The Future End of Classic Computing

From: Don Maslin <>
Date: Thu Apr 4 13:40:51 2002

On Thu, 4 Apr 2002, Chris wrote:

> >To go back to the hammer for a moment, if I go out and buy a hammer and
> >bash somebody's head in with it, then I am guilty of murder. The company
> >that made the hammer, and the shop that sold it to me, are not. And
> >that's how it should be.
> Scary thing is... here in the US, it doesn't seem to work that logically.
> People have been sueing gun manufacturers off and on because they made
> the gun that was used to kill someone.
> I don't know if anyone has WON a suit, but I do know the suits have been
> filed (and win or loose, you are costing the gun maker needless legal
> troubles).
> Sueing people has become so much the norm here... that the government has
> had to step in and offer insurance backing for the companies cleaning up
> the world trade center... because the companies know ALREADY that there
> will be lawsuits when they are done, and without insurance, they know
> they will be sued into bankruptcy. AND, since it is such a known fact
> that they will be sued... no insurance company was willing to insure
> them, which meant they weren't willing to do the work... so the
> government had to step in and offer backing.
> F-ing scary!
> Remember, this is the country that awarded 3 million dollars to a lady
> because she put her hot coffee in her lap, and then spilled it... and was
> able to sue McDonalds because the coffee was too hot and it burned her
> (yes, there is more to that story, but the fact that she was even able to
> get to trial is just f-ed up... where is the personal responsibility in
> this country?!?)
> -chris
> <>

The trial lawyers, in cahoots with their cohorts in the Congress, have
pretty well eliminated it with the `deep pocket' approach in lawsuits,
and class action suits that are `opt out' rather than `opt in' as they
ought to be. It is all part of a very successful program - to make
lawyers rich(er) - at the expense of everyone else.

                                                 - don
Received on Thu Apr 04 2002 - 13:40:51 BST

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