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SCO Targets US Government, TiVo

simoniker posted about 11 years ago | from the latest-salvo-in-demented-cabaret dept.

Caldera 1539

An anonymous reader writes "According to SCO, if you have a TiVo set-top box, or those models of Sharp Zaurus which use Linux, someone now owes them $32, since the company wants money 'for each embedded system using Linux.' SCO also says government agencies must pay up to $699 for each copy of Linux that they use."

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~hI~ (-1)

FireHotQuotesTroll (693013) | about 11 years ago | (#6629625)

EvRy1 KnOwS ThAt I'M ShY
AnD I CouLd BaRlEy EvEr ApPrOaCh A GUy
BuT i WaNNa FiNd A wAy 2 GeT u 2 NoTiCE Me
AnD i WaNna GeT WhiT u, As u CaN SeE!!

I own a TiVo... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629627)

...and fuck SCO!

One small point (1, Offtopic)

tarquin_fim_bim (649994) | about 11 years ago | (#6629628)

"We believe it is necessary for Linux customers to properly license SCO?s [intellectual property] if they are running Linux ? for commercial purposes,?"

Government agencies, commercial? Watch out orphans you're next, Microsoft is gonna getcha.

Re:One small point (1)

tarquin_fim_bim (649994) | about 11 years ago | (#6629662)

Microsoft? Faux pas I obviously meant SCO

Re:One small point (4, Interesting)

0racle (667029) | about 11 years ago | (#6629671)

Given the history of SCO in this matter so far did you really think that they were going to stick to only attempting to extort those running Linux for commercial purposes? Everyone knows a software company wants those nice government contracts, so why wouldnt SCO try to claim they already have them and just havent been paid.

Must... have... licensing... revenue... (5, Funny)

Blue Lozenge (444566) | about 11 years ago | (#6629629)

SCO reported declines in product and services revenue in the six months ending April 2003 compared to the same period last year. However, those declines were offset by $8 in new licensing revenues.
Whoa! No wonder they're so desperate for new licensing revenue. :)

Next up... (5, Funny)

Mike the Mac Geek (182790) | about 11 years ago | (#6629632)

SCO is demanding 5$ from everyone who has talked about Linux in the past year, and 75 cents from people who have walked by Linux displays in retail stores.

Re:Next up... (2, Funny)

The Zody (635829) | about 11 years ago | (#6629739)

Thats impossable...Linux displays in retail stores? madness who could even think about that?

Re:Next up... (4, Funny)

DrCode (95839) | about 11 years ago | (#6629766)

Don't forget 59 cents if you've bought a stuffed penguin.

Re:Next up... (1)

kovarg (591527) | about 11 years ago | (#6629771)

SCO is also demanding a nickel from everyone that has ever used, thought about using or will use an electronic device since all have the potential to run "stolen code" in other news... SCO is happy to report that name-recognition has increased 200 fold since requiring most people to throw money at them.

wtf?!?!??! (-1)

gee308 (167706) | about 11 years ago | (#6629633)

holy sh*t!!!!!
Before I thought they had a chance they might get what they want, but this is a little too ridiculous now

SCO (5, Funny)

Vargasan (610063) | about 11 years ago | (#6629635)

Trying to piss EVERYONE off, are we, SCO?

Re: SCO (5, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | about 11 years ago | (#6629717)

> Trying to piss EVERYONE off, are we, SCO?

I heard they sent shake-down e-mail to Superman, Batman, and Darth Vader just before quitting time today.

Glad I don't live in that neck of the woods.

Re:SCO (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629722)

Trying to steal my tax dollars pisses me off. I would assume any american would feel the same.

my first fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629637)

fp! wootwoot!

Re:my first fp (0, Offtopic)

grasshoppa (657393) | about 11 years ago | (#6629654)

Which, do you suppose, is worse? Posting a FP, or being wrong about it?

Re:my first fp (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629740)

I vote for the "wootwoot"

ignore them (3, Funny)

RoC MasterMind (576689) | about 11 years ago | (#6629642)

Perhaps if we ignore them they'll go away?

Re:ignore them (1, Redundant)

Bob Vila's Hammer (614758) | about 11 years ago | (#6629721)

How can you ignore someone who is ass raping you without lube?

News: US Gov't Charges SCO for 'Freedom' (5, Funny)

SUB7IME (604466) | about 11 years ago | (#6629643)

In further news, the US Government replied that, "SCO owes us $2,000 per day of liberty, retroactively to 1789. Failure to pay will result in 'legal action' from our tactical nuclear warhead supply."

Linux routers (5, Insightful)

mrseigen (518390) | about 11 years ago | (#6629647)

I'm sure Linksys/Cisco will really love the idea of having to pay SCO some money to be able to ship some of its more recent wireless routers. SCO is going to be crushed by a big company like Cisco; it's only a matter of time (and how much we let them whine).

*toggles off Caldera news*

Re:Linux routers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629708)

I'm sure Linksys/Cisco will really love the idea of having to pay SCO some money to be able to ship some of its more recent wireless routers. SCO is going to be crushed by a big company like Cisco; it's only a matter of time (and how much we let them whine).

um, IBM is a pretty big company too.

beowulf? (4, Funny)

sniggly (216454) | about 11 years ago | (#6629648)

Wow imagine a beowulf cluster of these claims! :(

Please somebody... (2, Funny)

ansak (80421) | about 11 years ago | (#6629650)

Disconnect their narco-drip before they decide that the dyes in the colours of most national flags contain their IP!

All SCO jokes have been spent. (5, Funny)

BrynM (217883) | about 11 years ago | (#6629651)

I think this is all just a way to make us run out of SCO jokes before the trial. McBride is such a clever bastard.

Re:All SCO jokes have been spent. (5, Funny)

mrseigen (518390) | about 11 years ago | (#6629684)

Don't worry, now that the US gov's on our side, they can relegate their best propagandists to coming up with SCO jokes.

"Why did SCO cross the road?"
"To get to the courtroom!"
"BWA HA HA HA HA! That's a keeper"

Re:All SCO jokes have been spent. (0, Flamebait)

Tumbleweed (3706) | about 11 years ago | (#6629709)

> Don't worry, now that the US gov's on our side

Uhm, FYI: the US Government is _never_ on your side, no matter what side you're on.

The Government??? (1, Insightful)

vsavatar (196370) | about 11 years ago | (#6629652)

Well one person you don't want to piss off is Uncle Sam. They can legislate SCO out of existence and the judges can be bought a whole lot easier if they have politicians talking into their ears. SCO is going down, no doubt about it, and hopefully McBride and his cronies will head to jail when all is said and done. Oh and First post!

Re:The Government??? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629712)

Well, almost first post.

Re:The Government??? (1)

Alizarin Erythrosin (457981) | about 11 years ago | (#6629732)

Exactly. Now that the government is being threatened with this crap, they're gonna step in and tell SCO to either put up or shut up. And if they can't put up, they're gonna be in a whole world of hurt.

Makes me wonder if the SCO lawyers didn't approve this and they're gonna smack McBride upside his empty head.

GO GO SCO! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629655)

Unix drove VM/SP out of thousands of places... now unix lovin' jerks are getting what they deserve! HA!

Re:GO GO SCO! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629781)

No. VM/SP died on its own.
As has MVS, and VMS.
Thank God.

Phone calls (5, Interesting)

mrpuffypants (444598) | about 11 years ago | (#6629657)

Everybody should call SCO now and demand:

1) WHAT you get by paying them
2) WHAT part of linux infringes
3) TO SEE PROOF of infringement

When they don't provide it then it's time for lawsuits out the wazoo!

