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

09.19.09

Links 19/09/2009: Ubuntu 10.04 to be Called Lucid Lynx

Posted in News Roundup at 7:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNOME bluefish

Contents

GNU/Linux

  • Interview: Martin Maurer from Proxmox

    I’ve been aware of Proxmox VE for a couple of years now. I’ve installed it a few times and tested it out. I have recommended it to others and know a few local people using it in production (at MSU-Bozeman and Rocky Mountain College for example). Since I’m involved in the OpenVZ community I’ve also noticed some of the contributions to OpenVZ that have come from Proxmox VE (vzdump for example) and have run into Martin Maurer in the comments section of this site. I asked him if he would be interested in doing an interview and he accepted. I hope to add a picture of Martin to this interview in the near future.

  • It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A…Mouse?

    What Hillcrest Labs announced yesterday is about more than just Linux compatibility. Hillcrest is the company behind Freespace, a “complete solution for the creation of in-air pointing and motion control devices for a broad range of applications including pointing remote controls, hybrid 2D/3D mice and motion-sensing game controllers.” Companies can license Freespace to develop precision devices for all manner of tasks, from presentation pointers to medical monitoring gear.

  • Top 12 Linux & FLOSS advertisements & videos

    Surfing the net all this time on topics related to GNU/Linux, Free and Open Source Software, I came across various interesting, imaginative and some times funny videos and advertisements.

  • Distributions

Free Software/Open Source

  • 12 Excellent Free and Open Source Graphics Apps

    The worlds of open source and freeware both include many outstanding applications for working with graphics and photos. These include standard fare such as image editors, but it’s also worth looking into free desktop publishers, web design templates, and quirky graphics tools. Whether you want to produce splashy graphical documents, enhance graphics on a blog or web site, create eye-catching logos, or more, check out our newly updated collection of 12 applications and resources here.

  • FOSS v Proprietary? – A debate between two geeks?

    In regards to my comment to him “championing the Mac” I use the word champion to describe something any user has settled on as a result of their own research and needs. I champion Linux since I have chosen it above alternatives as its best for me. Throttlemeister has done so with Mac on the same basis.

    Throttlemeister makes reference to the needs of work and MS Office. I think this highlights perfectly that far from Microsoft being “standards compat” and as some would like you to believe [1] entering into a brave new world of cooperation and interoperability with FOSS. The fact remain that intentional or not, there are barriers for people wanting freedom of choice in their software solutions and its not a fault of FOSS.

  • Mozilla Firefox Cleared of U.S Export Rules

    Vendors with normal software containing encryption are required to file for a license exception, but that regulation offers an exemption to open source vendors.

    However, that exemption is nullified if the source code is distributed to any of the countries on the U.S embargo list, such as Cuba, Iran or North Korea. Under the open source export exemption, the project isn’t supposed to have knowledge of distribution to any of the embargoed countries, Anderson said.

  • Mozilla Firefox Not In Violation of US Export Rules

    “While the internet may know no borders, the US government does. There are a number of rules that affect software vendors, including encryption export regulations from the US Department of Commerce and export sanctions by the Department of Treasury. But what do you do when your application is open source and freely available to anyone in the world? Do the same the rules apply? It’s a question that Mozilla asked the US government about. The answer they received could have profound implications not just for Firefox but for all open source software vendors. ‘We really couldn’t accept the notion that these government rules could jeopardize the participatory nature of an open source project, so we sought to challenge it,’ Harvey Anderson, VP and General Counsel of Mozilla, told InternetNews.com. ‘We argued that First Amendment free speech rights would prevail in this scenario. The government took our filing and then we got back a no-violation letter, which is fantastic.’”

  • Software Freedom Day

    • Software Freedom Day 2009
    • Promoting the free software

      A special talk by the founder of the free software movement, Richard Stallman, will lead the list of special programmes put together by the IT@School on the VICTERS channel on the occasion of the Software Freedom Day (SFD) on September 19.

