BOFH: Protecting our backs from litigious attack
SCO? Never heard of 'em
Letters special It's not often that the Vulture Central Letters Directorate allows Reg reporters and contributors to bathe in the warm glow of praise.
This is not because the hacks don't occasionally knock out a half-decent piece, but rather to protect management against aggressive claims for more money/suite of offices/personal assistant, etc.
However, in the case of Simon Travaglia's recent BOFH: Protecting bodily waste in the public domain, we've decided to make an exception. Let the plaudits flow, starting with Dan Shadix:
That just might be the best thing I've ever read. Truly awesome.
And there's more, from Marcus Giles:
You owe me a new keyboard... ;-)
That was the funniest piece of work ever.. well done mate.. well done indeed :-D
The US loves BOFH too, especially Kevin Curry of Virginia Beach:
I just linked to your article through a Slashdot user comment. "Protecting bodily waste in the public domain" is brilliant!
And now that I've clicked your email link and see that you are a New Zealander, I love your work even more. :^)
What that means is anyone's guess. Of course, there's more to the latest BOFH than meets the eye. That, at least is according to Jos Osborne:
<Round of applause>
Never have I seen the Litigious Bastards situation so well put.
I congratulate you sir.
Litigious Bastards? What's that all about? Let's ask Jeff Asselin:
Nice jab at SCO. It's a shame most people won't even get the point, but well.
Jeff, you'd be surprised how many people did get the point, or at least as they saw it. Tim Bowden demonstrates:
I like to read the BOFH's on el reg as they are amusing, but this one had me ROFL. It has SCO down to a T.
Sam Christie also thought he had the point, and was prepared to be a little more explicit:
Pure brilliance. BOFH #8 is simply genius. You got off calling SCO an "unmitigated scum sucking, bottom feeding toerag". I wish all media outlets had the balls to do that. Keep up the good work!
Those readers who are none the wiser should look no further than recent Reg articles on the massive SCO IP punch-up which has seen the software company file law suits against various outfits, DaimlerChrysler included. This particular suit primarily revolves around SCO's accusations that the company put bits of Unix Systems V code into Linux, thereby gang raping its intellectual property. You get the idea.
However, in this case, BOFH fans are seriously misguided. Simon Travaglia has asked us to point out that BOFH is an entirely fictitious character and - in the tradition of the best TV disclaimers - that any resemblance to any individual company, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
Right, that's our arses covered. Let's end with the one lone criticism of this particular episode, courtesy of Fazal Majid:
Duly noted. ®