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Microsoft Gives ‘Funny Money’ (Microsoft Vouchers) to Wisconsin Schools After Committing Crimes

Posted in America, Antitrust, Microsoft at 1:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Microsoft’s very latest tricks with schools around the world are dissected and explained

A couple of days ago we wrote about ‘funny money’ which Microsoft would supposedly give to Mississippi. The short story is that it’s not real money and it may actually help Microsoft elevate revenue rather than suffer from fines. Now, from Mississippi we move on to Missouri, which evidently turns its students to Microsoft customers, no matter if they like it or not. We have covered many similar stories recently [1, 2, 3, 4]. It’s a form of child abuse to assign a commercial master to youngsters/adolescents so early in their lives (and leaving them no choice).

Over at Wisconsin, kids may suffer a similar fate because rather than compensate for crime using real money, Microsoft is offering vouchers whose ridiculousness we last explained some months ago.

Wisconsin schools in line for millions of dollars in Microsoft vouchers


The settlement lays out $75 million to $80 million in reimbursements for a wide range of technology products and services. The exact amount is still being determined.

Why can’t Microsoft be properly fined? Why can’t there be no real punishment to prove that markets rules are effective and thus discourage repeated offences? Those who consider it a win for Wisconsin simply don’t understand this simple old trick. Almost all journalists happily ignore the other side of the coin and instead deliver just the message which requires zero investigation. See for example:

Another theme of stories that require more thorough research is Microsoft's digital colonisation in Africa (and other places too for that matter). Here is the latest PR stunt from Microsoft in Nigeria. They gain more control over schools this way.

Citizenship Manager for Microsoft in Nigeria, Jummai Umar-Ajijola said the Innovative Teachers Forum, which is a part of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning (PiL) programme, is a reflection of Microsoft’s commitment to bridging the digital divide in Africa’s education.
The two-day Forum, hosted by Microsoft in association with SchoolNet was also an opportunity for participating teachers to exchange best practices and share experiences with their peers from across the various states of the country.

Microsoft brags about some other public relations stunts, which bear profound shades of Rockefeller.

GNU/Linux is Winning, Apple and Microsoft Entangled in Stagnation

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Vista 7, Windows at 10:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: A video to enjoy whilst the competition of GNU/Linux shows signs of great weakness (links for morale)

Direct link

Apple, Microsoft make mediocre moves

I sat there shaking my head in disbelief as I realized I had just witnessed possibly the most disheartening Apple keynote in recent memory. Three years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the adoption of Intel chips in Apple machines, a move that would send its market share soaring. A year later he walked up on stage and announced the phone that would change the mobile world forever.

Apple finalizes PowerPC divorce with OS upgrade [good for GNU/Linux, which can neatly occupy those PCs]

When the new operating system arrives in September, it’ll work only on Intel-based Macs. That means Mac OS X 10.5, aka Leopard, will be the end of the line for those with Macs that use PowerPC processors.

They outdid themselves

So well done, Microsoft! You’ve released a browser that deletes a system file it shouldn’t even LOOK at! That’s true creativity, that is. Who wouldn’t think that a piece of software designed for looking at web pages might be deleting boot files even before it’s told to load and run?


Utter morons.

This has got to be the most obscure error I’ve ever had to track down, bar none. Congratulations on that score, I guess, MS.

A question to Microsoft? Whats unique about Windows 7?

I ask again, what feature does 7 offer that cannot already be achieved either natively or via 3rd party software in XP?

Here’s continuing in the quest to find out what exactly is the “treasure” contained within Windows 7.

Related post::

The Score: Red Hat Revenue Up 18%, Microsoft Revenue Down, Apple Fires 1,600 Full-time Employees

‘Our Governments Just Aren’t Engineered for Security’

Posted in Finance, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 9:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Money rain

Summary: Financially-driven and favours-motivated government unable to make reasonable decisions that are defensible

SOME MONTHS after Bill Gates had advised Obama (good cop) Steve Ballmer decided to blackmail him (bad cop). Microsoft’s influence on the new government is no secret and it shows in every way. Microsoft lobbyists fund this new government and so do William Gates (Bill Senior), Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Steve Ballmer, and his wife Connie, who used to work for Waggener Edstrom, Microsoft's current PR Department. For people who think that Microsoft families are distant from Obama, think again and witness the evidence.

More recently we saw the BSA lobbying the government to put industry in charge of national security, so its no surprising that a Microsoft person was almost immediately put at the top of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [1, 2]. The government soon recruited Microsoft’s Mundie (who hates Free(dom) software) to assist with technology policy. According to new reports, President Barack Obama may make Microsoft’s security person a cybersecurity czar. This is not a joke. Yes, Microsoft and security.

Ex-government cyber official, exec mulled for czar job


Microsoft’s security chief and a veteran of Clinton’s and Bush’s national security teams are leading candidates for cybersecurity czar, a job that needs White House access and clout to protect networks that underpin the U.S. economy.

