01.14.11

Eye on Apple: Fighting Against Software Freedom, ”Apple Users Forced to Pirate VLC Player“

Posted in Apple, GPL at 1:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Latest news items regarding VLC, which help show why Apple is malicious

VLC iOS developers fight back

Apple invited Applidium to contact Rémi Denis-Courmont, directly should it have any further questions relating to the matter. Denis-Courmont had previously told Planet VideoLAN that he thought it likely that VLC was removed because Apple could not abide having software distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) in the App Store. It is not clear why so much time elapsed between Denis-Courmont’s complaint being received and the decision to remove the app.

More Facts Behind Apple’s Removal Of VLC From AppStore

We reported that Apple recently removed a VLC app developed by Applidium from its AppStore. Apple wrote to Applidium that Apple earlier informed them that they received a notice from Rémi Denis-Courmont where Rémi complained that Applidium app infringes on his intellectual property rights.

Applidium claims to have approval from the VideoLAN association before starting the iOS port of VLC. This is a point of interest. Did Applidium had an agreement with VLC about the publication of the app on App Store?

A Beginner’s Guide To The GPL (see how Apple drones think… or can’t)

It’s clear from the comments on that post that many people don’t understand the GPL concept, or don’t consider adhering to licences particularly important. This remark from Pu Koh is fairly typical:

Was the GPL created to benefit the end user? How is removing the app beneficial to anyone?

Apple Pulls VLC Player from App Store, Denis-Courmont Defends Self, VideoLAN (personal attacks, as noted the other day)

Apple Users Forced to Pirate VLC Player? Whatever Next? (Apple absurdity)

Last year, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users were delighted to learn that VLC media player had become available for their device via the App Store. But now, thanks to a licensing and copyright dispute, that particular party has been cut short and the software pulled offline. Bizarrely, the only way people can get this free and open source software now is to pirate it. You couldn’t make it up.

EMC, IBM, HP, and SAP Dump the BSA

Posted in IBM, Microsoft at 1:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Policemen

Summary: The BSA is losing key members, so there is some explaining to do

THE Business Software Alliance (BSA) has become known to many as Microsoft’s private police force, which Microsoft pays a lot of money to distance itself from the bad reputation associated with lawsuits and crackdowns.

There must be something rather serious going on at the BSA, which since 2008 at the very least has also become a lobbying body, arguing for example for software patents inside European standards. This ought to have made the BSA rather unpopular and indeed, by comparing the BSA member list of 2008 and 2010 we find that 2008 members (“Member Spotlight” is Microsoft) are rather different from today’s (2010/2011) members and “Member Spotlight” is still Microsoft.

What exactly are the differences? Well, new members are: Altium, AutoForm, AVEVA, AVG, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, Intuit, Kaspersky, Minitab, Progress Software, and Stone Bond Technologies.

“Previously, IBM also quit supporting CompTIA, which had devolved into some kind of Microsoft front group.”Lost members are: AVID, Borland, Cisco Systems, EMC Corporation, IBM, HP, Monotype Imaging, SAP, SolidWorks, Synopsy, and TeleAtlas.

Upon closer inspection, some of these companies just got bought or simply don’t exist anymore. However, when giants like EMC, IBM, HP, and SAP decide to leave, there is something rather conspicuous. Francisco Mingorance has something to explain here. Previously, IBM also quit supporting CompTIA, which had devolved into some kind of Microsoft front group.

Microsoft Discriminates Against Liberation Serif — Claim

Posted in Microsoft, Open XML, OpenDocument at 12:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Somebody in the #techrights IRC channel claims that Microsoft stifles font interoperability

Can any of our readers please confirm if this is true? And if so, is it “just a coincidence” or intentional? It’s clear what Microsoft would say — pretty much the same thing is says when it wipes the MBR/all partitions upon Windows installation.

