09.14.09

Why India Should Embargo Microsoft Now That It Brings More of the Live@Edu Ploy and Bribes

Posted in Antitrust, Asia, Google, Mail, Microsoft, Scalix, Servers, Xandros at 7:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

India's national flag

Summary: Microsoft’s monopoly abuse with ActiveSync and Live@Edu is revisited; troubling sights in India encourage preventive action — urgently

ON THE FACE of it, Microsoft still (ab)uses its monopoly in order to charge competitors for mail and collaboration APIs, the latest example being Apple customers, not just Google, Scalix/Xandros, and others to whom software patents are seen as acceptable.

The Live@Edu scam is another case of Microsoft abuse in mail and collaboration. This one relies on bribes (or “incentives”) and ignorance (or selfishness). Recently we gave some examples in [1, 2, 3, 4]. Microsoft actually competes very viciously with Google in this area, but we lack evidence to suggest that Google offers bribes like Microsoft does. Watch the hypocrisy of Microsoft, which is now accusing Google of being monopolistic. We should really all just lean on Microsoft to save us from all those evil monopolists. Really. Microsoft to the rescue!

Here is a new account of what Microsoft achieves with Live@Edu:

It’s an interesting approach, and both companies are providing their products free for a reason. Perhaps now this will shed some light on the internal processes both Microsoft and Google take into account when offering free services or products.

What do you think? Ethical? Unethical? Good business practice or doomed to bite them in the arse?

Microsoft — unlike Google — has another methodology for spreading Live@Edu through a separate type of bribes. Microsoft is recruiting young people whom it calls MSPs (Microsoft Student Partners). They are hired ‘shills’ for Microsoft, whom Microsoft feeds with gifts, as we showed before. Microsoft is doing a lot of this in India these days. It is a modern, digital form of colonisation with the help of people who betray their country(‘s autonomy).

The Times of India had this coverage some days ago. It is very superficial and promotional, but it serves to show that Microsoft has not changed its ways.

To acquaint information and technology students with latest tools and software technology, Microsoft Student Partners (MSP) has launched a state-wide educative programme. The programme’s first phase kick-started with a workshop at Navrachana University (NU) here on Sunday.

“This is our first programme of the state-wide plan wherein we will cover 10 universities in Gujarat, including MS University. We are also looking to promote collaboration between universities and Microsoft through two major programmes – MSDN Academic Alliance and Live@Edu,” said Prakhar Agarwal, MSP programme head in Gujarat.

This is ridiculous. Universities can trivially host their own mail using Free software, not Fog Computing. Whether knowingly or not, those promoting such programmes are not just promoting multi-nationals but they also help turn their peers into slaves of a single foreign company that probably has the most appalling track record in its field. Witness who else is helping Microsoft in India at the moment. It’s Microsoft's old shill, TCS. Along with (potentially) tens of thousands of ‘charities’ that were seemingly offered gentle bribes from Microsoft, TCS lobbied for OOXML. And now:

IT outsourcing firm Tata Consultancy Services has entered into an alliance with Microsoft India to launch a virtualisation Center of Excellence (CoE) in Chennai.

That, together with EDGI, should be sufficient reason to kick Microsoft out of India, just as the British were once forced out. Microsoft exploits India, but it pays/bribes enough Indian people to carry on serving Microsoft’s agenda in the country. As the highly-regarded Professor Deepak Phatak put it last year, “This hypothetical counter complaint shows Microsoft as working at national and International forums to maintain and enhance its monopoly in global markets, and as attempting to ensure its monopoly strangle-hold on Indian desktop Market. It also paints INFOSYS, TCS, WIPRO and NASSCOM as willfully helping Microsoft in this evil design, and thus acting grossly against Indian National interests.”

“The alliance uses Microsoft technologies instead of challenging Gates in his own game. Wipro is just a servant of Microsoft facilitating Indian cyber slavery under the American corporate banners.”

India Daily

Nathan Myhrvold Connected to Father of Patent Trolling, Ray Niro

Posted in Bill Gates, Finance, Microsoft, Patents at 6:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Nathan Myhrvold

Summary: A clear connection is found between the world’s biggest patent bully and the world’s biggest patents hoarder, who is financially backed by Microsoft and Bill Gates

AS LONGTIME trackers of this patent trolls arena may know, Ray Niro is not only a vicious bully but he is also considered the father of patent trolling. He not only attacks companies that actually produce goods (unlike him) but he is also attacking his critics using lawsuits.

We finally have this long update about a case regarding one critic whom Ray Niro decided to bully by putting a bounty on his head and then suing not only the critic but his employer also [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

Legal bloggers writing about intellectual property matters are sure to take note of a trial set to start Monday in Tyler, Texas. It pits East Texas intellectual property litigator Eric Albritton against Silicon Valley tech company Cisco Systems Inc.

Albritton alleges in his June 16, 2008, federal court complaint that Richard Frenkel, a one-time in-house lawyer at Cisco, defamed him in anonymous postings on Frenkel’s Patent Troll Tracker blog in October 2007.

In March 2008, after Frenkel outed himself as the Patent Troll Tracker blogger, Albritton filed the defamation suit against Cisco, Frenkel, another Cisco in-house lawyer and a corporate spokesman.

Frenkel will hopefully win this case against a monster which terrifies the entire industry. Who would befriend such a monster? Well, Microsoft’s former CTO on the face of it. Watch this report from The Prior Art Blog, which indicates that Ray Niro is apparently also an attack dog of Nathan Myhrvold/Intellectual Ventures, currently the world’s largest patent troll that resorted to massive-scale racketeering.

Today’s Recorder has a story revealing that patent-holding giant Intellectual Ventures appears to be connected to a patent lawsuit recently filed in Chicago against Kodak and CDW Corp. Picture Frame Innovations, LLC v. Eastman Kodak Company et al., 09-cv-04888, N.D. Illinois. Intellectual Ventures was founded by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold (pictured at right).

[...]

Ray Niro says “IV is not involved in any way, shape, or form” in the Picture Frame Innovations lawsuit, but neither he nor IV will answer the key question: whether the patent-holding company has any financial interest in the litigation.

Mysterious, eh?

Had the Secret Services actually done something useful, they would be going after the likes of Icahn, Myhrvold, and Niro. Instead they are kept occupied with ‘small potatoes’ whose damage to industry and human kind is negligible in comparison. Stephen Hawking must be turning in his wheelchair seeing what became of his former student.

“Small enterprises generally adopt a rather negative position towards the current increasing granting of patents for software and algorithms because they fear that these will hamper or eventually even impede their work (more than 85%).” —German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Study of the Innovation Performance of German Software Companies, 2006, p. 86

Microsoft Brings to the United Kingdom Its Equivalent of EDGI or “Elevate (Addict) America”

Posted in Europe, Finance, Microsoft at 6:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”

Bill Gates

Cigarettes in water

Summary: Under the guise of “job creation”, Microsoft creates Windows drones out of less fortunate people

THE EVER SO GENEROUS Microsoft has decided to come over to the UK where it will take advantage of an economic crisis to squeeze its dependency and lock-ins down people’s throats while passing it off in the press as “goodwill”. This strategy is known in much of the world as “EDGI”, which has an equivalent for Western nations, notably “Elevate America” [1, 2, 3, 4].

So, what will this whole “charitable” thing from Microsoft involve? Let us look closely at Microsoft advertising disguised as “news”:

Microsoft will provide about 450,000 training vouchers to low-skilled people giving them access to courses offering ‘digital literacy’, for example how to use Windows or a keyboard.

The use of Windows, eh? Why not GNU/Linux? Does “digital literacy” — as the item above puts it — imply memorising menus in Microsoft Windows? Here is another foolish article which casts Microsoft training/indoctrination as “job creation”. How heartwarming.

Microsoft said it would work with other organisations and local government to deliver its “ambitious” target through a combination of apprenticeships, training and a new job matching service.

The sad thing is that many people are actually buying it. The superficial coverage in the press consistently supports this spin doctoring, ushering the arrival of another generation of Microsoft servants and clients. Watch what “Community Education” has come to mean in the United States and weep at the sight of Microsoft getting chummy with the US Labor [sic] Department (also covered here).