President Barack Obama promised last month that he would personally decide who would lead the fight against an epidemic of cybercrime and organize a response to any major cyber attack.


A leading candidate for the post is Scott Charney, head of Microsoft’s cybersecurity division, who has said he won’t take the job, according to a source who had direct knowledge of the matter but was not authorized to discuss it. The source said, however, that Charney would change his mind if pressed.

There is more information here:

Two leading candidates have emerged for this job. The first is Scott Charney, head of Microsoft’s cybersecurity division.

Coming from the company which says that “[O]ur products just aren’t engineered for security,” this is black comedy.

One of our readers says: “It’s a bad joke to even consider putting an alleged cyber racketeer in charge of national security. There’s conflict of interest and he’s not qualified.

“Notice that from a business perspective, MS executives have been in constant trouble with both foreign and domestic courts for both unethical and illegal practices. These range from predatory marketing, contract violations, false advertising and They maintained that long-established reputation through lots of hard work and many decisions that could have easily gone the right direction instead. These are crooks.

“On qualifications, just look at MS security track record. Microsoft’s own “childish” executives(1) point out that their software is not designed with security in mind(2) and that some (which may very well be *all*) Microsoft code is so in secure that it endangers national security. Ongoing incidents demonstrate(3) that even Microsoft HQ can’t secure its own software from Windows worms. That conclusion is made final in their bid to enter the aftermarket anti- Windows-virus software.

“Security is also making sure that material is available when it’s needed. Microsoft-style write-only backups don’t cut it. So be sure to also look at the unmitigated disaster regarding turnover of the Bush administration’s electronic records.

“Ok, that’s the tip of the ice berg for Windows security. Then there is also a conflict of interest.

“The government post must be able to fight organized crime and it is dubitable whether an individual who has been part of the problem can suddenly, simply because he is “pressured” to do a 180 and start fighting organized crime.

“Law enforcement, including police, are one of several mechanisms to mitigate social or economic damage. Dams, powergrids, hospitals, and so on are protected because of the great social or economic damage that would come from their destruction or disabling. Unfortunately, MS products have been implicated in air traffic outages, suspected in the East Coast power grid failure, and appear responsible now for great numbers of hospital deaths due to Windows worms.

“Law enforcement in many countries is usually pretty good about community outreach and crime prevention. There are even special units that deal with organized crime. An old method has been to turn a blind eye to “lesser” crimes or criminals in return for something else. Traditionally this include the use of finks to rat on their cohorts. This makes a wide, gray area around a Faustian gamble that the returns at the end will justify the means. In some cases, the give-and-take becomes a way of life rather than a means to an end. However, add the clause “…with a computer” to any known crime and law enforcement becomes paralyzed and, at best, reluctant to help.

“It would be a bad position if law enforcement had somehow become beholden to MS, now that Windows botnets are bought, sold, trade, and fought over by other organized crime groups. These Windows worms are responsible for tens of billions of dollars of damage per Worm. With Windows entering hospitals and health care, this ideology means a real body count, just like another ideologically motivated group the Taliban. Deaths and/or major damage usually are indicators that intervention is needed.

“Really, Charney, and his cohorts at MS, should be considered for a special place in the government: Camp X-Ray.”

(1) US DOJ

(2) “… Microsoft code was so flawed it could not be safely disclosed.”


(3) ‘”Our products just aren’t engineered for security,” admitted Valentine,who since 1998 has headed Microsoft’s Windows division.’

“Microsoft: “Our products aren’t engineered for security,” ComputerWeekly. (2002)

Is Microsoft Trying to Inject Money into SCO Again?

Posted in Courtroom, Deception, Finance, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, SCO at 9:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“On the same day that CA blasted SCO, Open Source evangelist Eric Raymond revealed a leaked email from SCO’s strategic consultant Mike Anderer to their management. The email details how, surprise surprise, Microsoft has arranged virtually all of SCO’s financing, hiding behind intermediaries like Baystar Capital.”

Bruce Perens

“[Microsoft's] Mr. Emerson and I discussed a variety of investment structures wherein Microsoft would ‘backstop,’ or guarantee in some way, BayStar’s investment…. Microsoft assured me that it would in some way guarantee BayStar’s investment in SCO.”

Larry Goldfarb, Baystar, key investor in SCO

The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution is not new to us. It is a sort of lobbying vehicle that Microsoft too has been using, sometimes against Linux. We are also very interested Stephen Norris and the Carlyle Group, which is connected to him. In reverse-chronological order, we wrote about the SCO-funding saga in:

Now that SCO is on the verge of going out of existence, some of the usual suspects make their move. Groklaw has the derails:

Gulf Capital Partners, LLC wants to be heard in the SCO bankruptcy, I gather. There is a pro hac vice Motion to Appear [PDF] filed by Gulf Capital Partners, LLC.

