      Re: The zipper on the monster costume

      I must wanted to commend you sir.

      This has been a pretty glaring issue and for some reason folks come to this board and defend the show because it's just a show. He is quite the abysmal human being and I just don't know whether the network people don't know or don't care.

      At some point we have to start expecting "reality" to be just that. The blurring of lines just gives me the heebees!

      I'm off to watch something more believable - Doctor Who. :-)

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        nasch (profile), 7 Jan 2015 @ 3:29pm

        Re: Re: The zipper on the monster costume

        He is quite the abysmal human being and I just don't know whether the network people don't know or don't care.

        Whether they know or not, I'm pretty sure they don't care.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 23 Jan 2015 @ 1:12pm

    Scorpion

    It is a tv show, like every other tv show, the only difference is it says, inspired by someone's life, does anyone watch any of those NCIS shows, I only like one, seems tv is taken up by those, what is up with those, Person of Interest, my all time
    favorite, a show, although, ahead of its time, A TV SHOW, that is what Scorpion is, I like it, a lot of people do, believable? Someone should give them some guns already, they put them in these situations that are extremely dangerous with NO weapons, that pisses me off, but it is a TV SHOW.........

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      Anonymous Coward, 23 Jan 2015 @ 1:43pm

      Re: Scorpion

      You continue to be the problem here. I know you're stupid at this point. You've proven it by now. You've ignored every single person who has told you the article is about the real human being. He does exist and these are his claims... That he has a 197 IQ. That he created a program that was used to bomb people in Iraq. That he was important in finding the Boston bombers. Amongst other things. This human being said these things.

      If he did not have a TV show you would likely never have read this article. But if he made these claims as part of a conference, I bet the article would still have been written. Presumably you enjoy the show. Go watch it. No one cares.

      Think of it another way. Gee, Bill Cosby sure looks like he raped some people. I don't remember that episode! Right, because we aren't talking about the TV show. We're talking about real life. Get it? I'm sure you don't.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 23 Jan 2015 @ 1:59pm

    Scorpion

    hahahahaha, reread these oomments you ass, I knew about Walter O'Brien before, I read a lot, by the way, what do YOU believe about Bill Cosby, I can't wait to hear YOUR take on this one...

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 23 Jan 2015 @ 2:13pm

    Annoymous Coward

    I can't imagine what makes someone so mean, well yes I can but I really don't want to write it here, how insecure can you be that you KEEP GOING BACK TO HE IS A FAKE, HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU WANT TO LET US KNOW, WHERE ELSE IS THERE TO GO, YOU SAY HE IS A FAKE, I SAY OK, I LIKE THE SHOW, IQ TEST MEAN NOTHING, I AM SURE YOUR IQ IS 900, I HAVE A FRIEND THAT HAS WRITTEN 3 BOOKS, WRITTEN AND PRODUCED MANY PLAYS, AND IS A GREAT GUY AND HAS DONE MUCH MORE, I MUST ASK HIM HIS IQ, BECAUSE THAT IS IMPORTANT TO OWN THE 2 HOUSES THAT HE DOES AND THE CARS, RIGHT.. MIGHT I ASK, WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE HERE, TO DRUM INTO OUR HEADS THAT HE IS A FAKE AND SHOULD MAKE NO MONEY, OK, YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING, YOU WIN, YOU ARE SMARTER, BETTER AND NO MORE, FEEL BETTER?

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 23 Jan 2015 @ 2:15pm

    This isn't about Bill Cosby, just that poser O'Brien

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud. He makes up stuff and pretends he did any of it and then gets people to hire him based on that.

    This article discusses Walter O'Brien -- the fraud. Feel free to keep bringing it to the top of search engine results. It won't change the facts. Walter O'Brien is still a fraud.

    Bill Cosby as a fraud is being discussed here: http://popdust.com/2014/11/23/bill-cosby-bullies-football-playero-tears-hypocrite-has-worthless-phd- from-u-mass/

    I know it's confusing that "different URLs" lead to "different articles" that discuss "different subjects" but try and pay attention and see if you can grok the concept.

    This article is about Walter O'Brien -- the fraud.

    Thanks for helping keep it at the top of the search rankings.

    Take your Bill Cosby opinion solicitation elsewhere, sweetheart.

    E

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 24 Jan 2015 @ 8:41pm

    WALTER O'BRIEN, THE FAKE

    Oh, let it go already, if the two of YOU would let it diseapper, it would, it is YOU and your attitudes that bring me back. I don't know what gives you the right to speak to people like they are trash. Who the hell do you think you are. What makes you better than anyone else, where does this come from. Did you have terrible childhoods. Your IQ's are higher than everyone else's? Even if they were, that still would not give you the right. Let it die and it will die, why does this man bother you so very much is it because he is making money off of it, because I will bet money he is, they are using his name, is that the part that is killing you, he is a fake and he is getting paid for it? Some people just get lucky in life and some don't. Let it go and I will go......PLEASE!

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      Coyoty (profile), 24 Jan 2015 @ 11:29pm

      Re: WALTER O'BRIEN, THE FAKE

      You keep commenting to an article about how the real O'Brien is a fraud. Of course that's what people are going to talk about here. It is not about the TV show. That's why people don't want to talk about that. It's like constantly bringing up vampire hunting in the comments to a documentary about Abraham Lincoln. The TV show is irrelevant to this article. Stop confusing reality with fantasy.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 24 Jan 2015 @ 8:55pm

    Trash

    Look, Randy Ellen Zeff, you troll, Walter O'Brien is a fraud and a scam artist. Every post you make keeps bringing this to the forefront of discussions about what a loser he is. Good job!

    What gives me the right to speak to you as trash? Well I talk to you and you think you're trash so there you go.

    I appreciate you want to discuss my childhood (was yours really bad so you think other people's childhoods are important to how they post online) or IQs (you seem obsessed with yours and Walter "the Fraud" Obrien's)... or something?

    Let it die? Let it die? Dude, you keep bringing it back to life.

    You will bet money? *LOL* You have no money. You're a self-admitted obsessive-compulsive trash-talking loser with no money or IQ or friends -- all things you think are important.

    There's nothing killing me or us. It's killing you. Please hurry it up as you're annoying.

    "Let it go and I will go...."

    No. You will go or you won't go. Nobody cares.

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud. He will be no matter what you do.

    You're an idiot. If you go you're an idiot who left. If you stay you're an idiot who stayed. Enjoy.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 25 Jan 2015 @ 6:39am

    Walter O'Brien The Fake

    "It's is not about the TV show".
    Exactly.

    "That's why people don't want to talk about that."
    Oh but they do.

    This article is about Walter O'Brien the fraud. It's not about the TV show. People who want to talk about the TV show should go wherever it's being discussed... TVGUIDE.COM or wherever.

    "Stop confusing reality with fantasy"
    Again you're back to the show.

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud. There's no fantasy there at all except in his head and the heads of the people who employ him.

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    G.R Ammarpopo (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 8:47am

    They're their

    whose his homeboy :)

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      Anonyous, 13 Feb 2015 @ 8:53am

      Re: They're their

      The founder of Scientology. He's a Scientologist, a cult religion.

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        Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 2:54pm

        Re: Re: They're their

        you just have something to say about everything and everyone, and yet you don't even use your name, is that to keep yourself safe? What cult do you belong to?

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          rosalina2123, 13 Feb 2015 @ 3:08pm

          Re: Re: Re: They're their

          Thank you for the defense,finally someone is saying something to that person who keeps posting the Scientology junk.

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          Sean Timmons (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 5:24pm

          Re: Re: Re: They're their

          You do realize anonymous coward is a generic name the site gives to people who comment without signing in. Kind of like saying "man, anonymous, you are sure talking a lot arong here!"

          Oh, welcome back by the way.

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    rosalina2123, 13 Feb 2015 @ 8:52am

    Bad references

    Dude I thought i'd let you know the website you used as refence is not the real website, that's a rip off. Here's the real one. http://www.scorpioncomputerservices.com/the_founder.html

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      Anonymous, 13 Feb 2015 @ 8:56am

      Re: Bad references

      So you are supporting this wacko Scientologist?

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        Anonymous Coward, 13 Feb 2015 @ 9:03am

        Re: Re: Bad references

        No, I'm just saying that we have no real idea if he is telling the truth or not. Who know's maybe he is!

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          nasch (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 9:22am

          Re: Re: Re: Bad references

          No, I'm just saying that we have no real idea if he is telling the truth or not. Who know's maybe he is!

          You didn't really pay much attention to the article, did you?

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            rosalina2123, 13 Feb 2015 @ 9:43am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Bad references

            I did, and I believe Walter O'Brien is a genius, just like the many others that are out there. We're just taught that hackers are bad and that Geniuses are frauds which is not always the case.

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              nasch (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 10:01am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bad references

              We're just taught that hackers are bad and that Geniuses are frauds which is not always the case.

              If that's what you got from this article, then you didn't understand it.

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              Anonymous, 13 Feb 2015 @ 10:52am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bad references

              Not all hackers are bad Anonymous and others have exposed Scientology for the evil, brainwashing money grabbing cult they are.

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              Sean Timmons (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 12:07pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bad references

              I did, and I believe Walter O'Brien is a genius,
              (Ignoring the fact that he has never produced an iota of evidence)

              just like the many others that are out there.
              (2% of the population. You may be talking to some)

              We're just taught that hackers are bad
              (Some people are taught this. These people are unaware of what white hats are. They are also not the target audience for this article but thank you for reading with us. We like to add folks to our group)

              and that Geniuses are frauds
              (I have never heard this. I mean, Einstein was a genius. DaVinci was. Tesla definitely was a tortured one. People may argue that IQ tests don't necessarily capture true genius but that's not fraud)

              which is not always the case.
              (Rarely is?)

              The point is, had he said "I'm a pilot!" And then he has no license and as proof says GE flew missions in Iraq when there is no evidence he was in the army you may wish to be skeptical. Or are you calling everyone who disproves his assertions a liar? Unfortunately must be one or the other.

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                Anonymous Coward, 13 Feb 2015 @ 2:20pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bad references

                True, thanks for actually replying with something smart and worthwhile reading. I didn't mean that Genius's are frauds necessarily, i just meant that there are people who think that way and I agree with you on the IQ test. And two I'm not calling anyone a liar,everyone has a right to their opinion.

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                  Sean Timmons (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 5:28pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bad references

                  As far as the lying thing, I'm referring to the multiple people who have indicated that Walter O'Brien's claims are false. The people who have worked with him. The people who publish documentation that refute his claims. In order to believe his claims, you must then believe that the proof documents provided that contradict his comments are false. Thus, you really are in a position of believing his claims or believing theirsm either way, someone must be lying. Both things cannot be true.

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      Gwiz (profile), 13 Feb 2015 @ 11:16am

      Re: Bad references

      Dude I thought i'd let you know the website you used as refence is not the real website, that's a rip off.


      Are you referring to the image that was prefaced with: ...which apparently used to be the site for Walter's Scorpion computer Services.?

      The link you provided appears, not once, but twice within the body of the article. Not sure what you are trying to prove (or disprove) with your comment.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 15 Feb 2015 @ 9:31am

    Re: Re: Bad references

    I am not sure what a genius is, I don't believe IQ test are acutate test, everyday you can get a different reading depending on what you ate for breakfast, different than having a license for being a pilot, what I know is a genius does NOT speak down to people, does not look down at what other people believe in even if they don't believe, I have many friends that are witnesses and even though I am not, I respect that they are, I am also Jewish, I don't look down at people for having different beliefs than me and my friends respect that my beliefs are different than theirs. If you believe in Scientology, I respect that, I would love to learn about it, talk to me, teach me, don't try to convert me. Anonymous Coward, I have seen what he writes, how he talks to people, what he says, he is NO genius, I have watched him insult every single person in here and every single thing, we all acknowledge he believes Walter O'Brien is a fake, why is it so important to him that we all feel the same way he does, that he pounds it into our heads? We get it, we know how he feels, does that give him the right to insult us, what we believe in, what others believe in? How rude can you be or are Ehud Gavron and he the same person, by the way Ehud, who now knows I am Jewish also, don't ever call me "sweetheart" again, I am NOT your sweetheart, I am NOT the person that brought this back up again, I got 10 e-mails notifing me that someone else did. Again, I don't care if Walter O'Brien is a fake or not, unlike you, it doesn't bother me, I don't care if he is making a million dollars a year off his business and off this show, he did something right to become famous because, HE IS FAMOUS, everyone knows his name, that is why we are all here....... give it up already!!!

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      nasch (profile), 15 Feb 2015 @ 10:12am

      Re: Re: Re: Bad references

      what I know is a genius does NOT speak down to people, does not look down at what other people believe in even if they don't believe,

      That is a very strange definition of genius.

      Anonymous Coward, I have seen what he writes, how he talks to people, what he says, he is NO genius,

      Anonymous Coward is not a person, it is a label attached to anyone who does not choose some other name for his post. There could be thousands of different people writing as Anonymous Coward.

      he did something right to become famous because, HE IS FAMOUS

      So everyone who is famous deserves to be famous? Does everyone who is rich deserve to be rich, too?

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    Sean Timmons (profile), 15 Feb 2015 @ 11:13am

    I am loving the anonymous coward thing. You'd have thought shed notice by now that it was a way of saying "no user name" but I suppose its not obvious.

    I am fascinated by the zeal with which she defends someone she doesn't appear to know for reasons beyond understanding. I mean, if it's her relative, we'd get it. If his claims were rational we'd get it. Had he merely claimed he was really smart and left it at that, I'd understand defending it. Oh well. Some things we will never understand.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 17 Feb 2015 @ 5:11pm

    this is all I know, I hate mean people, that's it, bottom line, whether he is my realative or not, I am not even defending him, why put down someone's beliefs, call them stupid or think you are better than them, that's all.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 17 Feb 2015 @ 5:30pm

    Walter O'Brien The Fake

    Mean people suck. So do liars. In this case we have journalists who are not mean exposing the liars. That's not mean.

    Walter O'Brien is a phony. He trades on things he's never done to get people to pay him. If I were personally taken advantage of by such a scheme I'd say "fraudulent people suck." That's not mean.

    Perhaps though it's just that he's delusional. In that case reporting about it so others can not be sucked into the fraud is also not mean.

    In short whether he is your realative[sic] or not, his delusions are discussed. That's not the same as putting down his beliefs.

    Of course you read the original article, right?

    E

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 17 Feb 2015 @ 6:11pm

    Walter O'Brien The Fake

    I don't care what you call Walter O'Brien, I am talking about the way people talk to each other in here. To get off the subject for a second, the world sucks, my husband opened a franchise in New England, 1 in RI, 1 in Boston, then we were trying to put another 1 on the North Shore, we fought like hell, the town won't let us. Opened onther in NH. My son was about 10 at the time, always there, everyone knew him. Long story short, my husband past away, restaurants went bankrupt, closed. A few years later, the restaurant we fought like hell to open, they let someone open right there. Big article in the Boston Globe, big paper, front page of whatever secontion, how these people, obviously different people people, brought this franchise to NE, my son is now 16, he sees this and brings it to me, he is 16 but still a kid. What do you do, I am mad as hell. I found the woman who wrote the article, I sent her all the articles I had of us trying to open the restaurant, how we opened the restaurant in other locations, told her how hurt my son was, how he had lost his dad, told the bitch she should learn to do her homework before she prints a story, you know what she does, she writes him a letter saying she is sorry. That made him feel a whole lot better, NOT! They have a story, they don't care, it was Hooters Restaurant, Hooters comes to New England! She went there, she interviewed these people and no one ever told her any different..........

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Feb 2015 @ 4:12am

      Re: Walter O'Brien The Fake

      Hold on. Everybody stop the presses. Randi Zeff is young enough to have a 16 year old child? That is the surprise of my life!

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Feb 2015 @ 5:23am

      Re: Walter O'Brien The Fake

      Hold on there. You mean, people lied for a story? But accoridng to you that doesn't happen! Walter O'Brien is a genius with a higher IQ than Einstein! He said so! Are you telling me he is a liar?

      I can only assume you're jealous of the company that opened the restaurant and you're bitter because you couldn't keep the franchises afloat yourself. Why are you so jealous of them? They don't have a problem with you. You go on this site and you talk bad about them and they can't even respond to you.

      You complain about how others talk on this board, then you write this. Pot -> Kettle "you're black!"

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 18 Feb 2015 @ 1:42pm

    Walter O'Brien The Fake

    If it makes you feel any better, my son is a grown man now, he is 28, I also have a 35 year old dauhter that has 4 children, a step daughter that has a daughter, I am not jealous of these people, I wish them all the luck in the world, my husbands business partners were assholes and robbed from my children, my son is a grown now and has taken all the things that he needs that proves this point if he continues to go further with it, there were lawyers involved and have advised him to do so, what upsets me is these "journalist" if you want to call them that, hurt my son who was a child at the time, they do not care what they say or do to get a story, they check NOTHING out and all she could say to a child was I am sorry, no retraction when she learned the truth, why would she make herself look like an idiot. I NEVER said Walter O'Brien was a genius, DO NOT PUT WORDS IN MY MOUTH, I said I don't believe in IQ test, he may very well be a fake, I have NEVER disputed that with you, calling people stupid, ignorant or anything else because they like the show or disagree with you does not change anything, I don't doubt anything you say, it doesn't really matter to me, I am not hiring him for anything and if anyone does without checking his creditionals as they would anyone else's, they are a fool, false advertising hurts a lot of people as I am aware of, I have been to the restaurant, my son and all of his friends have also, young boys, I don't really care for the food but, a night out with friends is a night out with friends, who cares where it is. Again, I don't like mean people, when I called her on it, it didn't bother her at all to hurt a child, maybe I should of pushed further, maybe I should of went to the restuarant myself with my son and spoke to the owners, would it of made a different, probably not, where they going to give up the publicity for a 16 year old child, NO, because everyone is out for themselves, maybe they would of thrown him free wings for life, just what he needed, didn't mend a broken hearat, I have pictures of grand openings and bike runs and benefits there when my husband died, you can't take that away, not jealous, hurt for little boy, there is a big difference, you are not a mother I guess. You are never going to get it because you don't want to get it, you want to argue. You want to pick things apart. That is a very personal story, I lost my husband, 2 young kids lost their dad, you are not seeing the big picture and the hurt that was caused to them, you want to play one up. I am done, have a nice day.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Feb 2015 @ 8:09pm

    I see this page on the top of Techdirt's "Hot Topics" and I can't believe there are still people here five months later defending this pathetic liar named Walter O'Brien. Masnick and co. moved on long ago, yet there are still people beating this dead horse.

    But now it's all starting to make sense. It looks like Walter O'Brien may be a Scientologist, or at the very least, he hangs out with Scientologists.

    http://tonyortega.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Sarah_Ehrlich.jpg

    Scientology is a most peculiar "religion" because, among other things, adherents are specifically taught detailed lessons about how to argue with critics, and strongly encouraged to "confront and shatter suppression" ("suppression" in Scientology-speak means criticism and doubt)

    Anyone who has dealt with Scientologists online before knows that they're very persistent buggers who will always try to distort and divert the subject off-topic rather than address the issues head-on. The Scientology cult even has a major department, the Office of Special Affairs, that is dedicated to fighting these battles.

    That's not to say that these deluded defenders of Walter O'Brien are necessarily Scientologists, but it does seem like they're using many of the same tactics.

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    Kinda Smart, 23 Feb 2015 @ 4:44am

    Is it possible your inferior intellect isn't capable of perceiving O'Brien's claims for their true accuracy?

    Mike Masnick,

    Is it possible that your not smart enough to understand that a genius see's the world differently from how you do? Is it possible that this is why the genius wrote his website in a way that you deem unprofessional only because it differs substantially from how a low intelligence average individual would do it "professionally"? Is it possible homeland security existed but hidden from the public until an excuse like 9/11 allowed the U.S. to broadcast its existence and pretend to only now create it as a response? I'm not saying your wrong bc maybe your right but I find it extraordinarily annoying when average people all around me, including you, assume that what they are capable of perceiving must be true and use that flawed perception to ridicule those who surpass their intellect but lack a grasp on meaningless "professional" or "socially acceptable" ways of fitting into this world.

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      nasch (profile), 23 Feb 2015 @ 6:10am

      Re: Is it possible your inferior intellect isn't capable of perceiving O'Brien's claims for their true accuracy?

      Voted funny.

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        Sean Timmons (profile), 23 Feb 2015 @ 12:19pm

        Re: Re: Is it possible your inferior intellect isn't capable of perceiving O'Brien's claims for their true accuracy?

        Ahh, dang it. You're brilliant. I'm voting funny as well.

        Port Mike has a low intelligence because the anonymous dude says so.

        So, should I ask if 9/11 really happened or if there were two shooters on the moon or if the JFK tape was made by the Nazis to aid the Russians in Ukraine?

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    Graham, 23 Feb 2015 @ 2:23pm

    IQ typo

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    Graham, 23 Feb 2015 @ 2:32pm

    IQ typo

    err....

    So I think it's a typo.

    I think the '1' in 197 was really the side of the box in which the IQ was written.

    Oh and using a heart-lung machine to feed oxygen to a drowning boy?

    Yeah, right.

    Wouldn't a long length of poly tube as a breather do the job.
    ...but then I'm not a (1)97 IQ genius.

    The show is fun, but way too far-fetched.

    Can't help noticing the obvious Microsoft product placement.

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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Feb 2015 @ 10:42pm

    O'Brian never claimed he was arrested by Homeland Security. He says FBI. There is a difference. And FBI was around when he was 11 not 13. So who ever put this crap up on it, needs to make sure they have their claims correct. Thank you very much.

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    manwiththetruth (profile), 2 Mar 2015 @ 11:36pm

    The bottom line

    Many comments were made about the attempt to download older version software from a plane that possessed it by stringing an Ethernet cable at high velocity. But the whole story line was about how the tower used updated software and they needed the old version. Any "genius" would tell you that the company that made that updated version keeps the old version on file. They don't just throw it away when they make a new version. Even Microsoft has Windows 1.0 on file. Rather than doing a Rube Goldberg to get it, just go to the company and ask for a copy. Problem solved in 5 minutes. Only that doesn't sell a TV show. I have a tested IQ of 152. (Documentation available.) But let me tell you even geniuses can do stupid things. When I took the test to get that number I skipped a few questions that I felt were hard. I finished the test in less than the allotted time but assumed I couldn't go back and work on the ones I skipped. But in reality I could have, yet no one explained that before starting otherwise it might have been higher. No one's immune to making an "oops". The pilot episode was totally laughable because of the aforementioned reason. Following episodes got a little more palatable yet still make me roll my eyes. If you show the general public you can stop the microwave from flashing 12:00 they'll believe anything.

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      nasch (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 7:38am

      Re: The bottom line

      Any "genius" would tell you that the company that made that updated version keeps the old version on file.

      There are at least two other factors that make the scenario completely ludicrous before even considering that one.

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        Sean Timmons (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 1:25pm

        Re: Re: The bottom line

        I'm thinking that commenter was mostly saying the entire show is ludicrous by that the specific issue with previous versions is possibly understandable.

        The problem here are the annoying presumptions displayed in the show that:

        A) being a genius means you know everything about everything. This is something unintelligent people think about smart people.

        B) Somewhat related to A), that no one working in the tower knows anything about handling this absurd situation

        C) That all communication going into a giantic city is only directed through one central hub, and that things like COWs and COLTs don't exist.

        D) That this was delivered as even based on fact, yet no news report of a huge network outage in LA.

        E) none of this matters because the actual human being has shown no actual ability to use a computer more effectively than my dead grandmother.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 5:17am

    Tested IQ of 152 - moron

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud.

    Walter O'Brien uses his fake credentials to get jobs where he fleeces his customers.

    The article is about Walter O'Brien, and this has been pointed out so many times it takes a real genius to come along and --again-- talk about the show.


    "I have a tested IQ of 152."

    No, you do not.

    "Documentation available."

    Your posting (above) documents the opposite. No further documentation is needed.

    The rest of the discussion (about the show, not the man) is offtopic, irrelevant, and does nothing more than continue keeping this thread at the top of google searches for:

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud.

    "If you show the general public..."

    You, sir, are worse than the general public. Not only do you think that the microwave "flashes" 12:00, but you think yourself smarter than the general public for this.

    Perhaps you should go get that documentation, and then you and your mommy and your daddy can go ask Mr. Therapist for a big lollypop and a refund.

    Rube Goldberg called. Said not to bring up his name ever again when talking about morons.

    Best

    E

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    kylar, 9 Mar 2015 @ 3:22am

    scorpion

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 11 Mar 2015 @ 12:48pm

    Not quite getting the idea

    Walter O'Brien is a charlatan. He makes up stuff about his past to get consulting clients to hire him.

    That's discussed in this article.

    The TV show is not discussed here. This includes what happens on the show, and stuff like "cable out in front of an aircraft" and other random noise coming out of the mouths of people who didn't bother to read the article.

    Really. It's about Walter O'Brien the fraud, not some fictional TV show.

    TL;DR? This is not a discussion about the TV show. Never was.

    Cheers,

    Ehud

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      nasch (profile), 11 Mar 2015 @ 1:01pm

      Re: Not quite getting the idea

      This is not a discussion about the TV show. Never was.

      The article is not about the TV show. The discussion is whatever people want it to be.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 30 Mar 2015 @ 7:06pm

    How to register a domain name...

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud. On his website at http://www.scorpioncomputerservices.com/the_founder.html he claims: "...at 13 years old started his company ScorpionComputerServices.com."

    Wikipedia's *very* hotly protective page says he was born in 1975. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_O%27Brien

    While we would be proud if 13-year old Walter registered said domain or started said company in 1988, the facts seem to lean in a different direction.

    First, the commercial traffic wasn't allowed (by the US Government who had funed the NSFNET) to transit the backbone until 1991. (look for ANSnet in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commercial_Internet_eXchange)
    1991 is three years later than 1988.

    Second, the Internet wasn't available in Ireland until 1992.
    Source 1: http://www.siliconrepublic.com/comms/item/27222-20-years-of-the-internet-in
    Source 2: http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/how-we-brought-the-internet-to-ireland-28960596.html
    1992 is four years later than 1988.

    So it's fairly unlikely he was on the Internet.

    As to whether he started a company at the age of 13, Ireland -- like most western nations -- has an age of majority of 18. https://www.companyformations.ie/company-formations/your-first-company-ireland/
    We can rest assured that at 13 Walter was not 18.

    The domain name ScorpionComputerServices.com was created in 2000. http://whois.domaintools.com/scorpioncomputerservices.com
    2000 is after 1988.

