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

09.27.09

If Microsoft is Right About Vista 7 Being So Great, Then Why Are the ‘Yes Men’ Usually Paid?

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, Vista 7, Windows at 5:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Vista 7 house party

Summary: Microsoft pays people for house parties that create an illusion of anticipation; Silverlight adoption by Intel/Moblin a sign of Microsoft grasping at straws to gain at Adobe’s expense

THE great hype behind Vista 7 is not only being extinguished by actual reviews from KDE4 users but it is also being acquired, as we showed early in the week. Microsoft offers little bribes/incentives to those who help intensify the hype and one of our readers puts it like this: (there is also a satire from another reader of ours)

In my opinion the desperation of Microsoft in wanting you to use its products is displayed perfectly in the Windows 7 Party campaign (below video) where it takes a Tupperware/Ann Summers type approach to try and get YOU to promote its software with the enticement of chances to win prizes etc (IMO). As I’ve said before, it appears to me that Microsoft gets its advocacy by enticements. A little different to someone who recommends Linux eh?

The above also mentions ITV dumping Silver Lie. It is one among many departures from Silver Lie (“cross-platform” is a lie), which Microsoft is now trying to advance with Intel’s help [1, 2], not just Novell’s.

So another trend of hype has constantly surrounded Microsoft’s Silver Lie (phrases like “Flash killer” thrown out and about), which as Sean Michael Kerner puts it, is hardly required by anyone.

Does anyone really need Silverlight on Linux?

For better or for worse, the vast majority of video content online today is delivered via Adobe’s Flash media. Silverlight is still the underdog in that fight and is likely to remain so for the immediate future.

As one person has just put it, “mono proponents should focus on explaining why we should trust Microsoft and stop complaining about @rms”

We wrote about this yesterday.

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

11 Comments

  1. Charles Oliver said,

    September 27, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Gravatar

    Considering the recent palaver around the view of the gentle sex in free software, I’m outraged that the speech bubbles in the picture accompanying this story have two girls spouting off-topic inanities in unison, as if they are incapable of independent thought, whereas the two men appear to be on-topic and thoughtful.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    It’s a coincidence. It was not intended. They just happen to stand close to the balloons. The big bubble only fits the LHS (I didn’t want bubbles below the faces).

  2. saulgoode said,

    September 27, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Gravatar

    You obviously didn’t caption the Polish version.

  3. Will said,

    September 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Gravatar

    My favorite line from the video was at around 5:10, where one of the party planners says:

    “Hey, it helped me to remember that I’m not a salesman at this party.”

    Umm, then what does he think he is?
    Better question: What does he think Microsoft thinks he is?

    twitter Reply:

    My favorite line is, “They put the Windows 7 launch in our hands. Are they nuts or what?” Major fail.

    Will Reply:

    Maybe MS thought that would be safer than putting the launch in Ballmer’s hands?

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I couldn’t watch it for longer than 30 seconds. It’s embarrassing. At least I grabbed a screenshot.

  4. Needs Sunlight said,

    September 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Gravatar

    In all the years those strange people have been promoting mono, I have never gotten any answer either about why the technology should be pursued or how MS can be trusted not to yank the carpet. The latter sometimes gets a vague “goodness in and of itself”, but often personal attack. The trust issue *always* results in personal attack. *Always* regardless of forum.

    You know what. No one has to put up with crap from M$ or, especially, fake OSS spreading M$. Moreover, doing nothing is not an option. That’s how the crap spread in the first place: skilled people laughing at M$ or M$ boosters instead of putting them where they belong.

    The very presence of M$ products takes away choice. As revered political philosophers famously pointed out, their right to swing their fists ends at our noses. But don’t make the mistake of blaming M$ technology. If left on its own or evaluated on technical or economic merits it would disappear in a quarter. The problem to deal with are the M$ interns, partners, boosters and other minions.

    twitter Reply:

    It’s sad how toxic everything related to Microsoft is. Even in a toned down response from jono, there was personal attack. They used the term “paranoia” to describe worries about M$ taxing free software with patents on mono, even when presented with a long list of threatening quotes and plans by M$ executives about how patents would be used against free software. A couple of applications that use mono were named as a reason to include mono but even DaemonFC considers this a bloated waste of space that has no place on a default install.

  5. Needs Sunlight said,

    September 27, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Gravatar

    In all the years those strange people have been promoting mono, I have never gotten any answer either about why the technology should be pursued or how MS can be trusted not to yank the carpet. The latter sometimes gets a vague “goodness in and of itself”, but often personal attack. The trust issue *always* results in personal attack. *Always* regardless of forum.

    You know what. No one has to put up with crap from M$ or, especially, fake OSS spreading M$. Moreover, doing nothing is not an option. That’s how the crap spread in the first place: skilled people laughing at M$ or M$ boosters instead of putting them where they belong.

    The very presence of M$ products takes away choice.
    Some would even say that Microsoft is a threat to democracy, as it also is to the market.

    http://www.expressen.se/ledare/1.1663751/johanna-nylander-microsoft-hotar-var-demokrati

    As revered political philosophers famously pointed out, their right to swing their fists ends at our noses. But don’t make the mistake of blaming M$ technology. If left on its own or evaluated on technical or economic merits it would disappear in a quarter. The problem to solve is the ‘former’ M$ employees, M$ interns, partners, boosters and other minions.

  6. Mikko said,

    September 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Gravatar

    i tried the latest beta of moonlight and i’ve never seen firefox eat 500MB of RAM before and all the remaining processor

What Else is New


  1. White House Intervention Harms Android and Every Software Developer on the Planet

    US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli urges the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to let APIs be covered by copyrights, rendering almost every program a potential copyright violation



  2. Microsoft Lobbying in India Shoots Down or At Least Weakens Free/Libre Software Policy

    Microsoft's covert efforts (lobbying with the help of public partners like NASSCOM) to eliminate an India-leaning software policy in India is finally paying off



  3. Propaganda Mode for UPC Agreement Whilst EPO Increasingly Grants Patents on Software

    In order to make the Unitary Patent a reality (towards a 'no place to hide' patent approach) misleading claims are being made



  4. Patents Are Not Source Code

    Ford is once again misleading regarding Open Source, mischievously associating a patent pledge with Open Source



  5. Links 29/5/2015: ALT Linux 7.0.5, Google I/O 2015

    Links for the day



  6. Links 28/5/2015: SourceForge Hijack, RIP Marco Pesenti Gritti

    Links for the day



  7. Censorship on Reddit Has Gotten (Condé) Nasty and Silent, Even Actively Silenced

    Condé Nast has turned Reddit into a platform of censorship after the acquisition



  8. The Supreme Court of the United States Helps Patent Trolls

    In an unforeseen kind of ruling, the same court which slapped down a lot of software patents last year is now legitimising the actions of a patent troll



  9. Patent Lawyers Fight Hard for the Future of Software Patents

    Media that is dominated by patent lawyers and targets an audience of patent lawyers refuses to accept the post-Alice reality



  10. Fortune Glorifies Patent Troll Jay Walker (Patent Utility)

    Jay Walker, a patent troll, creates a Web-based trolling/'licensing' service and the corporate media helps him



  11. Stealing Android's Thunder, Making It All About Apple and Microsoft During Google I/O

    Misleading articles and conjoined media/analyst attacks on Android coincide with Google's event where major Android announcements are being made



  12. British Government May be a Step Closer to GNU/Linux (on the Desktops, Not Just Servers)

    The British government stops paying the criminal company that blackmails its members, thereby increasing the possibility of complete escape from proprietary software



  13. Microsoft's Patent Allies LG and Sony Agree to Put Microsoft Inside Android

    LG and Sony (of Rockstar Consortium) follow Samsung and Dell in Microsoft's campaign to turn Android into 'Microsoft Android' using patents-induced pressure/leverage



  14. Yet Another Major Security Deficiency in UEFI

    UEFI is inherently insecure, more so than the alternatives which it strives to replace, including Free/libre ones



  15. Links 27/5/2015: Fedora 22 is Out, Mandriva Liquidated

    Links for the day



  16. Patent Scope at the EPO is Totally Out of Control, UPC Will Make Things Worse

    A look at the practical issues with the EPO, where patent scope and litigation scope have been vastly extended so as to benefit multinational corporations and possibly patent trolls



  17. Links 26/5/2015: Reviews of Kubuntu 15.04, Linux 4.1 RC5

    Links for the day



  18. Süddeutsche Zeitung Says Talking Helps While EPO Management Back-stabs Other Side of the Table

    German media gives the impression that there is peace and harmony now that Benoît Battistelli and his circle of power speaks to staff, but nothing is said about simultaneous (albeit covert) attacks against that staff



  19. Large Corporations Call the Shots in US Patent Reform

    A reminder of where we stand on the issue of patent 'reform' in the US and who is controlling or shaping it



  20. Microsoft Puts Proprietary Windows and Hyper-V Inside the Free Software-Centric OpenStack

    OpenStack, which celebrates rapid growth in this month's event in Canada, is facing a proprietarisation threat from Microsoft



  21. Microsoft's Secret Lobbying, Bullying, and the Long History of Blackmailing Politicians Around the World

    British media covers Microsoft's abuse in the UK, but there are many similar incidents, and not just in the UK



  22. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Benoît Battistelli and Four EPO Suicides

    German press article from April 2015 (with translations)



  23. Links 24/5/2015: CrossOver 14.1.3, NTFS-3G Vulnerability

    Links for the day



  24. Links 23/5/2015: Fedora 22 to May 26th, Netflix in SteamOS

    Links for the day



  25. The Patents Production 'Industry' (Patent Lawyers) Still Fights Hard to Salvage Software Patents

    A review of recent writings about software patents and patents on business methods in the United States, demonstrating that patent lawyers have gotten very vocal and sneaky (trying to evade the rules)



  26. Patents as a Marketing Strategy: USPTO Now Part of the Advertising Industry

    The existence of publicity patents, or patents whose sole purpose is to advertise some products, serves to discredit the US patent office, which was originally set up to promote science and technology



  27. Microsoft Blackmails and Extorts British Politicians Over Open Standards and Free Software-Leaning Policies

    Microsoft's digital imperialism in the UK getting defended using blackmail, reminding a lot of Brits that Microsoft is just as evil as ever before



  28. Microsoft Gives Another Bug a Name, This Time Logjam™

    The Microsoft crowd is good only at marketing, even when it comes to small bugs in software



  29. Links 22/5/2015: Fedora 22 Final Release is Near, Canonical IPO Considered

    Links for the day



  30. More Utter Shame Unveiled at Battistelli's EPO: Intimidation Tactics With Help From 'Control Risks'

    The unaccountable thugs who run the EPO have hired London-based spooks to help silence their opposition and their critics


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