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Comment: two envelopes (Score 2) 22

by roman_mir (#49803719) Attached to: Third Stage Design Problem Cause of Most Recent Proton Failure

So I read that this problem dates back to 1988 (so they say). Reminds me of a two envelope joke. A president steps down due to scandals, gives his replacement 2 envelopes. Tells him to open the first one when there is the first serious problem he cannot handle and the second one in case of another problem.

The replacement starts on the job, eventually there is a serious political problem he cannot solve. He opens the first envelope and it says: blame everything on the previous guy. So he does and the problem goes away. Later there is another problem that cannot be solved, the guy opens the second envelope and in says: prepare 2 envelopes.

I think somebody opened the first envelope.

Comment: Re:Hard Appeal to Counter (Score 1) 242

by tlambert (#49803171) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

The internet ones all created facilities that could have conceivably been used to build a "Silk Road". And by "conceivably", I mean "conceivably at the time", as in "Silk Road is not sufficiently non-obvious that it should be granted a patent".

The two pharmaceutical companies were involved in the development of drugs which were capable of being abused (one of which was heroin), and it's not like drug abuse was unknown at the time.

If not "before the fact", then at least accessories.

In the same way that gun manufacturers have been hauled into court for facilitating murders.

Comment: Re:Fuck 'em (Score 1) 194

by vadim_t (#49802833) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

Sure, it's a net win. The assets will be sold, and the employees will be paid their severance package. They also get paid for unused vacation days, and after the vacation days are over they also get paid unemployment benefits.

You seem to be suggesting that failing to pay what is owed to some (and maybe more than the initially laid off people if they would have run out of money later anyway) would somehow have been better.

Comment: Re:I don't really buy it (Score 1) 194

by vadim_t (#49802799) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

The most likely reason why they got sued and lost is because they screwed up something related to the layoffs.

My impression is that in Europe people are generally less litigious than in America, but the employment laws have big, sharp teeth and it's very unwise for employers to try to ignore them.

Comment: I don't really buy it (Score 2) 194

by vadim_t (#49802591) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

If that was it, they didn't have much left to live. Sure, if you ignore laws and costs, you can make a business profitable that otherwise wouldn't be, but you don't get to ignore what you owe.

Now I'm not familiar with the laws in France, but in general I expect this was something like not paying a severance package, or not giving adequate advance notice. Those things are part of doing business and any employer should know about them. You can't just pretend they don't apply to your company.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile... (Score 1) 242

by tlambert (#49802387) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

An adult (yes, he _was_ over 18) who molested his pre-pubscent sisters
paid a "judge" to expunge the on-going criminal records citing those facts...

Oh, wait, those aren't the facts? Well we'll just look at the records and sort
these thigns out - oh, wait - the records are gone!

Too bad he didn't live in Europe; sending a "Right to be forgotten" email to Google is a heck of a lot cheaper.

Comment: Re:Hard Appeal to Counter (Score 1) 242

by tlambert (#49802383) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

Except that he was the creator of the organization that facilitated all these illegal activities, not just a corner drug dealer.

Well, technically, on that note, DARPA, LLBL, the IETF, his ISP, A.G. Farbin, Bayer, Sandoz, Vint Cerf, and Tim Berners Lee are all accessories before the fact...

Comment: Long chain of stuff (Score 5, Interesting) 63

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49802219) Attached to: Hacking Your Body Through a Nerve In Your Neck

I wonder if it can affect stress. There is some evidence gut bacteria feed stress-inducing whatever back up to the brain via this nerve, and that stress promotes abdominal (inside it) belly fat deposition, as opposed to more distributed body fat deposition, which in turn releases chemicals which cause insulin resistance, which is the main cause of Type II diabetes.

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