    • Welcome to Freedom Movement

      For those uninitiated to this concept — a full-fledged philosophy for many — applying something as lofty as freedom to the world of bits and bytes may seem a tad misplaced. However, advocates of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) will tell you that ‘freedom’ is as critical in the digital world, especially in one that is largely controlled by proprietary (and market) forces.

      Richard Stallman, the foremost torchbearer of the Free Software Movement, points out ‘Free’ is a matter of liberty, not price: “‘Free’ as in ‘free speech,’ not as in ‘free beer’,” he distinguishes. In simple terms, the user is free to run, copy, modify and distribute software, and this, enabled by the fact that its source code (a set of instructions that calls the shots) is freely available.

    • City wants software freedom for all

      This year September 19, is software freedom day (SFD), a global celebration of free and open source software.

      There are three types of software, you can buy and use it, you can download and use for free and the third is where you could dowload it, modify the code and upload it for others to use.

      [...]

      Announcing programs for SFD, Lokayat on Friday issued a roadmap for countering monopoly of big companies.

      They will mark this day by not using softwares like Windows, Adobe Photoshop etc. Rishikesh Yewalekar, Neeraj Jain and Vaibhav Gupta of the organisation said, “SFD is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The goal is to educate the public about ethical reasons and benefits of using high quality FOSS.

  • Programming

Leftovers

  • Five ways that Apps.gov is a trendsetter

    I’m one of many who believe this week’s announcement of Apps.gov–a portal targeted at reducing the cost and effort for public agencies to acquire cloud services–is forcing all of IT to face the economics of cloud computing.

  • AstroTurf

    • Federal Appeals Court Voids Campaign Finance Reform Rules

      “The First Amendment, as the Court has construed it, safeguards the right of citizens to band together and pool their resources . . . to express their views about policy issues and candidates for public office,” Kavanaugh wrote in his 44-page opinion.

      A FEC spokeswoman, Judith Ingram, said officials were reviewing the opinion.

      The challenge by Emily’s List is just one of several assaults on campaign finance laws and regulations in the courts. Last week, in a case with high stakes for campaign finance advocates, the Supreme Court heard arguments in an appeal that seeks to strip decades of restrictions on corporate support of candidates.

      “We in the reform community are seeking attacks on all fronts of campaign finance laws,” said Tara Malloy, associate counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit group that supports campaign finance reform.

      Friday’s ruling will be felt next year and in 2012, the experts said.

  • Censorship/Web Abuse

    • FCC To Introduce Net Neutrality Rule

      Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, plans to propose a new so-called net neutrality rule Monday that could prevent telecommunications, cable and wireless companies from blocking Internet applications, according to sources at the agency.

    • Save the BBC from Draconian Restrictions Management

      Either I am licensed to view BBC content, or I am not. If I am, then it should be none of the BBC’s concern what method I use to view that content. If I wish to use equipment officially “endorsed” by the BBC, or if I wish to use a self-built PVR running my own choice of software, I should be able to do so without the BBC imposing restrictions on my activities, but their proposed DRM system will indeed impose such a restriction.

      This restriction will also compel me to purchase equipment manufactured only by certain companies, which I feel is also in violation of the spirit of the BBC’s charter of impartiality. Is it right that the BBC should essentially endorse products in this way?

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Wait, Was That An RIAA Education Campaign… Or Is It About Turning Schoolkids Into Unpaid Shills?

      Of course, since we were suggesting more reasonable responses to the RIAA’s proposals, why not have those same kids do a class project where they talk about artists who have embraced what their fans want, and have showed that it’s possible to do quite well with models that don’t involve going to war with your best fans.

    • RIAA Asks Schoolkids To Assist With Propaganda

      We wrote about Music-Rules! and similar industry propaganda efforts in May, outlining some of their falsehoods and biases. For instance, the RIAA tells kids, “Never copy someone else’s creative work without permission from the copyright holder” — omitting the important right to make creative fair use of existing content. It also coins a misleading term, “songlifting,” (which the curriculum says is “just as bad as shoplifting”). Perhaps most disturbing of all given that the curriculum is supposed to be adopted by schools, it teaches kids bad math as part of its lessons on peer to peer file-sharing.