    That just leaves the question of what "started a business with a dot-com" name means for a 13-year old kid in a country that wasn't on the Internet, and which he did
    - five years before a browser was invented (which is what propelled the proliferation of the Internet)
    - five years before commercial traffic was even allowed on the Internet [other than in furtherance of NSFNET goals]

    Occam's Razor - the simplest answer is likely correct.

    Ehud
    /obligatory preempt: No, I am not obsessed with Walter O'Brien. I'm yet another one of the millions of people who voraciously consume information and don't like to spit up pits.

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      Coyoty (profile), 31 Mar 2015 @ 12:30am

      Re: How to register a domain name...

      That's how smart he is! He can implement technologies before they're invented!

      He must be living backwards. 1500 years ago, his name will be Merlin.

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2015 @ 11:13pm

      Re: How to register a domain name...

      The first dot com was in 1994. However, without commentary on validity of any claims, it is not beyond belief that the company predated the current dot com name.

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        Ehud Gavron (profile), 2 May 2015 @ 7:05am

        Re: Re: How to register a domain name...

        Walter O'Brien is a fraud. He tells fanciful tales and his company trades on that.

        However, the first dot com was not 1994 lol.

        Some examples to point out that's off by a decade:
        Domain Name: bbn.com
        Creation Date: 1985-04-24T00:00:00-0800

        Domain Name: ibm.com
        Creation Date: 1986-03-19 00:00:00 -0500

        Have a happy day,

        E

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        Sean Timmons (profile), 2 May 2015 @ 8:26am

        Re: Re: How to register a domain name...

        I think you missed... "Started a business with a dot com name."

        Seeing as how a minor is incapable of signing contracts.

        It is literally an impossibility.

        Consider why you would trust anything someone says when multiple of their statements have been proven false.

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          Ehud Gavron (profile), 2 May 2015 @ 5:44pm

          Re: Re: Re: How to register a domain name...

          > I think you missed... "Started a business with a dot com name."

          I think in your haste to prove everyone wrong, you missed actually reading what other people wrote before you.

          As in when I wrote entry 268.

          But it's ok. Everyone should all read YOUR posts but you can't be bothered to read everyone else's.

          Ehud

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2015 @ 11:35pm

      Re: How to register a domain name...

      As the Olympiad was for under-19 and O'Brien, who participated in 1993, was too old in 1994, he had to have been born in 1975.

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    mibble, 15 Apr 2015 @ 8:33pm

    obrien

    heck forget obrien i want Ralphie's Mom!

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 16 Apr 2015 @ 11:51am

    Walter O'Brien

    I think he does to.............

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    Louis George, 18 Apr 2015 @ 2:14pm

    Give it a Rest

    My niece was reading off some comments here, and I have to butt in and say "give it a rest." I can't believe all of the comments here and the time wasted posting them. WHO CARES!!? I watch an enjoyable and entertaining T.V. show...that's it! I'm well aware that I'm not watching a documentary. I take everything "based on real life" with a grain of salt. I don't watch it so I can see what a genius Walter O'Brian is this week. Before this show, I'd never even heard the name (I'm 56). So give all of your "fact-finding" a rest and get back to whatever real-life you have. WHO CARES???

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 18 Apr 2015 @ 2:39pm

    My niece was reading this techdirt comment thread...

    ...and you'll never believe what happened next!

    No, your niece wasn't reading the comments on here and said "Uncle George, Uncle George, you need to come butt in and tell these people to give it a rest!"

    "WHO CARES?" - the people who read and write. If you don't, keep your opinion to yourself, because those who walk into a forum and say "I don't care about anything you say or read but here's my opinion" are as worthless as flushed shit in a toilet.

    "I'm well aware..."
    "I take everything..."
    "I don't watch..."
    "...I can see..."
    "I'd never..."
    "I'm 56..."

    You're all about you.

    "So give all your" --

    No, YOU give all YOUR suggestions to anyone who cares.
    Like your invisible niece.

    E

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 18 Apr 2015 @ 2:45pm

    Give it a Rest!

    I love the show, I am sorry they are going to leave us hanging this week for however long and we know Walter is NOT going to tell Paige he is in love with her because that would end the show as would him dying. It is a great show and it has a great place Monday night at nine right before the ONLY CSI I watch and I am so glad it has such a great following so that it will be picked up again next year. Whoever you are Walter O'Brien, thank you at least for the idea for the show.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 18 Apr 2015 @ 2:47pm

    Give it a rest

    In your eyes, I must be garbage too, oh well, I take it from whom it comes from...............

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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Apr 2015 @ 7:04pm

    Still think it's a great show....


    I hope it stays on for a very long time...exciting...clean....and fun to watch!

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 21 Apr 2015 @ 10:55am

    Scorpion

    Great show last night, of course we knew exactly what would happen, Walter would live and never tell Paige his feelings, but, did keep us on the edge of our seats. it really is a great show, I also hope it stays on, I hate that we have to wait so long for it to come back, I am going to miss it, I hope they don't move it to some place stupid!

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 21 Apr 2015 @ 1:21pm

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud. He says things and claims things that are impossibly true.

    The TV show is of no relevance. Nobody except idiots (see above) watch it, and Walter's friends (see above) who come here to try and nudge the thread into a positive direction about the show.

    Bad news, shils. This thread is *still* not about the show, no matter how much THE SHOW SUCKS. It's about Walter O'Brien being a fraud. He still is.

    In case I'm not clear, and the thread is beyond your comprehension level for English reading just repeat these words to yourself:
    Walter O'Brien is a fraud.
    Scorpion is a stupid show.
    Nobody should believe a word said by Walter O'Brien or the show.

    Hope this gets through that thick empty dried up husk of a coconut you use to filter messages through.

    E

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    Rusty J, 21 Apr 2015 @ 3:42pm

    Walter Obrien

    If the character on the show dies will the real guy cease to exist? Like in back to the future?
    I tried yelling "DIE DIE DIE" at the tv but it did not work... Why did I lose that hour of my life? I guess it is because the show was like a very bad train accident you just can't look away from...

    Why in the hell can't they ever get stuff right on shows? They could just hire a real life senior paramedic to get the trauma/medical stuff right. And a computer dude, and a real scientist... and a mechanic... and a cop... The whole thing is so fu..ed ... Oh wait. They have a real live genius on the set! they don't need anything else... They don't need that tub of lard to advise them on how smart people are supposed to act... his all knowing insight on the subject is just a regurgitation of the nerd stereotype and could be substituted by the cast watching big bang theory.

    Oh,,, he kind of reminds me of my hero Steven Seagal, another freaking BS ARTIST!!!!! They have the same freaking hair!

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 21 Apr 2015 @ 4:47pm

    Walter O'Brien

    Big Bang Theory, another of my favorite shows, a lot of other people's also in case you haven't caught the ratings and the awards, I thought by now we were so past he is a fake, it will be renewed. I am sure, from what I see, Walter O'Brien doesn't care what your thoughts are on him as a lot of others don't but you are so much fun to get going. Have to get ready for People of Interest this evening, have a good night.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 21 Apr 2015 @ 5:08pm

    It's ok to be disconnected...

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud, and this article is about that, not about the show. It's much appreciate by all that this thread persists as it keeps his name in the searchlight.

    What's fascinating is for a disconnected narcissist you're ably willing to aver "Walter O'Brien doesn't care what your thoughts are on him"...

    Do you speak for Walter? Do you read his mind? Do you just "know" how he feels and what he cares about? Did aliens tell you what he cares about and what he doesn't? Do you also speak for those "others"? Are they related to "the others" from Lost!?

    "...but you are so much fun to get going." Ah, so you admit being not only a narcissistic sociopath but also an Internet troll.

    Hardy har har.

    Ehud
    P.S. Loved you on The Simpsons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7Rvo6mp2L0

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 21 Apr 2015 @ 5:21pm

    Walter O'Brien

    Maybe I am his mother, wife, girlfirend, cousin, best friend, someone who works for him, brother, sister, father, etc. I think you are the one with the real problem, I never watched the Simpsons, go figure...... you also keep alive, LET IT GO!

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 22 Apr 2015 @ 12:42pm

      Re: Walter O'Brien

      OK, I can't even deal with this anymore. Randi clearly has gone through a lot in her life. She has some personal challenges that it appears she has not fully resolved and I truly hope she is seeing a therapist for her issues. Truly mean that.

      I'd say by now its been made abundantly clear that Walter O'Brien is a fraud of a human being. Any arguments anyone has made were fully addressed by now. As a humanist, I find such humans to be deplorable as they prey upon gullibility and those striving for identity. This paragraph is only regarding the human being. I hope we can all appreciate the difference between a person and a TV character.

      As for the TV show, there have been plenty of comments about the show. We MUST remember, the conceit of the show is that it is supposed to be based on real life events. So, as those alleged events apply the real life Mr O'Brien, arguments regarding the validity and accuracy of such events do truly apply to the article. These are arguments doubting the veracity of his real life claims.

      A whole entire other argument seems to be occurring between Randi and, so far as I can tell, no one else. This argument regards the entertainment level of the show. Now, the intended audience for a site by name of TechDirt is a segment of the population which appreciates and often works in technology fields. These are the folks who can tell you the difference between Teradat and SQL Server. Java and HTML5. Cat-5 and Coax. For individuals of this ilk, the entertainment level of a tv show necessitates a valid set of technological factors. Much like watching a car movie with a car guy. When you work on the field, you cannot abide inaccuracies in terminology or events. Its the way of the world.If you personally don't care about computer terminology, you can feel free to ignore it. But don't expect others to agree with you just because your viewpoint is such. Its as disrespectful as telling you not not to care about your own interests.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 21 Apr 2015 @ 6:43pm

    Maybe I'm the grand negus

    "Maybe I am his mother, wife, girlfirend, cousin, best friend, someone who works for him, brother, sister, father, etc"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lw2DdPPmPI

    E

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 22 Apr 2015 @ 4:13pm

    Give it a rest!

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 22 Apr 2015 @ 4:24pm

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud

    And Walter O'Brien being a fraud really is a funny thing.. not because it's humorous... but because it's sad.

    Internet Kooks unite.

    He's still a fraud.

    "Give it a rest!"

    I'm sorry, was there somewhere you saw a button that said "tell everyone else in the world how to act" and you pushed it.

    Wrong button, dip.

    E

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 22 Apr 2015 @ 4:52pm

    OMG, YOU are amazing, YOU, are the one with the problem, I wrote a note and decided to delete it, every single time you start out the same way, Walter O'Brien is a fraud, WE ALL GET IT, WALTER O'BRIEN IS A FRAUD, do you want us OR ME to write that 1000 times, I don't care, I am NOT hiring him, do you think I honestly believe what happened on the show Monday happened in real life, Agent Gallow must be ONE REALLY STRONG MAN TO HOLD HIM BY ONE ARM THAT LONG!!!! How amazing they knew exactly how to keep him from bleeding out like that from so far away and WHY ARE YOU WATCHIMG THE SHOW! And furthermore, IT IS A TV SHOW!!! Again, this man must of done something so terrible to YOU that you HATE him so much and you make it your mission to make sure everyone knows Walter O'Brien is a fake but you won't say what it is SO I will make it my hobby to find out what he did to you, how's that, you don't want to tell, maybe he will. Internet kooks is right, I haven't bothered you if you will notice, I stopped writing until other people wrote in to say how much THEY liked the show!!! I heard there was a good show on Wednesday evenings, Nashville or something, go watch that......

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 22 Apr 2015 @ 6:14pm

    You're so cute

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud. What he claims is absurdly false.

    Now this rant of yours, Artie Ziff, is great. It uses sentences starting with "I" many times. It promises to focus on what I (me!) write. Lastly it still talks about the show.

    Listen, psycho honey. It's not about the TV show. Never has been. Take your meds. Get some good sleep.

    "I stopped writing..."

    No. You didn't. Sure wish you would. Freedom of speech extends event to disconnected narcissistic aholes.

    Best of luck luv,

    E

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 23 Apr 2015 @ 8:42am

    I AM NOT YOUR HONEY NOR YOUR LUV!!!!! TRY GETTING ONE, MAYBE THAT IS YOUR PROBLEM..........HMMMMMMMMM.....

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2015 @ 11:31pm

    http://www.ioinformatics.org/locations/ioi93/
    "Charlie's Pictures: A WWW page with pictures that Charlie Daly (Delegation Leader Ireland) took at IOI'93."


    http://web.archive.org/web/20131024141642/http://www.compapp.dcu.ie/~cdaly/ioi/ioi_pics.html [Archive] lists "Walter O'Brien" on the "Irish team".

    ... with pictures.

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    Marie A. Santiago, 18 May 2015 @ 8:42am

    Walter O'Brien

    I don't understand why people are being such jackasses and knocking Walter O'Brien's attempt to bring about a show that some of us actually enjoy, sensationalism and all. That is what makes it fun to watch. But what I love the most is the possibility of a love interest that makes him human in the show. Perhaps it's his way to live a fantasy since dating is hard for him. Deep down we all want to be loved for who we are or have the potential of being when someone comes along that allows us to become better people.

    It sounds like all you cynics need a little love in your life. And as for his claims and how valid they are is between him and his god. Scorpion has certainly inspired some of my students to pursue science and math with more passion because of Walter O'Brien. And I thank him for that.

    If he has helped people in his own way, then good for him. Just leave him the hell alone.....I love the show and I will continue to watch it and enjoy it. And as for all you cynics, get a life!!

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 18 May 2015 @ 8:57am

    "Get a life"

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud. The things he claims - the basis on which he is hired - are not true and could not be true.

