SCO units: The Official Metric of FUD
macshune writes | more than 10 years ago
I posted this earlier in the day proposing a new metric designed to accurately and quickly establish the FUD level of a given event/statement/press release, etc.
The big question is, what should form the baseline of the SCO unit? It has to be an event by which all other instances of FUD may be measured. It doesn't necessarily have to be a powerful example of FUD like the SCO v. IBM lawsuit and the crap that has rained down because of it.
Unfortunately, FUD can be difficult to quantify 'cause it's like obscenity. You know it when you see it, but finding that line between FUD and non-FUD can be difficult sometimes.
Still, we can develop a criteria to establish the SCO unit and the preeminent method of quickly and efficiently expressing levels of FUD in a given instance of FUD-raking. You can read more about FUD on wikipedia, here.
Since FUD is, by definition, an acronym reserved for talking about the computer industry and related businesses, it might be advantageous to borrow something from the Torino Scale. Maybe like:
0: The likelihood of anyone believing the FUD is zero and the FUD is of no concern.
1: Extremely unlikely that FUD will impact it's intended target or affect perceptions about them in any way.
2: Usual SCO press release. Only slashdotters and anti-SCO people get pissed off.
Any ideas can be posted in the comments section...