    • Cable Lobbyists Side With MPAA On Getting Permission To Break Your TV

      The MPAA and cable companies could offer up movies whenever they want. They just don’t want people to record them, because they want to introduce yet another annoying window. So, they declare that they need to break your TV and DVR from recording.

    • Oregon: You Have To Pay Us To Explain The Laws To You

      However, Oregon is back in the news on a similar issue, as Slashdot points us to the news that a professor is challenging the state’s attorney general to sue him after he scanned and posted a state-produced guide to using public-records laws. You would think, again, that the state would want such a document spread as widely as possible, as it would better help Oregonians understand the law. But the state claims it needs to sell the book for $25 to cover production costs.

    • Linden Lab Sued Over Copied Virtual Goods

      Way back in 2003, when Linden Lab announced that individuals owned the real world copyright on virtual trinkets they made in the game, we noted that this was a bad idea that would lead to problems. It was, in effect, taking bad real world laws and bringing them into a virtual world. It was even worse, because it was taking real world laws that were designed for a world of scarcity, and bringing them into a world of abundance — and effectively allowing the laws to reach from the real world into the virtual world. That’s a recipe for trouble.

    • Post-Medium Publishing

      Almost every form of publishing has been organized as if the medium was what they were selling, and the content was irrelevant. Book publishers, for example, set prices based on the cost of producing and distributing books. They treat the words printed in the book the same way a textile manufacturer treats the patterns printed on its fabrics.

      Economically, the print media are in the business of marking up paper. We can all imagine an old-style editor getting a scoop and saying “this will sell a lot of papers!” Cross out that final S and you’re describing their business model. The reason they make less money now is that people don’t need as much paper.

    • The Great Debate on Micropayments and Paid Content, Part 1
    • The Great Debate on Micropayments and Paid Content, Part 2

Digital Tipping Point: Clip of the Day

Jim Hogg teaches GNU Linux to high school kids 10 (2008)


Digital Tipping Point is a Free software-like project where the raw videos are code. You can assist by participating.

Novell News Summary – Part III: Novell Wants BrainShare Renaissance

Posted in Dell, Mail, Novell, Security, Virtualisation at 3:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

An E-mail

Summary: BrainShare 2010 hype, some news about GroupWise, Novell Teaming 2, and little more of the rest

SO, the biggest item this week comes from John Dragoon, who exclaims that “BrainShare Returns!”

Read the rest of this entry »

Novell News Summary – Part II: SUSE and Xandros Achieve Nothing Substantial

Posted in GNU/Linux, Interoperability, Microsoft, Servers, SLES/SLED, Windows, Xandros at 2:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Madagascan giant day gecko

Summary: SUSE (SLES/SLED) and Xandros have little to tell this week

THIS WEEK, just like the last, has been exceptionally quiet for SLE*. Novell’s SUSE was mentioned in a few places, but it really took quite a bit of a stretch to actually find them.

Read the rest of this entry »

Novell News Summary – Part I: OpenSUSE 11.2 Reaches 7th Milestone, Conference Takes Place

Posted in GNU/Linux, KDE, Novell, OpenSUSE at 1:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Big lizard
Photo from Jenny Roll

Summary: News about OpenSUSE, of which there’s a moderate amount this week

THE LINUX Foundation’s Developer Network has published this new technical article about the OpenSUSE Build Service (OBS), which should not be too surprising given previous stories about the Linux Foundation and OBS. LWN has meanwhile made available to non-subscribers the following article about long-term support for OpenSUSE. It’s old news by now, but LWN has good articles in general.