Microsoft Corp. has asked the Labor Department for authorization to fund benefit risks through the Vermont branch of its Bermuda-based captive insurance company.

We needn’t even revisit the topic of Microsoft’s tax avoidance [1, 2], which is further facilitated by shells like the Gates Foundation whose latest public relations for some personal publicity is this:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is partnering with Viacom Inc.’s television networks, education leaders and celebrities to launch an awareness campaign to reduce the number of dropouts.

That’s a meager investment for some air time and publicity in national television, benefiting a foundation that does a whole lot of other things, with investment scale an order of magnitude greater.

“Gates’ gimmick of becoming a philantropist repeats the Rockefeller scam almost one to one a century later.”

Dark cloud over good works of Gates Foundation

Why is Microsoft’s Management Getting Out of Microsoft?

Posted in Finance, Microsoft, Vista, Vista 7, Windows at 5:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“[W]e’re not going to have products that are much more successful than Vista has been.”

Steve Ballmer, less than a year ago

Summary: Craig Mundie sells about a third of his Microsoft shares in just one day

WHEN a company’s Board of Directors gets smaller and smaller, it indicates that there is a problem. Microsoft’s CFO is selling MSFT shares and so do Bill Gates and Microsoft’s COO, as reported at the beginning of this month and in August. Perhaps they all know what is coming (or rather, what’s not coming). Are they not excited and enthusiastic about the approaching release of Vista 7? Steve Ballmer seems like the last cheerleader left for this overly hyped second incarnation of Vista. If Microsoft’s pitch (not deeds, such as trade of stocks) was to be believed, Vista 7 would be the most wonderful thing since sliced bread.

Microsoft’s Craig Mundie was put in a position where he impacts government policy [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] despite his well-documented hostility towards Free(dom) software. Craig Mundie once said: “This viral aspect of the GPL poses a threat to the intellectual property of any organization making use of it.” There are worse quotes from Mundie regarding the GPL — ones that we covered before. Mundie’s group is very badly affected by the recent layoffs (further layoffs are still ongoing, albeit quietly) and it should therefore not surprise that Mundie dumps almost a third of his shares.

Craig J. Mundie, chief research and strategy officer, sold 70,000 shares on Sept. 8 for $1.7 million, an average price of $24.48 each. After the sale, Mundie owned around 184,900 shares, down from around 254,900 shares.

He sells a almost too much for a single day and it’s his employer’s stock. Is there no regulatory issue here? Are laws relating to inside-trading not being applied to everyone who is managing Microsoft? How about Robbie Bach for example [1, 2, 3]? Are these people still above the law?

Microsoft is Sued for Another Technical Failure in Xbox 360

Posted in Courtroom, Microsoft at 4:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Bye, Halo

Summary: Another blow for Microsoft’s division that loses billions of dollars

MICROSOFT’S failure with Bungie is one that we last mentioned a fortnight ago. More broadly, Xbox 360 and Microsoft’s gaming business have been a total disaster financially. After many lawsuits over Xbox 360 (e.g. RRoD, scratched discs, patent violations) comes yet another one. Wired reports:

Halo 3 players are suing the game’s publisher Microsoft and the developer Bungie, claiming that Halo 3 doesn’t work properly with the Xbox 360 console.

To make matters worse for Halo, a month ago Microsoft tried to deny that its Halo film had gotten cancelled, but this new report tells a different story.

…Microsoft’s major plan to make a series of games built around the Halo movie fell apart.

Microsoft leveraged its press to create extraordinary Halo hype; but this type of hype is not built to last, as Microsoft found out after it had spent hundreds of millions of dollars hyping up Windows Vista (and currently Vista 7).

Eye on Microsoft: Failures of Windows Mobile, Windows Vista, and Vista 7

Posted in Microsoft, Security, Vista, Vista 7, Windows at 3:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Laptop WGA nuisance

Summary: Weekly overview of news and Op-Eds

Does Microsoft Windows Mobile Have A Future?

