Monday, January 3, 2011

Former Zenn Exec Sues Zenn

Cott & Hancock Discuss ZMC Strategy
Former Zenn Motor Company Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Dennis Hancock is suing ZMC & executive Brian Cott. The case is summarized in a supposedly publicly available document from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice Court File No. CV-10-411405.   According to the document, Hancock is seeking $20Mil+, a company car powered by an EESU, a lifetime supply of mood enhancing incense,  tangible evidence of UFO's and personal apology from Brian Cott at center ice at next year's Stanley Cup prior to the start of the game.  The suit also seeks all of Cott's frequent flyer miles earned from travel to/from the People's Republic of China along with any cool recipes for peking duck he may have acquired while on business travel.   In an interesting countersuit, Cott, if proven innocent,  is seeking the right to fire Hancock repeatedly just prior to each of his family vacations regardless of where Hancock works. Hancock would also need to change his name to Hancott.

I will not comment on the merits of the case as I'm not qualified to do so.   However, it is interesting to ask what exactly such a lawsuit is an argument over in the first place.  Is it a fight over an empty bank account or a future blockbuster company rocketing to the top on the back of breakthrough technology?

I for one look forward to all of the kook comments coming from the Short & Distort team as to how the Zenn/EEStor scam conspirators cover their tracks by suing each other over a wrongful termination issue.  Geniuses.

PS: I made up some of the things Hancock is suing for.  I think the money part is real.  Don't take my word for it, research it yourself.

Energy Storage: An Old Story for a New Year

Imagine for a second that instead of being the run of the mill shlub that you are today, you had actually quite an interesting life which of course often means you would have had to of had an interesting beginning.   Computers are interesting so let's say you were around when some of the interesting innovations in computers were literally coming online.  One such interesting time would have been in the 1950s & 1960s when, for example, there was a need to invent several technologies to make distributed RADAR such as SAGE possible.

Specifically, the purpose of SAGE was to prevent the need for aircraft to fly 24x7 to defend US air space from Russian bombers.  To achieve this, radar sites had to be linked together over a network (the technology of which didn't exist) to a computer which could process it in real time (again, something that didn't exist) so that a video display (not this either) could present immediate access to needed airspace information allowing US jets to scramble, when needed, to intercept inbound bombers.    Again, this is your imaginary other life, so put yourself in that situation and imagine what piece of it you would have enjoyed being a part of?  One suggestion for you would be the problem of Core Memory, the technological forerunner to what we today affectionately label RAM.  For SAGE, the need for this CM drew from the slow computing speeds available at the time only from electrostatic storage tubes.