    Dear Marie, your bull in a China shop approach to telling an entire forum of readers and hundreds of comments later to "get a life" is only as tone-deaf as William Shatner at a Star Trek convention.

    The article is about the man, not the show. The discussion on this thread (absent illiterate narcissists like yourself who couldn't be bothered to actually read the article) is about the man, not the show.

    While I appreciate that in the world of your own mind you can barge bull-in-a-China-shop style into anyone's living room anywhere and tell them what to do, fortunately your right to free expression only subjects you to ridicule here.

    So "everyone who disagrees with me is a cynic" and "you all need love" and "leave him the hell alone" and "get a life" are a good way to let us know you're a mistreated bullied small child.

    Work on your own failed relationships on your own time and place.


    Best,

    E

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 18 May 2015 @ 11:31am

    Walter O'Brien

    Maria, you are wasting your time in here, good news, the show has been picked up and is coming back, it is that good, Ehud Gavron, or whatever name he is using, starts out each time with Walter O'Brien is a fraud, that's it, that is all you need to know, if you think anything different you get called all kinds of names, must of had a terrible childhood, must have a terrible romance going on in your life, must be plain crazy, he must be the only sane, smart person in this world because all you need to know is Walter O'Brien is a fraud and even the network doesn't care about that, they are raking in the money, I love the show, sadly, he is not going to tell Page he loves her and she is not going to tell him for a long time but it is a great show, I love it, I hope they don't go and stick it in a terrible time slot now, I can't wait until it comes back. If I could get in touch with Walter, which I am having a very hard time doing, I do know someone who knows him but I don't want to go to this person, I would ask him WHAT he did to Ehud but I am NOT giving up....... so don't waste your time, he will read this and come after me again, I just laugh and delete it as yiou should do, enjoy the show, forget about this ego maniac

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 18 May 2015 @ 12:18pm

      Re: Walter O'Brien

      The point E is and I have made, albeit with differing methodologies, is that this article (the one that I hope everyone has read by now) is about a real human being. This article is not about a fictional TV show. So let's forget that the show exists. Does that make you want to leave the thread as you don't want to talk about the real life individual? That's great. There are other articles about the TV show. Comment on those and you will find many others with similar opinions.

      If you care to know about the human being, this article is for you. Although it has been mentioned in the article above, I would suggest perusing the reddit AMA he did:
      http://i.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2h5c7p/i_am_walter_obrien_the_inspiration_behind_the_cbs/

      It is fascinating.

      Again, we could care less about the TV show. I don't watch the Kardashians or American Idol, nor do I care to discuss the shows. The same goes for Scorpion the show. I really have a hard time understanding the continued desire to discuss the show on a non-show related article. But it does help with finding this article on searches so that's good.

      FYI, Ted Stevens from CNET has informed me that Walter O'Brien is no longer allowed for interviews. Good luck trying to get a hold of him.

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    Adam Hefler, 25 May 2015 @ 8:19am

    Walter O'Brien

    I love the comparison to Einstein.

    I may be wrong, but as the human brain evolves and as our psychology skills improve we have changed, adjusted and updated the IQ tests we use. So a test taken today, vs. a test taken 50+ years ago, are not comparable, even if they number scale is the same. A 160 on a test given in say, the 1930's and a 160 in a test from the 1970's or 80's are not the same. And comparing a 160 from pre-1950 to a 197 post 1970, are false equivalencies.

    This also doesn't factor in the fact the IQ scores (using the what I will call traditional numbers), show that the human IQ is increasing noticeably with each generation.

    So basically, like inflation in reverse, a 197 now, is not worth as much as it was 50 or so years ago.

    And lastly, in some cases the tests and tools used to measure IQ, by current science have abandoned the objective # score system altogether as it is not really relevant. Many tests have switched over to a percentile system, placing IQ in a scale relative to the test base. So people for example, are scored in the 90 percentile of scores or expected scores in the test series. Meaning you have a higher potential intelligence score (does not mean you are actually smarter), than 89% of the other scores measured by the same test series. If one were to convert that to a flat score, the highest would be 100.

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 25 May 2015 @ 2:09pm

      Re: Walter O'Brien

      While we see intelligence seems to have increased over time, the tests measuring said intelligence are refactored to match median intelligence at 100 points. So a test taken today with a score of 197 would score much higher if taken in 1950 in theory. However, individuals can score at varying results on different IQ tests, making the accuracy of an individual test somewhat dubious. One may consider a battery of IQ tests as perhaps more accurate to one's intelligence, hut you could go down a rabbit hole trying to quantify what intelligence is and what it is not.

      So I suppose the one thing My O'Brien has done productively is provided an opportunity for you and I to discuss the inherent difficulty in stating statistically who is intelligent. No matter how you slice it, I put DaVinci at the top of my ladder. Einstein and Tesla battle it out. Though Nikola wins in the end. There you go.

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    Adam Hefler, 25 May 2015 @ 12:46pm

    Walter O'Brien

    It's remarkable how forward thinking he was to start a company called, "ScorpionComputerServices.com" 1 year before the memo suggesting concept of using hypertext on the internet was written (an intracompany memo). And 2 years before the first browser was coded, and 6 years before the URL was devised, and only 3 years after the first domain registrations occurred.

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    Not Saying, 26 May 2015 @ 7:59am

    Oh Walter

    Oh God not Walter again.. I knew him at Sussex and he was full of it then as he is now.. Apparently he was so late to some lectures because he was up all night speaking to Bill Gates.Oh how we laughed.. Oh how we laughed. He's very good at self delusion.. In fact a master.. Walter I applaud you.. You do seem to have poured on the pounds though..

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 26 May 2015 @ 8:48am

    Getting away from Walter, I am not sure you can put a number on intelligence, Stephen Nash just died,genius, yet he had himself committed for a time, maybe that is the problem with being so smart, Stephen Jobs, dropped out of college, look at his life, some people do not do well with testing, that does not take away from the fact that they are geniuses, personally, I hove found with people I know, that have extremely high IQ's, they lack in something else, maybe social skills or something else. and some of them are not fun to be around, then again, there are people you would never know their IQ was that high, you would be extremely shocked to find out and learn what they do, they don't want you to know, I don't think it is a number that can be placed on it, some people are better than others at things, Stephen Nash did not start out going into Mathematics, it was come to find this is what he was amazing at. I don't know what O'Brien, obviously, there is a stretch here, they have a show to do, they have to make so many shows, I am sure he did not accomplish all these things.

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    TheManInDBoX (profile), 9 Jun 2015 @ 6:58am

    Real IT workers..

    I have been doing IT work for 15 years.. If this was at all based on a real life situation all those planes would have crashed..

    Holes in the story..
    1. Drives cannot be destroyed by GM's brand of Door speakers, the magnets are not big enough to destroy a disk drive, unless said disk drive is one of the original drives from the early 90's or 80's, which is fine, but then, those drives did not work in BLADE based servers, of that generation in that "warehouse".
    2. You can't T-bone a Dodge truck in a Tahoe, at 100+ MPH and get out and make a call, and be fine.. No blood, no pain, no nothing.. right..
    3. At 200MPH in a Ferrari, under a plane, if you tried to stand up, you would be instantly sucked out of the car, and the Cat5 Cable would not drop down without being blown back..

    Aside from just the common sense,
    why wouldn't you just simply pull the network plug?
    You then wouldn't get your backup, and you could use a USB or cross over cable to pull the data.. Not having to transport the drive at all..

    The story had potential, but there is no way that is a genius computer engineer..

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 9 Jun 2015 @ 7:51am

    It's not about the TV show

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud. His made up credentials is one of the reasons he and his company are hired, but they are purely false.

    The article is about Walter O'Brien, the MAN. There is no discussion here about the TV show or its contents. It may be good or bad, realistic or not, futuristic or modern, but whatever it is IT IS NOT THE SUBJECT OF THE ARTICLE.

    We do not care about "holes in the story OF THE TV PLOT" only holes in the story that Walter O'Brien tells.

    It's very narcissistic to come into a forum and without reading any of it -- or the original article -- plop down a steaming nugget of soft opinion on the show plot. Really don't do that in other people's living rooms. Leave your shit in your own outhouse.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 9 Jun 2015 @ 9:58am

    lol

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 21 Jun 2015 @ 2:07pm

    Computer Security Genius about the human body but

    let me help this along, the very next line will be; Walter O' Brien is a fraud, lol, you are so right, I can sit here and Google something and be here for the night, the useless information I learn and have to tear myself away from, but surprisingly, every so often, I have gotten to use because of some idiot that does something stupid in the world or just needed to check a fact. Adam NEVER professed to know everything, if he did, he would of known what his wife was doing in the garden :) I like the show and I am so glad it is coming by, I am so glad there is a Walter O'Brien in this world

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 22 Jun 2015 @ 7:03pm

    Walter O'Brien Is a fraud

    I love Adam. He was awesome on FireFly and he's great on The Last Ship. Heck, if you've been around you know he rocked it on Next Of Kin. (Patrick Swayze, may he rest in peace).

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud. He has nothing to do with Adam (Baldwin or otherwise, although Baldwin is impressive!) This discussion is not about the TV show or the nonexistent scorpio character so guess-what... there is no such in this world.

    Sometimes you have to take the head out of the sand to see the only sightless moron you're fighting... is you.

    Best to you,

    Ehud

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    Sinful (profile), 29 Jun 2015 @ 11:38pm

    walter O'Brien

    Jealous much? Research at all much? You prove that people will attack others for no reason at all. Does anything Walter does impact your universe and the way you live in anyway? I don't think so. Try positive posting instead of mean and vindictive posts that were not researched well before writing. Took me two minutes to do a little research to know you didn't do much or write it the correct way with what research you did do. There is NO mention of it being homeland security that arrested him if you pay attention you know it was the FBI with NASA that did I have no idea where you get that it was homeland security that did when they were not even around til november 25 2002. You really shouldn't post things you don't know and it can be considered slander when you don't research right and just mouth off.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 30 Jun 2015 @ 5:02am

    Walter O'Brien Is a fraud

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud.

    This article is not about the show.

    It has nothing to do with licensing, some idiot's brain being on high (or being high), homeland "security" arresting him, or other make believe things.

    If you're wanting to discuss the TV show, there are plenty of make believe places to go do that. This is not one of them.

    The article is about the fraud of a man, not the show. He doesn't work with other countries to solve anything. He's a fraud. I know it's difficult to comprehend... here's the big reveal... READ THE ARTICLE UP AT THE TOP!

    E

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 7 Jul 2015 @ 1:00pm

    Transparent to low-IQ people!

    jillian wrote:
    "He's completely transparent to anyone with even a low IQ."

    He's so transparent then that when he looks in the mirror, he doesn't see himself.

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    wow all I can say is wow, 16 Jul 2015 @ 7:00am

    wow

    That was an exhaustive read

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    X, 20 Jul 2015 @ 11:35pm

    THIS ARTICLE IS ALL ABOUT JEALOUSY

    I watched the series and I enjoyed each and every episode, yeah for sure they had to show some unbelievable extraordinary scenes to make it interesting just like any other TV show, who doesn't know that TV shows are an exaggeration of reality?. This article is all about jealousy, keep up the good work Nick, Walter and the rest of the team.

    Regards,
    Xolisa

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 20 Jul 2015 @ 11:57pm

    RE: THIS ARTICLE IS ALL ABOUT JEALOUSY

    You're absolutely right, the article you were reading on TV Guide For Kids is all about jealousy.

    Fortunately, (you finger slipped, dear, and you commented on the Walter O'Brien is a Fraud article) is all about Walter O'Brien the myth and how he's a fraud and a charlatan.

    Press the caps-lock key once to release it, kiss mommy and Uncle DeJur good night, and dream of unicorns, manticores, geniuses on TV, and other mythical beings.

    E

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 21 Jul 2015 @ 10:41am

    RE: THIS ARTICLE IS ALL ABOUT JEALOUSY

    Dear X, I am with you, I have been waiting patiently for that fraud, Walter O'Brien's, new shows while dreaming of whatever (it doesn't matter what my dreams OR nightmares are about) don't care if he is a fraud, charlatan, whatever, I enjoy the show, I miss it, he has gotten a lot of publicity, no where did it say he was a fraud, oh well, doesn't matter, not hiring him, it seems no one cares, he is not even doing this anymore, doesn't have to, whatever they juiced it up to make it look good at the beginning is probably just a myth, a fable, a story, just like the show itself, the Sherlock Holms movie was great also. Go ahead Ehud, have a ball with this, you know you love it xo.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Aug 2015 @ 2:30pm

    Wow someone has way too much time on their hands! Um

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 14 Aug 2015 @ 2:53pm

    Too much fun for Wlater O'Brien the fraud

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud, and it's funny to see his supporters jump in here and ignore that the article is NOT about the TV SHOW. Surprised, right?

    Then there are those who want to denigrate the posters on this forum. We have too much time. We're obsessed. We are socially inept. Except, of course, that by posting on this forum that same denigration applies to the poster.

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud. His company is built on selling his fraudulent reputation. In an alternate world hypothetically speaking if he had died of a bad mosquito bite at birth, NOTHING would be safer, or better, except the TV show might have been affected. Good thing we're not talking about that, right?

    Thank you, Anonymous Coward. Both your first name and last name are 100% correct. You are a coward. For you will not put your lackluster reputation behind your brilliant twit:
    > Wow [comma missing] someone has way too much time on their hands! Um [fragment]

    Fortunately this shall not detract from the ultimate thread on how Walter O'Brien is a fraud. I hear that's now trending on google. In my opinion honesty is a good thing.

