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Hitachi ponies up $3.5m for laptop battery rip-off

Cuddles Silver badge

Good job if you can get it

1) Make billions ripping off customers;

2) Invest said billions;

3) Use small amount of interest accrued to pay of fines;

4) GOTO 1)

5) No need for Profit! step here, that was step 1.

What's the point of even bothering to fine anyone if the fines only come to a tiny percentage of the scam income several years down the line? In order to remove the incentive for crime, fines have to be an absolute minimum of the gain from said crime. If you still allow people to profit from crime even when they get caught, all you're doing is guaranteeing that crime actually does pay.

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