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March 27, 2008

Yet another bluish question

srikanth @ 10:36 am, GMT +0000 ( 1206614173 ) Play

A chance posting on slashdot and/or groklaw led to this meme getting created. Connect and explain:

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Cracked by: teju , udupendra , rishabh , akhi , Dibyo , jake , Shiva , Srikanth and The Nony Mouse.

Answer: IBM’s lawyers and legal team have been called the Nazgul (of LoTR fame). The meme originated in a slashdot posting and soon took root at groklaw. The comparison probably started when SCO (small fry) filed suit against IBM. Someone noted that IBM could “blacken the sky with their lawyers”. Other phrases about their “ruthlessness and utter dedication to their masters” were also thrown in to the ring, helping it along.


10 Responses to “Yet another bluish question”

  1. teju
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    The term Nazgûl has been used to refer to IBM’s cadre of lawyers, with whom it has been said that IBM can blacken the sky – particularly with reference to the SCO v. IBM lawsuit because they supposedly never sleep, are utterly ruthless, and are completely loyal servants to their master.

    This usage appears to have originated in a comment on Slashdot:

    “Not long ago, the Black Gate of Armonk swung open. The lights went out, my skin crawled, and dogs began to howl. I asked my neighbor what it was and he said, ‘Those are the nazgul. Once they were human, now they are IBM’s lawyers.'”


  2. udupendra
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    IBM lawyers being referred to as The Nazgul.


  3. IBM’s lawyers called the nazgul


  4. akhi
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    hilarious!

    ibm’s lawyers are called the “nazguls” / “ringwraiths” (of lotr fame) apparently for their utter dedication and ruthlessness and that they could “blacken the sky” referring to the ibm and sco lawsuit.


  5. Dibyo
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    The term Nazgûl has been used to refer to IBM’s cadre of lawyers, with whom it has been said that IBM can blacken the sky – particularly with reference to the SCO v. IBM lawsuit because they supposedly never sleep, are utterly ruthless, and are completely loyal servants to their master.


  6. easy if you figure what the second is a picture of — the Nazgul.

    This was a comment on Slashdot:
    “Not long ago, the Black Gate of Armonk swung open. The lights went out, my skin crawled, and dogs began to howl. I asked my neighbor what it was and he said, ‘Those are the nazgul. Once they were human, now they are IBM’s lawyers.'” (IBM is headquartered in Armonk, New York).

    and again I quote ”
    The term Nazgûl has been used to refer to IBM’s cadre of lawyers, with whom it has been said that IBM can blacken the sky – particularly with reference to the SCO v. IBM lawsuit because they supposedly never sleep, are utterly ruthless, and are completely loyal servants to their master. In addition it has been said that they are “probably really nice people. They would be nicer too if they had (say) blood or souls like normal people.”


  7. Shiva

    IBM’s lawyers have often been referred to as Nazguls, especially w.r.t the IBM vs SCO lawsuit. They never sleep, are ruthless and completely loyal to their master, just like the the “fell beasts” of Middle-Earth.


  8. yaksha
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    [rip]ADR is soul, man. And IBM, for reasons known only to someone in legal, wins the monthly IP ADR anti-soul prize. I.B.Dementor.M.[/rip]


  9. Srikanth

    IBM’s lawyer’s were called Nazguls and it’s said that ‘they could blacken the skies’.


  10. The Nony Mouse

    people over at groklaw refer to IBM legal as The Nazgul?


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