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Wired on McBride

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the made-for-tv-movie dept.

Caldera 221

leifbk writes "Wired has a very interesting feature article on how Darl McBride and his sidekick Mike Anderer rose to fame. Some particularly juicy parts are about Anderer: 'He's supercompetitive,' said one. 'If he knows you'll faint at the sight of blood, he'll cut himself just to watch you pass out.'" A very thorough retelling of the legend that is SCO.

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um (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538329)

WTF!!?

Quick! (5, Funny)

sockonafish (228678) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538330)

Assemble an army of fainting geeks and march to Anderer's house!!!

McBride (2, Funny)

tasinet (747465) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538335)

McBride?
Any relation to Ronald McDonald's Bride?

No (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538349)

No, but I think that joke might be related to Grimace.

Re:No (2, Funny)

dosius (230542) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539117)

It sure made me grimace ^^;

Moll.

Re:McBride (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538733)

That's one Bride that's going to be abandoned at the altar :)

Re:McBride (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9539235)

That's one Bride that's going to be abandoned at the altar :)


No, that Bride will spend the next 25 years with the Bridegroom, in their 4x6 ft cell.

Frosty Pist! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538336)

Read it and weep mofos!

Re:Frosty Pist! (-1, Troll)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538480)

I regret to inform you, sir, that you do, in fact, fail it.

McBride is passe (5, Insightful)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538338)

Think about it. The whole idea of history is that the victors will tell it. The losers will be written out of it or at the very worst written into it as very bad characters.

McBride is about as bland as you get. He is the CEO of a company that produces nothing. He is fighting a movement arguably composed of nothing. He is the Don Quixote of the software world except he doesn't have half the attractiveness.

Leave him to his money, he's got plenty of it. Linux will survive this idiotic onslaught, and whatever other challenges there are to come.

Let's focus on making Linux better for all of us, rather than fighting windmills.

Good idea, eh muchacho?

Re:McBride is passe (1)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538427)

Darl deserves his place in history, alongside Natalie Portman, goatse.cx and hot grits. I'm sure this isn't exactly what he had in mind, though...

Re:McBride is passe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538544)

alongside Natalie Portman

I believe you meant to Jar Jar.

Re:McBride is passe (4, Funny)

orthogonal (588627) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538635)

I believe you meant [Darl McBride belongs alongside] Jar Jar [Binks].

Meesa say yousa owe $699. Meesa say "pump and dump".

Re:McBride is passe (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539239)

Natalie Portman has undetaken a much more mature role in the upcoming movie Garden State [apple.com] . Might want to check out what she has to say in her new interview [interviewmagazine.com] in the 'disheist' mag for pop culture Andy Warhol's Interview [amazon.com] .

Re:McBride is passe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538476)

No, your attitude will allow others to do the same...

His DNA should be removed from the gene-pool as a warning to others... ...well, ok that's a bit overkill,

at least a criminal investigation, to see who is the master behind the puppets.

He Might Be Passe, But What He Is Doing Isn't (5, Insightful)

BRock97 (17460) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538543)

He is bland, a braggart, and doesn't know when to shut up, but what he is trying to do (namely, the profit off of intellectual property) cannot be ignored. The wired article makes a great point on the last page [wired.com] : "Darl McBride is right about one thing: There's a big problem with Linux. <snip> The problem is that the free operating system created by Torvalds and his collaborators is poorly documented."

To be honest, if it wasn't going to be McBride, it would be someone else down the line that would exploit this little problem. Most open source advocates would hate to say it, but with this kind of question looming over Linux as an operating system, some bigger companies won't look at it in the same light as they would, say, Microsoft Windows or Sun Solaris. It is good that, not unlike a band-aid, this is getting done now so that even the big corporations can know what most of us already do; without a question or a doubt, Linux is safe to use.

I see no windmills here, but a true dragon that needs to be slayed.

Re:He Might Be Passe, But What He Is Doing Isn't (2, Interesting)

Phragmen-Lindelof (246056) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538571)

Is it not the case the MS Windows contains (or contained) code from BSD or Linux (e.g. TCP/IP stack), possibly without acknowledgement of the Regents of the University of California if BSD is being used? (I could be wrong about this.)

Re:He Might Be Passe, But What He Is Doing Isn't (2, Interesting)

BRock97 (17460) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538664)

Is it not the case the MS Windows contains (or contained) code from BSD or Linux...

From my recollection, contained is the right word, but it has been a while. A quick Google turned up: http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2001/6/19/05641/7357 [kuro5hin.org] .

Re:He Might Be Passe, But What He Is Doing Isn't (1)

Cylix (55374) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538721)

If I'm recalling correctly, wasn't there a note or article they would be tracking patch history even more fervently then they already have.

So far as I know, every patch tracks back to someone in the kernel, but I'm not aware of how well a patch is documented that comes via a proxy dev. (ie dev looks it over, adjusts it and submits it).

Code in question has even been tracked back to SCO/Caldera when they were in a supportive mood.

The only thing they have ever mentioned of worth is maillist reply that it was counter-productive to research what patents kernel features might infringe upon. That's really a difficult one to work out and I'm not sure who would have the resources to do such a project.

Re:He Might Be Passe, But What He Is Doing Isn't (1, Interesting)

danmart (660791) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538782)

How is linux not well documented?

There are a zillion books in the book stores, there are a zillion howto's on the web, there is documentation on all the download pages.

Compare that with the documentation of say, windows. Does windows document how there stuff works? No, it is a trade secret. There are a zillion how to operate and configure and fix, just like linux.

The only difference appears to be that linux ALSO provides documentation on its internals. So that qualifies as poorly documented?

Re:He Might Be Passe, But What He Is Doing Isn't (4, Informative)

pyrrhonist (701154) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539182)

How is linux not well documented?
There are a zillion books in the book stores, there are a zillion howto's on the web, there is documentation on all the download pages.

Not that kind of documentation, you big freak!

