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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

asifyoucare A matter of trust (190 comments)

Do you trust Alibaba to distribute their profits to shareholders? I don't. I don't expect dividends or buy-backs, but I do expect that shareholders will be left holding theoretical chunks of value that can never be realised, and that are thus worthless.

3 days ago

City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

asifyoucare 8,300 ? (249 comments)

The council has 8,300 PCs to administer a city with less than a million people? Wow, what the hell do these people do all day?

about two weeks ago

John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

asifyoucare Romero? (266 comments)

Was he that guy who was lucky enough to hire Carmack?

about two weeks ago

Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

asifyoucare Re:And I care about this why ?? (67 comments)

It doesn't, Joe still has to do the browsing himself.

about two weeks ago

Hacker Disrupts New Zealand Election Campaign

asifyoucare "Whale Oil" (75 comments)

I assume his last names are "Beef Hooked". Not so much my joke as Whale Oil's.

about three weeks ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

asifyoucare Re:Wait a minute (542 comments)

re "chop of the arms off an unmarried couple so they aren't holding hands.", yes that sounds like the Iranian solution to that problem.

about three weeks ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

asifyoucare Re:I can't believe we're afraid of these assholes (542 comments)

Iran's government is fighting over whether or not to implement rusting-edge technology, with calls for impeachment if they go ahead. It's like they WANT to remain in the 8th Century. Why is it exactly that we're afraid of them?

We're afraid of them because they're not content to merely stay in the 8th century themselves - they insist on everyone else going back to the 8th century too.

about three weeks ago

Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

asifyoucare Re:clarifying rumors: (133 comments)

I've got points but there's no AWESOME mod.

about a month ago

HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

asifyoucare Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (137 comments)

How is "Pakis" offensive? It is clearly an abbreviation of "Pakistanis", and I assume you don't find the full word offensive. I'm Australian and we're frequently referred to as "Aussies". Nobody is offended by that, of course. Australians often call Englishmen "pommies" and Americans "yanks". Again, nobody gets offended, but there's probably more reason to be offended by those terms than by "pakis".

about a month ago

Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

asifyoucare begs FFS (186 comments)

Her resignation does not beg questions; it prompts or raises them. To beg the question is to assume a particular answer in the reasoning used to arrive at that answer.

about a month ago

Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

asifyoucare Re:Bad phrasing (138 comments)

Survival rate of smaller dinosaurs is only the 'selection' part of evolution. Another other important part of evolution is mutation, so I think it IS fair to say they shrank. Imperfection + Inheritance + Selection + Mutation = Evolution

about a month and a half ago

BlackBerry Back In Profit

asifyoucare Re:If only financial engineering was a viable prod (67 comments)

Yes, they're a chance if they start marketing properly. They have a very strong security message for corporates, and that message is only getting stronger post-Snowden.

For corporate (not private) use, BB is the most secure phone/e-mail platform, and that's gotta be worth a lot when phones of at least two national leaders are getting hacked. For non-corporate use, they're not secure because they allow governments of India, at least, to spy on their customers.

If senior executives travel to (say) China, they'd have to be idiots to prefer iPhone or Android to BB. They should know they'll be spied on and they should know that the Chinese (and others) have no qualms using whatever information they can get for commercial gain.

This is the message they should be pushing.

about 3 months ago

Century-Old Drug Reverses Signs of Autism In Mice

asifyoucare Re:Good news for Mice. (207 comments)

Flowers for Algernon.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

asifyoucare Re:As an OS, sure, as a UI, no (516 comments)

Trojan writers loved that decision. Executable SHS files had an icon almost identical to that of TXT files. Hilarity ensued.

about 4 months ago

Biggest Dinosaur Yet Discovered

asifyoucare Re:advice to those who name dinosaurs (113 comments)

Aw come on, what about "HUMUNGOSAURUS"? That sounds pretty bad-ass.

Humungosauras? that's what I had after the vindaloo.

about 4 months ago

Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

asifyoucare Re:Mod parent up! (409 comments)

7. My own network, especially my LAN, has lower latency and higher bandwidth than the cloud.
8. I can monitor my own network.
9. Not everything is a web app.

about 4 months ago

Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

asifyoucare Re:next 50 to 100 years? (453 comments)

But if they are to us as we are to slugs, how much empathy would they have then? I don't go out of my way to kill lower life forms, but I don't particularly care when I do. Probably an advanced life-form would be scientifically curious about life on earth, but if we were their hundredth similar planet and they wanted something from the planet, they'd just take it.

about 4 months ago

Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

asifyoucare Re:Survey results != Real world (293 comments)

"to which you are replying"

about 7 months ago

Japan's Alleged Death Threat-Making, Cat-Hacking Programmer Says He's Innocent

asifyoucare "The plane had to stop mid-flight" (69 comments)

Umm, I think that might've cost more than $93,000. If it returned to the airport on the other hand ...

about 7 months ago



asifyoucare asifyoucare writes  |  more than 7 years ago

asifyoucare (302582) writes "One of the more interesting aspects in the SCO v IBM case is the investment by Baystar in SCO. Baystar's Larry Goldfarb has long alleged that he was encouraged by Microsoft to invest in SCO, thus giving SCO the cash to continue their apparently meritless suit. He claims that Microsoft said they would "backstop" the investment, and presumably that word means some sort of guarantee of the investment.

It has long been alleged that Ex-Microsoft employee Richard Emerson promoted the SCO investment to Baystar, but in his latest declaration Goldfarb also names Kenneth Lustig and Tivanka Ellawala. So, if Goldfarb is to believed, and there seems to be no reason to doubt him, the encouragement to invest in SCO was not the work of a lone misguided employee. Rather, it was done with actual authority from Microsoft.

It is ironic that this declaration was in response to claims of tortious interference by IBM in SCO's business. IANAL (yet) but it looks like the beginning of similar suit that could be brought by IBM against Microsoft.

As usual, Groklaw has all the juicy details."


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