Thursday, October 19, 2006
- First off, I fixed another bad link in an earlier post. A link that was supposed to go to a story about Darl's "billion dollars a week" claim actually went to that "Paul Murphy" story about programming languages. The link now works correctly, although I ought to mention the original story is in French.
- I realized I actually haven't linked to SCO's recent OSR6 PR insisting that some of their existing customers are migrating to the new OS, for real, honest. So there it is.
- The local Provo newspaper's coverage of day 2 and day 3 of the big Utah trade mission to China. SCO has a rep on the trip, but the paper's only mentioned this on day 1 so far.
- Things haven't always gone smoothly for the Gov. & Co.; just today, a saleswoman accused the Governor of Utah of trying to pass a counterfeit 100 yuan bill, even though he speaks Mandarin fluently and everything. Maybe she's heard of SCO.
- But you can tell China's arrived as a modern country, because the Governor's trying to sell Utah as a place for Chinese tourists to visit.
- A bit about how Gov. Huntsman lost out on becoming ambassador to China. Instead, the job went to one of the president's old drinking buddies.
- Well, on the other hand, it turns out that he finds Asia really crowded and claustrophobic, at least according to his wife, who's campaigning to pass an open-space protection ballot measure this November.
- A piece about the trade trip from a non-Utah source, which mentions NuSkin and all the other quack medicine companies on the trip, but again, not a single word about SCO. Apparently SCO is even less legit than homeopathic remedies.
- A couple of new patents granted to Lindon-area companies you might've heard of: MaxStream, a Canopy company, has gotten a patent for "Radio modem having a chamfered sheet metal shield", while MyFamily.com has gotten one titled, quite expansively, "Systems and methods for storing and retrieving data in a Web server environment".
- As seen on IV, here's an article about Sleepable RCU. Of course, if you read the article, you're exposing yourself to some of SCO's sooper-seekrit Methods & Concepts, to the infinite peril of your immortal soul. Yes, even though SCO had nothing whatsoever to do with developing any form of RCU, and the company owns none of the patents around the concept, and they distributed RCU under the GPL as part of their late, lamented Linux distro. Still, you apparently owe Darl beeeelions if you read this article. No, it doesn't make a lot of sense to me, either.
- An actual sensible article about Apple's marketshare. Even Enderle makes sense, or his comments were edited so that they make sense.
- Enderle also chimes in about WinXP SP3, which will be delayed a tad. He doesn't care. Actually I don't care either. Oh, and don't expect Win2k3 SP2 any time this year, either, in case you were holding your breath.
- Scott Gant, who until recently was one of BS&F's lawyers on the SCO case, once coauthored a paper that tried to explain how Bill Clinton could become president again, with a scheme involving some patsy (Hillary?) running as president with Bill as veep, and then the patsy resigns, and Bill escapes the presidential term limit on a legal technicality. I voted for Clinton twice, and I know I wouldn't stand for that sort of trickery. And I doubt Hillary would stand for it either. I mention this to illustrate the sort of mindset that thrives behind the black gate of BS&F. This Gant guy is one of the clowns who dreamed up things like "non-literal copying" and "methods & concepts".
- The matter of Steve Wynn's clumsy, clumsy elbow has morphed into a leak investigation, following the political scandal script of the moment. Because it's always the leak that's the real crime, not the offense itself. Nora Ephron denies leaking the story, so now suspicion falls on more of Wynn's wide and rather colorful social circle. I have to agree with Gawker here; I blame Barbara Walters, and I'll continue to do so even if it turns out not to be true.