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01.16.11

ES: Bill Gates: “Fuimos Ingenuos Cuando Empezamos”

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception at 2:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Octopus ship

(ODF | PDF | English/original)

Resumen: La admisión de los problemas dentro de la Fundación Gates, de nada menos que de el lujoso Bill mismo

Los juegos de poder de la Fundación Gates [http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Gates_Foundation_Critique] no son divertidos. Se trata de hacer daño a un montón de maestros EE.UU. [http://techrights.org/2011/01/09/teach-for-america-es/], por ejemplo. experiencia y la reputación de las personas están siendo ignoradas cuando un plutócrata se hace cargo de campos que simplemente no comprende y no puede entender. Economía sería un ejemplo [http://techrights.org/2011/01/07/marginalising-students-and-teachers/] porque Obama toma el consejo de Gates en lugar de profesores de Economía.

Para crédito de Gates, que recientemente admitió que su régimen equivocado de Relaciones Públicas PR + inversión fue “ingenuo” al principio. Para citar a The New York Times [https://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/health/21gates.html?_r=1&ref=global-home&pagewanted=all]:

En una entrevista, el Sr. Gates, sonaba un poco castigado, diciendo en varias ocasiones, “Fuimos ingenuos cuando empezamos.”

No ha cambiado mucho. Como ha señalado Gates Keepers, que más tarde se agrega esto [http://gateskeepers.civiblog.org/blog/_archives/2010/12/24/4711052.html], la Fundación Gates sólo pretende que las cosas han cambiado. Melinda, por ejemplo, todavía “evita el conflicto y una buena pregunta acerca de la Fundación Gates” [http://gateskeepers.civiblog.org/blog/_archives/2010/12/22/4709622.html]:

Aquí está una entrevista informercial con Melinda, uno de los copresidentes de la Fundación Gates. Uno lector le preguntó sobre la opinión de Gates acerca de los países en conflicto y Melinda simplemente no respondió a la pregunta! Ella es muy astuta, o bien informada, para no responder a preguntas difíciles en las entrevistas.

Curiosamente, Tom Paulson realmente ha decidido explorar la Fundación Gates. Siendo un experimentado periodista que es (pero aún no sobornado por Gates), su producción reciente vale la pena lo siguiente [http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2010/10/bill-melinda-gates-the-world-is-in-fact-getting-better/]:

Bill y Melinda Gates: El mundo es, de hecho, cada vez mejor

Bill y Melinda Gates quiere que las personas dejen de quejarse y comenzar a prestar atención al éxito.

Sí, sí, es fácil burlarse de este tipo de conversación – sobre todo de los super-ricos.

Pero algunas cosas, de hecho, son cada vez mejores. Y a diferencia de la mayoría del mundo de super-ricos, los Gates están en realidad “invertiendo” en hacer del mundo un lugar mejor. También quieren convencer a los escépticos por qué esto es realmente una buena inversión para todos nosotros.

Ese fue el punto de su “Living Proof” evento, transmisión por Internet hoy en vivo desde Londres.

El evento se llevó a cabo en colaboración con la campaña ONE, una organización co-fundada por Bono, que defiende en materia de salud global y la pobreza – y que, al parecer, no le gusta responder preguntas de los medios de comunicación respecto a sus finanzas, pero eso es otra historia.

(Uy, no voy de nuevo ser un periodista típico y centrarme en lo negativo.)

Eso es un poco de sarcasmo, por supuesto. En cuanto a la organización de un escándalo de Bono, que escribimos sobre él en ese momento [http://techrights.org/2010/09/27/bono-and-microsoft-donations/].

