I am old school, I say it loud and proudly. As we set the stage of what we enable. And what enables us, we support our bosses (even if they massively goof), we set the stage for acceptance and we act within the law whenever possible. This s not rocket science, well, that is how I see it. As such, I do not steal and I try to be as honest as possible. When it comes to my IP, I will make it public domain before I meet with someone trying to rip me off. I might not get anything, but the other fellow ends up with nothing as well, then this person has to content with a dozen fighters over public domain hardware, this is how it is played, even as I have only 2 5G devices at present, I will have more, time showed me that, so I can abide or die poor. You see the greed driven fear poverty, I do not, I have been in that stage for a large stage of my life, in poverty you see everyone coming, or better said, they avoid you, which is fine by me.
So when the BBC (at https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-55732450) gives me ‘Ex-Google engineer among those pardoned by Donald Trump’, I was for the most unaware. And the mis-adventures of Anthony Levandowski were unknown to me. Isn’t it interesting that we see “At the time of sentencing, in August, the judge said it was “the biggest trade-secret crime I have ever seen”. But Judge Alsup also called Levandowski “a brilliant, ground-breaking engineer that our country needs”.” Yet from my point of view, if Tony was so ground breaking, he would have done it and not stole it. As such the note by FORMER President Trump was a bit bogus “Levandowski had “paid a significant price for his actions and plans to devote his talents to advance the public good”, it added.” As I personally see it, when you steal trade secrets you have a mere personal gain in view, not the needs of public goods, and if so only when you personally profit by it. A small shift in cogs most people seem to ignore. And if it was 1-2 documents, we might think that he is on par, when we see “As an employee, he downloaded more than 14,000 files containing the intellectual property of Google’s former self-driving car division, Waymo, before leaving to found Otto, which was soon acquired by Uber”, we see 14,000 documents, a setting that is also on the Google Servers, as such is was a simple white collar heist, nothing noble about it and we can argue whether a person like that deserves a pardon.
And no matter how it was settled, let’s face it, who would want to do business with a person that has no reliability and limited credibility? This is merely the opening setting, if a billionaire like Peter Thiel, Palmer Luckey and friends are advising former president Trump, you better believe that there is more coming and that there is more at stake. I am not telling what it is, because I do not know, but we can agree that a person like Peter Thiel does nothing without the outlook of a large payoff, and I cannot tell what it is at present, perhaps it is something that is within Anthony Levandowski, I then merely wonder why he had to steal 14,000 documents. If he had the knowledge and skills he had the notes, so we get to the content of the 14,000 documents, something I am unaware of, but it might be a much larger stage, people like Peter Thiel did not become this rich by making silly choices.
And even if we accept the quote from Vice (at https://www.vice.com/en/article/xgz7w7/peter-thiel-got-trump-to-pardon-uber-engineer-sentenced-to-prison) giving us “It’s worth noting that for all of the years of litigation, the criminal charge, and now the last-minute presidential pardon from a departing authoritarian, Uber’s work on self-driving cars that Levandowski went down for amounted to nothing”, it does not warrant a pardon, it might be the price of grabbing the nuggets of fools gold, and as such I wonder what Anthony Levandowski had that was never revealed, perhaps he had something but never shared it with Google, yet in this we do get that Peter Thiel is nobodies fool, so I cannot wait to see whats next.