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IBM Files a Notice of Errata
Friday, August 13 2004 @ 08:23 AM EDT

IBM has filed a Notice of Errata. It makes a correction to the Memorandum in Support of the Motion to Strike the Declaration of Christopher Sontag, filed August 4, 2004.

Apparently, someone noticed that the quotation from the Joan Thomas Declaration of August 4 was not correctly quoted in the Memorandum. So it isn't new information, since the Joan Thomas Declaration is already on file, and it is not being changed. But it's correcting a mistake in the quotation from it in the Memorandum.

How does such a thing happen? First, we are all humans. Second, motion practice is always a time pressure thing. Usually, as you can imagine, there are several drafts of a document, especially when you are incorporating information from others, and it may be arriving in pieces here and pieces there. Sometimes, I'm sorry to say, it's the paralegal that goofs or the secretary or even the attorney, and nobody notices until it is filed, in the haste of pulling it all together. We've seen SCO make a correction in this lawsuit too, when it had to file a corrected motion, with whole sections revised. It just happens sometimes. And when it does, you just correct it with a Notice of Errata or a corrected motion or whatever you need to do to get the correction filed appropriately. You don't ever pretend it didn't happen or hope no one notices.

Frank Sorenson used a handy tool created by the Free Software Foundation,'wdiff', which is both Free and free, to make an easy comparison of the old version with the new. In the wdiff results, the new wording (which is the original Thomas Declaration wording also) is in bold, and the corrected material has a line through it, so you can easily see the differences.

To duplicate, the results for yourself, all you do is this: type up the original text, and let's say it is called memo1.txt. Then do the same for the new version, named memo2.txt. Once you have them both, you do this:

# wdiff -w "" -x "" -y "" -z "" memo1.txt memo2.txt

And here is what you would get, corrected words in the Memorandum in bold and the old wording crossed out.

********************************

wdiff version:

Even setting aside the fact that he has no personal knowledge of the operation of CMVC, Mr. Sontag's conjecture regarding his proposed "top-down" approach is simply wrong, as set forth in the accompanying Declaration of Joan Thomas. (See, e.g., 8/4/04 Declaration of Joan Thomas 7-8) 8-9) ("Contrary to Mr. Sontag's assumptions, there is no top-level directory or subdirectory name in CMVC that contains the word 'AIX'. Even the names 'AIX', from which we could extract all AIX source, and only AIX source, from that directory and its subdirectories. The vast majority of the AIX-related directories and files themselves on CMVC, in fact, do not usually even contain the word 'AIX.' 'AIX' in their names. ... [D]etermining which components in CMVC are part of the AIX operating system is a time-consuming process that requires that engineers intimately knowledgeable about the AIX operating system and about CMVC to engage in a time-consuming, multi-step process to extract the source code files that are part of the AIX operating system from the tens of thousands of other source code files that are not part of the operating system.") ******************************

Original version in memorandum, or memo1:

Even setting aside the fact that he has no personal knowledge of the operation of CMVC, Mr. Sontag's conjecture regarding his proposed "top-down" approach is simply wrong, as set forth in the accompanying Declaration of Joan Thomas. (See, e.g., 8/4/04 Declaration of Joan Thomas 7-8) ("Contrary to Mr. Sontag's assumptions, there is no directory or subdirectory name in CMVC that contains the word 'AIX'. Even the names of the files themselves do not usually contain the word 'AIX.' . . . [D]etermining which components in CMVC are part of the AIX operating system is a time-consuming process that requires engineers intimately knowledgeable about the AIX operating system and about CMVC to engage in a time-consuming, multi-step process to extract the source code files that are part of the AIX operating system from the tens of thousands of other source code files that are not part of the operating system.")

***************************

Corrected wording in Notice of Errata, or memo2:

Even setting aside the fact that he has no personal knowledge of the operation of CMVC, Mr. Sontag's conjecture regarding his proposed "top-down" approach is simply wrong, as set forth in the accompanying Declaration of Joan Thomas. (See, e.g., 8/4/04 Declaration of Joan Thomas 8-9) ("Contrary to Mr. Sontag's assumptions, there is no top-level directory in CMVC that contains the word 'AIX', from which we could extract all AIX source, and only AIX source, from that directory and its subdirectories. The vast majority of the AIX-related directories and files on CMVC, in fact, do not even contain the word 'AIX' in their names. ... [D]etermining which components in CMVC are part of the AIX operating system is a time-consuming process that requires that engineers intimately knowledgeable about the AIX operating system and about CMVC engage in a time-consuming, multi-step process to extract the source code files that are part of the AIX operating system from the tens of thousands of other source code files that are not part of the operating system.")


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