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Journal: SCOXQ.PK - SCO delisted!

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It's official. SCO is now trading with the "pinks" - the "over-the-counter penny stocks". They knew on the 21st, but didn't want us to celebrate too much over the holidays, I guess. Well, there's always New Years.

PR Newswire release: here

"27-Dec-2007 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Tra Item 3.01 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing.

On September 18, 2007, The SCO Group, Inc. (the "Company") received a Nasdaq Staff Determination letter (the "Determination") from the Listing Qualifications Department (the "Staff") of The Nasdaq Stock Market indicating that, as a result of the Company's having filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the Staff determined, using its discretionary authority under Nasdaq Marketplace Rules 4300 and IM-4300, that the Company's securities would be delisted from The Nasdaq Stock Market and that trading in the Company's common stock would be suspended unless the Company filed an appeal of the Determination.

The Company filed for an appeal of the Determination. On November 8, 2007, the Company had a hearing before the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel (the "Panel") to review the Determination.

On December 21, 2007, the Company received a letter from the Panel, informing the Company that the Panel had determined to delist the Company's securities from The Nasdaq Stock Market and will suspend trading of the securities effective at the open of business on Thursday, December 27, 2007.

To Teh Moon? More like cratered.

Caldera

Journal: SCO forced back to Utah - stay lifted!

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What we all felt would be inevitable - the bankruptcy court has ordered (warning - pdf) the SCO vs. Novell trial to continue to its' conclusion.

The bankruptcy judge concluded that:

  1. SCO would not be "unduly prejudiced" (gotta love that ...)
  2. Judge Kimball is the best one to decide how much SCO owes Novell
  3. SCO cannot make any "reorganization" plans - including any "fire sale" of assest - until it knows just how much it owes Novell

Any bets on a quicky Chapter 7 filing?

Media

Journal: Prince is at it again ...

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El Reg is reporting that Prince is still on the prowl, making the Internet safe from parodies of His Ridiculousness via DMCA takedown notices, now sanitizing the UK, where the DMCA has no legal basis. Guess he didn't like b3ta.com's contest to photoshop him as their "image challenge of the week".

Lawyers acting on behalf of Prince have sent out a flurry of US copyright infringement notifications to individual members of a popular UK website which encourages its community to create satirical images of well-known stars.

A number of users of b3ta.com have been slapped with DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) notifications after posting images that poke fun at the pint-sized popstar's ongoing crusade to rid

the internet of unauthorised Prince material.

B3ta co-founder Rob Manuel told The Register that he was "surprised Prince's lawyers had bitten".

Someone should tell him that his 15 minutes of fame are long over (To put this into proper perspective, here's what Kevin Smith has to say about the guy)

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Journal: Anne Coulter thinks Jews need "Perfecting" ... 16

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http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003657196

Ann Coulter on CNBC Show: Jews Need 'Perfecting'

Published: October 11, 2007 12:15 AM ET updated 1:30 PM ET

NEW YORK Appearing on Donny Deutsch's CNBC show, "The Big Idea," on Monday night, columnist/author Ann Coulter suggested that the U.S. would be a better place if there weren't any Jewish people and that they needed to "perfect" themselves into -- Christians.

It led Deutsch to suggest that surely she couldn't mean that, and when she insisted she did, he said this sounded "anti-Semitic."

Asked by Deutsch whether she wanted to be like "the head of Iran" and "wipe Israel off the Earth," Coulter stated: "No, we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say. ... That's what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament."

Deutsch told E&P's sibling magazine, Adweek, today, "I was offended. And then, and this was interesting, she started to back off and seemed a little upset."

Asked to gauge her reaction, Deutsch said, "I think she got frightened that maybe she had crossed a line, that this was maybe a faux pas of great proportions. I mean, did it show ignorance? Anti-Semitism? It wasn't just one of those silly things."

A transcript, provided by Media Matters, follows.