Re:Phone calls (1)

towaz (445789) | about 11 years ago | (#6629761)

Already asked them.... They won't give any details other then links back to the sco website.

The employees Could be playing ignorent but sco uk didn't seem to have a clue what was happening.


Cannonballs (4, Interesting)

Sean80 (567340) | about 11 years ago | (#6629659)

Well at least you've got to hand it to them for having balls the size of cannonballs.

Call me an idiot, but I can't imagine that they'd go down this path if they knew they were only bluffing. Who would honestly be stupid enough to take on the US government on a money issue like this, just when the electioneering is getting started for '04, without thinking they could win?

Maybe SCO, maybe not.

Re:Cannonballs (4, Interesting)

MisterMook (634297) | about 11 years ago | (#6629776)

Let the Lawyer-Fu begin. Somehow I think that no matter who is 'right' here, 50 states and the entire Federal government are going to win. At some point Congressmen have to consider the idea that just putting everyone at SCO in jail for some pretext would be easier than explaining to all of their constituents that they have to raise taxes again to pay for some jackass suing over a computer program.

Agent Smith:"That's right your Honor, after our thorough investigation we found that the code in question is nothing more than fiendishly hidden links to terrorist organizations and kiddy porn sites placed in the program by SCO."

Re:Cannonballs (4, Insightful)

fireboy1919 (257783) | about 11 years ago | (#6629778)

What have they got to lose? A good product? No. A company? It's already in the toilet - they could lose it at any time. Personal holdings? No, the company is doing the charging.

This could make them all wildly rich! Why not go for it, just in case somebody buys it?

Going too far (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629663)

Okay, this is going too far. One can only hope that pissing off the government will end them up in even more lawsuits. Could the US govt shut them down forcefully somehow?

Nurse, my cheque book (1)

pldms (136522) | about 11 years ago | (#6629665)

Before the medication wears off.

$32 for using my tivo? I believe that uses many of the contested server technologies.

PS I am being sarcastic

Who is the arse (ass) ? (1, Funny)

cfl (82047) | about 11 years ago | (#6629670)

Maybe the author *meant* to spell breach as "breech" in the article link:

"SCO is currently suing IBM Corp. for breech of contract for allegedly supplying some of that Unix code as part of the open source development process for Linux. "



breech ( P ) Pronunciation Key (brch)
The lower rear portion of the human trunk; the buttocks.


a. An opening, a tear, or a rupture.
b. A gap or rift, especially in or as if in a solid structure such as a dike or fortification.
2 A violation or infraction, as of a law, a legal obligation, or a promise.

I think in this case we are all of the opinion that SCO is an arse (or ass if
you prefer the American spelling).

Wouldn't it great... (1)

crotherm (160925) | about 11 years ago | (#6629672)

if you could be a fly on the wall at SCO when they are coming up with this crap? I mean they really cannot be serious. This will go down as the biggest troll ever!

OMG what farking balls these guys have....

The gov't, eh? (2, Interesting)

boola-boola (586978) | about 11 years ago | (#6629675)

The government owes SCO money? The government's response should be entertaining... :)

Refreshing management trend (4, Interesting)

unicorn (8060) | about 11 years ago | (#6629677)

Personally I find SCO's management style refreshing.

No wishy-washyness. It's damn the torpedoes, and full speed ahead. Never a moment of doubt that they may be making a huge mistake. No second guessing themselves. We know what we want, and we know where we're going. And we'll be damned if ANYTHING is going to dissuade us. Full court press, lads.

Re:Refreshing management trend (5, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | about 11 years ago | (#6629750)

Yep, they're about as refreshing as the Iraqi Information Minister! :)

I think they've eaten too many Mentos. They're way too Fresh(tm). They may have, in fact, overdosed on Mentos. At least, that's what the coronor's report will read about 2 hours after the government actually takes notice of this.