In this case, "not well documented", refers to the record of where the source code came from and who originally wrote it.

Re:He Might Be Passe, But What He Is Doing Isn't (2, Interesting)

killjoe (766577) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538910)

I think MS and Sun have a much bigger problem with this.

Given the the codebase of all their products I think it's pretty much inevitable that there is some GPLed code somewhere in there. Lucky for them not too many people see the code and those that do probably don't know the linux codebase.

Maybe one day somebody will actually find which part of windows contains GPLed code and all hell will break loose. I would not want to be a MS shareholder on that day.

Re:He Might Be Passe, But What He Is Doing Isn't (2, Interesting)

alangmead (109702) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538920)

if it wasn't going to be McBride, it would be someone else down the line that would exploit this little problem

One could argue that this problem has been exploited already in a smaller scale, and people involved in Linux should worry about it getting worse and worse.

In many ways, what Darl is doing feels a lot like what William Della Croce, Jr. [linuxgazette.com] did in 1996. That took about a year to get resolved.

First a false trademark infringement claim. Now a false copyright infringement claim. I really fear the false patent infringement claim that I expect is coming up in the future.

Re:He Might Be Passe, But What He Is Doing Isn't (1)

Feztaa (633745) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539170)

With patents on double clicking, I would more fear an ACTUAL patent infringement claim than a false patent infringement claim. Difference being, we actually are infringing on bogus patents, whereas there is no copyright infringement at all but we're still being harrassed about it.

Re:McBride is passe (0)

vsprintf (579676) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538975)

He is the Don Quixote of the software world except he doesn't have half the attractiveness.

Quixotic is an apt description.

From the article: What has the son of a farmer, a devout Mormon, and the father of seven done to so swiftly earn the [most hated man in high tech] honor?

This guy just doesn't know when to quit.

This is my first post. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538340)

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Still misses the point about Linux (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538343)

There *is* very good documentation on where the code has come from -- despite what the article says.

Sheesh.

At least this is better than your average mainstream coverage.

Re:Still misses the point about Linux (2, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539286)

There *is* very good documentation on where the code has come from -- despite what the article says.

I think what he's talking about here is the fact that Linus doesn't have super psychic powers to be able to descern that when code is submited it is really unique and not merely that he knows who submitted the code.

But that propriatary software makers do.

We can confirm this for ourselves by applying our own super psychic powers against propriatary code. If you do this you will find that you cannot detect any code that has been copied from some other source.

So who are you going to believe, Linus, or your own third eye?

KFG

Faint at the sight of blood (4, Funny)

RALE007 (445837) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538348)

'If he knows you'll faint at the sight of blood, he'll cut himself just to watch you pass out.'

I'll faint if he cut his own neck, I swear!

class clown (4, Funny)

k4_pacific (736911) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538362)

'If he knows you'll faint at the sight of blood, he'll cut himself just to watch you pass out.'

So he's like that kid from grade school who would turn his eyelids inside-out? Charming.

Anderer: Hey, look what I can do. Bleh-Bleh!
Everyone: Ewww!!!!

Re:class clown (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538404)

Agreed.

In the story text, he's described as "supercompetitive." I think a more straightforward description would be that he's a sociopath.

w-w-w-ired (5, Funny)

i love pineapples (742841) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538375)

I've been wired on McBride, but it made my nose bleed and I felt completely awful the next day. I'll stick to smoking crack... cheaper and less of a hangover.

Re:w-w-w-ired (5, Funny)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538411)

How much did you pay for that high? $699?

Re:w-w-w-ired (0)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538822)

Look. When you have any involvement in McBride, you're dealing with massive amounts of crack. It's what he lives off of. McBride is simply a filter for crack. You're probably better off just cutting out the middle man and going to the crack directly.

Competetive? (5, Funny)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538380)

That's not being competetive. That's being an ASSHOLE. What kind of pers-- I think I just answered my question.

Re:Competetive? (5, Insightful)

orthogonal (588627) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538502)

That's not being competetive (sic). That's being an ASSHOLE. What kind of pers-- I think I just answered my question.

From the Slashdot post: Some particularly juicy parts are about Anderer: 'He's supercompetitive,' said one. 'If he knows you'll faint at the sight of blood, he'll cut himself just to watch you pass out.'

Being an aggressive asshole is the way to get ahead! Now move out of my way, you fucking peons! Don't get between me and my yacht!

These wunderkinds don't create anything. They haven't discovered anything. They don't even seem to make particularly astute business decisions.

All they're good at is blundering ahead, kissing the asses of those with power, back-slapping their "friends", and intimidating everyone else.

But we've allowed them to succeed despite the fact that they've never contributed a damn thing.

Jonas Salk discovered the polio vaccine. Did he ever become as rich as Darl McBride or Mike Anderer?

Ken Thompson, and Dennis Ritchie wrote the Unix Operating System that Darl claims gives him the rights to Linus Torvalds's linux.

Where are Thompson's or Ritchie's or Torvalds's millions?

Well, Thompson and Ritchie got paychecks from AT&T, and AT&T sold Unix to Novell which sold it to Darl's company. So, according to the magic of capitalism -- and the recent additonal idea that corporate CEOs deserve the lion's share of their companies' profits --, the millions belong to Darl.

Torvalds is (according to capitalism) a dumb-ass -- smart enough to write linux, but a dumb-ass nonetheless -- because he gives linux away for free. So no millions for Linus.

Now an good capitalist will tell you that Thompson and Ritchie preferred regular paychecks to working on their own and owning Unix outright. And the capitalist would be right: when all capital is concentrated in the hands of the sons and grandsons of the guys who stole it in the first place, Thompson and Ritchie were free -- to starve.

And a good capitalist will explain to you that the marketplace has determined -- correctly, because the marketplace can't be wrong, that's an axiom of capitalism -- that Darl McBride is socially;y far more valuable than Thompson or Ritchie or Torvalds. Even though without those peons, Darl McBride wouldn't have even a claim to his money.