DEUTSCH: Christian -- so we should be Christian? It would be better if we were all Christian?

COULTER: Yes.

DEUTSCH: We should all be Christian?

COULTER: Yes. Would you like to come to church with me, Donny?

DEUTSCH: So I should not be a Jew, I should be a Christian, and this would be a better place?

COULTER: Well, you could be a practicing Jew, but you're not.

DEUTSCH: I actually am. That's not true. I really am. But -- so we would be better if we were - if people -- if there were no Jews, no Buddhists --

COULTER: Whenever I'm harangued by --

DEUTSCH: -- in this country? You can't believe that.

COULTER: -- you know, liberals on diversity --

DEUTSCH: Here you go again.

COULTER: No, it's true. I give all of these speeches at megachurches across America, and the one thing that's really striking about it is how utterly, completely diverse they are, and completely unself-consciously. You walk past a mixed-race couple in New York, and it's like they have a chip on their shoulder. They're just waiting for somebody to say something, as if anybody would. And --

DEUTSCH: I don't agree with that. I don't agree with that at all. Maybe you have the chip looking at them. I see a lot of interracial couples, and I don't see any more or less chips there either way. That's erroneous.

COULTER: No. In fact, there was an entire Seinfeld episode about Elaine and her boyfriend dating because they wanted to be a mixed-race couple, so you're lying.

DEUTSCH: Oh, because of some Seinfeld episode? OK.

COULTER: But yeah, I think that's reflective of what's going on in the culture, but it is completely striking that at these huge megachurches -- the idea that, you know, the more Christian you are, the less tolerant you would be is preposterous.

DEUTSCH: That isn't what I said, but you said I should not -- we should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians, then, or --

COULTER: Yeah.

DEUTSCH: Really?

COULTER: Well, it's a lot easier. It's kind of a fast track.

DEUTSCH: Really?

COULTER: Yeah. You have to obey.

DEUTSCH: You can't possibly believe that.

COULTER: Yes.

DEUTSCH: You can't possibly -- you're too educated, you can't -- you're like my friend in --

COULTER: Do you know what Christianity is? We believe your religion, but you have to obey.

DEUTSCH: No, no, no, but I mean --

COULTER: We have the fast-track program.

DEUTSCH: Why don't I put you with the head of Iran? I mean, come on. You can't believe that.

COULTER: The head of Iran is not a Christian.

DEUTSCH: No, but in fact, "Let's wipe Israel" --

COULTER: I don't know if you've been paying attention.

DEUTSCH: "Let's wipe Israel off the earth." I mean, what, no Jews?

COULTER: No, we think -- we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say.

DEUTSCH: Wow, you didn't really say that, did you?

COULTER: Yes. That is what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express. You have to obey laws. We know we're all sinners --

DEUTSCH: In my old days, I would have argued -- when you say something absurd like that, there's no --

COULTER: What's absurd?

DEUTSCH: Jews are going to be perfected. I'm going to go off and try to perfect myself --

COULTER: Well, that's what the New Testament says.

DEUTSCH: Ann Coulter, author of If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans, and if Ann Coulter had any brains, she would not say Jews need to be perfected. I'm offended by that personally. And we'll have more Big Idea when we come back.

[...]

DEUTSCH: Welcome back to The Big Idea. During the break, Ann said she wanted to explain her last comment. So I'm going to give her a chance. So you don't think that was offensive?

COULTER: No. I'm sorry. It is not intended to be. I don't think you should take it that way, but that is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews. We believe the Old Testament. As you know from the Old Testament, God was constantly getting fed up with humans for not being able to, you know, live up to all the laws. What Christians believe -- this is just a statement of what the New Testament is -- is that that's why Christ came and died for our sins. Christians believe the Old Testament. You don't believe our testament.

DEUTSCH: You said -- your exact words were, "Jews need to be perfected." Those are the words out of your mouth.

COULTER: No, I'm saying that's what a Christian is.

