[tz] Civil suit; ftp shutdown; mailing list shutdown

Guy Harris guy at alum.mit.edu
Fri Oct 7 07:52:11 UTC 2011

On Oct 6, 2011, at 8:15 PM, John Hawkinson wrote:

> I am somewhat puzzled why Arthur chose to shut down the mailing list
> and the ftp server.

If it wasn't Arthur's decision, it might have been the decision of the host of the mailing list and the FTP site; for what it's worth, somebody claimed on the Slashdot thread for this issue that the US Government could only be sued if they agree to let themselves be sued, but that wouldn't necessarily stop a person at level N at the US National Institutes of Health from being worried what somebody at level N-k thought about the suit and thus telling Arthur (at level N+m, with both k and m >= 1) to get rid of the list and FTP site.

(No, I don't know why it was done.  I'm just guessing what one possible reason is.)

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