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SCO To Counter Groklaw With 'Fair' Coverage

timothy posted about 10 years ago | from the whiplash-backlash dept.

Caldera 557

linuxwrangler writes "Tired of being 'flamed, dissected and dismissed' on Groklaw, SCO has decided to fight back. SCO's site, scheduled for launch on November 1, will be called prosco.net. Just yesterday SCO CEO and favorite /. whipping-boy Darl McBride gave a speech comparing the software industry to the 'wild west' and warning companies that they must protect their intellectual property or risk being 'sacked by open source-touting bandits.'"

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WTF?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516014)

Pro-SCO?? What are they smoking now?

Give me some.

Whoops! (3, Funny)

temojen (678985) | about 10 years ago | (#10516123)

I read this as procto.net. I figgured maybe they were just pulling propaganda out of their butts.

Re:WTF?? (5, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about 10 years ago | (#10516137)

prosco isn't so bad, especially when you consider the alternatives:

ilovesco.com
ohyesyesgimmesco.com
chicksdigsco .com
mcbrideforprez.com
gaysforsco.com
scorgasm .com

We HAVE to slashdot that site! (0, Offtopic)

Mick Ohrberg (744441) | about 10 years ago | (#10516016)

A lot - over and over again, constantly. Us open-source bandits must defend our way of life, too!

Re:We HAVE to slashdot that site! (5, Insightful)

tntguy (516721) | about 10 years ago | (#10516103)

As annoying and frustrating as it can be, idiots of this caliber must be allowed to demonstrate why those who know better, know better.

Re:We HAVE to slashdot that site! (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516126)

No, let's not.

Why don't we, instead, just completely ignore SCO and McBride and their ilk, and just let IBM pick their bones. The only press they are getting is when Linux supporters react to McMouth's gasings. So, NO responses to any 'news' articles, or anything else about SCO and their attempted theft of the Linux kernel and associated utilities will do more to make McBride look the fool he is than any of our responses. He's old news. Forget him.

Re:We HAVE to slashdot that site! (4, Funny)

asoap (740625) | about 10 years ago | (#10516182)

I think someone should create a spider to watch that site for any change. Then we can make a /. story for said change. We could have such jounalistic dynamite as:

  • SCO changes typo in email address

  • SCO changes cellpadding around user navigation

  • SCO changes form method from get to post


-Derek

gorble (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516020)

groklaw?

fawklaw.

F-F'in-P.

daryl (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516023)

Oh daryl. we love you. fp

Ahh ahh!!! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516028)

Wait for it...

And in tonight's news, Fox News is sueing SCO over the use of the word Fair! SCO allegedly plans to countersue saying they've got prior art on using litigation to stifle competition!

More at 11!

New gold my hiney (5, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about 10 years ago | (#10516030)

"The new gold is IP," McBride said. ...SCO soon to become ghost town, after unsuccessfully mining the Linux kernel and not finding one itty bitty nugget.

oblig. joke (2, Funny)

r_barchetta (398431) | about 10 years ago | (#10516264)


I think he meant it's the new FOOL'S gold."

-r

Re:New gold my hiney (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516284)

... after unsuccessfully mining the Linux kernel and not finding one itty bitty nugget.

If Darl wants to dig through my shit, I bet he can find a golden kernel or two.

Re:New gold my hiney (5, Funny)

Frymaster (171343) | about 10 years ago | (#10516305)

i love the "wild west" theme. it's so... untenable. my fave:

...risk being 'sacked by open source-touting bandits.'"

by extension this implies that sco is guilty of carrying a concealed source... perhaps in one of those fast tear-away source holsters.