DEUTSCH: But that's what you said -- don't you see how hateful, how anti-Semitic --

COULTER: No!

DEUTSCH: How do you not see? You're an educated woman. How do you not see that?

COULTER: That isn't hateful at all.

DEUTSCH: But that's even a scarier thought.

User Journal

Journal: More Microsoft-Novell stuff ...

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Everyone's still in a twist over the Microsoft-Novell deal, and the latest marketing spin "Do you want the linux that works with Windows ...". Like most, I wish the deal had never happened, but that doesn't mean I'm going to write off Novell just yet. The deal has 4 more years to go, and I believe that in those intervening 4 years, Novell will do the smart thing and abandon Miguel de Icaza, Mono, and Silverlight.

There are already indications that Mono is on the way out - which is a *good thing*. For example, the latest opensuse doesn't need Mono for updates, etc. Novell is playing their cards close to their chest - using Mono as a temporary bridge over the next few years, but making sure that, when the time comes, it can be dimpted int he trashbin where it belongs.

Novell isn't stupid (I hope). They saw lots of users end up installing 3rd-party updating software and disabling beagle search, because Mono, quite frankly, is terrible (not to mention that a lot of us don't like it in principle, on the basis of its "pedigree").

Silverlight? Its not a flash killer, just as C# wasn't a java killer, and .NET wasn't a LAMP stack killer. 4 years from now, Microsoft will be trying to peddle something else as "the next big thing" ... after all, been there, done that, ....

I'm inclined to cut Novell some slack, if only for their actions with SCO, and the amount of code they've contributed in the past. If they dump Icaza in the next year or two, and continue migrating away from Mono, fine. Actions speak louder than words (or "marketspeak"). If they don't, well, again, actions speak louder than words.

BTW: What the marketing people say is irrelevant. They're just marketroids. Anyone who makes a purchasing/deployment decision based on market-speak is incompetent, and given time, the market will route around them and their employers, same as the Internet routes around damage. We have the better product in linux ... why not show confidence in it by not getting in a tizzy at every Microsoft "pronouncement"? -- This post brought to you by Western Digital, because Seagate ate my RAID.

Caldera

Journal: SCO selling text ads, resellers jumping into SEO business 2

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I found it hard to believe, but I saw this story about how SCO is selling text ads on their site, checked it out, and sure enough, its true.

Why are there links for Search Engine Optimisation (or SEO) and website design on the footer of www.sco.com? SCO is a business built on selling hardware and software, not SEO or web design.

If you read the full article, you'll find out that the ads are from SCO's UK reseller; unlike SCO HQ, they can read the writing on the wall.

Caldera

Journal: Now that SCO is officially bankrupt ...

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Now that SCO is bankrupt, Act 2 begins ...

You can be sure that Novell is going to go for the jugular ... while chapter 11 normally allows businesses to "continue" while they reorganize, Novell, as they already have a decision that SCO owes them (the only question being "how much") is going to get to sit on the creditors' committee.

Was the outcome predictable? Of course. It's obvious that SCO never wanted to face a judge. As of now, SCO truly resembles a "Caldera" ...

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Journal: Contaminated coders

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Reminder to self, from a post that I made in this discussion earlier today:

What I'd be more concerned about is that the code written under the "covenants" with Microsoft. And with the status of the people who work on that code. Both the code and the coders will be contaminated, unable to work on related GPL products, the same as if they had partaken of the flavor-aid of Microsoft Shared Source.

Funny how this real threat - contaminated coders - is being overlooked. 5 years from now, Microsoft will be in a position to get injunctions against any distro that uses code touched by them, based on tried and tested copyright law, not patents. That's a real danger, and one that Microsoft will have no fear of retaliation from, unlike a patent war.

Remember, Microsoft has always been very skilled at getting people to look at the wrong hand, just like a magician.

I really need to expand this into an editorial for trolltalk.

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