Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The SCO news drought continues, although tomorrow promises to be a big day in Somewhat Related News.
- First, the finalized GPL v3 will be unveiled tomorrow. GL has a story about the big event. In it, PJ mentions she was part of the GPL v3 process, which I'm not sure I was aware of before. Here's an InternetNews piece about the new license. The author says he was convinced there'd be no new GPL version until the SCO cases were resolved, due to SCO's claim the GPL was unconstitutional.
- Oh, and the iPhone comes out tomorrow, too. Here's David Pogue's review, if you haven't seen it already. (Interesting side note: The review was for the New York Times, one of those registration-required news sites. But most of the NYT's interesting articles also appear on the International Herald Tribune's site, which is a wholly-owned NYT subsidiary these days, and the IHT's site doesn't ask you to register. Something to file for future reference, or whatever.)
- Seems people are already lining up to buy an iPhone. Which is more than a little silly, of course. But refresh my memory, does anyone remember people lining up to get a copy of Vista? Or a Zune? Or any SCO product in all of history?
- Regarding SCO's gigantic Madhya Pradesh announcement a few days ago, MSN Money asserts that it caused the latest wobble in SCO's stock. You could blame that on the obvious M$ connection, but TheStreet drew the same conclusion. This is a great example of the eternal post hoc, ergo propter hoc fallacy. The stock's been rattling around like this, back and forth, ever since the still-unexplained pump back over a dollar, but now there's news of a sort, so suddenly they play connect the dots. They probably have unpaid interns writing these things or something. At least you'd hope nobody got paid to write that silliness.
- Over on IV, hashkekan is busy researching the Madhya Pradesh news. The story so far: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4].
- During the talk around the new announcement, SCO's long-promised DT4 Daytimer app has come up repeatedly. BritTim has a good roundup of SCO's DT4 PR here. Funny how that expected ship date just gets later and later all the time...
- Also on IV, Al P. points us at a great ruling in an unrelated case, in which the parties were involved in endless discovery disputes (sound familiar?) The judge finally got sick of it all and ripped them new ones (sound unfamiliar?)
- The new Top500 supercomputing list is out, and IBM dominates the list again. Many of the top machines are Linux clusters, so it's kind of fun to read down the list and tally up all the SCOSource revenue SCO isn't getting.
- Elsewhere in BS&F Land, here's the latest on the AIG / Greenberg case (they're countersuing now), and the Michael Moore / Cuba situation (they're making loud noises trying to ward off the Feds).
They're also involved in the Amaranth Advisors fiasco, although oddly not on behalf of the bad guys for once. And a BS&F guy speaks up about backdated stock options although it looks like he's just speaking in a pundit capacity, not on behalf of a client, at least not yet.
Less interestingly, they're involved in a private equity deal to buy Water Pik.
- And here's the latest reorg at Baystar / LRG, for whatever it's worth.
- Here's a piece about the Feds' recent takedown of a few big bot herders. I mention this because the guy from UnSpam is quoted briefly. FWIW.
- Now here's a bit of fun irony. Brent Hatch recently accepted an award from the Utah branch of the American Heart Association. Ok, technically he accepted on behalf of his parents, Senator & Mrs. Hatch. Still, seeing his name and the word "heart" in the same sentence is good for a brief snicker or two.
- I don't remember where I saw the link to this first (the boards, probably), and it's not exactly on-topic here, but check out this embroidered plush Nintendo NES. Damn, I wish I had that kind of free time...
- In a new nightmare for SCO and M$, researchers have discovered fossils of a huge prehistoric penguin. I've said this before elsewhere, but I think "Icadyptes" would be a great name for a new distro. Not that the world needs yet another new distro, but if there has to be one more, this would be a good name for it.