I'd laugh if his kids got cancer (0, Troll)

tjstork (137384) | about 11 years ago | (#6629765)

They want to play hardball, bring it on. I'll be happy to send laughter card if one of his kids got killed. Anyone that lies as much as they does not deserve to be considered human.

Cheer for McBride's death, I say.

Slander? (1)

bozojoe (102606) | about 11 years ago | (#6629678)

Somebody refresh my memory. Whats the current jail time penalty for slanderous statements?

Re:Slander? (1)

handmedowns (628517) | about 11 years ago | (#6629734)$.startup?Z_ORG_C ODE=PU01 Why doesn't everyone approached to pay for a license just file a complaint with the FTC? Enough complaints should lead to an investigation. Maybe antitrust?

Article slashdotted, entire text here: (4, Funny)

loucura! (247834) | about 11 years ago | (#6629680)

[... snip out boring stuff...]

Sources close to the controversy report hearing SCO CEO Darl McBride screaming and then loud thumps, before noting a non-descript black van leaving the SCO compound.

Administration Spokesperson Dill Franken had this to say, "While we cannot reveal the identity of the individuals for reasons of National Security, we can safely say that we have thwarted a terrorist network in their attempts to threaten the government, and our way of life."

He then went on to check his watch and remarked, "they should be arriving at Camp X-ray, right... about... now!" He then took some questions and concluded the press conference.

Re:Article slashdotted, entire text here: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629741)

[... snip out boring stuff...]

Well that's not the entire text now, is it? There's only one thing I hate more than a dumb ass, and that's a liar. And you, you are a dumb ass liar.

Re:Article slashdotted, entire text here: (0, Offtopic)

angeles13 (443205) | about 11 years ago | (#6629763)


this has to be one of the most amusing article summations I've read in quite some time!

You know... (5, Funny)

grasshoppa (657393) | about 11 years ago | (#6629681)'s stupid enough pissing on big blue's shoes, but when you start trying to bully the US government, you get called a terrorist, and we all know what happens then.

You gotta love these guys! (1)

overshoot (39700) | about 11 years ago | (#6629682)

Flirting with extortion and RICO charges wasn't exciting enough. Now they're trying a shakedown of the US Federal government. What are the odds that someone in Congress calls up the DOJ and wants either evidence or heads on plates?

Question for Linux users (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629686)

Hello, I am a single mom running my own business in suburb Los Angeles area. When I heard about the SCO news, I got really worried about the legality, since I consult other people and want to be perfectly legal with my software (I bought a Lindows machine from Wal-Mart).

So this morning I wrote up a check to SCO and sent it to their office (the mailman came and picked it up when he was dropping the correspondence). However, instead of $699 I wrote it up for $799. The question is: how should I approach SCO about the $100 refund? Would it be ok to contact them before the check actually got there? Or would I have to let it slip due to my own inattention?

Thank you,
Melissa Bryant

Re:Question for Linux users (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629773)

I'm not a Linux user, but I suggest you get on the bank and cancel that cheque...

Congrats (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629687)

Looks like this pro-Linux campaign has created a bunch of victims. Nice job pushing open source. How many people will lose their jobs for championing $699 per processor Linux in their company?

Repressed Childhood? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629688)

Is there someone at SCO who got beaten up as a child? I believe the words spoken were, "Someday, I'll make them all pay... Just you watch."

BTW - This post costs $1399 if I spell out more than L-I-...

The foaming mouths of slashdotters ;-P (1)

ArCaNe50 (587961) | about 11 years ago | (#6629689)

Its hilarious to see the reaction of everyone once the word "SCO" is mentioned. They(SCO) are just shooting them selves in the foot anyway. I think that the CEO if SCO has a burning need to see SCO burning.

Three Points (5, Interesting)

Dukeofshadows (607689) | about 11 years ago | (#6629692)

1) Maybe if SCO actually made something linux-based for the mass market worth purchasing they would reap some of those "lost profits" they moan about

2) Linux code should be de-SCOed to prevent this sort of problem from continuing to flair up

3) Would someone please investigate the RIAA to see if they're using any Linux systems? Personally I'd love to see the RIAA and SCO duke it out in court instead of on consumers who have to settle on their terms...