I'm no socialist., no communist. I see a value to capitalism, to the way the Market allows those with needs to meet those with the means to supply those needs. I think we'd be in deep shit if government tried to "manage" what the market takes care of so handily. And I even see a need to generously pay those CEOs and MBAs whose work makes the Market work so efficiently.

But something is out of kilter when the heroes aren't the innovators, the discovers, the creators, but the MBAstard who can best throw his weight around.

Do I have a solution to propose? Not really.

Maybe we should adjust patent law such that inventors always retain some stake in their invention, even after assigning a patent -- sort of the way European copyright law recognizes creators' rights that can be sold and other rights that can't given up under any contract.

Perhaps we ought to say that after the first ten million in profits to a corporation on a patent, five percent of remaining profits belong to the original inventor, no matter how the patent has been assigned.

Perhaps we ought to establish a national version of the Nobel prizes, and give them to men like Dennis Ritchie.

Or maybe we should just mandate that CEOs can't make more than, say 1000 times what their lowest paid employee makes. If the lowest paid employee makes $20,000 a year, the CEO would be limited to twenty million a year.

I don't have the answers. But I know that something's wrong here.

Re:Competetive? (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538587)

There's a sig floating around on slashdot that more people need to notice: "Be nice to the people you meet on your way up, you'll meet them again on your way down."

Re:Competetive? (4, Informative)

njdj (458173) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539078)

Or maybe we should just mandate that CEOs can't make more than, say 1000 times what their lowest paid employee makes.
In the so-called "robber baron" era of raw, unfettered capitalism, the late 19th century, when people like Andrew Carnegie and John Rockefeller amassed huge fortunes, a CEO typically was paid about 40 times as much as the median employee. (It makes more sense to use the median as the benchmark instead of the lowest-paid because it's a more stable number).
A CEO who pays himself more than 40 times the median salary at his company is basically stealing. I see no problem with a law which says that "compensation" in excess of 40x the median salary is prima facie evidence of theft. Mr Grasso comes to mind.
Of course, a CEO could rebut the presumption of theft by showing that he had increased company profits commensurately with his salary. But, studies seem to show that a company's change in profitability is not significantly correlated with the CEO's salary.

Re:Competetive? (3, Interesting)

EpsCylonB (307640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539216)

But we've allowed them to succeed despite the fact that they've never contributed a damn thing.

Jonas Salk discovered the polio vaccine. Did he ever become as rich as Darl McBride or Mike Anderer?


As you point out, this is not exactly a new phoneomena, it's interesting that some of the most important poeple in the history of of our species either weren't interested in money or got screwed over financially....

Re:Competetive? (2, Insightful)

vsprintf (579676) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539236)

Or maybe we should just mandate that CEOs can't make more than, say 1000 times what their lowest paid employee makes. If the lowest paid employee makes $20,000 a year, the CEO would be limited to twenty million a year.

I agree with most of your comment, but a 1000-to-one difference is still insane. IIRC, in the sixties, CEOs of large companies typically made no more than 60 times the average worker's salary. Aside from huge egos, insatiable greed, a lack of shame, and complete dishonesty and disregard for the law, what makes an American CEO worth 1000 workers who actually produce something?

Re:Competetive? (4, Funny)

Skevin (16048) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538557)

Hmm, super-competitive a-hole? Willing to cut himself just to make you faint? I can see some wonderful opportunities at the next SCO Conference...

DARL: Thank you for listening. I'm now willing to field any questions from the attendees.
SMART-ASS NERD: I don't like accidentally looking at the goatse picture everytime I read Slashdot. It disgusts me.
DARL: I don't how this concerns SCO.
MIKE: Wait, a minute, Darl, there are people here who don't like the goatse picture? Well, have a look at this. [drops pants and proceeds to insert fingers into unpleasant-looking anatomy]
Darl: Uh, um, are there any other questions?
S.A.N. #2: I don't like people who hit themselves over the head with a hammer.
Mike: You don't, eh? It just so happens I have a ballpeen hammer right here... Ow! Ooh! Ouch!
AUDIENCE (IN UNISON): We hate the thought of lynching Darl McBride!

I'll leave the rest to oyur imagination...

Solomon Chang

Been theree, read that... (4, Informative)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538381)

This story was featured by Pamela Jones on the Groklaw site here [groklaw.net] .

It's a wonderful story, and lends a *METRIC ASSLOAD* of information that gets inside why The SCO Group decided to change uniforms and start playing for the wrong team in the middle of the game. Darl's just a litigious sonofabitch who happened to find another litigious sonofabitch to help dream up this scheme whereby we try to make money off *everyone else's* ideas.

Re:Been theree, read that... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538450)

For those of us in the US, could you convert that into an Imperial Assload?

Re:Been theree, read that... (4, Funny)

secondsun (195377) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538600)

A metric assload is .95 * one Imperial assload. The difference comes form the lack of the standard British rod.

Re:Been theree, read that... (1)

seanvaandering (604658) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538538)

help dream up this scheme whereby we try to make money off *everyone else's* ideas.

Bill gates did it first, now look where he is...

Re:Been theree, read that... (2)

s.fontinalis (580601) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539190)

Much as I hate to defend BillG, he did *create*, well maybe assemble, things along the way. His corporation has added to the products available to the world. SCO is just a sucking sound - a leech.

Wow... (5, Informative)

XeRXeS-TCN (788834) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538387)

A very interesting article overall, showing that Darl was involved in many other situations before SCO where he was involved in trying to make revenue by nothing but IP violation claims and other lawsuits. It tends to focus on a lot of the linux stuff (obviously) but I find the earlier history much more interesting.

In 1998, Ikon fired McBride (and as late as 2001 was still writing off his acquisitions). McBride turned around and sued his former employer for $10 million, claiming breach of contract, nonpayment of wages, and fraud. It was the first instance of McBride using lawsuits to hack through a thicket of business problems.

From these "humble beginnings" to intentionally thinking up ideas to patent, simply to take people to court over infringement, we can see that clearly he was the best man to pull SCO's slumping sales up with the last-resort tactic of trying to enforce some concocted IP violations. Only this time, he appears to have bitten off more than he can chew.

with legal fees mounting in his battle with Ikon, he faced bankruptcy. McBride eventually dropped his lawsuit, and, as part of the settlement, walked away from his startup.

I'm thinking there's a very good chance we'll see history repeat itself. ;)

The question I have (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538418)

What will happen to McBride after this?

This won't be forgotten as easily as his previous adventures.

It's all a game... (1)

Chordonblue (585047) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538722)

...to these macho golf-loving, ex-frat boys. QUOTE: "But we think the crowd is going to get very quiet when we put some points on the board..." Boy you'd love that wouldn't you? Kind of gives you a thrill to the crotch you didn't get losing at football.

First of all Darl, you have to PLAY to win. Constantly appealing to the judges for a decision doesn't score you 'points' in anyone's book. Why not simply produce a better product and instead of bitching about OSS - STOP USING IT in your company's software. Oh that's right, you did - brilliant move on making your software even LESS attractive...

Secondly, if you think that the OSS community will get LESS vocal with some sort of win on your side, you're in for a rude awakening.

No Darl, what we see is YOU and your lawyers trying to make away with what a community as a whole has contributed to for years. My only hope is that when SCO is folded into a legitimate organization and your legal barratry is ended, you will personally be held for proscecution.

C'mon Darl, shoot off your mouth like you used to - Groklaw needs some more dumb-ass quotes...

The SCO story... (4, Funny)

rice_burners_suck (243660) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538392)

After several months of endless SCO stories, my ability to resist posting about Scumware Crapware Operation has all but completely worn away. I want to comment on what happened several months ago, when SCO claimed it had evidence of its garbage being misappropriated into something worthwhile...

Blake Stowell, the Director of Public Relations for The SCO Group, told Newsforge in an email:

To clarify, the code we showed in Vegas was Unix System V code that was copied line for line from UNIX into Linux. It was contributed by a UNIX licensee, which was not IBM. It was shown not to build our case against IBM, but it was shown to identify that there are issues with Linux. Linus can have his opinion of Darl McBride and what was shown, but ultimately, we will have to show our proof in a court setting and convince a jury that we have been wronged by IBM, not this other UNIX licensee that we showed the code from. That will be a separate issue.

As the company that owns the UNIX System V source code, we think we're sufficiently qualified to identify this code.

I think his comment should have been more like this:

"I just wanna clarify what's goin' on over here. Over in the casino, after I had those nine beers, I showed this crumpled piece of paper that read:

10 FOR I=1 TO 10

20 PRINT "I AM COOL"

30 NEXT I

The three lines above are source code in our very own UNIX System V. Here are three lines from the Linux kernel:
static u_int

mcclock_tlsb_read(device_t dev, u_int reg)

{

As you can plainly see, these portions of the Linux source code are exactly identical to our UNIX System V code. All of our programmers, Bob and Jim, told me so themselves, and both of them are highly trained MCSE's. We don't appreciate that the community rejects this as evidence of wrongdoing. Linus is obviously an idiot because his coding skills don't match what Bob and Jim can do in VisualBASIC 2003."

Upon reading this post, one realizes that it closely resembles going to dinner with a buddy, asking, "How's business?" and writing it off as a business expense. Further, this post closely resembles a sandwich that appears large but, once eaten, proves unsatisfyingly small. A staid, steadfast comment, it resembles a pantomime of images.

Because this post is supposed to be about SCO, Darl McBribe / McBlackmail / McExtort / McThreaten / McLose / Mc-Go-To-Jail-Do-Not-Pass-Go-Do-Not-Collect-Two-Hu ndred-Billion-Dollars. But the meat of this post is decidedly unsatisfying: SCO is trying to play hard ball with the big boys when SCO, unfit even to be called a little boy, is barely a hole in some dead goat's ass. (See what I mean about "pantomime of images?" And that's a pretty gross image, if you ask me.)

There were all the press releases issued by SCO:

For immediate release:

Smoking Crack Operation (NASCRACK: SCO) announced legal action against Microsoft Corporation for violating SCO intellectual property. The lawsuit comes on the heels of legal action targeting IBM, all the Fortune 500 companies, the governments of two world superpowers and six third world nations, millions of computer users worldwide, and God.

"Microsoft is using underground hacker software called Linux," said SCO CEO Darl McBluff. "They are using Linux to develop operating system software, codenamed Microsoft Windows, which violates our intellectual property rights. Competition from Microsoft and other companies is eating away at our sales," McBluff said. "Die fuckers!!!"

According to an SCO spokesperson, Linux violates SCO copyrights by using code developed, trademarked, copyrighted and patented by IBM. Microsoft Windows violates SCO's self-proclaimed right to eternal, perpetually increasing profits.

Experts from the Gartner Group suggested that all users of Linux, Windows, IRIX, Plan-9, CP/M, Palm OS, OS/390, UNICOS, TOPS-20, Mac OS, DOS and OS/2 immediately pay SCO a nominal licensing fee of $699 for each instance of every process that executes on these operating systems, retroactive to 1960. SCO is offering a special accounting package to compute the daily licensing payment requirements and offers convenient financing options. "We suggest you pay up," McBluff said, commenting on the Gartner report, "or we will break your legs and burn down your homes and businesses."

(I know we're only joking, but with SCO, it could happen!)

***

For immediate release:

Scam Con & Overcharge (NAZDAC: SCO) today announced a barrage of new lawsuits against users of pornography processing software called Linux. A proprietary IBM product, Linux allegedly violates SCO intellectual property. This new development comes on the heels of another SCO lawsuit against God for denying immortality to SCO CEO Darl McBurglary.

"Women and young children are viewing cartoon images of NAKED penguins!" shouted McBurglary, throwing his coffee mug across the room during an interview. "It's disgusting! And besides, it contains OUR intellectual property! It's a conspiracy! And everybody's in on it!!!"

When asked which SCO intellectual property was found in Linux, McBurglary commented, "IBM invented, developed, trademarked, copyrighted and patented certain technologies. Therefore, they are infringing on OUR intellectual property rights!"

SCO spokespersons refused to specify what constitutes the allegedly infringing properties. McBurglary had to be escorted back to his home at the looney bin by two big black guys in pinstriped suits. "Die, fucker, die!!" he yelled at some child walking down the street with a stuffed penguin doll.

(I know we're only joking, but with SCO, it could happen!)

***

For immediate release:

Sinners' Criminal Offenses (NAZDAK: SCO) today announced lawsuits targeting thieves in the streets of New York. According to SCO, these thieves allegedly infringed on SCO intellectual properties relating to SCO business processes. The move follows a recently filed SCO lawsuit against Microsoft for use of the letters "S" "C" and "O" in their name.

An SCO spokesperson commented, "These New York thieves are infringing on our business process rights by copying our operational procedures. SCO developed these procedures and therefore has the exclusive right to implement them." When asked which procedures were being copied by New York thieves, the spokesperson said, simply, "Theft."

In an interview, SCO CEO Darl McGroom said, "By leveraging innovative businesses processes such as theft, extortion and robbery, SCO creates value for shareholders and allows content providers to streamline compelling enterprise solutions. We own the rights on the business processes of theft. Those thieves in New York are infringing on our trade secrets."

SCO shares went up six and a half points shortly after the announcement. SCO shareholders quickly dumped more stock.

***

For immediate release:

SCO files a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company for violating SCO's patents. SCO alleges that Linux, a proprietary middleware application developed jointly by HP and IBM, contains technologies owned by SCO.

Although Disney has nothing to do with Linux, SCO CEO Darl McBride says, "They have done nothing to help us enforce our rights in connection to our innovative technologies. The purpose of this lawsuit is to make it clear to all businesses that either they are with us or they are against us."

If SCO wins the lawsuit, Disney will pay 100 billion in damages for failure to allocate all its corporate resources to back SCO in its fight against HP and IBM. SCO alleges over 100 million lines of source code--essentially business rules developed by SCO--have been illegally placed into a program called Linux Colonel, by HP and IBM.

"By leveraging innovative technologies, content providers streamline compelling enterprise solutions," said a spokesperson for SCO. SCO stocks climbed 12% after the initial announcement.

***

For Immediate Release

August 24, 2003

The terrorist organization SCO (NASDAQ: SCOX) today announced that it has placed two Lincoln Continentals in Linus Torvald's driveway. "We hope to convince Mr. Torvalds that he is breaking the law by helping to create software that may be used to compete with SCO," said a spokesperson for The SCO Group. SCO alleges that Linux source code violates SCO copyrights by having been illegally copied into UNIX System V.

Blake Stowell, Director of Public Relations for The SCO Group, publically announced:

After I had those nine beers in the casino the other night, I produced these three lines from UNIX System V handwritten on a crumpled piece of paper:
10 FOR I=1 TO 10

20 PRINT I

30 NEXT I

Nearly stumbling onto my face, I then produced another piece of paper with three lines from the Linux kernel:
static u_int

mcclock_tlsb_read(device_t dev, u_int reg)

{

As you can plainly see, the above three lines of Linux source code are exactly identical to corresponding lines in our UNIX System V code. We have undeniable evidence of these claims because all of our programmers, Bob, told me so himself, and he is a highly trained MCSE.
Later, in an interview, SCO CEO Baghdad McBride cried, "There are no Americans in Iraq, er, I mean, Linux programmers are commiting suicide by the hundreds outside the Gates of SCO! We have them surrounded and there is no escape! The sword: Take the sword without any fear," he said. "Let them be witness to that. Take out the sword on the enemies against you! Long live the Jihad against free software!"

Further, SCO alleges that the GPL, under which Linux is licensed, is invalid in the United States because the following clause is prohibited by former USSR Copyright Law:

"Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed."
Baghdad McBride said, "In Soviet Russia, documents make copies of you!"

Like a cocaine addict, SCO stock soared to new highs after today's announcement.

***

This post constitutes gobbledygook. Like the unfulfilling sandwich, it first appears large but contains nothing of value. And what the author has done fits well within the aforementioned business dinner analogy, as the author has said about 2 words that were on topic, yet all that followed diverted from that original focus, nay, is completely off topic.

Just like SCO's business plan.

A dumb CEO named McBride,
Made his stock price go up when he lied,
....Now he's cuffed and he's jailed,
....Because freedom prevailed,
Said his cellmate, "You're in for a ride."

Micro$COft. Where do j00 want to go today?

Re:The SCO story... (3, Funny)

Fearless Freep (94727) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538510)

Read the rest of this comment...

Why!?!

Dammit we need a +100 Funny for the parent... (1)

seanvaandering (604658) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538606)

absolutely awesome, Ive never actually fallen off my chair before from laughing!

Father ?? (5, Funny)

Aliencow (653119) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538402)

Father of SEVEN ?

God help us!

Re:Father ?? (5, Funny)

DataPath (1111) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538549)

Us? No, God help his children.

Could you imagine being him and trying to teach your kids how to share and play nicely with each other?

Daddy! Jimmy took my toy! He gave it to me, and then he took it back!

Jimmy - did you assign all rights to that toy to your brother, or did just permit him to reap enjoyment from it while you're not using it?

Re:Father ?? (2, Insightful)

gsfprez (27403) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538709)

he helped himself closer to godhood by having 7 children, actually.

don't believe me? Read the books yourself.

Re:Father ?? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538874)

SCO is based in Utah, per Utah law you must have 10 wives and 7 kids.

Re:Father ?? (1)

Lifewolf (41986) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538881)

Father of SEVEN ?

"I defy you to come up with a better name than Seven [stanthecaddy.com] ."

