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MR: Disc: Philosopher's Stone

Poster: edh@ascc01.ascc.lucent.com (Alfredo el Bufon)

Let's say you dabble in a little alchemy in your
spare time, and you actually seem to have found
a way to turn lead into gold.  However, the first
time you try converting a really sizable quantity,
you notice that your process has the side-effect
of turning all the gold in your pouch to lead.
And all the gold in the house.  And all your
neighbors start complaining that _their_ gold
has turned to lead.  A surreptitious survey soon
reveals that all the gold for about a mile
around your new gold block has been leadened;
some of the coins from the edge of the effect
are duller but still negotiable.  You calculate
that the amount of missing gold is roughly equal
to the amount your process garnered.

* Should you tell your neighbors that you
  have accidently stolen their gold?

* Should you repay them?

* What should you do with your new process?

-- Alfredo
Alfredo el Bufon
Elvegast, Windmaster's Hill, Atlantia

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
   -- Dr. Robert Schuller

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