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Sci-Fi Author Peter Watts Beaten, Charged During Border Crossing

crackpot Re:Let's not leap to conclusions. (1079 comments)

Right on target and I couldn't agree more. I can't count how many times I've crossed the border having had to endure the clearly condescending "how are you sir?"; "please exit the vehicle sir"; "what is your business in the U.S. sir?"; "please open the trunk sir"; "you may return to your vehicle sir", "blah, blah, blah, blah" all the time knowing that these untrained armed goons purportedly there to "protect the border" are all really nothing more than sociopathic power freaks.

This is a clear indication of the decline of western society. We all know that it's our god given right to be rude, uncooperative, beligerent and generally unsocial towards "authority" without having to concern ourselves with the consequences of our actions. These guards are probably all redneck dog-beaters anyway that deserve whatever unholy hell Watts' attorney can dish.

We all know the same applies to all social activists, librarians, transit workers and tech support personnel...

more than 4 years ago

HP CEO Carly Fiorina to Step Down

crackpot Re:Carly was one ot the things that was wrong. (839 comments)

One of the other things that many inside HP point to, particularly those former HP'ers now at Agilent Technologies, is that HP effectively shot itself in the creativity foot when it spun-out the Test and Measurment division. Now, if you listen to those with Agilent the culture that Bill and Dave fostered at HP is alive and well at Agilent. So the theory goes that well before Ms. Fiorina arrived HP made a huge blunder by listening to the Wall Street sheep herders who were clamoring for HP to shed itself of this "low-growth, un-sexy" division. What's your impression of Test and Measurement and the effect of its spin-off on HP's legendary culture of creativity and excellence?

more than 9 years ago


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