Feeds

Wife of Rambus CEO outed as message board troll

Can we sue anyone for this?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The wife of Rambus CEO Harold Hughes has emerged as the latest message board star. According to a report, Nancy Hughes dished out 170 messages under the alias clarissamehitable on the InvestorVillage site, defending her husband's good name while knocking other members of Rambus's management.

Legal rag The Recorder reports that posters became suspicious of clarissamehitable's ties to the memory maker in June. They noted that she appeared to have inside information and seemed awfully defensive about Hughes. Clarissamehitable's postings were, in fact, so surprising that Rambus kicked off its own internal investigation to scrutinize the postings - only to discover that Nancy was the mysterious scribbler.

"I'm constantly amazed at how many posters on this board know how Rambus management should run the company, all without ever having stepped inside the doors of he Rambus office building," Clarissamehitable wrote in one posting. "With 'loyal' shareholders like this, who needs - well - bashers?

"Yes, it is the American way to be able to bitch and moan and vent. And this forum is probably the best way to do that. Certainly better than taking a loaded gun into a crowded building. But remember, when you make your bed......"

You, um, don't wet it? We don't know.

In another posting, Nancy wrote, "I'm glad that HH changed the management options grants to more rational levels. He does a great job in getting this company through rough times."

And there's plenty more where that came from.

Rambus maintains that the postings were all legit, despite Nancy's intimate knowledge of company affairs.

"The board has determined that Harold had no involvement or knowledge of posting to any message board," a Rambus spokeswoman told, The Recorder adding, "no trades took place in connection with these postings and that the appropriate thing to do was to ask that she not post anymore, which she already had done."

A lawyer for Harold and Nancy Hughes told the paper that the postings were built on "publicly available information. "(Nancy) did not profit or help anyone profit," the lawyer said, adding that Nancy simply "acted out of loyalty to her husband."

There's more here.

Just last month, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey found infamy after he was caught trying to undermine rival Wild Oats on a message board. Mackey also liked to talk about how attractive he is. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years
Man jailed for dodgy cinema recording of Hollywood movie
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

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.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?