Name Change = Desperation
Even Microsoft seems to know it is in trouble. One clear sign of a failing product line is a name change. After using Windows Mobile since the operating system’s launch at the turn of the millennium, the company decided that phones running version 6.5 of the operating system will be known as Windows phones, a subtle but telling distinction.

So where will Microsoft go from here? The company has put a lot of time and money into its mobile OS. Because of its tight connection with Microsoft Office desktop applications, the operating system has had significant appeal to small and medium businesses. But that integration also carried a price in terms of ease of use and performance. And the market seems to be saying Office compatibility may no longer be enough to compete with faster, sexier, and easier-to-use smartphones running on other operating systems.

Microsoft Desperate For Windows 7 Success

Microsoft’s clout in the computing world is slipping fast. New competition is moving in from nearly every side with companies like Google and Apple starting to take chunks out of their market share, and the increased presence and continually growing quality of open source software provides pressure too. The recent economic downturn has encouraged more people and businesses to explore those other alternatives, and Microsoft is feeling the pain. These latest moves seem almost desperate to me, and right now it appears that the only thing Microsoft is reluctant to try is improving their software.

Why Microsoft Will Continue To Fail

Microsoft has turned into a marketing and legal machine, aimed at taking down it’s competitors in any under-handed way possible. I’m not naive enough to believe they’re alone – I know that other big software companies use some of the same tricks. But the problem is the lack of focus on quality new products. I have been trying very hard to reserve judgement on Windows 7 until it was released. I’ve been fairly impressed with the release candidate I’ve been test driving. But a lack of anything really new, plus recent news of huge security issues already being uncovered have shaken my faith.

Microsoft is not currently a software company, and unless they find a way to re-focus on developing software that people actually want to use, their competition will continue to grow faster and take their market share until Microsoft is no longer relevant.

CAFC Gives Microsoft Word Stay, and I HATE Vista!

Then someone pointed out to me in a comment that it was on PACER, just indexed under the filing date of Microsoft’s request for the stay rather than the date it was granted, which is ridiculous enough, but then things took a much weirder turn for me. I HATE VISTA!!!!!

Like virtually everyone that owns a Vista machine, my primary computer, which is a laptop I carry with me everywhere in my travels, has seen its better days. This particular machine is the ripe old age of 6 months old, and as near as I can tell its better days were those days prior to the loading of Vista, which as far as I can tell is a computer virus! Nothing operates properly on a Vista machine, not even Internet Explorer. Oddly enough, Mozilla Firefox is more stable on a Vista machine than IE, go figure.

Security experts warn of possible worm hitting Vista

A group of top security analysts and researchers say the latest Windows security hole, for which there is no patch, leaves hundreds of millions of Windows Vista PCs wide open for infection by a Conficker-like Internet worm.

Microsoft flaw could open PCs to Conficker-style attack

Microsoft has just raised a red flag about a recently discovered security flaw in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 PCs for which no patch yet exists. This affects all Vista PCs used in the home and workplace, and computer servers running Windows Server 2008 operating system.

Be sure to get Microsoft Office updates

This week includes the second Tuesday of the month — “PatchTuesday,” as it’s come to be known — the day when Microsoft issues “patches” to fix the latest security and operational flaws that have been found in its products. Most prudent computer users, one way or another, access these patches through the Windows Update Web site.

Attackers target Microsoft IIS; new SMB flaw discovered

Microsoft Fixes Eight Security Flaws

Microsoft Runs Away from the Press After Trying to Have GNU/Linux Sued by Proxy

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, OIN, Patents at 3:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Lawsuit by proxy

Summary: Microsoft cannot deny trying to “screw Linux” by proxy; Miguel de Icaza’s new role at Microsoft revisited

Microsoft’s shameful behaviour may not be a violation of American law, but for this despicable pattern of behaviour, an embargo or a boycott would only be reasonable. Microsoft got caught trying to sue its competitor, GNU/Linux, by proxy [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. This is not some so-called “conspiracy theory” and Microsoft, which got caught red-handed, is doing everything it can to avoid and to distract. It is possible, as we argued yesterday, that the CodePlex Foundation announcement was made specifically as a strategic tool for altering the centre of debate. This also comes shortly after a leak showed Microsoft attacking GNU/Linux in retail [1, 2, 3, 4].

