I did read the article. There is absolutely nothing in that article to indicate it was a direct quote from Hussey. In fact, it appears obvious to me that it was the journalist's commentary.
I do understand what you would like to see. I too would like to the world to know about FFIV passing CSCO. I just disagree with you on whether or not it should be the company that brings that news out.
Your example of AOL announcing another one million customers is different. That is the kind of news release a company should make: objective reports about measurable progress. Think of it like you would the presidential election. What is more useful, Gore and Bush standing around insisting that they are each the best, or Gore and Bush talking about where they stand on actual issues (i.e. substance).
I am not totally defending FFIV's PR moves, they have made some blunders. But there is nothing I hate more than a company that tosses out completely meaningless news releases five times a week just to pump their stock price.
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