There’s more than one entity with that or a similar name, but I suspect that this one may be the Stephen Norris Gulf Capital Partners. Incidentally, or maybe not so incidentally, listed as a senior advisor on the principals page is Robert Kasten, who is also a consultant for the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, which you will recall attacked Linux — here’s the infamous “report” [PDF] — albeit unsuccessfully. Not that AdTI ever admitted defeat, as you can see on this incredible AdTI page, where they call Open Source software “open sores software” and reference both Maureen O’Gara and Paul Murphy — small world, isn’t it?

The think tank report on Linux was reportedly funded at least indirectly, by Microsoft. Microsoft admits funding AdTI, but not specific projects. And it called the report unhelpful. Of course, there are coincidences in life of the three degrees variety. So, just saying.

Max calls the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution “axis of evil”, adding that, based on Wikipedia, they are a “Washington, D.C.–based right-wing think tank that produces reports and policy research. [...] These detail how, after the Environmental Protection Agency moved in 1993 to have second-hand tobacco smoke declared a carcinogen, Philip Morris hired the AdTI to campaign against the move [...] AdTI is a member organization of the Cooler Heads Coalition which asserts that “the science of global warming is uncertain”…”

“Microsoft hardly needs an SCO source license. Its license payment to SCO is simply a good-looking way to pass along a bribe…”

Bruce Perens

“…Microsoft wished to promote SCO and its pending lawsuit against IBM and the Linux operating system. But Microsoft did not want to be seen as attacking IBM or Linux.”

Larry Goldfarb, Baystar, key investor in SCO

Microsoft Sued for Contract Violation in Asia

Posted in Asia, Courtroom, Law, Microsoft at 8:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Law books

Summary: More trouble for Microsoft in Asia after the head of Microsoft in the Philippines quits and China gets blackmailed

There is a bit of a mess for Microsoft in Asia these days. Apart from antitrust in Korea, Microsoft is said to be blackmailing China [1, 2] and the head of Microsoft Philippines jumped ship very suddenly, leaving an obvious void behind him based on the latest reports. Similarly-sudden departures of country heads were seen in India and in Singapore quite recently.

Adding to all these issues of crime and/or internal affairs, we now have a RMB 70 million lawsuit against Microsoft. It is accused of contract violation.

Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) has been asked to pay compensation of more than RMB 70 million by Shenzhen-based quality certification service provider Mowom for Microsoft’s failure to fulfill a 2005 contract, reports Sanxiang City Express quoting Mowom Chief Designer Matt Zhou.

When will people finally learn to stop trusting Microsoft? This is the company that sued Linux after it promised that there would be no patent issues with FAT. Daily Kos has published the article “Why I Hate Microsoft.” It’s not as loathsome as the headline makes it sound.

“Crime is the soul of lust. What would pleasure be if it were not accompanied by crime? It is not the object of debauchery that excites us, rather the idea of evil.”

Marquis de Sade

Microsoft Corporation Joins Hand with the Pharmaceutical Cartel

Posted in Bill Gates, Deals, Deception, Microsoft at 8:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Merckosoft: Unethical minds think alike?


Summary: Weeks after the massive Elsevier/Merck blunder, Microsoft reaches a business agreement with Merck

OUR main post about Elsevier and Merck colluding to deceive the public was aptly titled “The Pharmaceutical Cartel”. A lot people are not aware of ethical issues that surround this industry, where intellectual monopolies are basically used to monetise death [1, 2, 3]. Considering the nature of what Merck has been doing, it is not entirely surprising that Microsoft shakes its hands. It’s a lovely pairing.

Microsoft is getting into genetic data management through an agreement with Merck.

What Bill Gates once said may sound like he’s part of this industry, which he is [1, 2]. He said about poor people in China: “They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.” According to Associated Press, Gates will now invade the WHO (World Health Organization) just as he did the UN and the White House, but the media will forced out as though there is something to hide.

Chaib says media will be excluded from the meeting.

It’s just like the Rockefeller scam all over again. The media glorifies the felons,, turning them into heroes in the public minds using words like “philanthropy” and similar half-truths. Here is the latest example.

Speaking of the WHO, Richard Stallman pointed to this article a couple of days ago. He summarised it as “US threats in 1995 made the World Health Organization cancel and bury a study which had found that cocaine was not very dangerous.”

In the case of cocaine there is an even more striking precedent for evidence being ignored: the World Health Organisation (WHO) conducted what is probably the largest ever study of global use. In March 1995 they released a briefing kit which summarised their conclusions, with some tantalising bullet points.

“Health problems from the use of legal substances, particularly alcohol and tobacco, are greater than health problems from cocaine use,” they said. “Cocaine-related problems are widely perceived to be more common and more severe for intensive, high-dosage users and very rare and much less severe for occasional, low-dosage users.”