    Ehud Gavron
    Tucson AZ

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    Lynn Smith, 18 Aug 2015 @ 6:11am

    I am just an old lady,not computer smart by all means, and just want to say how happy I am to see what Mr. O'Brian has accomplished by the gift God has given him . It saddens me to see a jealous twit like you knocking him down when he has worked to get where he is. Maybe you should take a lesson from him and get a life. Be careful what you sow. Yes, SOW! You as any smart person knows, reap what you sow, so watch it!!!!

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 18 Aug 2015 @ 10:02am

    Walter O'Brian

    Lynn Smith
    I applaud what you had to say, I am not really sure about any gifts or what is factual or not, but everything else you had to say. However, be prepared to be insulted. Please do not take it to heart. The first line as always will be, Walter O'Brian is a fraud (we get it) and then it will go on to insult you personally, just take it from who it comes from, someone you don't know, who for all you know works at McDonald's, NOT that it is a bad thing, I believe you need a college education now and they make a lot of money, and his big vocabulary, well, that is not difficult when you are on the web. Thank you for your letter, can't wait for the show to start, I miss him and everyone else. Have a wonderful day

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    Lynn Smith, 19 Aug 2015 @ 8:20pm

    I am just an old lady,not computer smart by all means, and just want to say how happy I am to see what Mr. O'Brian has accomplished by the gift God has given him . It saddens me to see a jealous twit like you knocking him down when he has worked to get where he is. Maybe you should take a lesson from him and get a life. Be careful what you sow. Yes, SOW! You as any smart person knows, reap what you sow, so watch it!!!!

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 19 Aug 2015 @ 9:27pm

    Reading the article helps!

    The article at the top of this page is insightful in its research, fascinating in its composition, and eloquently constructed. You who have come to here, the bottom comment, to see what people are still talking about should jump back up there and read it.

    Walter O'Brien is a fraud. You can't help but get that understanding from reading the article.

    The article is not about the show. Like the show, hate the show, it's still not about the show.

    There are many many forums to discuss the show. This is not one. Coming here to discuss the show is like overhearing someone saying "the parm is cheesy" and walking right to their dinner table, plopping your fat ass down, and saying "I love to play parcheesi!" and no matter how much they try and be polite and explain that no, we're just eating really cheesy parm you insist on staying, talking about parcheesi, and calling them rude for not listening to you.

    Etiquette is important, and being tone-deaf to the dozens of people who have said "this is not about the show" reflects well on this forum that censors noone and on those who show courtesy and civility in the face of blatant disregard for all manners.

    I close by adding one more thing. The article at the top (you *did* read it, right?) is about Walter O'Brien being a fraud. It is now about who YOU are or how old you are nor is it about me.

    You shall not pass -- Gandalf

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 20 Aug 2015 @ 6:41pm

    READING THE ARTICLE HELPS!!!!

    You sir, are rude period! Even when the discussion has NOT been about the show I have seen the way you speak to people, treat people and carry on your conversations, you do realize not everyone agrees with YOUR point of view about everything, maybe nothing, resorting to try to make people feel foolish tells us about YOUR insecurities and that you are not the brightest bulb in the world, your opinion does not account for much and no one really cares and this isn't even speaking about the show itself, calling anyone else rude is like the pot calling the kettle black. You can use bold black print with blue background and wow, that doesn't get your point across any better, I can make my background pink, I can do lots of tricks too, I am also a mother who raised 2 wonderful children that I am very proud of, that do extremely well, that have experienced the world and have taught them to never to speak to people as you do, and they don't because they were taught to love and respect people, you don't care who the hell you are speaking to, this nice woman believes GOD has given Walter a gift and who are you or even me to say he wasn't given one, whatever I do or don't believe doesn't matter, what she does is important to her and if she is right, well with everything else, your jealousy and all that, karma is going to get you. Stop insulting the world, you must have SOME family you haven't alienated yet, go aggravate them!

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    Funkus (profile), 30 Aug 2015 @ 10:30pm

    Well that was fun...

    Im gathering from the comments that Scorpion appeals highly to Aspies, but pretty much no one else.

    Havent watched the show as was instantly skeptical when it was advertised here as 'Based on the true exploits of Walter O'Brien' then showed scenes of a geek driving a Ferrari behind a plane...... everything about that first ad i saw turned me off the show entirely.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 31 Aug 2015 @ 7:30am

    well that was fun........

    Do you live in the "Twilight Zone" you remember that show, another fictitious show? Start from the bottom up, tell me what you see, exclude me please because I do not start, I just answer, more people write in saying how much they enjoy the show and each time your answer is the same, Walter O'Brien is a fraud and that very well may be true and that is not what this room is for, and than you become RUDE, well it might not be what it started out as but it seems to me what it is now, maybe you should start another room with the name, This is NOT about the show SCORPION and that FRAUD, WALTER O'BRIEN! Think about it. I don't think you listen or pay attention, sadly....

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    Robin, 14 Sep 2015 @ 7:45pm

    Actually I find the show quite entertaining

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 15 Sep 2015 @ 8:45am

    SCORPION....................

    SEPTEMBER 21st, NEW SEASON BEGINS...................CAN'T WAIT, BET YOU CAN'T EITHER EHUD

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    crtaylor, 22 Sep 2015 @ 12:28am

    WOW!!!!

    Just spent a couple hours (yeah...I was bored) reading through the comments. No plans to engage in a year long tirade like some others here. Just wanted to thank E Gavron for being so entertaining. I think that nearly a year later we all understand that the article is an indictment of the manner in which Mr. O'Brien chooses to represent himself. Unfortunately it seems that you are more caught up in WINNING any of the multiple disagreements with others that you are in fact sounding rather obsessive and VERY angry. I would encourage you to go back to the beginning and ask yourself, "has my time engaging with those whose commentary I don't agree with achieved anything other than raising my blood pressure?" Just a thought.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 22 Sep 2015 @ 8:13am

    crtaylor

    Funny, isn't it, almost makes it worth it to read his comments on a busy day, sadly, they always start out exactly the same, Walter O'Brien is a fake, then it goes on and on, it is a tv show, a good one at that or it seems to be the general consensus......and even though I tell myself to leave it alone, it just is too funny, he doesn't stop, we get it. We, who watch the show get that E. Gavron believes Walter O'Brien is a fake, I don't know the man and I don't care, I am not hiring him, I enjoy the show. I realize that this thread did not start out about the show but I was not the one that made it about the show, seems the show has a large following, all I did was ask a question and got my head chopped off by this very nasty man and I mean NASTY.

    FINALLY, he kissed her....... although I was not thrilled with last nights show, I didn't see that coming, Walter knew what happened in the hospital, glad the show is back.

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    Mr.Elbanna O.A, 28 Sep 2015 @ 8:05am

    What do I think

    I agree with you.
    But walter is a smart man and he did got rich . But yet I'm more concerned with Hollywood aims of the show and I think they're manipulating the way that people think especially when it goes to American military .even if it doesn't seem to be mentioned ,most of the shows nowadays are defending the carelessness of American military soldiers and commanders.
    they're throwing a political sentence almost every episode of every good show to let people sympathise with militarie's unforgivable massive killer mistakes.
    my English language does not help me to tell you exactly what I think but smart people will figure it out.
    thanks.

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 28 Sep 2015 @ 8:35am

      Re: What do I think

      I get what you're saying, and its an interesting point. The supposed genius of this man is being used to put a positive spin on the actions of the military and other military organizations.

      Since there have been repeated attempts by multiple bloggers to dig into information only tocbe blocked, and with mainstream news sources refusing to do their own research, I am led to wonder what would cause such a thing.

      Could it be that there is a concerted effort to utilize a completely false character and claim him as real for the purposes of building up faith in the executive officers in our country? The stories are all unbelieveably false, and one need consider that as early as the first episode, one would be able to confirm or deny the instance of a large-scale network outage and re-routing of planes across one of the largest cities in the world. See, this is a true commentary on the real Walter O'Brien and his role in something quite nefarious. Fits perfectly within the confines of the article.

      Thank you for the thought-provoking comment!

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 28 Sep 2015 @ 8:48am

    Mr.Elbanna O.A

    I never noticed that, it is a tv show, I think we forget that and take to much to heart, did you happen to catch the season premier of Blue Bloods, I only saw the last half, my cable went out, I plan on watching the entire show but I never expected it to be about Muslims and terrorist, I was a little thrown off balance there. I don't know how much Walter O'Brien has to do with scripts or how much he oversees at this point anymore but I am sure he makes money off the show since they use his name. I wish someone would use my name to make a show. We are so far from his life now, do you really think any of this is true, although according to him, he is incapable of feelings, I don't believe that, he would have no heart and why bother doing what he is doing or even did. It is a tv show, after that comes NCIS, another show I love, how much of that is true, sit back and enjoy, I watch my shows on Monday night and wait for Friday for Hawaii 5-0 and Blue Bloods, what is left, Reality Shows, are they any better, I have never ever watched an episode, my son can not believe I have never seen an episode of the Kardishians, I have never seen Caitlyn's show, I have never seen any of those shows, I have my own problems, these no talent people who are there for no reason and people who have no lives that just want to live through them, Housewives of wherever, bless them, I get it, maybe they are just happy people that don't have a care in the world, I do. The Duggars are also coming back on tv, there is something for a lot of people to look forward to, you can bet I will never watch and never did. Again, I just enjoy Scorpio and will continue to do so and stop looking for things, my hope is A Person of Interest will be coming back also, another show I have watched since day one, amazing, has always been ahead of its time, just enjoy what there is because in my mind there is very little out there to watch. Have a good day you very nice man.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 28 Sep 2015 @ 8:57am

    you all think way to much about a tv show that is NOT real, that is the bottom line...... a tv show that is made in a studio with actors and actress who get paid for what they do, it is not real, that is it............ a script that is written that make people happy and is supposed to hold peoples interest, no one cares about anything else except you, they used Walter O'Brien's name and the real name of his company, for you, sadly, that was the mistake, maybe you would of enjoyed the show if the called it Spiders and used someone else's name but they didn't.

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 22 Oct 2015 @ 4:49pm

      Re:

      Here is, was, and always has veen the issue. Please listen just one time.

      The article that all of your comments have been under is about the person.

      You have persisted in commenting about the show. The only reason this thread has continued to mention is the show is because you continue to do so. You may notice that others in the comments section have actually attempted to claim his works as real. That's problematic.

      You've made the most important statement; it's not real. And thats what we have been saying. I do believe it is a serious problem when any broadcast is allowed to claim that its contents are based on real life when they are not. This is not the first time that has occurred either, sadly.

      I don't want this to be an argument. I just would like one of the very few articles that has valid information about the real life person's lies to exist as a place where those with questions about the real life person can get a true answer. That's all I'm looking for.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Oct 2015 @ 4:28pm

    it's just a TV show, for crying out loud. If he were that smart, there wouldn't be one LOL.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 22 Oct 2015 @ 4:44pm

    LOL, I wish I were that sick that I had one, by the way, watch for me on Person of Interest, I am going to be one...

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 22 Oct 2015 @ 4:50pm

    Being demented is not realizing when you just aren't on the same planet

    This is not a discussion about the TV show.

    It never was.

    It doesn't matter if you think it OUGHT TO BE. It's not.

    Dementia is a sad sad thing. Take your meds and go enjoy the show.

    This forum is not for discussing the show - just the fraud that is Walter O'Brien.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Oct 2015 @ 6:05pm

    OMG, you have the BALLS to talk about dementia, you are your own worst enemy, here someone asks you for valid information and you still give the same answer, Walter O'Brien is a fraud, is this ALL you know about the man?

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 23 Oct 2015 @ 7:44am

    Anonymous Coward

    By the way, that was an error, I forgot to sign in, I am NOT an anonymous coward, you are, I would be also if I were you, I am done with you, dealing with you is like dealing with a 4 year old, you revert to name calling and acting like a child, sorry, I am a grown woman, I would give you a time out, you are ridiculous, pull up your pants, act like an adult, stop being jealous of the man, he did something to you, find him, have it out with HIM and stop taking it out on the world, GOOD LUCK!

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 23 Oct 2015 @ 7:50am

    Thank you for this article

    YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD, KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT NOTHING!!!

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 23 Oct 2015 @ 8:50am

    English is so simple... but understanding is not.

    A month ago it was made clear to you that this is not about the show; it's about the man.

    A month ago it was made clear to you that this is not about me; it's about the man.

    Please take your multiple personalities and go get help. Continuing to argue past the point of exhaustion will only make you tired; it won't change the fact that this is about Walter O'Brien the fraud, not the show, and not me.

    Best of luck with better meds, and have a great weekend.

    If anything I said confuses you, as I'm sure it does, just read the post at the very end of the page.

    Cheers

    Ehud

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 24 Oct 2015 @ 9:16am

    English is so simple... but understanding is not.

