Feeds

Microsoft's 'dirty tricks' archive turns into hot Torrent

Oscar-contender

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Microsoft lawyers who believed they'd buried the most embarrassing collection of documents about the company's murky past for good, without any one noticing, were in for a surprise this weekend. The archive has become a mainstay of the Bittorrent P2P file sharing networks.

A healthy 20+ seeds have been distributing the files for the past few days, at any one time.

We can't vouch for the completeness of the archive, which can be downloaded in a few hours, but it contains over 3000 files and adds up to 2.7GB. At first glance, several of the trial transcripts and plaintiffs' media updates are missing, from late January onwards.

When the Comes class action suit came to an abrupt end in Iowa two weeks ago, a mass of important documentation suddenly disappeared from view. Much of the material came from the Novell lawsuit against Microsoft, a case filed in 1996 settled in early 2000. Four years ago, The SCO Group decided it could no longer afford to keep 937 boxes of documents from the trial lying around, and ordered the material destroyed.

In fact no one did notice the disappearance of the material until our first story last week - and then quite a few people noticed.

We've been inundated by readers offering to host the material, many of whom alas have servers in the United States. This means it's potentially only a phone call away from a potential DMCA notice.

The material needs to find a home in a academic institution, which has the time to curate it, check for completeness, and put the material in context. And ideally this should be in a region beyond US jurisdiction - if there are any such places this side of Jupiter. (Perhaps the Gates Foundation can recommend somewhere).

For now, however, Bittorrent appears to be doing the job for which it was designed. ®

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.