Ball of confusion (1)

Roadkills-R-Us (122219) | about 10 years ago | (#10516319)

Darl has it bass-ackwards - SCO is the bandit here... Maybe he's trying to position himself to run for POTUS (President Of The USa). He'd certainly fit in this year. 8^(

Re:New gold my hiney (5, Interesting)

Jaywalk (94910) | about 10 years ago | (#10516327)

"The new gold is IP," McBride said. ...SCO soon to become ghost town, after unsuccessfully mining the Linux kernel and not finding one itty bitty nugget.
Right idea, wrong metaphor. Linux is a source of gold, but it's more like The Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs [bartleby.com] . As in Aesop's fable, you can feed and care for the goose and a reliable source of gold will come your way. Darl is trying to kill the goose to get at all the eggs at once but, like the fool in the story, he's ending up with nothing. Those who have been looking after the goose (Red Hat, Novell, IBM, et al) have profitted.

First post (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516031)

now mod me offtop as I deserve...

Sounds More Like.... (4, Insightful)

wbav (223901) | about 10 years ago | (#10516040)

A case of Robin Hood than Wild West Bandits.

McBride the sheriff of Naughtingham?

But no one is stealing (1)

vaderhelmet (591186) | about 10 years ago | (#10516130)

anything from McBride. McBride is doing the flaming, stealing, etc, trying to tarnish IBM, Linux, Novell, and anyone else who might be "against" SCO.

Re:But no one is stealing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516208)

Ah but think about this, the items "stolen" were taxes on the poor, ect, ect. Things the people had to begin with.

Re:Sounds More Like.... (5, Insightful)

ccharles (799761) | about 10 years ago | (#10516197)

McBride the sheriff of Naughtingham?

No, Robin Hood actually stole from the Sherrif. That would suggest that Linux actually stole code from SCO. I think we're all pretty confident that that hasn't happened.

I've only one word to say (-1, Offtopic)

missing000 (602285) | about 10 years ago | (#10516043)

Internets

Is it a month already? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516046)

There haven't been many SCO stories here for a long time...

I can only hope (4, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | about 10 years ago | (#10516049)

that they'll have a public forum open long enough to get their comments debunked on their own site! :-D

Re:I can only hope (4, Funny)

TigerNut (718742) | about 10 years ago | (#10516118)

Nope - according to Darl himself (as quoted in TFA), if they had a forum on that site it would just be overrun by pro-open-source zealots with nothing better to do than to lambaste SCO.

Re:I can only hope (4, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | about 10 years ago | (#10516188)

I skimmed the article but I hadn't noticed where he said that. Oh well, it just makes things that much more difficult for them. They're not going to develop a following of defenders (*snicker*) without a community to support them.

The truly amazing part is that Darl actually believes that there are individuals out there who buy his story. I don't think ANYONE believes his story at this point. At the very least, he can stop waiting for that groundswell of vocal support from the pro-SCO grassroots campaign.

Re:I can only hope (1)

Skye16 (685048) | about 10 years ago | (#10516191)

Hey, I have better things to do, it's just that after I've finished those, I just keep working my way down the priority list until I begin "lambasting" willy-nilly.

Re:I can only hope (5, Funny)

mr_z_beeblebrox (591077) | about 10 years ago | (#10516187)

that they'll have a public forum open long enough to get their comments debunked on their own site! :-D

I think I saw the Beta site. A lot of members, let me list some:
McBride
Dary1234
DarylM
MrMcB
These people were really pro sco. I hope he er... they don't start ScoDotting our servers :-)

It was like one guy, but he could hit refresh REALLY fast

Re:I can only hope (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | about 10 years ago | (#10516244)

You mean to say that Larry, his brother Daryl, and his other brother Daryl are all pro-SCO?! The horror!

They can launch as many sites as they want (4, Insightful)

Crashmarik (635988) | about 10 years ago | (#10516050)

But can they get anyone to read them ?

It will be even better if they do comment on what groklaw is convering. The SEC takes a dim view about companies making false statements about their business.

Re:They can launch as many sites as they want (1)

stecoop (759508) | about 10 years ago | (#10516106)

But can they get anyone to read them?

Yeah there pleanty of people reading the prosco.net link. Click on it

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Sorry, too many requests. Try again later

By the way no one has registered proscosuck.net yet.