Information Week has apparently attempted to reach Microsoft for a comment. Surprise, surprise… everyone at Microsoft must be on a September vacation because the company arrogantly refuses to reply to important questions.

Microsoft did not respond to a specific question about whether it had labeled some of the patents as “Linux-focused.” It didn’t respond by press time to a follow up question on whether its marketing material included suggested targets for patent claims.

[...]

Microsoft acquired the 22 patents several years ago in a larger deal with SGI, the former Silicon Graphics Inc., and the patents have been labeled by some sources as only concerning 3D graphics. OIN CEO Bergelt said that’s not correct. The patents are more valuable than that. Some of them affect core Linux operations, he said.

At Ziff Davis (Microsoft partner [1, 2]), Darryl Taft is yanking many repetitive messages to already move away to another superficial topic. Check out his latest proportional headlines:

  1. Microsoft: The Great Open-Source Advocate?
  2. Microsoft Open-Source Efforts to Go ‘Mainstream`

The CodePlex Foundation is a Windows-oriented farce, accommodating those whose interests are not GNU/Linux. “Perfect timing,” writes Pamela Jones about the CodePlex Foundation announcement. “[It's] about the The same week Microsoft gets caught trying to secretly torpedo Linux with patent trolls, it opens and funds its very own “open source” foundation, where all those stupid enough to trust Microsoft can go and get eaten alive, like the jury just said that i4i was. And all that sharing should be just perfect for new patents for Microsoft. Hey. Gotta innovate, ya know. And do you think Microsoft cares if code is open source, as long as it’s patented, by Microsoft, so you have to pay them to actually use it? Only Miguel can imagine this can possibly work out, and sure enough, there he is, on the Microsoft-heavy board. Sam Ramji gets to explain the patent troll thingie, I guess, since he’s heading up this totally unnecessary “open source” entity. I can’t wait to hear him explain exactly what Microsoft had in mind. Good luck, fellas, and may it work out for you just as I imagine it will. Mind if I ask you a question? Just how stupid do you think we are?”

“And do you think Microsoft cares if code is open source, as long as it’s patented, by Microsoft, so you have to pay them to actually use it?”
      –Pamela Jones
It was shortly afterwards that Jones discovered Ramji was leaving. Considering the fact that Ramji was put in the board ahead of time and announced his resignation shortly afterwards (duty in absentia), it seems likely that all those recent events — ones where Microsoft brutally attacked Free software — led him to this decision. But not to worry; Microsoft has already found people who are more than keen on trashing GNU/Linux, people like Miguel de Icaza. In my conversations with him in USENET he seems happy enough to say that GNU/Linux has a “minuscule” market share (it hasn’t, that’s just a Microsoft talking point) and he’s all cool with words like “freetard”.

Had de Icaza not been associated with some FOSS history, it would be easy to mistake him for a Microsoft technical evangelist. His latest, so-called ‘contribution’ to FOSS is a Microsoft patents-ridden framework that makes Microsoft stronger — one that seems to be adopted by former Microsoft employees like MindTouch and Collier. Both users and developers of GNU/Linux reject Mono and it’s easy to see why. Here is the latest:

Sometimes automake is no good… Mono projects

[...]

It’s not that I just don’t like the way the Makefiles are written, but factoring in the fact that automake does not support C#/Mono natively, you get to the point where:

* the support for dependencies is just not there;
* automake is designed to support language where a source file is translated into an object file, and then linked; C# does not work in that way since all the source files are given when building a single assembly;
* the support for various flags variables is just pointless with the way the compiler work.

I guess there are mostly two reasons why autotools are still used by C#/Mono based projects, the first is that it integrates well when you also have some native extensions, like F-Spot has, and the latter is that it provides at least some level of boilerplate code.

Followers of de Icaza will hopefully realise that they are following a worker of Microsoft, a company that merely attacks GNU/Linux.

“We could refresh the look and feel of the entire desktop with Moonlight”

Miguel de Icaza

IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: September 13th, 2009

Posted in IRC Logs at 2:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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