Read the rest of this entry »

Patents Roundup: IBM Abuse Carries On, Patent Troll Tracker on Trial, Paltalk Bites Again, and Patent Law Challenged

Posted in Courtroom, Free/Libre Software, IBM, Law, Microsoft, Patents at 8:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

IBM logo twist

Summary: IBM as part of the problem at the USPTO despite opposing business method patents; opposition to patent trolls gets radically harassed; patent abuse carries on despite and because of obvious problems with the system — problems that get ignored

WHEN it comes to software patents, IBM is not a friend of Free software [1, 2]. When it comes to the patent system in general, IBM is part of the problem, not the solution. It may be opposing the Bilski patent, but the Bilski test which it created does not go far enough, probably by design. It has just gotten caught sending more of its wannabe ‘inventions’ over for the USPTO to process (the USPTO is now run by an ex-IBMer).

theodp writes “The first known use of a recorded laugh track is said to be in 1950, when the producers of the Hank McCune Show added canned laughter after the show’s taping. Almost 60 years later, IBM says it deserves a patent for ‘inventing’ adding canned laughter to conference calls. ‘A pre-selected stored sound (e.g., an interjection such as a laugh) may be generated if there is a period of silence on one of the telephone lines that exceeds a threshold,’ explains Big Blue in its just-published patent application for Enlivening Conference Calls to Make Conference Calls More Interesting for Participants. Eureka!”

More in The Register:

While tried and true, option b comes with certain drawbacks. For one, the effort could get a gentleman sued by International Business Machines one day, should the method of inserting said flatulence be mechanical.

You see, the folks at TechDirt have uncovered a rather compelling patent application from Big Blue that claims invention of delivering canned sounds over the telephone.

IBM, unlike patent trolls such as Acacia, is not attacking Free software, but it lays the foundations for patent trolls to exist, as an unfortunate side-effect, a symptom.

The Patent Troll Tracker, Rick Frenkel, called the Eastern District of Texas “Banana Republic” and he now gets grief for simply saying the truth. Obviously, the masters of that “Banana Republic” wanted to gag him using a frivolous lawsuit [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] that takes away his freedom of speech and harms his career.

Former patent blogger Rick Frenkel took the stand in the federal courthouse in Tyler, Texas, on Wednesday, and apologized for referring to the Eastern District of Texas as a “Banana Republic” in a post he published as the “Patent Troll Tracker.” But Frenkel insisted his blogging about a patent infringement suit against his then-employer, Cisco Systems, was not defamatory.

“You know, I think I was outraged over a situation … and I used words that were strong,” said Frenkel. “But I sure didn’t mean to hurt anyone by it.” Frenkel apologized for using the phrase, and noted that he took it off the blog after 24 hours. In October of 2007, about 500 people per day were accessing the Troll Tracker blog, he added.

The Boston press has some coverage of the patent aggressor known as Paltalk. We wrote about it in when it sued Microsoft [1, 2, 3] and now it proceeds to suing more companies.

Turbine Inc. of Westwood, a leading maker of Internet-based, multiplayer video games, has been named in a patent infringement lawsuit that targets several of the world’s largest online gaming firms.

The complaint was filed by Paltalk Holdings Inc. of Jericho, N.Y., in the US District Court in Marshall, Texas, one of the nation’s most popular venues for patent lawsuits. “The eastern district of Texas is considered a plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction,’’ said Christopher Donnelly, a partner at Donnelly Conroy & Gelhaar LLP in Boston.

Here is some more new coverage.

Paltalk, which recently settled a patent infringement tussle with Microsoft, has launched a new lawsuit against Turbine, Sony and other MMOG makers over their alleged infringement of the same technology.

Paltalk has filed suit against the makers of several popular MMOGs currently on the market, claiming the data-sharing technology employed in their games violates patents it purchased from the defunct company HearMe in 2002.

For future reference:

According to this report, the location is familiar. Guess where the lawsuit was filed? The “Banana Republic” Frenkel spoke about.

How is this beneficial to the market?

As Tim Lee stresses with the backing of the Coase Theorem, patents harm development.

One of the most famous essays in economics is Ronald Coase’s “The Problem of Social Cost.” Its key argument, which was later dubbed the Coase Theorem by George Stigler, says that in a world with zero transaction costs, the initial allocation of rights doesn’t matter because people will negotiate toward an allocation of rights that maximizes total social utility.

