Ballmer said last week in Singapore that Linux users will face suites for patent infringements in the kernel etc. As predicted, his own PR had to issue a correction (although he did actually mouth those words – CNBC Singapore carried the clip), saying that he did not actually say it.
Well, the interesting thing is that Ballmer is using the number – to begin with it was wrong – that was mentioned by Ravicher which was part of a study Ravicher did. If you read that link, you will see that Ravicher is saying that there could be potential violation and that is about it. Ballmer, for purposes of keeping up the FUD, has chosen to regurgitate the number without engaging any thought.