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Employee Theft at Australian Mint

From Bruce Schneier's Blog (syndicated on LJ as bruce_schneier (full article) and bruce_schneier (summary)): Employee Theft at Australian Mint.

The article about the theft at the mint is interesting. More interesting is the comment in Schneier's blog by Clive Robinson about how the Royal Mint in England used to deal with theft:
Back when Sir Isac Newton (who invented the milling on coins) was in charge of the Royal Mint in England, they had an interesting set of rules to deal with theaft etc.

1, An employee who was caught stealing got executed the most painfull way (Hang drawing and quatering) which was usually reserved for trators.

2, The employee's supervisor was publicly Gelded and Gouged, a delightfull little punishment that involved having one's testiculs pulled (not cut) off and one's eye's pulled (again not cut) out. This was the punishment usually reserved for stealing the King's deer, very suprisingly a number of people did survive it...

Ah the old days where best...
I like the fact that the employee's supervisor is highly motivated to make sure that none of the employees are stealing. It reminds me of the NYPD Blue episode I saw where some of the low-level workers in a drug distribution operation (responsible for packaging the drugs from a large quantity to small quantities) were required to work naked so that they wouldn't be able to easily smuggle any of the product out of their workplace for their personal use.

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christtrekker
Jun. 27th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
The employee's supervisor was publicly Gelded and Gouged [...] very suprisingly a number of people did survive it


Gak. Add "mint supervisor" into the list of jobs not to take.
bartacus
Jun. 27th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
"... some of the low-level workers in a drug distribution operation (responsible for packaging the drugs from a large quantity to small quantities) were required to work naked ..."

Hey, wasn't that New Jack City? LOL
drmellow
Jun. 27th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah one of my buddies reminded me of it being there too. But I swear it was also in an NYPD Blue episode.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 27th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
question about an old entry of yours
Hello Greg,

I stumbled upon your blog by doing a search for imic problems. on your entry last year (2005, may 9th) you stated that you were having some problems with the imic (popping sounds) and that you would try a Belkin USB hub (with external power source) to try to solve the problem.

Did your problem go away? I'm having the exact same issue now, and i'm debating whether to get an external USB hub or get the new imic2.

BTW, how did your podcasting plans go? Did you ever get to podcasting? thanks =D

- Jae, invrnrv at ya|hoo|d.t|com
drmellow
Jun. 29th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
Re: question about an old entry of yours
Yes, I got my podcasting going, but I ended up not finding a solution with the iMic and my old iBook. I used a friend's PC to record my podcasts for a little bit, just using the line-in port. In December, I got a new Mac which had a line-in, so I didn't need the iMic at all. My podcast is "Radio DTB: Live Music From The Derek Trucks Band" and can be found at http://radiodtb.com/ -- it's a little stale right now, as I've encountered some legal problems related to it, plus I've been extremely busy with my real job.
invrnrv
Jul. 5th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: question about an old entry of yours
thanks for the reply.

I went ahead and bought a $50 belkins usb hub anyways. After I plugged things in, i noticed the imic still had the same problems...

it turns out that i hadn't installed usb2.0 drivers for winxp; after installing the drivers it worked fine.

i will check out your podcast in a bit. thanks again, Greg.

- invrnrv
drmellow
Jul. 6th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
Re: question about an old entry of yours
Cool, glad to hear that it's working.
drmellow
Jun. 29th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: question about an old entry of yours
BTW, I attempted to email you at the address you provided (removing the obvious anti-spam you inserted), but it bounced.
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