Coase illustrates this principle with an example involving a farmer and a rancher who occupy adjacent parcels. The rancher’s cattle sometimes stray onto the farmer’s land and damage his crops. Coase’s claim is that it doesn’t matter whether the law holds the rancher liable for the damage to the farmer’s crops or not: either way, the rancher and farmer will reach a bargain that maximizes the joint value of the rancher and farmer’s output.

Here is another new rebuttal to the fallacy (and propaganda) that the American economy owes its progress to patents.

Some asked me if this proved patents do encourage innovation. But of course it does not. This proves absolutely nothing, in fact, except that there can still be growth despite state intervention such as intellectual monopoly grants. Correlation is not causation. I hope Obama doesn’t see this–I’m sure he could whip up a similar chart correlating growth over the last two centuries with, say, increasing taxes, increasing federal spending, increasing federal size/employment, increasing military size, increasing efficiency at mass murder, and so on.

Even front groups of proprietary software companies seem to agree that patents are counter-productive, depending on the situation (whose side is the plaintiff). Those who disagree with patent abolishers are often lawyers and patent examiners, who primarily monetise this system for personal gain — a broken system they helped create and maintain in the first place.

“Technology products typically consist of hundreds or thousands of patented components. It therefore is impossible for technology companies to investigate all of the patents, and pending patent applications that may be relevant to a new invention (product), notwithstanding their best efforts to do so.” —Business Software Alliance, Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court in eBay Vs MercExchange

Microsoft Uses Inside Influence to Grab Control, Redefine “Open Source”

Posted in Europe, Free/Libre Software, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Patents at 7:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Writing spider
Microsoft lays patents and eggs in competitors’ territory

Summary: Microsoft uses its analysts, lobbyists, freebies, and covert “think tanks” to put “Open Source” under its own fold

THE previous post showed how viciously GNU/Linux and Free software are attacked now that they make considerable gains and put in jeopardy the status quo.

One company that benefited a lot from the status quo is the Gartner Group, to whom Microsoft pays millions of dollars (and Bill Gates invests in it also). The Gartner Group has been exceptionally busy attacking Free software recently. It’s too easy to see and here is yet another rebuttal to the latest smear.

Cloud Computing Is Not Killing Open Source Anywhere – A Response To Gartner

[...]

To conclude, open source isn’t going anywhere, whether it is in the government or the enterprises. If we see open source as a philosophical platform instead of a business model (which it isn’t) or a developmental model (an oversimplification), it is quite easy to see that open source will continue to play its role irrespective of how we consume the computing resources.

Another example of an attack on Free software we last mentioned just a few days ago, having previously dissected it in:

  1. European Open Source Software Workgroup a Total Scam: Hijacked and Subverted by Microsoft et al
  2. Microsoft’s AstroTurfing, Twitter, Waggener Edstrom, and Jonathan Zuck
  3. Does the European Commission Harbour a Destruction of Free/Open Source Software Workgroup?
  4. The Illusion of Transparency at the European Parliament/Commission (on Microsoft)
  5. 2 Months and No Disclosure from the European Parliament
  6. After 3 Months, Europe Lets Microsoft-Influenced EU Panel be Seen
  7. Formal Complaint Against European Commission for Harbouring Microsoft Lobbyists

Now that the documents are published, Glyn Moody cautions as follow:

Just over six months ago, I analysed a leaked early version of this, which was fascinating for the insight it gave into the manoeuvring going on by the different factions within that group. For alongside obvious supporters of free software, like the FSFE, there was also that well-known friend of Microsoft, the Association for Competitive Technology, and one of the biggest chums of software patents in Europe, SAP.

Moody proceeds to analysing the content of these documents.

In a gesture similar to the above, an event titled “Open Source Think Tank” is being organised. But watch the influence of the money at “Open Source Think Tank (Europe 2009)”:

The event will free of charge, thank to the core sponsorship of the event by Microsoft, Jaspersoft, Infobright, and Mindtouch.