Re:They can launch as many sites as they want (4, Insightful)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | about 10 years ago | (#10516149)

The SEC takes a dim view about companies making false statements about their business.

I'm sure they do, but they still haven't acted yet on what Daryl has been saying so far, why will it change when they put up a propaganda site?

They can't call it 'fair and balanced' (1, Redundant)

YouHaveSnail (202852) | about 10 years ago | (#10516053)

...because they'll get sued by Fox for infringing on intellectual property.

Oh yes (1)

SpooForBrains (771537) | about 10 years ago | (#10516056)

Absolutely. Everyone's going to believe SCO's official version. Oh yes.

Re:Oh yes (1)

Maestro4k (707634) | about 10 years ago | (#10516344)

  • Absolutely. Everyone's going to believe SCO's official version. Oh yes.
Seeing as Groklaw has already proven that no one does and that they're generally lying to boot, I suspect the site itself will try to hide its ties to SCO. Given SCO's past actions, Astroturfing wouldn't be much of a stretch.

Good 'ol Darl... (5, Insightful)

Chordonblue (585047) | about 10 years ago | (#10516061)

I guess when you can't fight on the side of truth then you can always try and rewrite it after the fact.

See Darl? This is why the old guard from Caldera warned you not to go after the 'open source crowd'. Your page of lies will be dissected by hundreds of others on Groklaw. The best thing is, this time instead of shooting off your mouth, your words will be in some web cache.

Choose your topics wisely Darl. You will be watched...

Wild West?? (2, Funny)

Trolling4Columbine (679367) | about 10 years ago | (#10516067)

I thought it was supposed to be more like the High Seas... ya know with the pirates and all that!

How do these things keep changing on me??

Re:Wild West?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516099)

Fool ! It's only the high seas on a Tuesday or a Thursday. On other days its the Wild West.

Re:Wild West?? (1)

Eccles (932) | about 10 years ago | (#10516108)

I thought it was supposed to be more like the High Seas... ya know with the pirates and all that!

It was, but we ran out of Dramamine, so things got kinda messy...

Re:Wild West?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516277)

Aye Aye, Bring me a cabin boy(Darl McBride)!!

Re:Wild West?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516316)

Arrrh matey, hand over yer source and walk the plank.

We here on the OSS Bounty will shiver yer timbers and blow ye down.

How long before... (3, Insightful)

malchus842 (741252) | about 10 years ago | (#10516072)

How long before they have to shut off comments or block users en masse because the comments and postings are all negative.

I'm betting that IF they allow user input to be posted it will be heavily censored. It would have to be. SCO has zero friends. That's what happens when you sue your own freakin' customers!

Re:How long before... (1, Redundant)

KefabiMe (730997) | about 10 years ago | (#10516180)

How long before they have to shut off comments or block users en masse because the comments and postings are all negative.

I RTFA. SCO will not be allowing the public to post comments.

Re:How long before... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516331)

I RTFA.

Show off.

Re:How long before... (5, Informative)

ravingsanity (779600) | about 10 years ago | (#10516184)

According to the article:

"There are, however, no plans to allow readers to discuss the documents on the Web site. "If we opened it up to that, it would simply become another one of the message boards that our detractors use to try and overwhelm us," Stowell said."

So there will be no comments allowed on the site.

Re:How long before... (3, Informative)

d^2b (34992) | about 10 years ago | (#10516185)

Those smart SCO guys are way ahead of you. If you (cough) read the article, you see that they do not plan to allow any comments at all, from the very beginning.

Re:How long before... (1, Redundant)

Mournblade (72705) | about 10 years ago | (#10516279)

Clearly you did not read either of the linked articles, for in one of them, they specifically stated that there would be no ability to comment on documents on the site.

