Is this courtroom 3?
...relying on its arm of lawyers and vast financial resources to protect it from infringement claims.
Oh yes. It's good to see IP laws working the way they should.
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This is probably true. When Mrs. Clinton visited my city several years ago the whole of the central city was closed off around her hotel, and she wasn't even the president.
Our Prime Minister by contrast does her own shopping based on the number of times I have said gidday to her at a local Mall.
It makes you wonder why they're so frightened of us doesn't it?
I enjoyed Ubuntu 18.04 as my desktop OS, and installed 20.04 when it became available, without even really thinking much about it, as Ubuntu has been such a good desktop OS for so long now.
However, so many of the tools I use regularly can only be installed as snaps, and the snap experience is such an awful one that I changed to Pop!_OS which is an Ubuntu offshoot, managed by System 76, the PC makers.
It is pretty much what Ubuntu 20.04 could have been, but isn't.
I agree with martinusher.
The piling on of charges has nothing to do with whether Theranos was a con (because it clearly was) but is an awful tactic US prosecutors use to intimidate defendants, and should not be allowed.
Should Ms. Holmes and Mr. Balwani go to jail? Yes, I think so, but as the Wikipedia article on Theranos notes:
In July 2011, Holmes was introduced to former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz, who joined the Theranos board of directors that month. Over the next three years, Shultz helped to introduce almost all the outside directors on the "all-star board", which included William Perry (former U.S. Secretary of Defense), Henry Kissinger (former U.S. Secretary of State), Sam Nunn (former U.S. Senator), Bill Frist (former U.S. Senator and heart-transplant surgeon), Gary Roughead (Admiral, USN, retired), James Mattis (General, USMC), Richard Kovacevich (former Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO) and Riley Bechtel (chairman of the board and former CEO at Bechtel Group).
None of whom are in the dock. I wonder why?
As noted, companies don't have to be sold, and an awful lot of the "overseas investment" is not really investment as much as a huge payday for the shareholders.
Your point about our American friends is quite right however.
America has a long history of becoming belligerent when their economic interests are threatened.
Really good rock, for me, seemed to have mostly disappeared by 1980.
Really good music of all kinds has mostly gone underground since the record companies were allowed to buy each other, to the point where there is what, four left?
They have adopted McDonalds business model, where they churn out the same "product" again and again.
That's how people like Beyonce and Katy Perry get famous.
Gentle Giant were allowed to record 10 albums during the 70's. None of the major labels would look twice at them now.
Softbank takes money from the Saudis (among others) and gives it to people like the Uber and WeWork fools who then use it to pay their staff, who use it to feed their families.
That sounds pretty good to me. Hopefully it takes another couple of years and another few billion before the tap gets turned off.
If the Saudis sent all of their money, that would be great.
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