Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Aug 2009 14:45 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Legal Not too long ago, Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw explained he had found the perfect husband for Lara Croft: Jason Voorhees. They both have way too many sequels all following a default plot, they both murder a lot and spend a lot of time underground, but most of all: none of them will ever just die. In that light, I suggest another husband for Miss Croft: Darl McBride. Instant update: Darl McBride responds. See inside.
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lemur2
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With all its faults, I still think the US court system is the most fair in the world, generally speaking. However, it's situations like this that make me question my feelings about its impartiality. There is absolutely no way that six or twelve random people could ever truly understand the situation well enough to rule fairly for either side. I think technologically complex cases like this should be decided by a panel of five or seven judges, with one or two impartial expert witnesses to clarify any questions the judges have about the technical aspects of the case. As difficult as it may be to find techies that are truly impartial given SCO's track record, it's got to be better than a box full of truly clueless local citizens, no matter how intelligent they may be in their own field of expertise.


Nah, it isn't that hard to follow at all.

FTA:
SCO claimed IBM had used Unix as a basis for making improvements to the Linux operating system, the basic software code of which is "open source," or freely available to the public. Companies such as IBM and Novell take the basic code and use it to create products and services that can be sold to other companies, often more cheaply than for-profit systems such as Unix and Microsoft's Windows.


-- Actually, the code that IBM put into Linux, which is SMP and RCU and the JFS filesystem, is IBM's code. Some of this code was written originally for OS/2, and some of it was written by Sequent (now IBM) for Dynix, and then also put into Unix.

FTA:
SCO claims that it saw a precipitous decline in sales of its Unix system after IBM modified Linux using Unix code.


-- Actually, the code that IBM put into Linux is IBM's code.

It doesn't matter if SCO has copyrights to Unix or not ... there is no Unix code in Linux. Any IBM code that is in Linux is copyright IBM.

As I said, it isn't really all that hard to understand at all.

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