What do you expect, it's just the NYT
Posted Oct 13, 2003 7:43 UTC (Mon) by raph
In reply to: Got it wrong again!
Parent article: Copyright Lawsuit Is Turnabout for SCO (New York Times)
This article is just more evidence that the corporate media is completely unable to do even a mediocre job covering technology. Among the additional errors:
* Gets the name of MontaVista Software wrong.
* Quotes Laura DiDio as a credible source. Well, at least he didn't quote Enderle.
* By using the phrase "copyright infringement that is at the heart of SCO's claim against I.B.M.", he promotes the misunderstanding that SCOX has actually brought a copyright claim against IBM. In fact, it has not brought any such copyright claim.
* By using the phrase, "the Unix operating system", he promotes the misunderstanding that there is one such beast and that SCOX owns it.
I'm sure others can find more such errors. These seem like the kinds of mistakes a novice reporter, fresh out of J-school, would make, but in fact John Markoff is one of the more highly regarded technology "journalists" in the field. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but readers of LWN and Groklaw get authoritative technology news and research into SCOX. Compared to what the Net, at its best, can provide, the NYT is looking tatty indeed.
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