EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

05.17.09

Obama Cabinet Already Caving in to Microsoft?

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 5:48 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Microsoft wants the government, Adobe wants the children

A FEW weeks ago we saw Obama bringing Microsoft closer to his government [1, 2]. A lot of supportive references are already provided for context and Goblin, one of our readers, adds:

US Science panel assimilated?

[...]

The BBC site say:

“As a member of President Obama’s new science panel, he [Microsoft's Mundie] is also involved in helping the US administration understand the unfolding intersection between technology and society.”

I wonder if this “understanding” will involve him mentioning Linux/Mac or other alternatives? I wouldnt have thought Mr Mundie would want anyone understanding them, not when Microsoft have a tool for everyone!?!??

Anyway, resistance is futile. Next time you keep watch on your toaster (to prevent toast burning) consider that in the future, it could be Microsofts “feature rich & intelligent” toaster watching back at you.

What might actually be more curious is the news which came since then (not related to Mundie in any way). How about this?

Microsoft offers stimulus-tracking software

Microsoft Corp. on Monday unveiled a software program that will help government agencies track projects funded by the economic stimulus program.

Will this software track taxpayers’ funds that are used to build a bridge so that Microsoft employee can luxuriously drive to their private mall? Because that’s exactly where some of the money goes.

There is also this in the news: “REI, Microsoft meet with Obama on health care”

Local companies REI and Microsoft were among a handful of businesses praised today by President Obama for programs designed to make their employees healthier and keep down health-care costs.

This was also published here.

Glyn Moody complained about the cheapening of the word “open” in a programme Microsoft calls “OGDI” (sounds similar to EDGI). It’s another Microsoft ploy which receives coverage right now. Here is a deceiving headline: “Microsoft offers free repository for agency data”

Microsoft has set up a repository in which government agencies may upload and store their public-facing datasets so that they can be reused by other parties.

It’s not “free”, it’s lock-in. This platform is about making the government and its civilians more dependent on Microsoft and the company appears to be doing the same thing in India right now.

New Microsoft software to monitor state projects through Internet

Microsoft India is developing a dynamic software framework, which will allow Gujarat to track the implementation of various schemes at the touch of a button. The project called Darpan, which is under development, works on Internet-based technology and would be useful to get important information from small villages and remote areas faster.

To capture the government like this seems like a form of colonialism. From India we also get the following massively-distributed E-mail, which was sent to students so that they become volunteer agents of Adobe. It’s only a few days old and it’s HTML-formatted.

From: adobe
Sent: Thu 5/14/2009 3:54 PM
To: adobe
Subject: Submissions closing soon for Adobe Design Achievement Awards

If this message is not displaying properly,
http://direct.adobe.com/v?xlJqWcTEJPTPnJJl click here to launch your
browser.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_header.gif

Adobe Design Achievement Awards

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_main.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

Submissions Closing Soon for 2009 Adobe Design Achievement Awards – Submit
today!

Get Recognized for Your Work on an International Stage

The 2009 Adobe Design Achievement Awards give higher education students from
around the world the shortcut to brilliance to propel their careers in the
future. Enter in 12 categories in 3 media areas endorsed by the industry.
Cash prizes will be awarded during the Icograda World Design Congress in
Beijing, China. Submissions close June 5, 2009. For more information and to
submit: http://direct.adobe.com/r?xlJqWcTElPvPvEJPTPnJWl
www.ADAAentry.com

Students and faculty qualify for special education pricing on Adobe
products. http://direct.adobe.com/r?xlJqWcTElPvPWEJPTPnJWP Learn more

http://direct.adobe.com/r?xlJqWcTElPTqJEJPTPnJWJ Submit now

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://direct.adobe.com/r?xlJqWcTElPvPqEJPTPnJWn

http://direct.adobe.com/r?xlJqWcTElPvPqEJPTPnJWn Icograda IDA, Leading
creativity http://direct.adobe.com/r?xlJqWcTElPvPqEJPTPnJWn

http://direct.adobe.com/r?xlJqWcTElPvPqEJPTPnJWn

http://direct.adobe.com/r?xlJqWcTElPvPqEJPTPnJWn

http://direct.adobe.com/r?xlJqWcTElPvPqEJPTPnJWn

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

Adobe and the Adobe logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All
other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

C 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.

PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE. To obtain information on how to contact
Adobe, visit the web at: http://direct.adobe.com/r?xlJqWcTElPTqHEJPTPnJWH>
www.adobe.com/misc/comments.html, or call 800-833-6687.