Re:Father ?? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9539035)

Maybe it's not seven kids. Maybe he just watches too much Seinfeld and it's his son's name.

Admit to Extortion (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538432)

Anderer compares it to "being an archaeologist given the keys to an unexplored Egyptian museum basement." He expresses surprise that IBM didn't simply purchase SCO and donate the Unix code to the public domain; it would've been much cheaper than the current legal fracas.

As I and others pointed out on groklaw when this was first posted back in an OT line, this quote shows that they admit to pulling this job in the hopes of being bought out. Blepp said the same at his university interview in Germany. Definately illegal trying to extort money this way.

Happy Trails

Re:Admit to Extortion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538671)

You forgot to sign in, Erick.

Re:Admit to Extortion (2, Interesting)

HenchmenResources (763890) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538943)

first of let me just state how impressed I am with the quality of readers/posters here on Saturday, I mean we even have a funny first post that isn't filled with randome nonsensical crap or claims over being the first to post.

OK on to my second comment/question.

If I'm not mistaken, and I very well may be, didn't Novell look at placing Unix into the public domain, but because of all the legal issues and copyrights that exist for all the different parts of Unix they decided that it eather A. was not possable or B. is not worth the time, effort and legal hassle to place it into the public domain.

If this is the case, considering that IBM feels they have a strong enough case, and the funding to fight SCO. might it be a viable option to go to court and fight SCO given that if IBM wins, 1. SCO will die since no one will want to invest in them. 2. a will will add credibility to Linux and open source, something that IBM is banking a good portion of their future business on.

By fighting IBM has the opportunity to show that Linux is a great alternative to the higher priced Unix. In the long run despite the legal costs of fighting SCO, a win for IBM could be seen to be highly profitable. Not to mention the other players involved, Novell and Redhat.

Too easy ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538448)

I would faint if he took a gun and blew out his brains. Bring 'em on baby.

heheh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538501)

Some particularly juicy parts are about Anderer: 'He's supercompetitive,' said one. 'If he knows you'll faint at the sight of blood, he'll cut himself just to watch you pass out.'"

Heh. If I knew that you'll pass out at the sight of blood, I'd cut the guy for you!

No thanks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538530)

I'd rather be wired to 240 volts.

SCO Saga vs Dallas (2, Funny)

eamacnaghten (695001) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538534)

Is it me or am I the only one who sees the similarity between the SCO saga and the TV show Dallas?

I mean - both are adictive - both have goodies and baddies - and both are completely weird in the plot....

I mean - Darl McBride almost looks like JR Ewing! (Well sort of).

You never know - matbe this is all part of Pamela's dream ... :)

Re:SCO Saga vs Dallas (1, Funny)

Spudley (171066) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538694)

I mean - Darl McBride almost looks like JR Ewing! (Well sort of).

JR Who?

I thought E-Wing was a Star Wars fighter.

Re:SCO Saga vs Dallas (1)

Sunda666 (146299) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539020)

Nevermind, you were probably unborn when this show was on air.
Damn I'm getting old. ;-)

Re:SCO Saga vs Dallas (1)

pyrrhonist (701154) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539240)

You never know - matbe this is all part of Pamela's dream ... :)

Please, no. I do not want to wake up to Patrick Duffy using my shower.

I'm afraid of blood... (-1, Redundant)

herrvinny (698679) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538537)

'If he knows you'll faint at the sight of blood, he'll cut himself just to watch you pass out.'"

I'm afraid of blood, very much so. And it just so happens that I have this big katana blade right here.....

Did you know.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538540)

...that all men have SINNED?

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"
Rom. 3:23 (NKJV) ...that there is a PENALTY for your sin?

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Rom. 6:23 (NKJV) ...that there is only one WAY to Heaven?

"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.' "
John 14:6 (NKJV) ...that God LOVES you?

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 (NKJV) ...HOW to be saved?

"that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Rom. 10:9 - 10 (NKJV) ...that YOU can be saved?

For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Rom. 10:13 (NKJV) ...that you have a special INVITATION to be saved?

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."
Rev. 3:20 (NKJV)

Would you like to accept Jesus' invitation to be saved?

Re:Did you know.... (-1, Offtopic)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538644)

I heard that Jesus saved, but didn't back-up and had a total data loss when his hard drive bit it.

PARENT IS A TROLL (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538788)

Your post is just gibberish. Are you quoting previous posts or something? What is "Rom. 3:23 (NKJV)"?

Re:Did you know.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538867)

Yes, Jesus saves.

But, Moses invests.

And, Mohamad pays a dividend.

Sigh (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538553)

You nerds have created your own scandal that nobody else cares about. Please stop acting like your scandal is something the public cares about. It's not.

But everyone else has their own reality TV show. . (2, Funny)

WinterpegCanuck (731998) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538742)

. . even Crocodile Dundee [www.tbs.tv] has his own. I admit this is not as riviting as fox's new "Judge Judy - The RIAA files" and "Look out!! He's Suing right at us", a southpark spinoff with Johny Cochrane and his chewbacca defense, but should be hitting the primetime slots soon enough.

Can I Supersize That? (3, Funny)

EtherealSys (695211) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538554)

here and i thought they only sold McBrides in third world countries.

Re:Can I Supersize That? (2, Funny)

tiny69 (34486) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538895)

I'd rather not have my McBride supersized, thankyou.

last paragraph sums it up (4, Insightful)

mabu (178417) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538555)

There may indeed be a holy war raging, but SCO joined it out of desperation, not in deference to a higher calling. The very day that McBride took the job as CEO in 2002, the company, then a friendly Linux reseller known as Caldera Systems, received a delisting notice from Nasdaq - despite having done a reverse four-for-one stock split just three months before. It then spent $4 million in a stock buyback to boost the price, which left the business with less than four months' worth of cash in the bank. Caldera's Linux operation was spending $4 for every dollar in revenue it earned. McBride faced a nearly hopeless situation. One of his first moves was to change the name of the company to the SCO Group and craft a strategy to use its ownership of Unix as a legal weapon against the Linux community.

