Archive for June 2004

Nelson to McBride: Ha-ha!

June 10, 2004

About three months ago, I wrote about SCO, which is trying to shakedown money from Linux users. SCO currently owns some rights to Unix, and they have an outrageous claim that Linux developers stole source code from Unix and appropriated it for the open-source Linux project. Linux creator Linus Torvalds has disproved these claims numerous times. No matter to SCO; they just want to bully Linux users into paying them.

The good news: virtually no one is paying SCO. Today, SCO reported that they earned $11,000 in licensing fees but spent $4.4 million in legal fees last quarter.

As I reflect upon these bully tactics, I think about another bully, Nelson Muntz from The Simpsons. In my imagination, Nelson gives McBride a wedgie and sneers “HA-HA!”

But is it illegal?

June 4, 2004

This week, the media aired tapes of conversations with Enron energy traders. The traders bragged about how they were manipulating and profiteering from the energy market in California. They swore like drunken sailors about how Grandma Millie was going to get raped by high prices. Wicked, shameful, and unethical? Absolutely. But is it illegal? Though I am not a lawyer (IANAL), I have my doubts. It really depends on whether Enron violated rules of the energy market. If they violated the market rules, then they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. If the market was flawed, then we should blame the hoards of overpaid consultants who designed the market.