Re:Three Points (4, Funny)

mrseigen (518390) | about 11 years ago | (#6629754)

3) Would someone please investigate the RIAA to see if they're using any Linux systems? Personally I'd love to see the RIAA and SCO duke it out in court instead of on consumers who have to settle on their terms...
They're not Daleks! You can't kill them by running them into each other. With our luck, they'd probably combine into some sort of uber-litigious company and destroy all computer technology. We'd all be reduced to writing on stone tablets by fire!

Re:Three Points (1)

Gherald (682277) | about 11 years ago | (#6629770)

Dude, the RIAA and SCO have nothing to do with each other.

This May Be Redundant... (1)

jcenters (570494) | about 11 years ago | (#6629695)

...But can this get any sillier?

I mean really, come one, what's next? Are they going to ally with the mafia and start extorting the money personally?

Go SCO Go (1)

WindBourne (631190) | about 11 years ago | (#6629696)

How fast can you self destruct? I am curious what the government is going to do?

SEC complaint (4, Interesting)

IgD (232964) | about 11 years ago | (#6629697)

I wrote to the SEC the other day. This lawsuit is frivolous. Basically this is a pump and dump scheme. SCO's executives are hyping up this lawsuit and their company while in the backroom apparently they are selling their own stock.

Oh they're fucked now (1)

PeteyG (203921) | about 11 years ago | (#6629698)

If they start seriously going after the Federal fuckin' Government , they're going to get there assess kicked .

Can you imagine how much that would cost the Feds and the states? Once you put a pricetag on it (and god, it would be huge), regular people will say "wait a minute... what's that money for!?"

Crap (5, Funny)

pokka (557695) | about 11 years ago | (#6629699)

Well this sucks. Has anyone hacked the Tivo yet to run Windows?

Exorbitant... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629700)

$699 per license seems rather pricey considering SCO can at best only claim responsibility for a fraction of the code.

Anyone want to crunch the numbers line-by-line to discover how much a boxed linux version should set you back if SCO's per-line cost is translated across the entire code?

FUD! (0, Redundant)

UVABlows (183953) | about 11 years ago | (#6629701)


SCO, the new microsoft / riaa (-1, Troll)

seeksoft (579626) | about 11 years ago | (#6629703)

Lol who the hell do these people think they are? Sounds like thier company is about to hit the floor. Fuck linux anyways. It sucks. Anyone who uses linux sucks.

True but (-1, Troll)

ratfynk (456467) | about 11 years ago | (#6629736)

Windows doesn't suck it blozes.

Yes, but SCO owes me $750 for each Linux copy sold (1)

tjstork (137384) | about 11 years ago | (#6629705)

I inadvertantly left some source code on my web site, and SCO stole it. I can't show it to you but even the comments are the same.

Therefor, everyone out there using Linux owes me $750.

whoa whoa whoa (1)

Comsn (686413) | about 11 years ago | (#6629710)

piss of linux users wont get much trouble
piss off IBM will cost you your soul
piss off the US Govment and watch out!

what kind of scare tactic is this? extortion of the government? this is just begging for trouble.

Not to start a flame war (1)

Tokerat (150341) | about 11 years ago | (#6629711)

...but you saw what both Bush administrations have done to Iraq...SCO is not playing it smart.

VxWorks (1)

fazil (62946) | about 11 years ago | (#6629714)

Ya know VxWorks, that amazing Real Time O/S? I think it could possibly incorporates a lot of Unix code.. I mean, it's less of a stretch to VxWorks, than it is to Linux. Does anyone have any ideas if SCO *could* go after Vxworks? If they do.. Nortel Networks should run scared, most of those PBX's run VxWorks. Their IP phone stuff also uses VxWorks.