When your company is dying, change its name and start suing people. Yep, SCO is very much an influential leader in the technology industry. No wonder so many people want to use their products.

IP and patents (4, Interesting)

secondsun (195377) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538563)

Digital IP is in such a fucked shape right now that I can actually see these idiot winning.

A few days ago a Managment friend of mine who used to be CS and I were talking about IP and patents. Suprisingly we agreed that the system is out of whack.

For example, if I built a washing mahcine that got clothes clean by rinsing them every 5 minutes I can get a patent for it. Then if he takes my design but instead of every 5 minutes his rinses every 3 minutes and also reverses the spin it is a new design and i cant sue him. Now lets go to the current digital state. If I made a program that defragmented a disk drive using algorithim x I can get a patent. Now if he dreates a defrag program that uses algothim y I can sue him and win even though our programs are as different as the two earlier washing mahcines.

Secondsun

PS:(I know a defrag program is not the best analogy but it demonstrates my point)

why hire somebody like this? (5, Interesting)

belmolis (702863) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538565)

What I find curious is why a company would hire somebody with McBride's background. Suppose you're the board of what is now SCO. You've got a declining proprietary Unix business and need somebody who can turn the company around. Presumably you'd look for somebody with a combination of good management skills and the combination of technical and market knowledge to figure out what direction the company should move in. McBride has none of this. From his record it looks like he wasn't much good as a manager. IKON fired him for his M&A work, which doesn't suggest that he has good market sense. He clearly has no understanding of the technology. It looks like the only thing he did well was when he was Novell's guy in Japan. I don't see why he would be attractive for SCO unless the board planned an IP scam from the outset and wanted somebody with experience in that area. If that's the case, it isnt the case that obtaining value from their IP was McBride's idea and that they discovered the alleged infringement after he came on board.

Re:why hire somebody like this? (1)

HenchmenResources (763890) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538976)

More evidence of this is that the article states that when the stock was up around the $20 mark all the executives lined up to sell, except McBride.

Oh that's nice (3, Funny)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538580)

'If he knows you'll faint at the sight of blood, he'll cut himself just to watch you pass out.'

He really seems like a nice guy...honestly...I'm not joking...

It's like I told him. (0, Offtopic)

Lochin Rabbar (577821) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538937)

The sight of road kill makes me want to vomit.

Commission on the Baystar Deal (1)

DitchTheUserGuide (789498) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538608)

"...the hubris and combativeness of some of SCO's key players would soon make it all unravel. Anderer brazenly lobbied SCO for a commission on the Baystar deal, on the grounds that his contacts with Microsoft helped land the investment." - And this was after the fact! I assume Anderer's next move would be a suit against SCO claiming those M$ friends proprietary, thus making them liable for paying up. Moral - Hire an attorney to prove that your friends are closed source.

Not Unfounded, *UNPROVEN* (4, Insightful)

NigelJohnstone (242811) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538655)

The wired story says that the claims that Microsoft invested in SCO via Baystar are unfounded. No, they're *unproven*.

Just to remind you, the details of SCOs claims were outed by CT magazine in AUGUST 20th 2003:

http://www.lemis.com/grog/SCO/code-comparison.ht ml

At this point it was clear SCO claims were junk. Not least because SCO story changed repeatedly, eventually claiming it was an example of code *like* the code shown by CT but not the actual code itself.

LATER, in OCTOBER Baystar & RBC made the completely irrational investment. At this time it was clear SCO wouldn't prevail and their investiment simply kept them going.

http://news.com.com/SCO+gets+%2450+million+inves tm ent/2100-7344_3-5092702.html?tag=nl

So a claim that Baystar did it because it believed SCO would make money from the lawsuits doesn't sound plausible.

Since then we had the Opera settlement, where Microsoft paid Opera 12.75 million and a term of the deal seemed to have been that they keep the money secret (only revealed by a leak).

http://news.com.com/Microsoft+behind+$12+million +p ayment+to+Opera/2100-1032_3-5218163.html?tag=nefd. lede

So this seems to show that indeed Microsoft can and does hide money payments.

bastards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538666)

i HATE those god damn litigious bastards [sco.com] .

Re:bastards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538854)

Hehe, the parent AC is realy insightfull, try being luck on google with those words and see what you get :)

Get Into My Pockets (0, Redundant)

Dynamic1 (791833) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538682)

The article states: Every Linux user, SCO concludes, owes it money. Where do I send my check?

The Linux Show (5, Informative)

coolfrood (459411) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538740)

The Linux Show [thelinuxshow.com] had an interesting feature [thelinuxshow.com] this week about SCO and the Linux editor, Steve Vaughan from Eweek [eweek.com] presented his view of Darl McBride after having met him multiple times since the whole SCO issue started. According to him, Darl McBride is an achiever, and if you can, for a second, believe in what he's doing, like he does, you will make amazed at his dedication. According to him, McBride will not give up until the last vestiges of SCO are thrown out of court. He will accept anything other than a defeat in the court. It is an interesting show to listen to, give it a shot

Wrong, wrong, wrong. But... (5, Insightful)

ThisIsFred (705426) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538751)

Warning: Invective ahead. This post is rated 'R'.

The article contains about a billion inaccuracies, but I'm hoping that at least McBride's quotes haven't been altered, or this fact for that matter: Caldera was spending $4 for every $1 it made. Think about that for a second. Redhat is making money from selling services on top of GNU/Linux. IBM is making money from selling services on top of GNU/Linux. But, Caldera is losing money.

Why is that? Could it be that Caldera's business model was boxing and and selling software through regular retail channels? Could it be that Caldera wasted a lot of development effort trying to take ownership of a product that was mostly GNU (read: industry standard) at the core by attempting to build proprietary extensions on it? I've reserved personal judgment about McBride up until this point: He's a shithead, pure and simple. No one will ever be able to convince him of that, but perhaps SCO shareholders could convince him that he's not working for fucking Microsoft, so that business model doesn't apply to his company. Attention dumbfuck McBride: Pick a business model that's profitable!

