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01.28.09

January 2009 Posts on Microsoft’s Behaviour, Business Practices

Posted in Deception, Fraud, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Site News at 6:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Poor Microsoft

OVER THE PAST 27 days we’ve published:

All that was accumulated in less than one month. We’ve run this Web site for over two years, just for proportion’s sake. Microsoft will continue to rely on people’s limited memory; there is so much one can remember. The press, for example, has already forgotten the OOXML corruptions.

Among some older posts we have:

To quote a recent comment (made in response to a commenter who works for Microsoft):

That’s a lot of opposition. Microsoft’s a large corporation. Do you oppose large corporations? The history of taking advantage of patents? Misusing its monopoly status? Its outsourcing of American jobs? The fact that it competes with other software vendors? Its recent contributions to the Free Software world? Its market dominance? Its choice of logo colors? The poor support for CSS 2 in IE 6?

You forget to ask so many things. How about:

  • Do you oppose bribery?
  • Do you oppose financial fraud?
  • Do you oppose tax evasion?
  • Do you oppose supporting the death of poor children in Africa?
  • Do you oppose illegal dumping of goods to starve competitors?
  • Do you oppose outright sabotage of a competitors’ technology?
  • Do you oppose blackmailing?
  • Do you oppose buying laws overseas to harm the local people?
  • Do you oppose fishing a competitors’ workforce only to cause their destruction?
  • Do you oppose collusion?
  • Do you oppose false advertising?
  • Do you oppose funding companies to sue competitors?
  • Do you oppose bullying professors for for their honest assessment of a technology?
  • Do you oppose smear campaigns against volunteer advocates of a technology that’s not yours?
  • Do you oppose embezzlement?
  • Do you oppose overthrowing CIOs (to have them replaced by cronies)?
  • Do you oppose “planting” articles in the press?
  • Do you oppose bribing professors?
  • Do you oppose treating kids like a drug addicts, by own admission?
  • Do you oppose setting up AstroTurf Web sites?
  • Do you oppose polluting forums and newsgroups using undercover agents? (violation of EU laws)
  • Do you oppose crashing competitor’s parties?
  • Do you oppose liaising with the Bush regime to intrude the computer of each person?

The response to which this was made sheds light on how detached Microsoft employees are from reality. They believe that Microsoft is disliked because it is “a large corporation”, because it “competes”, because it “contributes” to the Free software world and because its logo has multiple colours.

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  1. pcolon said,

    January 28, 2009 at 8:08 am

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    Selective memory is convenient to a lot of people, myself included. It’s a good idea to keep a list of causes/reasons why we choose to advocate GNU/Linux/FOSS. Every once in a while we can break it out, study it, and, since it never stops, add to it. My #1 reason was the MS/Intel OLPC sabotage and collusion. Another was the BiiG statement about the average computer user having the brain of a monkee.

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