Company Wants To Write Its Name On Philly's Skyline
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#1 Jun 23, 2008
Unisys created a controversy in 1994 by enforcing its patent on the LZW data compression algorithm, which is used in the common GIF image file format. For a more complete discussion of this issue, see Graphics Interchange Format#Unisys and LZW patent enforcement.
Unisys was the target of "Operation Ill Wind", a major corruption investigation in the mid-to-late-1980s. A number of employees were imprisoned as a result. As part of the settlement, all Unisys employees were required to receive ethics training each year, a practice that continues today.
In 2003 and 2004, Unisys retained influential lobbyist Jack Abramoff, paying his firm $640,000 for his services in those two years. In January 2006, Abramoff pleaded guilty to five felony counts for various crimes related to his federal lobbying activities, though none of his crimes involved work on behalf of Unisys. The lobbying activities of Abramoff and his associates are now the subject of a large federal investigation.
In 2005, there was further trouble for the company related to consulting work it was doing for the U.S. Transportation and Security Administration. In October, federal auditors announced that the company had overbilled on the $1 to 3 billion contract for almost 171,000 hours of labor and overtime. Unisys denied wrongdoing.
In 2007, the Washington Post reported that the FBI was investigating Unisys for alleged cybersecurity lapses under the company's contract with the United States Department of Homeland Security. A number of security lapses supposedly occurred during the contract, including incidents in which data was transmitted to Chinese servers . Unisys denies all charges and said it has documentation disproving the allegations."
#2 Jun 23, 2008
I want my name on it!
#3 Jun 23, 2008
I think they should put a murder counter on the building. That way we could all know exactly how pathetic the city is at all times.
#4 Jun 23, 2008
Call it the Survival of the Fittest Counter!
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