This is an advertising message from Adobe Systems Incorporated, its
affiliates and agents (“Adobe”), 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110 USA. If
you’d prefer not to receive e-mail like this from Adobe in the future,
http://direct.adobe.com/u?xclqWPcElJqWcTEJPTPnJlJ> please click here to
unsubscribe or send an e-mail to mailto:unsubscribe-na@adobesystems.com
unsubscribe-na@adobesystems.com. Alternatively, you may mail your
unsubscribe request to:

UNSUBSCRIBE
Adobe Systems Incorporated
P.O. Box 2205
Beaverton, OR 97075 USA

Your privacy is important to us. Please review Adobe’s Online Privacy Policy
by clicking here: http://direct.adobe.com/r?xlJqWcTElPTWlEJPTPnJWJ
www.adobe.com/misc/privacy.html.

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/img_spacer.gif

http://images.innovyx.net/adobe/fy09/education/050509/276749_19586_920690.g

if http://direct.adobe.com/i/329816_34668_246452

We wrote previously (with evidence) about Adobe's addiction tactics. One company aims for government and another aims for children. There are of course overlaps, too.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Media and Staff Association Elections at EPO and WIPO Are Compromised

    A campaign of abuse (legal bullying) and gifting to the media, combined with a wide-ranging assault on critics who represent the interests of staff, have led WIPO and EPO down the route to totality



  2. New Documents Help Demonstrate That ILO Delivers Institutional Injustice to EPO Employees and Cushions Team Battistelli

    The International Labour Organisation Administrative Tribunal (ILOAT) delivers not justice but merely the illusion of justice, probably in defiance of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)



  3. Leaked: 2017 European Inventor Award Finalists, or Stooges Whom the Tyrant Battistelli Exploits for PR Purposes and Media Manipulation

    The stupidest ceremony in Europe (turning serious science into something sketchy such as Eurovision) is disliked among EPO staff and is exploited by the person who destroys the EPO (Benoît Battistelli) to pretend all is fine and dandy, at huge expense to the Office (as extraordinary as about 5 million Euros for a ~2-hour show)



  4. EPO: Can the Staff Union of the European Patent Office (SUEPO) Still Save It?

    Genuine concerns about the slow process at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the lack of progress at ILO, which coincide with weakening of the unions and threat to jobs of patent examiners (leaving ordinary Europeans more vulnerable to meritless patent lawsuits)



  5. Links 21/5/2017: Linux 3.18.53, Tizen 4.0

    Links for the day



  6. Cloudflare's Enemy is Software Patents, Not Just One Software Patent or One Patent Troll

    With a bounty of $50,000, which is likely less than the cost of legal defense, Cloudflare looks for help with its own case rather than the underlying issues that need tackling worldwide



  7. Patent Laws -- and Especially Eligibility of Software Patents -- Are Being Hijacked by Large Corporations and Their Front Groups

    Intervention by large multinational corporations and their lawyers, front groups, etc. (like the classic lobbying model) gives room for concern in multiple continents where most software development is done



  8. Links 18/5/2017: Catching Up With the Past Three Days

    Links for the day



  9. The US Supreme Court Consults USPTO Director Michelle Lee Regarding the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Which is Invalidating Software Patents With CAFC's Approval

    Software patents continue to get knocked out by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) whose introduction of PTAB gave a helping hand to companies that are susceptible to abusive litigation (with bogus patents)



  10. IBM and Its Revolving Doors Lobby Are Plotting to Undermine Supreme Court Rulings to Restore Patentability of Software

    IBM has become so evil that it is now trying to steal democracy, label programmers "thieves", and basically attack the rule of law by extra-judicially overturning a Supreme Court decision



  11. 3 Years After the Alice Case at the Supreme Court the Plague of Software Patents is Easier to Cope With

    Litigation figures are down, rejection rates of software patents remain high, and only spin (e.g. cherry-picking) or constant lobbying can save those who used to profit from software patents



  12. The Attacks of Patent Trolls as Outlined in the Media This Past Week

    An outline of some of the latest troll cases to be aware of and their consequences too (e.g. software patents being used to literally shut down entire programs)



  13. Links 14/5/2017: Linux 4.12 RC1 and KDE Frameworks 5.34.0

    Links for the day



  14. Industry Giants Challenge Qualcomm's Patent Practices While the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Closely Examines Such Behavior