Wild Wild West (3, Interesting)

usefool (798755) | about 10 years ago | (#10516075)

Actually his analogy can be quite true, well, not true about what he has claimed, but the way the whole software industry is working FOR the patents/copyrights/trademarks rather than channeling the resources into something more useful, like Practical Properties?

why they got the .net (1)

Triumph The Insult C (586706) | about 10 years ago | (#10516080)

darl left out why they got .net vs. .com and .org

basically, since shark^H^H^H^H^Hlawyer fees have gone through the roof, and licensing hasn't been too hot lately, they could only afford one domain. they drew straws, and bingo

Re:why they got the .net (1)

The Wookie (31006) | about 10 years ago | (#10516338)

Or maybe it was because they wanted it to anagram to POOR CENTS
or, most likely:
** COST PRONE **

Scumbag (1)

Nikkodemus (763778) | about 10 years ago | (#10516083)

Darl McBride. F.O.A.D.

ProSCO.net? Uuhhh..? (4, Insightful)

gspr (602968) | about 10 years ago | (#10516086)

OK, we all knew the SCO guys were lacking a few parts of brain mass that most others posess, but this is really something. What marketing guy said "let's launch a site called ProSCO under the flag of 'fair coverage of the events', everyone will believe us!"?

Re:ProSCO.net? Uuhhh..? (0)

mystkdragon (739232) | about 10 years ago | (#10516147)

I can't wait to see the discussion boards. I wouldn't want to moderate that.

"Wild West" (1)

lambkabobwithfeta (697669) | about 10 years ago | (#10516087)

DRM and DMCA hardly seems like the wild west...

SCO is an idiot for doing this (4, Interesting)

bigtallmofo (695287) | about 10 years ago | (#10516089)

It's a universal mantra of any company involved in litigation. "We are unable to comment due to ongoing litigation". Now they're going to be reguarly commenting on active litigation on multiple fronts. They are breaking yet another fundamental rule of the universe (the first being, don't piss off the entire world in a ridiculous attempt to enrich yourself).

Re:SCO is an idiot for doing this (1)

close_wait (697035) | about 10 years ago | (#10516240)

It's a universal mantra of any company involved in litigation. "We are unable to comment due to ongoing litigation"

Yes, and it's interesting to note how IBM have been totally silent as regards public comments in the SCO case. And how the IBM legal team have been using Darl's public comments as evidence against SCO :-)

Re:SCO is an idiot for doing this (1)

El (94934) | about 10 years ago | (#10516254)

The "no comment" rule only applies if you are actually trying to WIN the litigation. If your plan is to pump and dump the stock then retire to Bermuda, then the more ridiculous statements you make the better! Who out there really thinks the SCO corporate officers will remain within the reach of the US legal system when this is all over?

Re:SCO is an idiot for doing this (1)

wayne_t (668999) | about 10 years ago | (#10516302)

I thought the first rule was "Never become involved in a land war in Asia." When did they change the rules?

Inherently biased (2, Insightful)

LegoEvan (772742) | about 10 years ago | (#10516093)

A "fair" site funded by one of the sides is inherently going to be biased.

Instead of saying:
SCO is fighting Linux due to supposedly stolen code.


They will say:
SCO is fighting Linux due to stolen code.
It is VERY difficult to have fair news. For example, while many of us agree on what a "terrorist" is, and in the US there is a general consensus (sorry for the hot topic--I'm only using it for an example), others might see such people as "freedom fighters". I'm sure locals in Iraq don't see "Rebels" as "Rebels" but as the "government" fighting for them.


Many, MANY, news sources have trouble stating things in a clear, nonbiased way; no doubt a news source fully sponsored by one side will have biases.

Re:Inherently biased (1)

EvilSporkMan (648878) | about 10 years ago | (#10516281)

Your choice of "supposedly" is a bit biased - try "allegedly".

I am the SCO Information Minister.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516094)

Reallly!

yeeeeeehaw! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516098)

It will be funny to see this site filled up with flames. My guess is that they will not allow anyone to post, and it will become a clearinghouse for stupid anti-OSS arguments.