Just to get those wheels turning...

send Lawyers, Guns, and Money. (1)

dropoffx (648031) | about 11 years ago | (#6629715)

Stowell said the company has no immediate plans to file suit against government agencies using Linux, but rather plans to speak with individual offices about buying licenses first. I'm sure the government would like to speak with you about these licenses too.

Hey SCO (1)

drivers (45076) | about 11 years ago | (#6629716)

I think I speak for all of us when I say: FUCK YOU! Again: F U C K Y O U !

Quickly degenerating into the really bizarre ... (2, Insightful)

Vicegrip (82853) | about 11 years ago | (#6629719)

Any strategist would tell you that if you want to win, you don't pick fights with everyone you see.

I'm seriously thinking it's time to call in the men in the white suits and get Mc Bride strapped up and thrown into a padded room for his own good.

They're not demanding money from TiVo owners. (5, Informative)

morven2 (5718) | about 11 years ago | (#6629720)

Read the article. They're demanding $32 a copy from the OEM; in this case, the TiVo company themselves. Individual users are NOT liable for this, they cannot demand this and they won't get it. If TiVo ships code it shouldn't have, then they are liable, not their customers.

A company truly serious about a genuine claim would't be behaving this way, IMO. SCO wouldn't be trying to shake down users in advance of a judgment; rather, they'd get a judgment, and then, armed with that, their shakedown would have MUCH more teeth.

My Z has a web server (1)

starling (26204) | about 11 years ago | (#6629724)

Does that mean I owe them $699 or $32 or $731? Guess I'll keep my money while I wait for clarification.

I hope the gov. ignores them (1)

Erick the Red (684990) | about 11 years ago | (#6629725)

If it doesn't, SCO's in the money. It's been said over and over that only idiots would buy licences from them, but the government is known for wasting money.

Is extortion legal in america now? (4, Interesting)

incom (570967) | about 11 years ago | (#6629727)

Surely there must be some criminal charges that can be laid against SCO in some jurisdiction.

This is getting silly... (2, Interesting)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | about 11 years ago | (#6629728)

You can go after the vendors or you can go after the end-users, you can't go after both.

Double dipping like this is a joke. I'm sure SCO's lawyers justify this by saying it's analogous to selling stolen goods and then receiving stolen goods but, assuming for a second that SCO's claims are valid, if a Linux distributor like Red Hat or SuSE settles up shouldn't that settlement cover their existing customers? If not, why do those customers have to license the software twice?

Makes you long for the good old days of instance justice - if this was the Wild West, someone would have put a bullet in SCO's back a long time ago.

how can this go one ... (3, Interesting)

Rubbersoul (199583) | about 11 years ago | (#6629730)

I fail to see how SCO can go around demanding fees for something they have proven no leagal right to. If I, or anyone else, went around saying everyone that ows a copy of [insert product] owes me 2 cents [insert company] would force me to put up or shut up. I know that RedHat is trying to fight back now, but something needs to be done to SCO fast. The more and more I think about the more they sound like a pwan for a MS, all they are doing is spreding FUD making casual observers have doubts about linux ... either that or they are just fucktards.

We need to update todays Slashdot Poll ... (2, Funny)

openbear (231388) | about 11 years ago | (#6629735)

We need to update todays Slashdot poll to include the item:

[x] Angry Tivo user torches SCO offices

SCO will have to pry my TiVo (or the $32 license fee) from my cold dead hands

SCO can bite my shiny metal ass (1)

Dolphinzilla (199489) | about 11 years ago | (#6629737)

nuff said...

Where does it say I owe $32? (1)

Sebby (238625) | about 11 years ago | (#6629738)

The article doesn't say users owe SCO the $32, just that SCO will charge OEMs the $32.

