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roy g biv 12/5/2012 | 12:20:10 AM
re: Headcount: Give Me Liberty What's the status on this courtship? With the K-2 dead will Polaris fill a gap?
optical_man 12/5/2012 | 12:20:08 AM
re: Headcount: Give Me Liberty Single,
someone w/ your name left a message on the Cisco Takes on 10GE message board......
Assume your double is bouncing all over these boards as you.
LR: you paying attention? this could happen to any of us.
Uncover and remove this clown.
erbiumfiber 12/5/2012 | 12:20:07 AM
re: Headcount: Give Me Liberty Yeah, another great acquisition gone bad.

Could probably have saved a few jobs by not spending so much on patent litigation...
BobbyMax 12/5/2012 | 12:20:04 AM
re: Headcount: Give Me Liberty Ciena was essentially deceived by the ownwers and operators of Cyras. Many people who knew Ciena warned its chairman not to go through the deal, but his mind was closed. Similarly the acquisition of ONI was a disaster.

There is a lot of risk in acquiring any company from California. Similarly the products from this state cannot be trusted. California has become a thirld world country with no value systems.

Ciena's executives made a lot of money although the company was going under.
BobbyMax 12/5/2012 | 12:20:01 AM
re: Headcount: Give Me Liberty Mahi Network is very skillful in displaying stints. I do not think Mahi has any customer. Who would buy from them?
ThouShaltNotJudge 12/5/2012 | 12:20:00 AM
re: Headcount: Give Me Liberty LR, as long as your at it, could you do something to distract BoobyMax? Just call it an April fools gag.
kampar 12/5/2012 | 12:20:00 AM
re: Headcount: Give Me Liberty
According to www.bartleby.com, a stint is :

"Any of several small sandpipers of the genera Erolia or Calidris, of northern regions",

or, more mundanely:

"A piece of work that has been assigned: "

Neither of these seems to fit the context - anyone else got any ideas?


gea 12/5/2012 | 12:19:59 AM
re: Headcount: Give Me Liberty "Thanks for the update Gea - but does this mean the CEO LIED to Lightreading ????"

No...at the time Lightreading seems to have spoken to Pritz about this, $10M seemed immanent. But I think it subsequently fell through, and Lightreading didn't check the story before dumping it out the door (Lightreading has never exactly been the most fastidious checker of facts!).
erbiumfiber 12/5/2012 | 12:19:58 AM
re: Headcount: Give Me Liberty What I personally loved most about the ONI acquisition was the fact that ONI was in the midst of nasty patent litigation with Nortel!! Hell, even Tellabs didn't announce plans to merge with Ciena until the day AFTER Ciena settled its patent litigation with Pirelli!!!

So they "bought" a lawsuit (do these guys love patent litigation, or what?). Hell, it only cost $25 Million to settle, not including attorney's fees! Merely chump change! And for that $25 M they get a license to a mere 2 patents!! What a deal! And then they have two years to negotiate with Nortel over other patents that, with any luck, will mean shelling out MORE $$ and paying MORE attorney fees!!!

Here's Ciena's official link on the settlement

Does ANYONE "win" in patent litigation other than the attorneys? (Attorney fees were reported for Pirelli litigation as about $10 Million and THAT case didn't even go to trial!!)

Sorry, it just drives me a little nuts at times. But hey, I'm a patent attorney and it means full employment for my profession...
RJC 12/5/2012 | 12:19:47 AM
re: Headcount: Give Me Liberty That's nice that you signed in as me, nice trick, tricks i don't do, you seem good at this, whoever signed in as me.
Which is really a pity, since I thought the original was a very funny post until I found out it was a forgery.

But then, maybe _I_ just like to read what I've typed.
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