    I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE POST AT THE END OF THE PAGE THAT YOU WROTE, HOW IS THAT, I CARE ABOUT MOST OF THE OTHER POST THAT PEOPLE WROTE ABOUT THE SHOW, HOW IS THAT, YOU KNOW, THE ONES PEOPLE WROTE ABOUT LIKING THE SHOW AND NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU SAY SOMETHING ELSE, THERE THEY ARE, RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU, MAYBE YOU SHOULD SEE A NEW EYE DOCTOR AS WELL AS HAVING YOUR MEDS ADJUSTED??????????? WHATEVER IT IS, AGAIN, I SUGGEST YOU SEEK HELP FOR YOUR PROBLEM WITH WALTER O'BRIEN, YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A VERY JEALOUS, BITTER MAN WHO HAS NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN SPEND YOUR TIME TRYING TO PROVE THAT WALTER O'BRIEN IS A FAKE, MOVE ON....... WHEN PEOPLE EVEN TRY TO DEBATE THIS ISSUE WITH YOU, YOU REVERT TO NASTINESS, NAME CALLING SO THEY STAY AWAY FROM YOU AND DON'T GET INVOLVED, READ YOUR ANSWERS TO PEOPLE WHO SPEAK UP, YOU CALL THEM STUPID AMONG OTHER THINGS, WHO ARE YOU?????? THIS IS NOT ABOUT WALTER O'BRIEN, THIS IS ABOUT YOU, THAT'S ALL, YOU, HOW SMART YOU THINK YOU, WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T EVEN CARE ABOUT ANYONE ELSE'S OPINION, YOU JUST WANT TO PROVE ONE THING, AND NO ONE IS EVEN INTERESTED ANYMORE, THAT IS WHY NO WANT COMES HERE. YOU MUST BE A VERY LONELY MAN WHOSE OPINION IS THE ONLY ONE THAT MATTERS IN LIFE. IS WALTER O'BRIEN A REAL COMPUTER SECURITY GENIUS? ARE YOU? IF HE IS, ISN'T, WHY THE HELL DOES IT BOTHER YOU SO MUCH, WHY DON'T YOU WORRY ABOUT YOU AND THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE OR ARE YOU AS MEAN AND NASTY TO THEM AS YOU ARE TO THE PEOPLE HERE? ARE THERE ANY???????? DON'T EVEN ANSWER THE QUESTION BECAUSE I BELIEVE YOU ARE A LIAR TOO! GOOD DAY!

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      Ehud Gavron (profile), 24 Oct 2015 @ 9:50am

      Dementia is a disease, and yelling is not the cure.

      No, really. It's not about me. This is a forum on a particular topic and you keep coming here and spewing. It's considered polite to stick to the topic, whether you post as yourself or others.

      Have a blessed day :)

      Ehud

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 25 Oct 2015 @ 1:06pm

    Dementia is a disease, and yelling is not the cure.

    YOU are an ass!

    I wonder how many people applaud me?

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2015 @ 11:15am

    Ehud Gavron,the three things that I have come to realize in this chat room is
    1. You seem to extremely jealous of Walter.
    2. You are the rudest being I have ever seen in my whole life. You disregard everyone,I'll tell you, you need to do something to that character, God help you.
    3. Lastly, I think you want to obtain fame from all this and u seem so obsessive about walter, please do not use the man for selfish purposes.
    Perhaps you are so lonely that you feel annoyed that a man who possibly might have a disease is gaining more fame than you, just don't insult anyone else. In your loneliness turn to God, turn to Jesus I believe he will help you, he always does.

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    alternatives(), 29 Nov 2015 @ 1:40am

    2. You are the rudest being I have ever seen in my whole life.

    Darling, this is the Internet.

    You have not SEEN any being. You have seen some text on a screen, nothing more, nothing less.

    As for "your whole life" - might I suggest you go out and live a few years? Perhaps visit or live in New York, go to a place called 4chan, read the comment section of the local newspaper website or go to a westbourogh baptist protest before you make such a comment again.

    May Sweet Baby Jesus keep on blessing you.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 29 Nov 2015 @ 2:00pm

    alternatives()

    2. You are the rudest being I have ever seen in my whole life.

    Darling, this is the Internet.

    You have not SEEN any being. You have seen some text on a screen, nothing more, nothing less.

    As for "your whole life" - might I suggest you go out and live a few years? Perhaps visit or live in New York, go to a place called 4chan, read the comment section of the local newspaper website or go to a westbourogh baptist protest before you make such a comment again.

    Regarding your answer, just because I believe the Westborough Baptist Church people are extremely rude and should be stopped does NOT make it all right for everyone else, when I walk through the streets of New York, Boston, wherever and some people pushes and shoves and doesn't say excuse me does NOT make it ok for everyone else, I still say I am sorry, I know the difference between right and wrong and know to say please and thank you and TRY NOT to hurt other people's feelings and don't insult them because they have a different opinion then I do, I would love to be famous (I think?) beautiful, wealthy and all those things but I am not so jealous to carry on that you have made this place undesirable and in case YOU have not noticed what most people have, which I don't give a shit about, other than the fact that we can not discuss a show without negative input, this man has a BIG problem and should go away because that is the only thing this room is being used for, other then that, it is IDLE!!!!! NO ONE WANTS TO COME IN HERE, as for what anyone else has seen, don't be so sure, you never know.......

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      alternatives(), 30 Nov 2015 @ 5:36am

      Re: alternatives()

      Regarding your answer, just because I believe the Westborough Baptist Church people are extremely rude and should be stopped does NOT make it all right for everyone else

      Way to avoid the issue of your facts being demonstrably incorrect and rather than owning up to your mistake and saying "hey, turns out that there ARE ruder people" you jump to 'because others do it, does that make it right'.

      that you have made this place undesirable

      *I* have? An interesting claim. Yet the only thread I see comments from you is this one - so why don't you put your money where your mouth is and PROVE this claim you are making. My guess is you won't be able to because you lack the basic competency to do such.

      I do hope you are being paid well to thread-sit and offer up such "quality" posts "defending" the "entertainment" product.

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 30 Nov 2015 @ 12:50pm

    alternatives()

    hmmmmmmmm.......... now you tell me how I do that when people like you have chased everyone away. By the way, do you know if Scorpion is on tonight? Anyone???????????????

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      alternatives(), 30 Nov 2015 @ 2:17pm

      Re: alternatives()

      now you tell me how I do that when people like you have chased everyone away

      1st you make a claim "you have made this place undesirable". I call you on your claim about me and my conduct and the above is your response?

      Why don't you just admit you were wrong with your claim?

      By the way, do you know if Scorpion is on tonight?

      If this is the way the Internet works best in your world - troll a message board for 6+ months to ask when a television show is going to be on - perhaps you should go take an "internet class" at the local county extension.

      Perhaps some place like http://www.tvguide.com/listings/ ?

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 30 Nov 2015 @ 2:56pm

    alternatives

    I already checked, it is a repeat! Believe me, I have been using the internet long enough to know how to use it and I don't even know who you are........ As far as I am concerned, you are just another person that crawled out of the woodwork to give me a hard time, I don't even bother coming in here myself any longer but when I see someone defending rude behavior, I am sorry, it upsets me, I have children, I taught them better than this, I am guessing, you are not a child, I could be wrong, I am hoping you were taught better than this, I could be wrong, you know what they say, you should never assume anything and even if your parents did teach you right from wrong it certainly does not mean you practice it, you also might be one of those people that just likes to antagonize people also. If you miss the show, it is a good one, have a good evening.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 30 Nov 2015 @ 3:22pm

      Re: alternatives

      Hi Randi,

      This is Mike. I run this site. I'm a bit confused about your ongoing comments here accusing other people of somehow being rude to you or treating you unfairly. As it should be clear, this blog post is about the individual Walter O'Brien. It has little to do with the TV show, other than the fact that the show is supposedly -- if totally falsely -- billed as being based on O'Brien's life.

      It seems clear that you like the show. No one here cares.

      The whole issue was about O'Brien's clearly false statements of fact and our discussion of that. You seemed very focused on this TV show -- which no one else here cares about -- and some of the regular readers on the site called you out on your confusion.

      Since then this has just been a merry-go-round of ridiculousness.

      So can we just end this. You can enjoy your TV show. No one's trying to take that away. But just admit that it's pure fiction and that O'Brien is a liar who got the TV show on the air using false pretenses. And please, stop insulting the people around here who tried to respond to you sensibly only to have you mock them.

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        Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 15 Dec 2015 @ 8:44am

        Re: Re: alternatives

        Hi Mike,
        My comments were not about treating ME as RUDE or unfairly, I don't care about Walter O'Brien, I started out wanting to learn more about him, after seeing the 1st or 2nd show I was fascinated, not by him by something I had seen. I admit, I am no genius, that does not make me a stupid person, there are many other things I do excel at, just not these things. I was shocked at the way I was spoken to, looking into the matter, I was shocked at the way MOST people were spoken to. Now maybe that is how you are looking for the room to be run, go back, people have been called all kinds of names and a lot of times I would stay away but then feel so badly for someone to be treated like that, how do you know who you are speaking to, a 90 year old person. I remember my question, it was regarding being fed oxygen through a tube, a legitimate question wouldn't you think? Yes, I had seen it on the tv show, I was curious about it, how could you not breath under water, hold your breath. Was this, in fact, possible, I know I couldn't do it. I didn't deserve the treatment I received and neither did many people for any question they asked, I found it appalling. It is your site to do with as you please but it seemed to me not many people wanted to come in here and be spoken to by this man who I guess is a genius. No one deserves to be disrespected in that way or spoken down to like that. Maybe now it will get better. Thanks.

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          Sean Timmons (profile), 15 Dec 2015 @ 9:24am

          Re: Re: Re: alternatives

          Here was the EXACT response to your question when it was asked:

          _______


          Honestly, no. Extensive research us not done. Otherwise claiming the story is based on real events would not have gotten past first steps of research.

          That said... Reddit has multiple people discussing this particuoar episode and though they don't even bother asking if the method of blood cycling would work, I can help with this point...

          If one receives merely a single bubble of air into their veins they die. It happens often enough. This this episode is not believable.

          However, though you do have questions about the show and I am happy to refute items that are obviously falsified, please do keep in mind that the article above is about the man, not the show.

          You did prove my point that folks come here after seeing the show, so I do appreciate that. If you wanted to know about the man the show is supposed to be based upon, please do read the article above.

          It is definitely one thing to watch the show for what it is, a TV show. No argument there. To add the layer of "truth" is sort of like saying all those shows on TruTV aren't setups. Know the show is not reality and we can all high five over it.

          _____________

          Please know we have it all in writing. Holier than thou won't work here. Reading the responses in thread, it was made clear prior to your first comment that this thread was not.about the show, yet you asked your question anyway. You received a very appropriate response. You refused to leave it at that. You persisted for no apparent reason.

          Although it has been mentioned in so many ways, and I even begged for it to stop, continued mentions of a television show continue.

          And worst of all, I find it highly quesionable the age you claim, and find it beyond bizarre that one would mebtion it as an excuse for trolling.

          One would think a plea from the site owner would suffice...

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        Anonymous Coward, 19 Apr 2017 @ 11:11pm

        Re: Re: alternatives

        It seems obvious randi is in cahoots with Walter in some way and is trying to hijack this forum

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          Ehud Gavron (profile), 20 Apr 2017 @ 10:20am

          Randi's disconnected state

          From what I read Randi is suffering from some disconnection from reality, unable to perceive the world the way it is, and feeling a narcissistic compulsion to attempt to "educate" everyone else as to the altered state.

          Truly delusional people are fascinating... for a few minutes at best. Randi's 15 minutes were up in 2015.

          E

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            Anonymous Coward, 20 Apr 2017 @ 7:21pm

            Re: Randi's disconnected state

            You probably right. I just started watching the show and wanted to find out if this guy was real. It seemed unbelievable and now I see why. At first I thought she was a friend or something of Walter, why else go off like that? Sorry I was late to the party and opened that door.

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      alternatives(), 30 Nov 2015 @ 5:35pm

      Re: alternatives

      I have been using the internet long enough to know how to use it

      And yet you asked if any of us could find out for you if the TV show would be on.

      So you are either a troll or ignorant of things like "search engines" and sites like TV Guide. Given you claim you 'know how to use the internet' you must be a troll.


      and I don't even know who you are........

      Troll - you accused me personally of 'driving people away' due to my conduct. Now your position is one of ignorance of my posting history - so which is it.....you know me well enough to make a claim about my conduct OR you don't know squat?


      I don't even bother coming in here myself any longer

      Do you think anyone reading this at this point is STUPID?
      Nov 30th, 2015 @ 2:56pm Nov 30th, 2015 @ 12:50pm Nov 29th, 2015 @ 2:00pm are your post dates. The post previous was Oct 25th, 2015 @ 1:06pm and the post that set you off was 3 weeks later - Nov 18th, 2015 @ 11:15am

      Troll, for "not bothering" coming to this site - you sure seem invested in this ONE topic.

      but when I see someone defending rude behavior,

      Troll, you are the one with the rude behaviour.

      you also might be one of those people that just likes to antagonize people also.

      Troll, I call out bullshit. Seems you don't like being held accountable and don't like being called on your behaviour.

      If you miss the show, it is a good one

      I see no reason to waste my time with the products of the idiot box. As the 2 links point out TV isn't all its cracked up to be.

      And given your demonstrated judgement via your postings the blank wall staring sounds like the safer choice than listening to a troll.

      "television must be judged as a maladaptive technology" (727) because, among several measured reasons, it "inhibits consciousness and purposeful behaviour." In other areas of study they conclude that TV is maladaptive because it stimlates only recognition and squelches conscious recall; that TV involves "more forgetting than remembering" of TV content; that "understanding" of contents is minimalized

      "Psychophysiologist Thomas Mulholland found that after just 30 seconds of watching television the brain begins to produce alpha waves, which indicates torpid (almost comatose) [slow] rates of activity. Alpha brain waves are associated with unfocused, overly receptive states of consciousness. A high frequency alpha waves [sic] does not occur normally when the eyes are open. In fact, Mulholland’s research implies that watching television is neurologically analogous to staring at a blank wall.

