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June 25, 2011


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John Dunn

I was quite disturbed in the aftermath of each of these two incidents which occurred only a short time apart from each other.

The open willingness of each individual to disregard legalities, to disregard public safety (the emissions issue), to willingly engage in what I would consider criminal conduct and to expect me to abet them in that, to do the same thing myself, had an unsettling psychological impact for quite some time.

I guess it still does.

Michael Miller

Once had a job designing the front end for satellite receiver boards for a satellite-ip company.
At a signoff meeting with an end provider, they asked, no, TOLD me to remove the GDI shunt which served as lightning protector. As this product was for use on both laptops and desktops, I said it was certain that someone would be electrocuted on a near strike (protection against a direct strike is pretty much impossible) and a lawsuit for wrongful death was an absolute certainty. I said I would absolutely NOT remove this mandatory safety device, nor would I go below the U.L. safety recommendation for an equivalent shunt.
Their answer? "We'll be selling to the Japanese. Everyone knows the Japanese do not sue."
I told them I didn't need to do business with people willing to kill clients to save $1.04 per finished good.
Later I learned they went to a competitor, killed a few dozen people, had an arrest warrant issued for the company President and V.P. of Engineering and dared not ever set foot in Japan for as long as they live.
Lesson? Some people's money is just no good.

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