Just because people "digg' a story doesn't make it true. We learnt that earlier this week when ZD Net Australia claimed that OS X could be hacked within 30 minutes, all because the more correct "local user privilege escalation" didn't sound as sexy.
Now Daniel Harrison on the Blogcritics.org website is fantasising about Google acquiring Sun Microsystems.
Still if you were working for Sun, this would probably grab your attention. So a significant number of Sun employees are visiting the blog. Which to the blog author somehow serves as proof for his baseless theory: "With so much attention, and so many anonymous repeat visits from Sun servers, it is difficult to believe that there is not a shred of truth in the argument that the search engine giant is planning a takeover of McNealy's hardware company," he wrote in a follow up blog posting.
On the scale of cluelessness, this theory scores a sub-zero score. The author doesn’t present any proof and misinterprets the facts.
"I have recently heard from an anonymous source that McNealy's recent sale of $10 million of Sun Microsystems stock was in fact a sale-and-buyback. McNealy was exercising stock and buying back options at a cheaper price." he blasts in his latest posts. Again, he sees this as proof for the upcoming Sun sale to Google (btw… where does Google come from? Why would a search engine that claims to be wanting to organize the world's information acquire a server manufacturer?)
By anonymous source he must mean SEC filings that anyone with a browser can access. Those show that McNealy sold 2.4m Sun shares for 10.4m on 17 February after he exercised options to purchase 2.4m share for 7.5m. SEC filings will also tell you that McNealy as of the latest SEC filing owns 1,376,256 Sun stock.
Either Mr. Harrison is completely clueless about the world of corporate finance, or he is trying to talk up Sun's stock price for financial gain. Either way, his ramblings aren't worth a single bit on the internet.
Sun CEO Scott McNealy and Google chief Eric Schmidt at the unveiling of partnership between the two last October.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago