April 27, 2004

Desperately Seeking Distraction

Chuck Talk writes "You know things are getting warm when denials become the norm. The recent spate of articles that establish a clear link between the Baystar investment into the SCO Group and the hand of Microsoft in suggesting that investment must be making the Redmondians nervous. Chief Ballmer has even gone before the media to deny any knowlegde of Baystar, or its role in investing in Caldera-SCO Group.

That sounds good, but it reminds me of the problem that the Untouchables faced when trying to convict Al Capone of killing anyone. He didn't pull the trigger, but he ordered the hit, and that was an open secret. Lawrence Goldfarb of Baystar had already admitted that Microsoft executives had contacted him (note the plural form of the executive class being used) about the SCO Group investment. Goldfarb was even kind enough to exonerate Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, saying they had not been the executives within Microsoft to contact him. So, in effect, Ballmer's statement is true, but it does not absolve the company of any potential violations of their Consent Decree with Justice.

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