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NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 13:33:51 -0600
From: "Arthur Jernberg"
Subject: Re: Austin Instruments to Close
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 14:33:54 -0500
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Sounds as if this guy ought to be on the tele advertising for the local
ambulance chaser. Eh?? Either that or he wants to open himself up for a heck
of a liable case.
"Phil Allison" wrote in message
> PRESS RELEASE: 15 Feb, 2003
> The Texas based electronics design business run by a Mr Fields will
> cease operating as of today. This was formally announced by lawyers
> for Mr Fields and Co.
> The exact reasons for this unexpected event seems to be the end
> result of the owner, Mr John Fields, becoming strangely obsessed with
> posting large numbers of messages on chat groups on the internet.
> Mr Fields was not available for comment and is believed to be under
> heavy sedation in hospital after not sleeping for many days due to
> sessions searching usenet groups for any signs of minor spelling errors
> possible technical mistakes - no matter how small.
> The obsession began with an Australian man whom Mr Fields believed
> needed to be thoroughly chastised for his boorish behaviour and lack of
> respect for professionals like himself. This proved to be more of a task
> than expected since the Aussie put up quite a fight.
> The obsession then expanded to many other persons whom it appeared
> him were not exhibiting the proper amount of courtesy to their betters.
> rapidly developed into a full time crusade to rid usenet of infidels and
> barbarians of all sorts.
> Unfortunately Mr Fields very seriously underestimated the magnitude
> such a task and even with the aid of specially written "Nit Picking"
> software there was not enough time in any day to keep up with the
> His mental and physical health began to deteriorate rapidly,
> he at first ignored. Friends tried to persuade him to "give it a rest" but
> he insisted he was making real progress and had to continue at all costs.
> Mr Fields then attempted to develop a "Nit Picking Virus" that could
> be sent as an email attachment and reproduce itself via email to
> cover the whole of the internet. He dreamed of ridding the planet of even
> the tiniest errors in spelling, grammer and technical accuracy.
> But the dream was unattainable as he has now learnt to his regret.
> The fact is now clear that simple bullshit spreads faster than any net
> known and is so tenacious it is impossible to destroy.
> Austin Instruments say they sincerly regret any inconvenience to
> loyal customers and suppliers. There is no plan to re-start the firm in
> future. However, the purchase of a significant quantity of sheep is being
> considered once all the assets have been liquidated.
> ................. Phil
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