Mindtouch are former Microsoft employees and watch the Web site of this event. Microsoft is like the father of the whole thing. Yes, Microsoft is to lead an “Open Source Think Tank”. Remember Alexis de Tocqueville? This is the trouble that the likes of Glyn Moody have warned about for years. Microsoft hijacks the voice of its competition and gets to say whatever it likes about what “Open Source” actually means.

By some people’s assessment, Matt Asay is a figure of authority in “Open Source” and watch what Microsoft is doing with him, by his own admission from a few days ago:

When I was working on my juris doctorate, I signed up to be a guinea pig for Microsoft. (It’s not as bad as it sounds.) The company would send people out to my house to observe me using my computer, and to ask me questions about changes I’d like to see in various product categories. In return, Microsoft gave me free software.

And following that familiar attempt to take the ‘L’ out of LAMP stacks [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], see what else Microsoft has just done:

GroundWork Open Source Announces Microsoft System Center Integration, Joins Microsoft System Center Alliance

GroundWork Open Source, Inc. (GWOS, www.gwos.com), the leader in commercial open source systems and network management software, today announced the availability of the GroundWork Connector for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. GWOS is the first open source company to join Microsoft System Center Alliance as a member.

Good luck to them with Microsoft, whose vision of “open source” is Windows and software patents [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6].

“Open source is an intellectual-property destroyer [...] I can’t imagine something that could be worse than this for the software business and the intellectual-property business. I’m an American; I believe in the American way, I worry if the government encourages open source, and I don’t think we’ve done enough education of policymakers to understand the threat.”

Jim Allchin, President of Platforms & Services Division at Microsoft

Latest Examples of the Press Attacking Free Software and GNU/Linux, Promoting Windows Discounts

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, FUD, GNU/Linux, Marketing, Microsoft, Vista 7, Windows at 6:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Anti-Linux shot

Summary: Failures of the commercial media are shown using five new examples, ranging from daemonisation of Microsoft competitors (including, notably, Free software) to news reports that are merely Microsoft advertisements

A LOT of incidents came to our attention yesterday and it would be best to tackle them one at a time because there are many.

“Open Source” Blamed for Malware

One reader mailed us about yet another new example where mere collaboration on code has turned into aggressive anti-FOSS FUD. The “FUD injection,” tells us the reader, goes like this: “get malware, criminal and open source in the same text.”

This latest FUD comes from silicon.com, which is generally FOSS-hostile and it is owned by CBS, just like CNET and ZDNet. Here is one punch line:

According to Candid Wüest, threat researcher with security firm Symantec, around 10 per cent of the Trojan market is now open source.

This connotates open source with crime.

“Don’t Mention Linux!”

The headline which caught many people’s attention is this: “Internet radio exec: don’t mention Linux!”

Here are the details about this incident:

Speaking at the launch of the touchscreen Pure Sensia digital radio, director of marketing Colin Crawford was pressed for specifics of the new device’s software. But after his CEO reminded him that the new radio was based on a Linux OS, Crawford remarked: “I don’t like the using the word ‘Linux’ on a radio.”

Why did the Scot in the sharp suit go queasy at the very mention of Linux?

Microsoft poisons people’s minds against GNU/Linux using misleading literature that it spreads to employees at Best Buy, Staples, and Office Depot [1, 2, 3, 4]. A lot of hostility towards GNU/Linux comes from Redmond.

MSNBC is Microsoft, GE

Here is another new reminder of what MSNBC is to Microsoft.

In God We Trust: the Story Microsoft-NBC will probably never run

[...]

You might have also noticed that I’m deliberately stressing the Microsoft NBC partnership here, rather than using the MSNBC shorthand Microsoft would much rather have consumers using. Many consumers still haven’t put together 2 and 2, and still don’t quite get Microsoft’s close relationship with the Liberal Democrats and the Democrat party.

MSBBC Bias Continues

The name “MSBBC” is a humourous twist on the name “MSNBC”. The BBC is run by so many former Microsoft employees that pro-Microsoft bias over there should not surprise anyone. They even promote shops that enable pre-orders of Vista 7 — all at taxpayers’ expense. Many reports are now suggesting that Sony is at a war of words with the BBC, which it believes to have slandered its important product, the PlayStation 3. The BBC uses its own platform to defend its actions (conflict of interests).