Here's a suggested drinking game:

Chug 1 shot every time you read:

- A call for the government to regulate the marketplace to protect capitalism (hah!)
- A cowboy analogy, such as "we saw our cows over in Linux's pen!"
- A self-aggrandizing picture of Darl McBride
- A reference to "chaos theory" or any other new age gobbledegook in defense of the "everything should be proprietary" position

Chug an entire bottle if you see:

- Real proof of infringement in Linux
- Real proof of infringement by IBM

Interesting coming from.... (1)

Sewer Panda (812292) | about 10 years ago | (#10516102)

....a former "open-source bandit". The fact that SCO has turned around from being a Linux vendor to a software sheriff undermines every argument that they have. That and the fact that, the old west may have had bandits, but it was those same bandits that turned around and eventually settled down and founded Las Vegas. And who doesn't like Vegas ?

I use Apache... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516114)

...and I am an Open Source Indian (or native American)!

Gentlemen, start your googlebombs. (5, Funny)

douglips (513461) | about 10 years ago | (#10516120)

prosco.net [groklaw.net]
The SCO group [groklaw.net]

etc. etc.

Re:Gentlemen, start your googlebombs. (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516250)

And don't forget that they are litigious bastards [sco.com] as well. Actually, if you look up litigious bastards [sco.com] it brings up SCO, but an interesting side effect is that if you look up bastards [sco.com] , SCO also shows up. Can you believe that? Bastards [sco.com] ? Who'd have though?

Re:Gentlemen, start your googlebombs. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516270)

SCO Arguments [procto.com]

Re:Gentlemen, start your googlebombs. (-1, Flamebait)

Mad_Rain (674268) | about 10 years ago | (#10516298)

Nothing but a group of no-good,god-damned litigious bastards [groklaw.net] .
I'll say it again: litigious fuckin' bastards [sco.com] .

Nothing like a little karma-whorin' to make the time pass. ;)

Re:Gentlemen, start your googlebombs. (1)

Mad_Rain (674268) | about 10 years ago | (#10516345)

Dammit. Copy-pasted the wrong link for litigious bastards [prosco.net] . :)

Well... (3, Funny)

radish (98371) | about 10 years ago | (#10516124)


I, for one, welcome our new by Open Source-touting bandit overlords!

Yeah, that'll work (2, Interesting)

erick99 (743982) | about 10 years ago | (#10516131)

A site by SCO supporting SCO using SCO facts. I am guessing that knuckle dragging Darl doesn't see the credibility problem with such a site. He continues to respond to his critics by morphing into an angry child on a playground yelling and screaming at the other kids who won't play fair.

WhoIs information (1)

mmThe1 (213136) | about 10 years ago | (#10516136)

Check here [whois.sc] if the link in the story disappoints you with no Administrative Contact information.

Re:WhoIs information (1)

Salo2112 (628590) | about 10 years ago | (#10516257)

Isn't incomplete or false registration information grounds for getting a domain shut down? I'm just asking.

prosco? (5, Insightful)

Jaywalk (94910) | about 10 years ago | (#10516142)

Okay, so let me get this straight. Since they can't get people to believe SCO's spin when it's reported via credible news sources, they figure it's going to get a better reception when posted on an admittedly self-serving web site? I know it's standard on Slashdot to assume that the PHBs will accept anything they read, but even a PHB (or at least most of them) would have to know the difference between news and spin when the site's name is Pro-SCO. Somebody would have to be deliberately looking for SCO's spin even to go to this site.

If anyone actually reads this site it's only going to be for the comic relief.

*Yawn* (1)

mcc (14761) | about 10 years ago | (#10516146)

So when exactly is the next big event in the continuing disintegration of SCO's legal cases? Isn't a major ruling in the IBM case going to be handed down soon concerning IBM's motion to dismiss or whatever?

Prosco domain fun (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516155)

This was posted on Yahoo recently. Elsewhere it's been noted that SCO doesn't currently own prosco.com or prosco.org. Any takers?

