Friday, February 16, 2007


2/16 SNR

First off, you might enjoy "Where Is PJ?", a silly new blog all about the ongoing frantic search for PJ, with sighting reports, updates on the rampaging hordes of Groklaw zombies, and much, much more. As you can see, this PJ situation has more exciting twists and turns than even the Anna Nicole thing. Which is saying a lot.

On a more serious note, SJVN has a chat with the Darl incarnate. Some new choice quotes from the most hated man in IT:

"It's my understanding that she has some material of importance to our slander of title case with Novell. I don't know the exact details."

So apparently Darl wants us to think he's been out of the loop on the PJ thing. BS&F wanted to go down this road, and he didn't ask them why in any great detail. Any idiot could've seen this would be a PR disaster, but he just shrugged and figured the lawyers knew best. Then, knowing he was going to be interviewed on the topic, he still didn't bother to bone up on the details of why his company was doing this. Sure, yeah, right.

You could look at this and marvel at the guy's breathtaking incompetence, if all of that's really true. But I just think he's lying through his teeth again, and (as usual) it's not even a very good lie. He says PJ has "material of importance" to the Novell case, while also asserting she doesn't even exist. How much sense does that make?

It doesn't take an MIT rocket scientist to see that the real motive here is just to intimidate and silence the company's critics.

So then Darl goes on to say:
"Pamela, if you read this, please, give me a call. We just want to chat."

Just want to chat!? It's been a long while since I've heard anything quite so smarmy and insincere. Smarmy, insincere, and vaguely menacing, as well. It's not, you know, Gotti-style professional grade menacing. Imagine a high school production of the "Army Protection Racket" Python sketch. Now imagine the cast have never seen the original and are trying to play it as a serious crime drama. When Darl puts on his "scary face", that's pretty much what it's like.

In a way SCO's performed a valuable service with the latest episode. Yes, the company is an industry punchline, and a tired one at that. And it's tough to argue their lawsuits are a credible threat to Linux anymore. But the new PJ incident should remind people that SCO's still run by a band of ruthless and truly vile individuals, and there's no telling what else they'll try to pull before this is all over.

More PJ-relatedness:

I was going to wrap this up with a section of non-PJ-related items, since there's a lot more going on in the industry besides the childish obsessions of litigious minor-league PHBs. I think I'll move those to a separate post instead, so they aren't just marooned at the bottom of a page full of PJ stories.

Until then, go visit "Where Is PJ?" if you haven't already. Or if you have, go again. It's probably been updated again by now.

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