At the point where mild cocaine use was described in positive tones the Americans presumably blew some kind of outrage fuse. This report was never published because the US representative to the WHO threatened to withdraw US funding for all its research projects and interventions unless the organisation “dissociated itself from the study” and cancelled publication. According to the WHO this document does not exist, (although you can read a leaked copy at www.tdpf.org.uk/WHOleaked.pdf).

It does put the WHO in a different light, does it not? And to say more about Merck, there is nothing ethical about its dodgy pharmaceutical practices, let alone the fact that it is corrupting once-respectable journals. This is a true shame… or just shame because there is no truth or honesty. For some updates on the situation see:

Elsevier Reveals More Details About Its Fake Journal Division

Remember how Elsevier and Merck were caught putting out a fake journal that had articles favoring Merck drugs, implying peer reviewed articles that weren’t? Soon afterwards, it came out that Elsevier had a whole division for such things. However, following an internal investigation, it looks like Elsevier is backtracking a bit and saying that, while the group’s practices were problematic, most weren’t as egregious as the “Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine (AJBJM)” that was created by Merck and Elsevier.

Elsevier Had A Whole Division Publishing Fake Medical Journals

Remember a week ago when we wrote about pharma giant Merck and publishing giant Elsevier working together to publish a fake journal that talked up various Merck drugs and was used by doctors to show that the drugs were safe and useful?

This ought to teach all of us to be critical of everything we read.

“Seek simplicity, and distrust it.”

Alfred North Whitehead

Microsoft Antitrust in Europe, Russia, South Korea

Posted in Antitrust, Asia, Europe, Microsoft at 6:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Statues of Rome

Summary: Ongoing Microsoft abuses receive the attention of more than one nation

THE previous post showed that Microsoft had allegedly been gaming statistics in order to advance its agenda in European courts. According to the following report from Bloomberg, Microsoft is rightly accused of threatening/blackmailing/bullying OEMs. Regulators wish to know more.

EU Is Said to Ask PC Makers About Microsoft Influence (Update2)

The European Commission in Brussels sent questionnaires to PC makers asking about their communications with Microsoft, according to two people who have seen the queries and declined to be identified because the document is confidential.

The commission in January filed a complaint accusing Microsoft of possibly harming consumer choice and product innovation by including the Internet Explorer browser with its Windows operating system. Microsoft may be forced to disable some software code and offer PC users a choice of browsers when setting up a new PC on a so-called “ballot screen,” the company said in a U.S. regulatory filing on Jan. 18.

This was also covered by IDG:

EC: Is Microsoft pressuring witnesses in antitrust case?

The European Commission is asking PC makers and software rivals if Microsoft has been pressuring them in connection with the ongoing antitrust case concerning Web browsers, one such company said Tuesday.

Hours ago we showed that Microsoft had even been pressuring judges and it is difficult to forget the Neelie Kroes incident.

On top of that, as we noted last week, Microsoft is in hot waters in Russia for essentially preventing people from buying a laptop without Windows.

Many weeks ago Korea told the world about crimes that Intel had been committing and it is now telling the world that Microsoft is guilty of antitrust violations.

A South Korean court ruled Thursday that Microsoft violated anti-trust regulations by bundling programs with its Windows operating system, but dismissed demands for monetary compensation from rival companies.

Compensations are not being granted, but there is recognition that Microsoft broke the law. This is also covered in:

Other reports almost contradict it and sometimes agree. They focus a lot more on the fact that the plaintiff will not be compensated.

Without punishment, what does a verdict such as this one actually achieve?

Microsoft Accused of Lying About Market Share

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 6:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Imagine that!

Market share report - a pie chart

Summary: If Microsoft lies about market share to the courts, imagine how much it can lie to the public

THE EU Web browsers case, which we last wrote about a couple of days ago, has the following issue arise:

Microsoft accused over web browser figures

Microsoft has “substantially understated” its share of the browser market in its effort to combat charges by Europe’s antitrust watchdog that it illegally ties its Explorer browser to its Windows operating system, opponents of the US software company are alleging.

For Microsoft to allegedly influence statistics this would not be the first. See for example:

According to Microsoft’s CEO, GNU/Linux has a greater share than Apple on the desktop. Macs are only popular in developed countries, so it is easy for US-based firms to obtain a narrow picture and for others in the west to actually believe it.

“Ideally, use of the competing technology becomes associated with mental deficiency, as in, “he believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and OS/2.” Just keep rubbing it in, via the press, analysts, newsgroups, whatever. Make the complete failure of the competition’s technology part of the mythology of the computer industry. We want to place selection pressure on those companies and individuals that show a genetic weakness for competitors’ technologies, to make the industry increasingly resistant to such unhealthy strains, over time.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

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