“Two Microsoft employees threatened to sue me if I wrote about their behavior online, so I not only wrote the story, I mailed each of them a personal copy.”
Summary: New visitor from Microsoft in one of the IRC channels of Techrights
OCCASIONALLY we have Microsoft employees entering our IRC channels, and rarely with a disclosure. Yesterday we had another such incident, which was not as hostile as others involving AstroTurf (TE) staff members who just smear this Web site (with no disclosures, as the hard part is exposing the fact and verifying that they are Microsoft employees/agents).
“Why is it that a Microsoft employee uses company resources/computers/affiliation (the FreeNode NAT says “microsoft”) to troll pro-Linux IRC fora?”As one ought to expect from our new resident Microsoft employee, there is Java/GPL bashing (and promotion of BSD-style licences at its expense). To quote one example : “You think stuff like BSD is too open? :p”
This was actually written during working hours in the UK (and the said person works for Microsoft UK). Why is it that a Microsoft employee uses company resources/computers/affiliation (the FreeNode NAT says “microsoft”) to troll pro-GNU/Linux IRC fora? Remember "Steve Barkto"? This practice is subversive. █
“Microsoft has announced the “Microsoft BlogStars” contest, to Hunts for Developer Bloggers in India. After feeling the power and increase of the Bloggers community in India, Microsoft tries to trap and hunt Bloggers in India to buildup the blogging community, for writing blog posts supporting towards Microsoft Technologies.”