    Scrutiny of Qualcomm's patent aggression and coercion -- scrutiny that can profoundly change the way software patents, SEPs and FRAND are viewed -- as seen in various amicus briefs (amici) from industry giants that are affected



  15. Professor Lisa Larrimore Ouellette Questions Whether Patents Work When Patent Scope is Too Broad

    Citing MIT economist (and MacArthur “genius”) Heidi Williams, Professor Lisa Larrimore Ouellette from Stanford challenges old myths and quotes: “we still have essentially no credible empirical evidence on the seemingly simple question of whether stronger patent rights—either longer patent terms or broader patent rights—encourage research investments.”



  16. OIN is Still a Distraction Unless We Want GNU/Linux to Coexist With Software Patents (Rather Than Eliminate Those)

    Another wave of media coverage by/for the Open Invention Network (OIN) necessitates a reminder of what OIN stands for and why it is not tackling the biggest problems which Free/Open Source software (FOSS) faces



  17. Links 13/5/2017: Neptune Plasma 5 ISO, a Shift to Free (FOSS) Databases

    Links for the day



  18. Countries With a Dozen European Patents Are an Easy Photo-Op 'Sell' for Battistelli While the EPO's Demise is Largely Ignored by the Patent Microcosm

    Behind the façade of legitimacy, the EPO suffers from an incompetent, insecure and delusional boss, whose actions will almost certainly lead to the collapse of both the Office and the entire Organisation (whose founding document he routinely shreds to pieces)



  19. Our Assessment: Unitary Patent (UPC) Will Crumble Along With Battistelli's Regime at the EPO

    A reflection and an opinion on where the EPO stands and what it means for the UPC, which doesn't seem to be going anywhere (it's all talk and lobbying)



  20. The European Patent Office Has a Long History/Track Record of 'Screwing' Contractors

    The European Patent Office (EPO) appears to have quite an extensive track record/reputation for ‘screwing’ contractors and then misusing immunity to get away with it



  21. Links 12/5/2017: Wine 2.8, Kdenlive 17.04.1, NHS Windows Syndrome

    Links for the day



  22. Links 11/5/2017: New OpenShot, GIMP, and GNOME (3.24.2)

    Links for the day



  23. The Sickness of the EPO – Part IX: Using Confidential Medical Records as a Weapon Against Staff

    In defiance/violation of labour laws and medical oaths etc. the EPO is passing around medical information, either for dismissal pretexts or a sort of blackmail -- a serious abuse in its own right



  24. The EPO is in Disarray and Additional Complaints to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) May Be Imminent

    Team Battistelli reaps what it has sown, as complaints are being made to a court with “47 member states [that] are contracting parties to the Convention,” (European Convention on Human Rights) according to Wikipedia



  25. By Promoting the UPC, in Defiance of Public Will, the EPO Has Become Patent Trolls' Best Friend

    The patent–industrial complex, aided by the EPO under Battistelli's iron-fisted reign, is trying to convince us that the UPC is coming soon and that it is desirable (it's neither of those things)



  26. Links 10/5/2017: Mesa 17.1, Git 2.13, Qt Creator 4.3 RC1, MINIX 3.4 RC6

    Links for the day



  27. Team UPC Still Twists and Fabricates Statements to Make It Seem Like Unitary Patent is Happening Soon

    The Unified Patent Court (UPC), a terrible system which was envisioned and covertly constructed by those who stand to benefit/profit from injunctions and trolling, is not going anywhere, but media which is dominated by Team UPC would have us believe otherwise



  28. English-Speaking Media Catches Up With Latest Twists in EPO Fiasco, Including Appeal to the European Court of Human Rights

    Actions about or against EPO management have accelerated ahead of next month’s Administrative Council meeting, whose head is leaving after alleged orders/commands from his government (half a year after we exposed his conflict of interest/s)



  29. Another Victim of Battistelli's Monarchy: Dutch Contractors

    How TBI Holding, the company that ‘won’ the tender (as notorious as these can be), is actually a victim of EPO underpaying for the work, having also spent some of the budget on Battistelli's new penthouse



  30. 'European Media Intervention Award' (EIA), EPO Censorship, Self-Censorship, and Paid 'Media Partners'

    How the multi-million Eurovision-esque lobbying event of Battistelli corrupts European media and when it does not legitimise frauds it contributes to an atmosphere of distrust in media


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts