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SubjectRe: Open letter to Linux kernel developers (was Re: Binary Drivers)
On Tue, Jan 02 2007, David Weinehall wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 02, 2007 at 08:22:21AM -0500, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> > On Tue, 2 Jan 2007, Theodore Tso wrote:
> >
> > > I can very easily believe it. The US patent system and "justice"
> > > system in the US is completely and totally insane, and companies
> > > often feel they have to act accordingly. Remember this is the
> > > country that has issued multi-million dollar awards to people who
> > > spill hot coffee in their lap ...
> >
> > MASSIVELY OFF TOPIC: can we please stop using this "hot coffee in
> > lap" story as an example of the idiocy of the justice system? i'm
> > guessing there's more to this story than most folks are aware of, and
> > you're welcome to read the details here:
> >
> > http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur78.htm
> >
> > as you can see, there are two salient points that change the
> > complexion of this story thoroughly:
> >
> > 1) mcdonald's was not merely serving their coffee "hot," but
> > *scalding* hot (180 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit), a temperature that
> > will produce third-degree burns almost immediately, and
>
> That's less than 90°C. Water boils at 100°C. How the hell do
> people expect coffee to be made without boiling water? Magic?

I guess selling sharp kitchen knifes in the US is a law suit waiting to
happen as well then, people could seriously hurt themselves with those
things! Talk about corporate irresponsibility.

--
Jens Axboe

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