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    Me, 9 Dec 2015 @ 3:53am

    Reallllllllly

    Guys I think in the series on Netflix they are saying that it is based on true events. (proved to be false thanks to research by many)

    But first off I would like to say I am shocked no one has bought this point up and I think it IS significant

    I am WAY more concerned about the hidden brain washing techniques that they are using here.

    I have only watched the first episode and I am not impressed with the reference to how "Fuel tanks (from planes) Ignite on impact, you wont find a body part" (sound familiar)this is the official story the 9-11 inquiry told us about what happened on 9-11 although did not burn the passport from the so called terrorist later turning up alive and getting an official apology from the government).There are more references to 9-11 bullshit in there to!! just re watch and drink some strong coffee keeping eyes pealed and ears open and you to will see other 9-11 brainwashing shit. watch it again and tell me I'm wrong.

    So to cut long story short THIS IS A TOOL PROGRAM put together to keep un educated sheeple in the dark so they don't think Logically or even use there god given brains.

    ITS ENTERTAINMENT that is all it will ever account to IMO.

    I did laugh though with the RJ45 cable from the plane into the laptop thinking to myself "I do hope they are not using Microsoft windows"!

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    Jarat, 14 Dec 2015 @ 8:09pm

    Ah, the memories

    I remember reading the original article quite some time ago, which is why I was very confused to see this popping up in the Hot Topics list. I thought it might have been a new article about Walter O'Brien, whom I've been interested in since the Scorpion show claimed it was based on his 'experiences'. I'm happy to see it's the same article from before, but with the addition of an extremely entertaining comments thread. Thanks, everyone! I just wasted too much time reading through all of this and occasionally reading interesting bits to my very bored cat.

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    anonymous, 15 Dec 2015 @ 2:34pm

    NASA

    Did he or did he not hack nasa?

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 15 Dec 2015 @ 2:54pm

      Re: NASA

      I'll go with no. From Wikipedia:


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      O'Brien claims that when he was thirteen years old (c. 1988), he hacked into NASA under the pseudonym "Scorpion".[9] IrishCentral and Irish Daily Mail said the incident was unconfirmed.[8][10] In an interview with Silicon Republic, an Irish technology news website, O'Brien claimed that the NSA, through Interpol, appeared at his home following the hack.[11] O'Brien said the NSA was providing security for NASA at the time. He told the agents he would help show them vulnerabilities in their network in exchange for not getting into trouble.[3] According to O'Brien, he had an extradition document ready in his backpack, but he couldn't provide more details on the deal that was made due to non-disclosure agreements.[5] French tabloid Telestar said there is no trace of the NASA hack.[9] Techdirt pointed out that the United States Department of Homeland Security, cited by Gabel as having surrounded O'Brien's home, did not exist at the time of the alleged hack.[4]

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      Feel free to visit the site for references.

      At this point, I wouldn't trust him to tell me he's got brown shoes.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Dec 2015 @ 3:06pm

    I explained why I felt you were rude to everyone, I respect his wishes, he asked nicely, I am out of here.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 15 Dec 2015 @ 3:30pm

    Back to the discussion...

    > I am out of here.

    Great! This discussion thread (not a "room") can continue to be a discussion about the article about Walter O'Brien the fraud, not about you, or that show.

    Holiday wishes to you and your other personalities.

    Ehud

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Jan 2016 @ 7:43pm

    Yeah. Obviously he is a fictional/fraudulent character whom they created a TV show based on from a existing persons life. The depressing part after reading posts from host with idiot friends is.. You come of towards other people writing here like they are dumb not getting that he is a fraud. Do you 3 even have å combined IQ in the 90's.

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      Seriously?, 17 Mar 2017 @ 3:03pm

      Re:

      Are you *really* insulting the intelligence of three contributors to this thread whose logic and reasoning abilities, and command of the English language, are *far* superior to yours?

      Besides, they know what the article's about, hon. You haven't even made it *that* far.

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    wes, 8 Feb 2016 @ 11:06pm

    Truth will set u free

    Idea of a television show is to make money. To be a popular a tv show has to be of interest tp the main stream and that is where the money is. American audiences really don't care much for truth, proof is that fox news exists. Americans get romance, this is what this show is really about. I have no illusions about it's lack of creditability. I really, really, enjoy watching this show. If getting to an end solution was all that was life about, artificial insemination would be really popular.

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 9 Feb 2016 @ 3:23am

      Re: Truth will set u free

      Seriously? We are still dealing with people talking about a TV show?

      Read the article. Consider it. Is the writer of said article referring to a TV show or a real, live human being?

      And yes, when we are lied to, even if it was by a TV show which promises to show events based on reality, it should be called out. We were lied to by Mr. O'Brien when he told his tales of being brought to the US by the NSA, or was it the FBI? He doesn't know because it never happened.

      The real human being said all of these things and was given a television show for it. The real Mike Masnick exposes his lies and has to deal with people who don't know the difference between a TV show and reality.

      It really does bring to mind the question, what is the average IQ of a Scorpion watcher?

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 9 Feb 2016 @ 4:45am

    Trolls

    Walter O'Brien is a fake. He's an idiot. He is retarded. He is a moron. This article is about this moron retard idiot*. It's not about a loser of a show or the losers who troll this thread**.

    The people still talking about the TV show are clearly trolling. Likely they are either one of the words above (you did look up the definition, right?) or they are paid to be one of the words above. Either way they are trolls.

    Sean, you have the patience of a saint... or Job. The former go to Heaven. The latter got lots of punishment.

    Best wishes for being the former!

    Ehud
    * These are valid English words. Feel free to look them up. A quick google search provides valid contextual definitions. Don't be a moron idiot retarded person and do look them up.

    ** Note: this is a thread. It's not a "room". AOL's free 3.5" floppies are long gone and we don't walk in and say "HELLO ROOM" any more. It's a discussion led by comments about an article. I know this is confusing... to those who fit under point 1 above.

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    Die poes (profile), 6 Mar 2016 @ 5:31pm

    You think u are better

    Who knows if we are the only entelegent being in the Universe? Did the coverment tell you that??? Nooooo,the coverment only covers their way to keep a peace that wil never last. they cover everything in its path so how do u know walter o'brien is lying or telling the truth. I'am at the moment watching scorpion and should know that the coverment can earas the IQ level of mr walter o'brien and no real record will show ever again.o and one thing more you are all stupid assholes you cant tink to yourself in any way. If you new who tipped this comment you'll be asaimend of being outsmarted by a stupid south african if you are head of fbi,homeland secerity or any other high seceur compony? U would not use a little time to even say something about this!!! And you faggs no something I believe walter o'brien because theirs a 50/50 persent im rong or correct and because the coverment leaves very important facts out.do what u can to help the need SA16 and ehud gavron youre intelligence are even wors than jacob zuma

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      Anonymous Coward, 7 Mar 2016 @ 7:41am

      Re: You think u are better

      Well, I cannot argue with that. Literally unable to argue with whatever that was.

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        Anonymous Coward, 7 Mar 2016 @ 8:14am

        Re: Re: You think u are better

        He said he was drunk and illiterate but better than everyone else. Then he threw in some insults, some numbers (50/50, SA16), and then passed out from alcohol intoxication.

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    Die poes (profile), 8 Mar 2016 @ 12:46am

    The guy who is on top of my comment

    And then you should go for some reading lessons or go back to school because 50/50 is the % of walter lying or talking the truth and SA16 means you are outsmarted by a 16 year old south African or you just want to insult me for I dont care
    Your word dasnt hold me back for I think walter isnt lying

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      Ehud Gavron (profile), 8 Mar 2016 @ 2:20am

      Re: The guy who is on top of my comment

      You outsmarted everyone! You're the South African Walter. How could I have missed it before -- illiteracy, inability to communicate with "normal" people, egomania, maladjusted personality disorder, and a deep desire to prove dominance withouth a shred of talent or ability -- those are the hallmarks :)

      Welcome South African Walter. This topic is not about you. (Nor your show, should there be an LDC-Scorpion airing somewhere.)

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 9 Mar 2016 @ 3:57am

      Re: The guy who is on top of my comment

      Trump 2016!

      See, now I understand. I though you meant Santa Anita 16th race, and that it was an even money bet. Very confusing.

      Aside from that, your logic is soind. I can't imagine how anyone could out think you. Perhaps you're the genius. Perhaps Walter is your father? I'd say it's 50/50. So it must be true.

      p.s., if you hear what sounds like two pogo sticks coming up behind you, do NOT hide in the bathroom.

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    Die poes (profile), 9 Mar 2016 @ 3:16am

    Ehud gavron

    Should I care poes

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    Die poes (profile), 9 Mar 2016 @ 5:08am

    You know I wont have to go and hide in the bathroom 'cause your head is in the way and well jealousy is eating up inside of you asshole well you must look at your behind ill be their to knock you down

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Mar 2016 @ 5:19am

      Re: the

      You call yourself South African and you missed an Oscar Pistorius joke? You're fired. So much for my assumption that you were a genius.

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        Anonymous Coward, 9 Mar 2016 @ 5:31am

        Re: Re: the

        Three famous South Africans:

        1. Movie star who killed her father

        2. Olympic runner who killed his gilfriend

        3. Nelson Mandella

        None of them are as idiotic as this poor poser

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    Die poes (profile), 9 Mar 2016 @ 5:40am

    THEIRS ONE PERSON IN THIS thts even more stupid than you
    Ps you came out of it

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      Ehud Gavron (profile), 9 Mar 2016 @ 6:30am

      Back to the topic...

      This is about Walter "The Fraud" O'Brien.

      As much fun as it is to point out that our third-world friend makes no sense, that is not the point of this discussion thread.

      Sorry, "South African" Troll Boy, you'll have to go get your jollies somewhere else.

      Ehud

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Mar 2016 @ 5:18am

    you guys are all idiots. If he's a fraud, fine all you need to do is to see him as an inspiration and aspire to be great and do something worthwhile. For Mike Masnick you would not be recognised as anything but a fool. Same goes to the rest who keep spitting trash.

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    Einstein jnr, 16 Mar 2016 @ 5:35am

    Walter O'brien

    Walter O'brien's story is inspiring even though it might not seem very valid.
    Yet the show has been an inspiration to people with hope and a future.
    Mike Masnick and other haters make an achievement (a credible one) before you come blabbing and running your lips about someone else

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      Ehud Gavron (profile), 16 Mar 2016 @ 6:16am

      Re: Walter O'brien

      "Mike Masnick... make an achievement... before you come blabbing and running your lips..."

      Actually THIS IS Mike Masnick's website. He didn't COME blabbing and running his lips. YOU came to HIS website blabbing and running your lips.*

      Ehud
      * In modern English the words you meant to use were blabbering and running your mouth off. Of course to expect literacy from a hater that tells a website owner off while drowing in invisible irony is an exercise in futility.

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    Elle Godfrey, 17 Mar 2016 @ 12:35am

    Scorpian

    I think you really need to take the world AND TV A BIT MORE THESE LITERALLY !!!!!!!
    I don't think they have ever claimed this show to be a documentary, or that these episodes are re-enactments of actually happens...
    I would hate to see your reviews of Star Trek, or the Movies of the Matrix trilogy....
    Sometimes WE ALL HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT TV SHOWS ARE ONLY A VEHICLE OF ENTERTAINMENT. Get over yourself and your self righteousness, sit back for a moment and enjoy what a lot of TV shows are "ENTERTAINMENT".

    And guess what if you don't like the entertainment value of that TV shoe TURN THE STATION-don't you have a remote???

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    wes, 17 Mar 2016 @ 4:21pm

    I have an IQ less than Walter O'brien

    And If the article was about just about Walter O'Brien then the show, the cbs network and television would not be mentioned so many times.
    A single reference to the show would be enough and the reddit article should at least have more mentions in the first two paragraphs. The first two paragraphs primarily talk about the tv show.
    Walter O'brien is an unfashionable or socially inept person. Otherwise know as a geek.
    Love the show. The comment is not about Walter O'Brien it's about the article about Walter O'Brien.

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      Sean Timmons (profile), 17 Mar 2016 @ 5:32pm

      Re: I have an IQ less than Walter O'brien

      Ok, you probably do have an it lower than Walter O'Brien. That's not a good thing at all.

      That said, the article is providing what some would call background. You see, one of the shoe's conceits is that it is based on a real story. This helps lead you to the next step, which is, Is the show based on what he says or is it a complete falsification of his own words? Which leads to the next step, investigating Walter O'Briens actual, real, human statements.

      That is what this article addresses. It does not attempt to investigate the show in any way. It investigates the human being.

      If you like the show, no one here cares. Just keep on its not real.

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    Bellochio, 23 Mar 2016 @ 7:22pm

    TV requires story telling

    After watching several of the episodes of Scorpion I did not care so much anymore if it was based on a 'true' story anymore. In the end what matters for the producers of the show is if it's good entertainment and a good story. I think Walter is a pretty intelligent guy. I probably would not hire his company for IT or 'Thinktank' work because I think he is a bit of a con artist however I think he is a good story teller which is what counts in show business. In the end he probably worked from the fantasy about what he would like his company 'Scorpion' to be and if you are an intelligent geek you gotta admit there is a definite attraction.

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2016 @ 12:11pm

      Re: TV requires story telling

      Not sure why I bother, but why not?