========

Here's a fun, and very, uh, fitting tidbit. The *previous* owner of the prosco.net domain was called Prosco Ventures, a sweatshop apparel exporter out of Sri Lanka:

http://www.tradenetsl.lk /tr-directory/subcat/proflist.idc?sequence=1161

Meanwhile, SCO may have a fight on their hands over their use of the "prosco" name. They've registered prosco.net, but there are a number of companies out there named Prosco, any of whom probably has a better claim on the domain than SCO does. I'm sure any of them could make a good case that their brands & trademarks would be harmed by the potential for confusion with SCO.

Prosco, Inc., is an industrial equipment manufacturer in the Chicago area.
http://www.prosco-inc.com/

There's also a Circle-Prosco, Inc., a maker of chemicals for the metal finishing industry.
http://www.circleprosco.com/

There's a company called PROSCO, for "Promotional and Supply Services Co.", in Saudi Arabia.
http://www.prosco.com.sa/

Prosco Internacional S.A. de C.V. is out of Mexico City. I'm not sure what they do, though their home page has a link titled "Candy Recycling". Hmm.
http://www.proscoint.com/

Chisholm Corp., formerly Prosco Products, Inc., does filtration products.
http://www.proscoproducts.com/

Re:Prosco domain fun (1)

erick99 (743982) | about 10 years ago | (#10516299)

Darl will sue all of them for using sco in their name. This will then give him the notion to go through the dictionary, find all words that have sco embedded in them and sue the dictionaries for licensing fees to use the letters s-c-o in that order. It could happen . . .

Similar tactics: (2, Insightful)

Romancer (19668) | about 10 years ago | (#10516158)

Isn't this like MSNBC reporting on Microsoft, or MSN.com having "News" about the great new features of MSN messenger?

Free? (5, Insightful)

MynockGuano (164259) | about 10 years ago | (#10516162)

"The open source movement says that proprietary software shouldn't exist. They say that the operating system should be free, but that's a slippery slope," McBride said. "There's 12 million developers worldwide, are you gonna let their work be free?"

Yes?

Indeed... (1)

ZZeta (743322) | about 10 years ago | (#10516169)

Indeed it is the Wild West over here...

Only that it's the other way araund. Big companies sack the Open Source Community, ridicolously pateting things like double click, Autorun, or who know what the USPTO might bring us in the near future.

These companies are the real bandits, taking advantage of our lack of resources against their legion of lawyers...

If Open Source is the "Wild West" then Darl.. (4, Funny)

mykepredko (40154) | about 10 years ago | (#10516172)

is positioning for the role of "Robber Baron".

Somebody should tell him that Bill Gates has that job sewed up.

myke

Oh, it's a big river. (1)

mcc (14761) | about 10 years ago | (#10516335)

There's enough potential victims to go around.

pro-sco or pros-co? (5, Funny)

LuxFX (220822) | about 10 years ago | (#10516175)

At first I thought prosco.com was for pros. co., as in "A Prosecuting Company". That about sums it up.

Patrick Rosco (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516246)

Paging Patrick Rosco -- I believe your domain name is being hijacked by some litigious bastards.

remember kids (1)

LordMyren (15499) | about 10 years ago | (#10516252)

remember kids,
fair and balanced!

Yes, Your Honor, that's our site (4, Insightful)

PMuse (320639) | about 10 years ago | (#10516256)

You've gotta be kidding me! SCO is going to open up a whole site mouthing off while they're still in the middle of a court case?

Quick! Some one start an egg timer to see how long it takes before the Judge sees something SCO wrote on there and takes their heads off for it.

In Accordance with Truth-in-advertising... (5, Funny)

Radical Rad (138892) | about 10 years ago | (#10516262)

The new web site will be known as... SCOfflaw.net

Prosco - nice abbreviation (2, Funny)

dschl (57168) | about 10 years ago | (#10516266)

Somehow, when I saw the first four letters in a row, the word "prostate" came to mind.

