A Massachusetts man has finally received a judgement against toolmaker Ryobi after a devastating accident involving one of the company's table saws.
Richard Sullivan, a Boston lawyer hired by insurance companies to handle workers' compensation cases, was the first to take on the manufacturers. He watched a CNN video of SawStop's demonstration, and in 2006 filed a complaint on behalf of Carlos Osorio, who mutilated his hand on a Ryobi saw while laying hardwood floors, requiring five surgeries and $384,000 in medical bills.
Last week, Osorio's legal team, which includes national firm Boies, Schiller and Flexner, pointed to SawStop's sales as evidence that the technology is not only mechanically feasible but financially viable. They asked for $250,000 in damages, but the jury awarded Osorio, now 30, $1.5 million.
The case revolves around the apparent negligence demonstrated by toolmakers choosing not to adopt the SawStop flesh-detection technology.
Carpinello likens flesh-detection technology to airbags, which fueled a similar slew of litigation when they were first installed in cars. Automakers without airbags got sued for not adopting the better safety design. Now, all cars have airbags.
The real winner in this case appears, however, to be SawStop. SawStop approached all of the major tablesaw manufacturers with their technology asking for a licensing fee... a fairly typical practice. When met with no-doubt surprising animosity toward the technology by manufacturers, SawStop opted to build their own saws.
I submit to you, though, that if you want a safe car you should buy one with airbags and take defensive driving lessons. I can't fault the car-maker unless some defect in their design or manufacturing was to blame for an accident. Likewise, if you want to make sure your fingers are safe, buy a SawStop.
I struggle to see how toolmakers who have essentially used an unmodified design of tablesaw for decades can be blamed for this.
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The very excellent CarolinaCon starts Friday night in Raleigh. Each year the conference gathers hackers and other technology enthusiasts in one space to hear presentations on everything from copyright law to lock picking. CarolinaCon is one of the last great tech bargains out there. Low travel costs, low entry fee, fascinating speakers, entertaining attendees, and cheap booze; how can you go wrong?
This year's call for presenters was so popular the organizers added another day of talks for no extra cost! Just check out this schedule of presenters and try to tell me this isn't worth $20.
|We Don't Need No Stinking Badges - Shawn Merdinger||Smart People, Stupid Emails - Margaret McDonald|
|Locks: Past, Picking, and Future - squ33k||Mitigating Attacks with Existing Network Infrastructure - Omar Santos|
|Cybercrime and the Law Enforcement Response - Thomas Holt, Professor Farnsworth||OMG, The World Has Come To An End!!! - FeloniousFish|
|You Spent All That Money and You Still Got Owned - Joe McCray||Physical Manifestation of Software: Microcontrollers 101 - Nick Fury|
|Something Smells Phishy: The Evolution of Social Engineering - Chris Silvers and Dawn Perry||Protecting Systems through Log Management and System Integrity - David Burt|
|It's Not A Vulnerability, It's A Feature - Deral Heiland||Why Linux is Bad for Business - wxs|
|The Search for the Ultimate Handcuff Key - TOOOL||Hacking with the iPhone - snide|
|The Art of Software Destruction - Joshua Morin and Terron Williams||Metasploit - Ryan Linn|
|How the Droid Was Rooted - Michael Goffin|
CocoaHeads is a group devoted to discussion of Apple Computer's Cocoa Framework for programming on MacOS X (including the iPhone). During monthly meetings, members present on their projects and offer tutorials on various programming topics.
The Triangle meeting tonight is at 7:00 at Brier Creek - Panera Bread
No Agenda tonight, just meet up and discuss topics.
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