Let's imagine for a moment some other famous CEO reacted the same way when the status quo began to crumble. Let's take Andy Grove on example. When Intel was losing ground the Japanese memory manufacturers, did they fold up shop, cancel R&D, and refuse change while suing both makers and buyers or foreign memory chips? Sure they dabbled in some protectionist tactics, but eventually they just changed their focus to something that the Japanese could not readily produce cheaply in mass quantities.

I'd predicted last year that SCO's purpose was not a stock pump-and-dump scheme, but an attempt destroy open source, specifically those projects that fall under the GPL; An attack on the common infrastructure of the "enemy". The article contains, in McBride's own words, an admission of such.

Re:Wrong, wrong, wrong. But... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9538851)

Not to dismiss what you wrote, but you have insulted fecal matter everywhere:

> He's a shithead

Re:Wrong, wrong, wrong. But... (2, Interesting)

0x0d0a (568518) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539014)

Darl [wikipedia.org] wasn't at the helm when Caldera was trying to be a legitimate Linux business. You're thinking of the famously-named Ransom Love, who was running [wikipedia.org] Caldera at the time.

Darl is strictly a litigious bastard, and stuck with trying to extort money from the rest of the Linux world.

Re:Wrong, wrong, wrong. But... (2, Interesting)

ThisIsFred (705426) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539090)

No, but McBride came in at a critical juncture. Clearly the solution was to discard the bad business model. But as the article shows, his concern was to exact some type of fast cash from the IP (in a "related field") through threat of litigation, not to build a lasting business model that would benefit the stockholders, employees and customers. In essence, his profession is barratry.

IBM not OSS hero (5, Insightful)

fermion (181285) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538790)

I find it fascinating that IBM is now the defender of free software and Sun and MS are the defender of closed software. This is a dangerous oversimplification.

First, what MS is prompting is software licensing, not closed software. They want everyone to pay a fee to gain the privilege to use a piece of software, and in the process agree to certain things that will insure a future cash-flow. All MS wants is money in exchange for software. This was somewhat of a new idea. The software itself was the product. It was no longer part of a service. If you wanted service, that will cost extra. It extended this concept through licensing with third parties. The purchaser of a system was now entitled to no MS support. The fee only covered the use of the software. Closed source or whatever is just a means to that end. One advantage to this is that hardware, software, and services are sold separately, which creates a confusion about responsibility and minimizes support costs.

IBM, OTOH, sells services. They want to sell you the hard and soft ware as well, but they are a solutions provider. As far as I know, they always have been. Obviously back in the 70's there was no software, so they had to write it. This worked until MS told everyone that MS could provide the same service for a lesser price, which was more or less a lie, but whatever. Now IBM is just trying to make the business model work. They can put their solutions around whatever OS. They just want to sell the solutions. It turns out that the best way they can gain market-share back from MS is by supported OSS. MS really has no defense against this because they have no reputation as a service provider.

Sun is just trying to survive. The settlement is part of that survival and cannot be taken as evidence of anything. Sun has been abused as much as SCO. They have had as much technology 'misappropriated'. Unlike SCO, they are not carpet bombing the industry. They are working hard to create a competetive product.

Additionally, there are often question of why IBM did not buy out SCO. My belief is that we cannot assume they did not try. Until recently a majority of SCO stock was held by insiders, and much of the rest by institutional investors. I believe this means that it would have been very hard for IBM to just buy a block of stock at market prices, then go in and replace the board. They would have had to negotiate with the board, and one assumes that the board would have laughed at a 20 million, or even 80 million, dollar offer, which was the SCO market cap.

Re:IBM not OSS hero (5, Insightful)

geoff lane (93738) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538954)

Though we don't know for sure, most people think that IBM has decided to destroy SCO in the courts in order to discourage any others who may think that it's a good business idea to sue IBM in the hope that they'll get bought just to put an end to the irritation.

IBM has a reputation to keep here - to be accused of theft and contract irregularities and not to prove the charges as false would be a very bad business move.

More Information... (2, Informative)

NEOtaku17 (679902) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538804)

On Darl McBride [wikipedia.org] , SCO [wikipedia.org] , and the SCO vs. IBM [wikipedia.org] lawsuit.

Article Summary (5, Insightful)

ThisIsFred (705426) | more than 10 years ago | (#9538980)

Summary:

McBride and Anderer are two business world vagrants that made their millions from aquisition bonuses. Neither is particularly adept at actually running a business. The SCO situation blew up in their faces. The end.

Interesting coincidence (to me at least) (3, Interesting)

Sivar (316343) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539069)

I worked for IQorder.com at the time that it was apparently sued (Sorry, "asked to pay") by McBride's patent friends. This guy gets around.
Suing random startups over BS patents and now suing Linux users over BS claims.
McBride of Frankenstein and Senator "Let's let the RIAA to hack file sharers legally" Hollings are some of the highest profile Mormons in their little church. I hope they get excommunicated (but then, they would lose all that tithing).

The scary thing is that McBride has seven kids. I hope that being a prick isn't genetic. I really hope that his kids see what kind of human being their dad is and don't follow in his footsteps.

Re:Interesting coincidence (to me at least) (1)

hendersj (720767) | more than 10 years ago | (#9539201)

Is it Senator Hollings, or Senator Hatch to whom you refer? Hatch has been in the news recently with his copyright modification bill that would effectively reverse the Sony Betamax suit and remove fair use from consumers' reach.

Unfortunately... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9539130)

If he knows you'll faint at the sight of blood, he'll cut himself just to watch you pass out.

Unfortunately in American business this considered a desirable trait. Especially if him cutting himself will make stock holders money. Remember American businessmen learn their business skills from Sun Tzu and Genghis Kahn. Business is war in America. It's sad really. No more accurately its pathetic.
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