Which is rather fitting. I imagine that Darl's putting on the rubber gloves right now for visitors to the site. Prosco - the only site on the web that offers a free rectal exam before they completely screw you over.

Pro-SCO? (1)

drigz (804660) | about 10 years ago | (#10516272)

The name suggests that it will do little to fill the void in objective reporting...

Pot, kettle, black. (2, Insightful)

RealProgrammer (723725) | about 10 years ago | (#10516287)

He has huge stones, I'll give him that.

McBride saying that the FOSS community are trying to take away his precious IP is ... I just tried to think of an analogue and I couldn't.

  • Kerry calling Bush indecisive?
  • Bush calling Kerry a war hawk?
  • Bill Gates calling Groklaw's Pamela Jones greedy?

What hulking brass ones! How does he walk?

The problem is... (1)

bigattichouse (527527) | about 10 years ago | (#10516303)

The problem is that you just have to put the "pro-sco" meme out there, and it will lodge in some PHB brain, and force the underlings to repeat it in meetings.. and so the meme grows. Its sort of like the "any press is good press" idea. With the Microsoftie meme closely allied against the Open-Source meme, many offices will follow the sco thought... a shame, but true.

Now where did I put that bandana? (1)

kinrowan (784107) | about 10 years ago | (#10516311)

It's got to be here somewhere....

Same old FUD (1)

Anonymous Custard (587661) | about 10 years ago | (#10516313)

Same old FUD from SCO.

Move along, nothing to see here.

wild west (1)

Tenebrous (119888) | about 10 years ago | (#10516318)

comparing the software industry to the 'wild west'

"You poor excuse for a Cowboy, get your gun out and get to work."

- D. Holiday

The funniest thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516321)

Is the fact that he really believes what he's saying. Big picture:
1. torvalds initiates a movement towards a UNIX based desktop OS.
2. communities of people (from multiple origins and reasons) download it, and expand the functionality to meet their needs.
3. universities it to teach computer science due to its open ended nature
4. A douche bag from utah sitting on ancient code claims that EVERYONE owes him something, and we're all 'bandits' of the 'hurricane linux'.

Shit I better go out and copywright enlightenment, and ask all the developers to give me money since I once contributed to their product.

If this situation happened with physical property, Darl would be seens as a schizophrenic.

Correction (1)

linuxwrangler (582055) | about 10 years ago | (#10516325)

I actually corrected a typo in the article before submitting this story but the original was more amusing. It warned of "open souce" toting bandits. Conjurs up an image of a robber hauling around a public drunk.

Question remains... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516341)

...companies that they must protect their intellectual property or risk being 'sacked by open source-touting bandits.'

As is so often the case, the question here is "how is this issue any more relevant to Open Source than it is to proprietary software?"

Is there any reason to believe that open source developers (who have every reason to believe that they would be caught) would be more likely than closed-source developers (who have a much smaller chance of getting caught) to "steal" someone else's IP?

Damn those evil open source developers! Always stealing my IP, and me with no way to tell, or prove it. You know, unless I look at the code or something. Damn them! And God bless the closed source developers, who don't show me their code, but whom I trust implicitly anyway.

Do they have enough money to put up a site? (1)

GomezAdams (679726) | about 10 years ago | (#10516343)

Have to run netcraft server search on it when comes up to see if it's hosted on a Winders box using IIS and hidden in a Redmond bunker site.

Prosco?!? (1)

A nonymous Coward (7548) | about 10 years ago | (#10516347)

Does that rhyme with Bosco?

Darl's tendency for self-destructive commentary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10516349)

Just what Darl needs, another opportunity to exchange fire with the open source community. This is absolute proof Groklaw is working; SCO will try just about anything to reduce PJ's dominance of the SCO vs. IBM information market.

Other than Darl's resume, I wonder what SCO intends to post that could not have been done on their own website as press release. My guess is they plan on lots of misleading self-created rumors that appear to be presented by anonymous posters.
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