Sony has rebutted claims made by the BBC programme Watchdog that its PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles suffer from a manufacturing fault.

This is hilarious.

The BBC investigated not the Xbox 360 but the PlayStation 3 for “manufacturing fault”. Microsoft’s error rate is an order of magnitude higher than that of Sony, but who does the BBC go after? Not Microsoft. Why didn’t the BBC go after Microsoft’s outrageously broken Xbox 360? Could it be because the BBC is run by former/prospective Microsoft employees, to whom Sony is a big competitor? Maybe. Maybe not.

Microsoft Advertisements as Articles

Microsoft has apparently decided that it must capture the next generation of intellectuals, so just as usual, it is offering some discounts on an amateurish operating system. Why is this news? And why are Microsoft proponents who are disguised as journalists (yes, we recognise their names) making so much noise about it? It has become like a massive, Internet-wide advert masqueraded as “news”. Technical staff over here are even forced to wear shirts with massive Microsoft Office adverts (discounts) on their backs. How utterly direct is that?

Microsoft keeps changing prospective prices in order to generate headlines and thus free-of-charge buzz. Is the press really foolish enough to fall for it? Or does it really want to do this?

“Microsoft keeps changing prospective prices in order to generate headlines and thus free-of-charge buzz.”“What exactly in terms of usable applications do you get with your Windows 7,” remarks a reader who sent us this example advertisement (published as ‘news’). “Are there time limited disabled versions offered? If they do offer ‘free’ apps with the OS, how is anyone else going to make a buck?

“You need to do a ‘what you get for your money’ article. What exactly do you get for your £18.4. They must be really, really desperate to keep L**** off the desktop. How much of a financial are they prepared to take?”

Microsoft already suffers financially because of GNU/Linux. But to allow GNU/Linux to gain market share is something that’s inconceivable to Microsoft. People should keep track of the price of Windows (and number of giveaways), not just the growing market share of GNU/Linux on the desktop. Lack of profit will lead to implosion, eventually. As Microsoft put it (internally), “under NO circumstances lose against Linux.” This strategy won’t work forever.

Gates Foundation Monoculture Accused of Harming World Health Organization (WHO)

Posted in Bill Gates, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 4:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Operation in progress

Summary: Repetition of the accusations against Bill Gates’ impact on medical research, which he allegedly monopolises

FOR those who are not familiar with the facts, The Hindu and The New York Times have already covered this issue with Microsoft co-founder’s monopolisation of medical research. To quote the latter, “The chief of malaria for the World Health Organization has complained that the growing dominance of malaria research by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation risks stifling a diversity of views among scientists and wiping out the world health agency’s policy-making function.” We have many more details here, where Gates' use of disease against GNU/Linux is also criticised. Disease is used as a cause (or an excuse) to inject political agenda.

Adding to evidence that we have already gathered, there is this new publication with an “interesting section on the dangers of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation monoculture,” to quote Glyn Moody.

Earlier this year the Task Force commissioned studies about the R2D, including one involving the WHO IGWG process, which was done by Lisa Forman, and two other health programs, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (TGF), and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). I was the investigator for the TGF and TDR studies. The citation for my report is as follows:

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases and the right to development. Prepared for the UN Human Rights Council, Working Group on the Right to Development, High Level Task Force on the implementation of the right to development. A/HRC/12/WG.2/TF/CRP.4/Rev.1. 2009 June 18.

This subject of Gates’ role in health has already aroused great interest from more controversial and speculative types like Alex Jones, who believes that there is more than contraception/population control to it. He connects Gates to Eugenics.

« Previous entries Next Page » Next Page »

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 Channels: Come and chat with us in real time

New to This Site? Here Are Some Introductory Resources

No

Mono

ODF

Samba logo






We support

End software patents

GPLv3

GNU project

BLAG

EFF bloggers

Comcast is Blocktastic? SavetheInternet.com



Recent Posts