Just more proof that Daniel Harrison was interested more in pushing an agenda of spreading unfounded rumours than in the facts when he wrote a series of speculative blog postings suggesting that Google was about to acquire Sun Microsystems.
In his third post on the topic, he cites a conversation with financial analyst Mark Stahlman at Carris & Company. (better save the post – Harrison's blog postings have a tendency to get edited after his errors are exposed). He is the same guy that suggested to Forbes that Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy could soon step down.
The blog posting doesn't actually attribute any information about a acquisition to the conversation with Stahlman. Yet it is written to look like Stallman agrees with the theory.
So to get the facts behind Harrison's fiction, I decided to give Stahlman a call.
"I did speak with him at some length. I told him in no uncertain terms that this is not going to happen," Stahlman said.
"His conclusion is nonsense and therefore I think finding other motivation for doing this is appropriate. In myy judgement, it's a guy who is looking to draw a lot of attention to himself."
The latter is a very good point to make. Why would Harrison knowingly leave out Stahlman's comments that he believed "it's not going to happen"? First he portrays the analyst as highly knowledgeable. But when his insights don't fit his Google-Sun acquisition theory, he decides to stuf it under the carpet?
We didn't need more proof that Harrison's blog postings were utter rubbish. But just in case, here you have some more. And that's the last time I'll waste any of your time on this character (until he errs again).
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