twitter I had an annoying thing happen the other day.  I tried to share with a Microsoft user, only to find out that Office 2007 displays a horrid font for Liberation Serif. Jan 14 00:01
twitter Instead of displaying the nearly identical Times New Roman or Liberation Serif, it displays some kind of win 3.1 era font.  I don’t see this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Font_Comparison_-_Liberation_Serif_to_Times_New_Roman.svg Jan 14 00:02
TechrightsBot-tr Error processing the URL: HTTP/1.0 403 Forbidden Jan 14 00:02
twitter I see something else. Jan 14 00:02
twitter When I looked the issue up , I found ” Microsoft                                         Unicode BMP only” Jan 14 00:03
twitter http://www.fonts2u.com/liberation-serif-bold.font Jan 14 00:03
TechrightsBot-tr Title: Liberation Serif Bold font .::. Size~: 38.13 KB Jan 14 00:03
twitter So how’s that for interoperability?  You can’t cooperate with a malicious bully.  The bully will always do something nasty and blame you for the results. Jan 14 00:04
twitter On the funny side, I also noticed that Microsoft is a big Linux user http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph?site=social.answers.microsoft.com Jan 14 00:04
TechrightsBot-tr Title: Netcraft What’s That Site Running Results .::. Size~: 12.39 KB Jan 14 00:04
twitter ” F5′s BIG-IP product is based on a network appliance (either virtual or physical), which runs F5′s Traffic Management Operating System (TMOS), which runs on top of Linux.” -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F5_Networks Jan 14 00:05
TechrightsBot-tr Title: F5 Networks – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .::. Size~: 51.47 KB Jan 14 00:05
DaemonFC twitter, There’s a word for that….. Jan 14 00:05
DaemonFC “Oops! :)” Jan 14 00:05
DaemonFC they’re so petty they’ll even screw up the fonts in a document someone made without MS Word Jan 14 00:06
twitter most of those kinds of screw ups are intentional.  there’s no reason for Microsoft to not carry and render common free software fonts Jan 14 00:07
DaemonFC You never know what you’ll get when you trade documents with an MS Office user Jan 14 00:07
DaemonFC or what will happen when they go to open yours Jan 14 00:07
DaemonFC good thing OOXML is such an open standard and always works the same way twice Jan 14 00:08
twitter you can be sure that nothing will ever interoperate with Microsoft, not even Microsoft. Jan 14 00:08
DaemonFC :) Jan 14 00:08
DaemonFC yeah, 2010 finally supports the OOXML ISO standard, but only for reading Jan 14 00:08
DaemonFC if you get a valid file in Office 2010 and save it, it uses the same broken format as Office 2007 Jan 14 00:09
twitter Well, the real answer is to tell the person on the other end to just get Open Office. Jan 14 00:09
DaemonFC so even if the next Office actually spits out ISO OOXML, the first time an Office 2010 user opens and saves, it’ll be screwed up again Jan 14 00:09
twitter They do a free download and install or you spend $400, and have to find a VM with Winblows on it. Jan 14 00:10
DaemonFC it’s pointless to support the valid standard for import when there’s nothing that can actually create a compliant file Jan 14 00:10
DaemonFC including their own product Jan 14 00:10
DaemonFC makes me wonder why they did it Jan 14 00:10
DaemonFC I still save to Word 2000′s binary format Jan 14 00:11
DaemonFC because it’s the only way to be sure they’ll open in newer versions of MS Office Jan 14 00:12
cubezzz just use ASCII Jan 14 00:12
twitter Microsoft made a phoney open document format so they could pretend to meet government standards for software freedom and interoperability. Jan 14 00:12
cubezzz ;-) Jan 14 00:12
twitter I use ODF for my work. Jan 14 00:12
twitter or plain text via email. Jan 14 00:12
DaemonFC Indiana says that it’s acceptable for government agencies to use OOXML, ODF, or PDF Jan 14 00:12
cubezzz ok, sometimes I do use pdf Jan 14 00:13
DaemonFC but all you ever get from them is OOXML Jan 14 00:13
twitter why did they start using OOXML? Jan 14 00:13
cubezzz I’ve never used OOXML Jan 14 00:13
DaemonFC the state is schizophrenic Jan 14 00:13
cubezzz embrace -> extend (you are here) -> Jan 14 00:13
DaemonFC they use OOXML, at the same time they transition their websites over to Apache on Linux Jan 14 00:13
twitter You can be sure they get a lot of complaints. Jan 14 00:14
DaemonFC they’re also migrating to W3C compliant pages on those sites Jan 14 00:14
DaemonFC but about half the sites haven’t switched over yet Jan 14 00:14
twitter You should complain to them. Jan 14 00:14
DaemonFC so you need Internet Explorer to open half, and a compliant browser to get the compliant pages IE won’t load Jan 14 00:14
DaemonFC it’s a clusterfuck of Microsoft and Open Source Jan 14 00:15
DaemonFC a train wreck Jan 14 00:15
twitter Tell them that it is wrong to be forced to buy a $400 text editor. Jan 14 00:15
DaemonFC I don’t know what they’re doing, I don’t think they do either Jan 14 00:15
twitter They might be making a mess on purpose. Jan 14 00:16
DaemonFC I have to keep a copy of IE 6 in Wine around for when I have to access some state websites Jan 14 00:16
DaemonFC it’s terrible Jan 14 00:16
twitter The lesson to learn is that Microsoft does not mix. Jan 14 00:16

Fake Number of Vista Phony 7 Sales Gets Reported

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Windows at 12:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Co-authored with G. Forbes

Electronic roulette

Summary: Vista Phony 7 [sic] numbers under the microscope

Almost two months have passed since the mediocre Vista Phony 7 was released to apathetic crowds. Regardless of this negative reception, Microsoft has not yet failed in the lucrative smart phone market. That is, if the expensive and deceiving PR is to be believed. Deductive reasoning, however, proves that Microsoft is being ostensible. Despite managing to put just over a million VP7 units inside warehouses during this time period, reports from Microsoft boosters, such as this one and and this one, suggest that there are somehow shortages of the phones. The logical conclusion is that Microsoft is pulling the routine of reporting yet another fake ‘shortage’ of one of their products.

Not unexpectedly, Mary Jo Foley perpetuates this lie while confusing readers with PR until the update to her post arrives. As an aside, Mary has also been heckling the Linux competition, apparently not content with just promoting one more Microsoft deception.

Dave Methvin on the other hand, who has consistently been more interested in the truth rather than in Microsoft’s own interests, calls this “Phony Phone Numbers”. He writes: “Why do people always assume the worst when a company doesn’t reveal its numbers? Mainly because when a company has a big success, they’re more than happy to open up the spreadsheets and crow about what they’ve done. Microsoft is no different in this respect, bragging that they sold more than 2.5 million Kinect units for their Xbox line of game controllers in less than 30 days last month.”

As we indicated above, KINect has also been declared by “sold-out” Microsoft. The separate post of ours discusses that fake shortage as well as the lack of success of Microsoft’s other marketing gimmicks.

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