      The article is not about the show

      The show has never been written by Walter. It is produced by Nick Santora. Based on inaccurate events.

      If you seem to agree that it's not true, you ought to have concerns that they are allowed to claim it is based on actual events. It surely is not. Because Walter has been lying about reality. Please see mutiple posts from people with even passing knowledge of networking and computers for details.

      As relevant as your response, may I say I like Game of Thrones.

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        Anonymous Coward, 4 Jun 2016 @ 1:18pm

        Re: Re: TV requires story telling

        I agree with everything you have said and that was the mistake to begin with, saying it was based on his life, actual events, whatever, they changed that and that is what made everyone crazy, I have not watched Game of Thrones but I heard it was very good, maybe I will, I do enjoy Scorpion, it is a good show, entertaining, it isn't even Walter O'Brien's character that I like. Person of Interest is my personal favorite, I watched it religiously, from day 1, a show that was way before it's time and actually predicted things that had not happened yet, but did, now it is being taken off and all these people who never got into it until now, it has almost become a cult like thing are appalled, they petitioned CBS to keep it, it was to late. If you haven't watched it, please give it a shot, it took me a bit of time but knowing what we know now, you will be amazed. I watch very few shows and I am so sorry to see this one go. Have a good day and thank you for your recommendation.

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          Ehud Gavron (profile), 4 Jun 2016 @ 6:50pm

          Re: Re: Re: TV requires story telling

          You have entirely missed the entire thread and its point. You do, however, get oints for being an idiot shil, so feel free to put that in your pipe and smoke it.

          On all other points you're awarded zero points, and we're all stupider for having read your idiot post... and you are an idiot. Bless your soul you delusional idiotic moron. Bless it to death. AN untimely and painful one.

          Credit: Billy Madison.

          E

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    Chase Bank, 3 Apr 2016 @ 3:22pm

    I watched the show.

    It's so hard not to laugh after reading these comments. Sure this is about Walter but the show itself is beyond absurd.

    1. no-knock raids occur usually in the early hours of the morning, and law enforcement prefers pre-dawn. The raid in the opening of S01E01 occurs mid-morning.

    2. no-knock raids do not come by helicopter -- that's too noisy. Instead they come by vehicle to the last mile and on foot to the premise. In this pilot episode they bring in 3 (virtual) Huey (Bell UH-01) helicopters flying in a (virtual) close flight formation. The amount of noise and earth-shaking that would bring would be heard a mile away.

    3. the armed men ignore the people outside (real LEOs would have immediately put them on the ground and in zip ties so they are not a factor), enter the house and immediately know to go to the upper floor. (real LEOs would have cleared the lower floor first before proceeding upstairs let alone not knowing to need to go upstairs.)

    4. they go directly to the room with "the kid" and say "it's just a kid" into the radio. But there was no way to know which room or the house layout just like there was no way to know upper floor but if you're going to imagine "well they just knew because it's a TV show" then they might as well have known it's a kid.

    Here's kinda a big deal - in that split instant they see the kid they magically all know that the kid is the person they are seeking and everyone else is immediately and without haste totally free to go, is not an accomplice, did not help the kid, and is free free free.
    Wow.


    5. they had orders to arrest him, which they do, but not before allowing him to present them with some document (we assume he wrote) which -- the kid being below the age of majority -- has zero legal standing. Also either law enforcement or soldiers in the process of executing a search and seizure and arrest don't have the authority to enter into an agreement. Those are done by the prosecutors on behalf of the agency/state agency that they represent.

    6. go outside with the kid in cuffs... but the cuffs are in front. Handcuffs are not put in front of anyone by real LEOs.

    7. dad is outside with his arms around the two women next to him. In real life they'd still be zip-tied on the ground, or in the best possible case they'd be in a car ready to be taken for questioning.

    8. then the Range Rovers pull up. Range Rovers are cool, but they're not used to go to random Irish country homes right after three Hueys went in. More likely a more conventional (lower cost per mile) vehicle would be used. A well-dressed guy gets out and calls the kid "son" and asks his name. Wait, let me get this right, you knew the house, floor, bedroom, and you didn't know the occupants' kid's name?

    9. Snap to the present world where our hero is breaking up with a girl. They've been dating for three months and she's complained he's not in touch with her feelings. She's attractive and articulate and intelligent even in accepting the breakup. There is no way she would have even gone on one date with him, and in the outside chance she would have, she would have never ever gone on a second date.

    10. he's in the diner (breaking up with the girl, whom he called and invited to meet him there so he could break up with her) to do a job. the job is to fix the wireless network. he does this using a laptop that is not running Windows, MacOS, or Linux. Then, when he's done, he does not shut it down - he just closes it. Any real computer genius would have at least pressed the power button to suspend it.

    11. there's a cute waitress (right?) whose kid is at the counter OCD-fidgeting with salt-shakers and the like. Our hero goes over and plays Go with the kid using the pepper and salt shakers. Then he tells the mother the kid needs help, tells the old-timer the "wireless is fixed" and "not to yell at the kid" and takes off. The old man had not yelled at the kid.

    12. he leaves driving a Datsun 240Z, a car not manufactured since 1978 (and in fact Datsun became Nissan 21 years ago) but the steering wheel, flat-bucket seats, and interior are from an American manufacturer. He wears his watch on the right, and he talks to himself. I guess that means he's not just a guy with an impossibly old car redone with the wrong interior but he can't tell right from left. for those of you in the biz, yes the interior car set doesn't match the exterior shots.

    13. he enters a warehouse where a girl connects a tap to the power grid (to steal power) and things light up one by one. in real life everything powers up at once, or things need turning on.

    that's the first five minutes of the first episode of the first season of the show that so many people here have risen up to defend - even though the article isn't about the show.

    I had to watch the show to see just how fantastic this show was that people would say "Well we don't care if you don't think this guy is a genius, but the show's really good." I made it through five minutes. Obviously people smarter than I made it through many and think this idiot's a genius and this show is a genius and likely they think that Wrestlemania is real and that Jon Snow really is alive.

    If you're ever thinking "Wait, techdirt did a story on this guy who is not a genius but lots of people say don't worry about that because the show is really good" then feel free to sit back and go think about something else. The show is really not good. Preempt for those who say "well you should have given it more than five minutes" - if it smells rank and has lumpy blue fuzz on it you don't eat more of it to see if you get sick.

    Chase Huntingdon

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    memes, 21 Apr 2016 @ 4:16am

    very nice information

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 May 2016 @ 9:26pm

    i like the show but your so goddamn determined to down play
    it as not real so um is tv um real or i suppose um we should just um take your word on un everything ,you fucking jerk

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 May 2016 @ 12:06am

    Fuck you

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    asad, 11 Aug 2016 @ 12:41am

    programming

    This blog awesome and i learn a lot about programming from here.The best thing about this blog is that you doing from beginning to experts level.

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    Jna, 16 Oct 2016 @ 6:25pm

    Walter is a fraud

    I can't believe I took the time to read the article and all the comments but it was very entertaining. Anyway, I did see the show and it was unbelievable, so when it said that Walter O'Brien was real, I was curious as to what the real story was. It seems he is quite a confabulator--which is unfortunate. I like the idea that Science and Tech can save us and solve all our problems but, sadly, the real problem is usually human nature itself. Thanks for the article.

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Oct 2016 @ 9:30pm

    it,s a fucking tv show,if untrue statments upset you, just watch fox news.

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      Ehud Gavron (profile), 29 Oct 2016 @ 11:01pm

      Inability to read English strikes again

      No, LOL, you missed the point (of every post!)

      It's not a fucking TV show. This discussion is about the purported hero (not the TV show) :)

      I hope that explains it to you. You like to swear but can't understand simple English so may I suggest you go work for a Verizon call center in a third world country? Practice saying "I am trying to help you now." Feels good, doesn't it?

      Best regards,

      E

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    Colin, 14 Mar 2017 @ 1:35pm

    Helicopter in March 2017 show

    Right off I noticed it had no flight controls on the exterior to change rotors for any axis of flight. But then what does that matter when closeup shows no engine. You see daylight threw the cowling on top. Which is why you didn't see those boarding leaving in it.
    Let. Col. Craig, USAF

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      Ehud Gavron (profile), 14 Mar 2017 @ 2:05pm

      Re: Helicopter in March 2017 show

      Congratulations on making Let Col[sic] in whatever video game you were playing.

      If you were a real Lieutenant Colonel ("Lt. Col") you'd have known this is a discussion about Walter O'Brien being a fraud, and not the TV show. Nothing on the TV show is discussed in this thread. Feel free to read the first post or the last post or anything in between. They are in English and pretty clear.

      Best of luck making full-bird in your video game.

      Ehud

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 21 Apr 2017 @ 10:31am

    ME

    Since I haven't seemed to be getting my mail and haven't been in here in a while (look at dates) figured this was a lost cause) and just noticed my name (by the way, I am not a guy, I am a gal) never said the tv show was real, show is ENTERTAINING, did you watch it by any chance this week, cute, love the show but think it is sort of running out of steam unless something starts happening between the 2 lead characters and that would sort of end the show anyway BECAUSE it is a tv show and that was NEVER my gripe in all of this anyway nor anyone else's that felt any of the feelings that I felt so maybe you should of just stayed home from the party because it seems you missed all the fun and that was a long time ago and you are right, who knows who Walter is to me??????????????

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      Anonymous Coward, 21 Apr 2017 @ 7:00pm

      ME [Randi disconnected mental state]

      Still haven't gotten it. Not about the show. Sorry your dissociative condition is preventing you from seeing reality.

      Reality isn't the show either.

      Take the meds.

      E

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 21 Apr 2017 @ 10:37am

    ME

    Randi's disconnected state


    From what I read Randi is suffering from some disconnection from reality, unable to perceive the world the way it is, and feeling a narcissistic compulsion to attempt to "educate" everyone else as to the altered state.

    Truly delusional people are fascinating... for a few minutes at best. Randi's 15 minutes were up in 2015.

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHH, bored are we????????????????????????

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 22 Apr 2017 @ 4:20pm

    [Randi disconnected mental state]

    Then how about we go back to leaving me, my mental state and the show alone, I would suggest if you are bored you start working on your own mental state as I believe there is a BIGGGGGGGG problem there and I always have, why would you bring me into this after all this time other than you have no one to bother, I have much better things to do than play with you or listen to what you think. Some of us have lives, now go play with someone else.

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      Anonymous Coward, 22 Apr 2017 @ 4:48pm

      Crazy Randi

      Randi, as is very clear, this thread is not about me. That's in the Last Word. You did read it, right? I know you can't relate to reality... but still... reading is fundamental. (RIF, remember? Back when you were 60 and the commercials were on TV?)

      Anyhoo, it's not about you. I just didn't want the newbie falling for the idea that you might be lucid or that you could be convinced this isn't about the show. Unfortunately you can't, and it isn't, but that's not any reason to pollute the thread... as you do.

      So as we non-censorious people say "fight speech with more speech." If you insist on blathering on about the show (not the topic here - take it elsewhere) I'll be happy to follow up with your credentials -- ensuring everyone knows you're a loon.

      Now take your "BIGGGG[yawn]" problem and go discuss it as much as you want -- anywhere else.

      Best regards, and remember - read the last word. It's not about me. And it's not about the show. And it's not about your lack of mental health.

      E

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    Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 22 Apr 2017 @ 5:27pm

    Crazy Randi (THAT'S ME)

    I am not 60, haha, if anyone is crazy it is you and in case you have not noticed, not many people come here anymore, they left because of your rudeness, no one likes to be called names and be told they are stupid as you have a habit of doing, I could sit here and be like you and say nasty things to you, as you do, but I won't, I picture you a poor little wrinkled old man sitting in front of your computer with nothing else to do on a Saturday night but pull me back up from conversations from over a year ago because everyone has left here, we are not even speaking of the show or Walter nor do I have any desire to, my desire is to leave this room again, say what you will, call me crazy, whatever you like, I can assure you, I am very sane, if you would like, I will get a note from my doctor and post it here for you, can you honestly do the same, I think not, be on my way, have a good weekend, don't forget church tomorrow and confess those sins, I will think of you. oxoxo

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      Ehud Gavron (profile), 4 Jun 2017 @ 10:01am

      Crazy Randi (THAT'S HER!)

      Again, it's not a room.

      But yes, do leave. It's your right. Everyone else will breathe easier without your "presence".

      E

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        Randi Ellen Zeff (profile), 5 Jun 2017 @ 6:39am

        Re: Crazy Randi (THAT'S HER!)

        Don't reply, don't prove me, leave me alone, stop trying to interact with me because you have no other life and I will do the same, let this be our last correspondence, go bother someone else please, you know if you provoke me, I am going to respond and I have tried to do so nicely, let us go our separate ways, I see no one else is bothering with you and you need someone to fill your time. We are not even discussing Walter nor the show at this point, you are just insulting me which you certainly have no right nor cause to do, you do not know me and I am trying not to stoop to your level. Be on your merry way. I have other things in my life that keep me very busy. I wish you have a happy life. E

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          Ehud Gavron (profile), 5 Jun 2017 @ 9:21am

          By Your Command

          The Cylon Imperious Leader didn't sputter commands out his mouth as fast as you type them.

          I will not do anything you've commanded me to do. Your commands are rejected as coming from someone unworthy to be obeyed.

          You've said you're "leaving the room[sic]" so many times it makes everyone's heads spin. I invite you to live up to your words, instead of trying to silence mine.

          Toodles.

          E

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