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Civil Suit Filed, Involving the Time Zone Database 433

An anonymous reader writes "Arthur David Olson, the creator and maintainer of the timezone database used in about every unix/linux platform in use on the planet, just sent the message to the timezone mailing list: 'A civil suit was filed on September 30 in federal court in Boston; I'm a defendant; the case involves the time zone database. The ftp server at elsie.nci.nih.gov has been shut down. The mailing list will be shut down after this message. Electronic mail can be sent to me at @gmail.com. I hope there will be better news shortly. --ado' A Google search does not yet reveal anything about this; does someone know what is going on?"
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Civil Suit Filed, Involving the Time Zone Database

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  • Re:PACER (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 06, 2011 @02:01PM (#37629062)

    Underpass road? Sure sound like trolls to me!

  • by jd ( 1658 ) <imipak@@@yahoo...com> on Thursday October 06, 2011 @02:06PM (#37629172) Homepage Journal

    Maybe they ran a prediction and it told them they would win.

  • by Dunbal ( 464142 ) * on Thursday October 06, 2011 @02:25PM (#37629460)
    I could tell you, but then I would have to sue you.
  • by demonbug ( 309515 ) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @04:06PM (#37631164) Journal

    What the heck is a "Sandwich Planning Board Member"?

    Well, obviously you can't just jump right in and make a sandwich. My God man, what if something goes wrong? You could have mayonnaise, pickles, and cold cuts everywhere! No, any responsible community will have a Sandwich Planning Board to ensure that sandwich preparation follows rigorous guidelines to avoid this kind of disaster. This Ms. Malloy probably represented to the Board that her clients were experienced in the proper production of PB&J sandwiches when in fact they had never successfully completed even a PB sandwich, never mind the added complexity introduced by the use of gelatinized fruit products.

  • by marxmarv ( 30295 ) on Friday October 07, 2011 @01:52PM (#37641474) Homepage

    Speaking as an astrologer, it would be interesting to know the precise time, date and place the suit was filed... I would absolutely expect that they'd time their initial filing to their own favor. Even though I don't read horary well at all, assuming Boston at high noon leads to interesting interpretations: The ruler of the 1st house (the plaintiff) in the 5th house (speculation) and being Jupiter (expansion) well-aspected by Pluto (The Man) certainly suggests abuse of power, a bit of recklessness or that someone's looking for a windfall. The ruler of the 7th house (the defendant) in the 10th (status, exemplar) and afflicted by several difficult aspects from Saturn, Uranus and the aforementioned Pluto doesn't bode well for the defendants, though Mars (the action principle) certainly works more toward their favor than Astrolabe's.

    So, basically, if Astrolabe catches the attention of Anonymous, they will be fucked sooooo hard they won't even KNOW what time it is.

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