Editors, please, get a little more accuracy!

please create (5, Insightful)

squarefish (561836) | about 11 years ago | (#6629742)

so much sco stuff has been happening lately and there's no sign of it going away anytime soon. The big shocking ones can make the main page, but I'm willing to bet there's so much sco stuff that you guys are turning away some of it.
You've recently done this with apple and games. I think a sco option would be useful.


Can i get what these guys are smoking? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629743)

Seriously, man it must be some very potent stuff.

Balls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629757)

These guy must have some huge balls to go after everybody. But the problems with huge balls is that it is easy to be kicked in them.

TiVo is not affected by this (5, Informative)

wjr (157747) | about 11 years ago | (#6629758)

They used to use a 2.1.24 (plus mods) kernel, so they should fall outside SCO's demands. I don't know if the latest TiVos are using 2.4-based kernels, but I'd be surprised if they are.

In related news.... (5, Funny)

polaris852 (686050) | about 11 years ago | (#6629759)

SCO wants $13 from anyone who has a shirt or sticker with the word Linux on it.... film at 11:00..

Suicidal (1)

Komodo (7029) | about 11 years ago | (#6629760)

In the past, people have commented that for every report that SCO is full of shit (which drops their stock price a bit), they have to put another outlandish press release out the door to jack it back up.

But I can't understand how THIS is supposed to rally their stock price. Extorting money from the US Government? I thought We the People didn't negotiate with terrorists.

No, the Linux community is just getting mugged by the corporate buccaneers in charge of SCO. And one of them should be walking the plank if he thinks that demanging money from The Law is going to strengthen their case.

Testicular display (1)

morelife (213920) | about 11 years ago | (#6629762)

should've bought the stock earlier. This is the ultimate bluff, everyone's going to figure they must be right if they're demanding licensing fees from Uncle Sam. Every Post Office scanning station runs linux, No?

sweet (4, Insightful)

MattW (97290) | about 11 years ago | (#6629767)

I'd say it's time for the esteemed Attourney General John Ashcroft to prosecute SCO and its executives for Racketeering. In the 20s, they used guns. In this century, they use unsubstantiated IP claims. But either way, they're demanding 'protection money' they aren't entitled to. Maybe we can re-open Alcatraz and put Darl there as a tourist attraction.

Points at SCO (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629769)

(points at SCO and begins laughing like homer) aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ahhahahahhhahha hahahahahhhhah ahahaha ahahhh AHHH ahhhahhhahhhahahhhahhahhh ahhhahhhahahahhhahahhaa
(wipes tear from eye)

subtle no?

McBride's career after SCO (1)

AtariKee (455870) | about 11 years ago | (#6629772)

McBride is heading towards a glorious new career when all is said and done with SCO. Check it out here [] !

Dr_LHA formally asks for $2 from SCO (5, Funny)

Dr_LHA (30754) | about 11 years ago | (#6629774)

For charges related to purchasing alcohol based screen wipes due to excessive coffee stains splattered on computer monitor.

sco, what assholes (0)

classic66coupe (684338) | about 11 years ago | (#6629775)

damn that companies has balls, they suck.

Someone, please BITCH-SLAP the SCO imps! (2, Funny)

alchemist68 (550641) | about 11 years ago | (#6629777)

Ya know, the economy is pretty bad right now, for everyone. But you can't get law-suit happy when your profits go down. I don't know who is worse, the RIAA or SCO. They keep this up, the DOJ will set them straight in time. Meanwhile, The Borg are loving every minute of this, keeps businesses in the Borg Collective for a while longer, that is until people start to THINK for themselves again. Of course, there is always Apple and Mac OS X. The best of both worlds: able to run open-source software with a single recompile for X Windows, able to leap tall Wall Street needs by running M$ Office as the business world requires.


On the cusp! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629779)

SCO is done with the slow strokes.

Can an orgasm be far behind?

Now they've done it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6629780)

Don't f**k w/Tivo......... I call upon the mighty power of the geek underground to smite thee
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