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IBM Subpoenas HP, Baystar, Sun & Microsoft 196

nicolaiplum writes "CNet is reporting that IBM is sending subpoenas to HP, Baystar, Sun and Microsoft requiring them to disclose most of their dealings with SCO over UNIX licensing and litigation." From the article: "The subpoenas demand that Microsoft, HP, Sun and BayStar hand over a range of information, including details of their dealings with SCO, by March 7. They will also have to appear in court later in March to give depositions." Groklaw also has links to each of the subpoenas.
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IBM Subpoenas HP, Baystar, Sun & Microsoft

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  • by Salo2112 ( 628590 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2006 @04:51PM (#14779351)
    the entire supply of Immodium for the state of Utah is missing.
  • by Tackhead ( 54550 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2006 @05:08PM (#14779506)
    > In other news...
    > the entire supply of Immodium for the state of Utah is missing.

    Immodium AD: When you're know you're full of shit, and you desperately, desperately, want to keep it that way.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 22, 2006 @05:10PM (#14779522)
    Judging by the number of comments on the story over at Groklaw, this is the biggest news we've had in a long time. We've all suspected that Microsoft had some hand in this. When they answer the subpoena, we'll all finally find out. This is the 'piercing of the corporate veil' that we've been waiting for.

  • by TubeSteak ( 669689 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2006 @05:33PM (#14779702) Journal
    i'm just a hacker-in-a-cube
    Is that the geeky version of the ship-in-a-bottle?
  • Not yet?? (Score:5, Funny)

    by robpoe ( 578975 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2006 @05:35PM (#14779732)
    Why have I not seen a comment yet that said

    And in Redmond today, a chair flew out of Ballmer's office and a scream was heard "I'm going to f*$#ing kill IBM!!!!!!"

    Oops..I just made it.

  • by mslinux ( 570958 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2006 @05:42PM (#14779798)
    Bill Gates on the stand: "Well, you see, it went like this your honor, App..."

    Steve Jobs yelling from the courtroom: "Shutup! Shutup now Bill!!!"

    Judge banging gavel: "Order [bang, bang, bang] There'll be order in the court room!"

    RMS standing and asking for calm: "Judge. Notice that I did not call you 'Your Honor' as I do not honor the authority that you claim to hold. I will not place my hand on a Bible and swear to tell the truth. The Bible is a book of fairy tales and fables for which I hold no respect..."

    Steve Ballmer jumps to his feet and grabs a chair: "Jesus H. Christ [Throws a chair at RMS] This guy is a fuckin' loon... how the fuck did he get in here?"
  • by Spackler ( 223562 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2006 @05:44PM (#14779817) Journal
    Since corporations generally lack human emotional response, I can only assume there is good strategety and/or profit motivation. Anyone care to speculate?

    Now Sam Palmisano gets to sit in court, stare over at Darl, put his arm out with his fingers forming a pinch while looking at Darl through the arc, and squeeze while saying "I'm CRUSHING YOUR HEAD, I'm CRUSHING YOUR HEAD"!

  • by dustwun ( 662589 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2006 @05:50PM (#14779871) Homepage
    Godwin's Law now in effect. Thanks for playing.. now go sit down. :-P
  • by whitespiral ( 941984 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2006 @06:10PM (#14780096)
    This will cost IBM countless of millions of dollars over the next few years. Wouldn't it be cheaper to spend a few grand and pay Bruce Willis to kill Gates and Ballmer? Or why not build a terminator? Oh yeah, it would have Lenovo parts and turn on the americans in a blink. Darn chinese are too smart.
  • by cnerd2025 ( 903423 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2006 @09:47PM (#14781486)

    Auto-reply from Robert Enderle:

    I would like to say that I never made any speculation on SCO and that I simply meant they should have their day in court. I stand by those statements. Linux lunatics are simply outrageous in their claims against corporations like Microsoft, so they should just submit brokeback. I got an email from a guy, whom I assume was truthful, telling me how he received 300 letters of hate mail from Linux zealots for backing up SCO in a groklaw article. This is just lunacy! When some infantesimally small percentage of loyal users just can't take the rational way out, that tells me to never use the product they support. I simply want to level the playing field, to show that Microsoft and Linux are equal. The executives at Microsoft are good people. Bill donates his personal time and money to stopping worldwide disease. Executives who do this are good people, regardless of whether they turn their offices into WWE wrestling rings, forget to wear antiperspirant, or use death threats when intoxicated. SCO simply is the little guy and should win. Well, it should win because it defends the almighty intellectual property laws. Let's forget any interpretation from some Constitution drafted 230 years ago that IP laws should be for the "progress of arts and sciences." This is 2006, not 1787. If they had computers back then, they would certainly have stood for free market and the protection of that value via software copyrights and patents. The fact that IBM is winning this case so far only goes to show how much they have bribed the courts and are using their influence unfairly. I think both sides have made mistakes, but I'd much rather be controversial to get more site-hits, so I'll only point out the fact that IBM is just a big-bad big-business called big-blue, so they must die and roll over to the freedom fighters at SCO. McBride is a Mormon, and mormons are all good people, so that argument is just outrageous, that he would be unethical. The business machine at IBM is only interested in profit and wishes to milk everyone for everything in order to attain that goal. So, despite the judge remarking on the utter lack of evidence presented by SCO, and the fact that IBM is supporting Linux, which I hate only because I instigated a flame war with Linus Torvalds, which he won, and which I should have not picked at the time. He was 20 and I was much older, but he had made some crack about software patents being mathematical constructs. I just couldn't let him and his Linux fringe lunatics attack me with their inflated rhetoric. So I flamed him. I was right though, because now I get hate mail daily from Linux zealots, so despite the fact that I call Apple a company led by and used by fruits, and despite the fact that I write anti-Linux messages all the time with the premise of being "fair and balanced," I was ultimately right about Linux zealots, so I will be right about SCO. Please excuse me from the office for a few weeks: I am organizing a fund raiser to provide SCO all the legal support they need.

    Rob Enderle

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre