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

05.24.10

Claiming Innovation for What’s Not

Posted in Apple, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Marketing, Microsoft at 5:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Light

Summary: Disinformation in the press gives Microsoft credit for ideas it merely copied; herein we rebut

Microsoft is not an inventive company. It never was. Microsoft is good at adopting other people’s ideas and then mass marketing/patenting them. That’s not innovation, it’s just consumerism maybe.

“More Profit Than Prophet” is what The Atlantic claims Bill Gates to be. He is a businessman, not a scientist with foresight (and anyone who is sufficiently familiar with Microsoft’s history will say the same). He just copied other people’s ideas from the very start. “In my case,” said Bill Gates, “I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and I fished out listings of their operating systems.”

Anyway, here is the piece from The Atlantic. It shows Gates’ many unfulfilled predictions.

It’s been 15 years since Bill Gates published The Road Ahead, a book packed with the Microsoft founder’s predictions about the future. How do Gates’s prophecies hold up now that the road ahead has arrived?

Despite the obvious, some sites wrongly attribute the hypePad to Gates [1, 2, 3]. The hypePad is neither innovative nor is it Gates’ idea; It’s more of a cult item. And anyone who bothers studying the history of mobile computers will see that neither touchscreens nor mobile devices like the hypePad (most are running Linux these days) are Microsoft’s invention. In the mainstream press they often ignore a lot of prior art and pretend that just two companies, namely Apple and Microsoft, exist. It makes good headlines and a game of two teams (like the elections). We ought to point out that Microsoft used the same lies about Surface, which GNU/Linux-based projects (with working prototypes in research) predate by a long time.

Is there any true Microsoft innovation? Something that truly came out of nothing? Needless to say, innovations never come about this way. Apple is not innovative either and it’s rather conformist. Free software probably breeds the most innovation because of freedom of thought and creation.

“We’ve always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”

Steve Jobs

“Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?”

Steve Jobs

Related posts:

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

5 Comments

  1. The Mad Hatter said,

    May 24, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Gravatar

    Microsoft Innovation is an oxymoron.

  2. Yuhong Bao said,

    May 24, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Gravatar

    Yea, to be more precise, the iPad is a bigger screen version of the iPhone.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    It’s more than that, but it doesn’t have anything too distinct which wasn’t seen before.

    The Mad Hatter Reply:

    Mostly. I’ve played with one, and while there are differences, you can run the same software, so essentially they are the same.

    No matter what, the IPad has been a success so far for Apple. This is a huge plus for Linux, as Slate computers have now been defined as non-Windows. Since Linux slates will come with options that the IPad won’t have, they should be able to grab a significant share of the market, and then expand into the desktop market.

What Else is New


  1. Understanding Thierry Breton: What Thierry Did Next...

    "Whether by coincidence or not, when Atos announced in 2010 that it would acquire Siemens’ IT unit, it was the 32-year-old Macron at Rothschild who advised Breton on the deal."



  2. Links 20/11/2019: HONOR MagicBook With GNU/Linux, Coreboot 4.11, GNU Health Patchset 3.6.1

    Links for the day



  3. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    IRC logs for Tuesday, November 19, 2019



  4. EPO Geared Towards Financial Exploitation of Europe Instead of Serving Europe

    For the financial benefit of law firms and patent offices (they profit from processing loads of patents and lawsuits) Europe is being reverted back to Medieval Times when exercising invention and free thought (or free coding) was a luxury of the rich alone



  5. Microsoft and IBM Are the Patent Trolls, They Won't Protect Us From Trolls

    "Microsoft has no taste" and IBM has no taste, either; they're lying to our collective face together with OIN and the 'Linux' Foundation



  6. How Ralph Nader Put It

    Ralph Nader on money in politics



  7. ZDNet (CBS) Associates GNU/Linux Users With ISIS

    Response to "US student was allegedly building a custom Gentoo Linux distro for ISIS," just published by ZDNet and composed by their biggest troll, Catalin Cimpanu



  8. Understanding Thierry Breton: Noël Forgeard and His “Golden Parachute”

    The end of the first half of the Breton series; in this particular part we continue to cover the EADS scandal and the second half of this series will include the EPO connections (the vote in a plenary for Breton's nomination is due 27/11)



  9. Links 19/11/2019: Zswap's B-Tree Search Implementation, WordPress 5.2.4

    Links for the day



  10. We've Already Entered the Era When Patents Should be Presumed Invalid

    The abundance of low-quality patents may mean short-term profits for patent offices and law firms; but we know at whose expense they are profiting and the legitimacy of patent systems suffers as a result



  11. Jean-Luc Breton

    Breton a champion of obstruction and obfuscation



  12. Understanding Thierry Breton: Insider-Trading Scandal at EADS

    Although Breton was not directly implicated in the insider trading scandal itself he did come under fire in 2007 for the role he played in a side-show to the main story, namely the payment of a generous € 8.5m severance package to Noël Forgeard when the EADS co-CEO was compelled to resign in June 2006.



  13. Startpage is Not Denying Its Betrayal of Privacy, It is Just Being Evasive

    They can't call you a liar if you issue a non-denying 'denial'; the "Roll Safe Think About It" meme seems applicable here



  14. Guest Post: Open Source is Not Free Software

    "If you look at human history, you can see lots of similar ideas, movements, intellectuals who are affected by the power of the ruling class like this."



  15. IRC Proceedings: Monday, November 18, 2019

    IRC logs for Monday, November 18, 2019



  16. Links 19/11/2019: HPC Focus and LibreOffice 6.4 Beta

    Links for the day



  17. Understanding Thierry Breton: “Rhodiagate” and the Vivendi Universal Affair

    When the "Rhodia affair" became the "Breton affair"



  18. Links 18/11/2019: Last Linux RC, OSMC Updated

    Links for the day



  19. What GitHub is to Open Source

    Lots of prisoners inside GitHub



  20. Openwashing Institutionalised NPEs (OIN) and Software Patents With Notorious Managers From the EPO

    There’s a strong push for software patents in Europe (basically fake European Patents on abstract ideas) and IAM leads/participates in it with help from OIN, Grant Philpott (EPO) and — maybe soon — Breton (EU)



  21. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, November 17, 2019

    IRC logs for Sunday, November 17, 2019



  22. Links 17/11/2019: Slax Beta and Arch Conf 2019 Report





  23. Understanding Thierry Breton: The “Cost-Killer” Tries to Tame the National Debt

    The oligarchic policy of Thierry Breton at Bercy



  24. Reactions to Last Week's Thierry Breton Hearing

    Nobody is particularly impressed by Thierry Breton except those who know little about him (and he contributes to this lack of knowledge by obstructing, omitting, and misleading)



  25. The Open Invention Network Has Become a Guard Dog of (Some) Patent Trolls and It Misrepresents Us Under the Guise of 'Open Source'

    The Open Invention Network (OIN), in collaboration with Fraunhöfer, is promoting software patents and all sorts of other nonsense as part of ‘open’ standards in a new paper sponsored by the EU and edited by the former EPO Chief Economist Nikolaus Thumm (not Battistelli's choice); this is another reminder of the fact that OIN misrepresents Free/Open Source software (FOSS) developers and their interests



  26. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, November 16, 2019

    IRC logs for Saturday, November 16, 2019



  27. Unitary Patent is Dead Partly Because the EPO Demonstrated That EPC is Being Routinely Violated, Illegal Patents Granted

    Some elements of Team UPC have given up, whereas others try to push the lie that Unitary Patent/Unified Patent Court (UPC) is not an EU thing and that therefore everything is fine



  28. USPTO Rewards Microsoft for Corruption at ISO by Teaching People Proprietary OOXML and Promoting Its Use

    The world's most important patent office promotes Microsoft lock-in, revealing not only corporate bias but also highlighting ways in which Microsoft crimes continue to pay off



  29. No, Startpage is Not Dutch Anymore

    Startpage is still clinging onto perceptions rather than truths; it means that Startpage isn't just betraying privacy but it's also dishonest and untrustworthy



  30. Understanding Thierry Breton: Chirac's Entrepreneurial “Joker”

    Minister in charge of the public treasury was not a career politician but an “entrepreneur” with a proven track-record as a financial wizard and “cost-killer”


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

Recent Posts