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+ - Broadcom Exec Slipped Drugs To Other Tech Execs->

Submitted by Hordeking
Hordeking (1237940) writes "Everyone's favorite chipmaker, responsible for those pesky Linux-incompatible wireless chipsets, Broadcom, seems to be in quite a bit of hot water these days. Their CEO, Henry Nicholas is being charged with various Sex and Drug crimes, in addition to the usual stock-options scandals. Among the allegations:

  • At the Woodstock 1999 concert in Rome, New York, Nicholas drugged an unnamed tech executive with Ecstasy without his knowledge
  • Nicholas's party planners gave him invoices for drugs, including one bill for $15,000 labeled "party favors for 300 hits of Ecstasy.
  • In 2000 Nicholas built out a commercial warehouse and office space in Laguna Niguel, California with plush digs, including private rooms, to share and do drugs
  • In early 2000, while in New Orleans, Nicholas spiked another tech executive's drink with Ecstasy.
  • In 2001, Nicholas directed subordinates to keep piles of coke, Ecstasy and meth, among other drugs on hand permanently at the Warehouse.
  • In January 2001, to celebrate the Superbowl at his warehouse, Nicholas bought 225 tabs of Ecstasy.
  • In 2001, on a private plane headed to Las Vegas, Nicholas and his crew smoked enough pot that the pilot had to don his oxygen mask to escape from the marijuana smoke and fumes.
  • In 2001, Nicholas directed an employee to give an envelope of $5 to $10K in cash to a drug courier in exchange for an envelope of drugs. This hand-off happened in the lobby of Broadcom's offices in Irvine, California.
  • In June 2002, Broadcom signed a settlement agreement with an employee, paying out $1 million for silence about Nicholas's illegal drug activities.
  • From 2003 to 2006, Nicholas and friends conspired to get prescription drugs — namely Vicoprofen (similar to the pain killer Vicodin) and Valium.
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+ - Qwest and Throttling?

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Hordeking
Hordeking writes "We've seen that Comcast most certainly throttles bittorrent traffic, and may very well throttling plain http traffic now as well (a bid to get the FCC off their back by not discriminating by protocol?)

Has anyone else seen evidence of throttling/shaping by DSL providers such as Qwest? I'm starting to see a lot of "server reset" messages nowadays when refreshing web pages, when I don't remember seeing them before. Is this a case of electronic hypochondriasis or am I actually seeing a real symptom of something?

How would I go about determining for myself? I don't have a lot of experience with network protocols other than end-user tools, but I'm always willing to learn if someone is willing to teach (read: patiently explain and answer questions)."

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