GatesKeepers se expande a lo anterior por escrito [http://gateskeepers.civiblog.org/blog/_archives/2010/10/19/4659507.html]:

Uno de los mejores analistas de la Fundación Bill y Melinda Gates en el escenario de blogs es Tom Paulson en su Humanosphere. En este artículo parece estar contento con la buena noticia, que resulta no ser nuevo en absoluto, que Bill y Melinda están dando en el aire. El mundo está mejorando todos estamos de acuerdo. Pero Bill y Melinda se han propuesto demostrar que su “ayuda” esta contribuyendo a ella. En esto ellos han fallado:

Las tasas de mortalidad infantil no necesariamente han caido debido a la ayuda. Bill no ofrece gráficos para mostrar el resultado de una mayor disminución en los países con más ayuda. O cualquier otra prueba de que la ayuda tenía nada que ver con la disminución de la mortalidad infantil.

Melinda es particularmente insistente en que las familias más pequeñas son resultado de la mortalidad infantil más baja. Se repite este argumento simplista. Las familias más pequeñas de países en transición demográfica no son sólo causados por la disminución de la mortalidad infantil. La ayuda no ha tenido mucho éxito en la reducción de la mortalidad infantil, pero ha tenido un enorme éxito en traer a las familias a los métodos de planificación en los países más pobres.

La disminución de la poliomielitis es causada en parte por la ayuda. Su persistencia continua también puede ser causada por la ayuda que en las campañas de fondos ineficaces o el movimiento de personas facilita.

Mantenga el buen trabajo, Tom. Y por favor no se deje engañar cuando Bill y Melinda lo alimenten de un montón de mierda bien empaquetada.

En un post más adelante mostraremos que Paulson también está preocupado por la Fundación Gates se esta apropiando de de los medios de comunicación que cubre temas de interés para la Fundación misma.

Many thanks to Eduardo Landaveri of the Spanish portal of Techrights.

ES: Microsoft Explota el Desastre en Haití (otra vez) Para Comercializar SharePoint

Posted in Marketing, Microsoft, Servers at 2:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Que coman SharePoint…”

Haiti from above

(ODF | PDF | English/original)

Resumen: La comercialización de SharePoint a través de chantajes sentimentales en el blog oficial de Microsoft, cortesía del sufrimiento de los niños en Haití.

LA EXPLOTACIÓN del terremoto en Haití es un tema que hemos tratado anteriormente en referencia a Microsoft[http://techrights.org/2010/01/18/microsoft-takes-perl-down/] y también [http://techrights.org/2010/01/18/microsoft-takes-perl-down/]la Fundación Gates [http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/Gates_Foundation_Critique]. “Capitalismo de Desastres ” – que un gran desastre está siendo un utilizado para crear dependencia (por ejemplo, el lock-in*) el “líder heroico” o “salvador de las empresas” – es algo que todos hemos aprendido de Katrina también (no hay buena literatura respecto al tema) . En lugar de regresar a las viejas historias es sobre ella queremos mostrar la más reciente explotación de Haití por Microsoft, la que se disfraza como un esfuerzo de relaciones públicas [http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2011/01/12/haiti-one-year-later-technology-lessons-for-disaster-response.aspx]. Lea esto con escepticismo, (habilidades críticas requeridas), ya que incluso usan una foto para el chantaje sentimental. Es la misma cantaleta de siempre y dice:

“OneResponse, una plataforma online basada en Microsoft SharePoint, contiene piezas vitales de datos tales como listas de contactos, calendarios de reuniones y los resultados de las evaluaciones de las necesidades para ayudar a la respuesta humanitaria.”

¡Qué bonito anuncio. Es absolutamente repugnante cuando el dolor de alguien es que se utilizan no sólo para crear una dependencia de SharePoint [http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/SharePoint_Reality_Log], lo que sí puede ser tembloroso por momentos [http://techrights.org/2010/06/18/sharepoint-fragility/], pero también a sí mismo publicidad. Como Razvan Sandu lo puso en Identica, “¿Puede imaginar que la gente afectada por un terremoto haga clic en Microsoft Sharepoint? La propaganda comercial no tiene límites”


Eduardo Landaveri, who is responsible for the Spanish portal of Techrights, adds to the above translation of his:

It’s outrageous to see what are (Microsoft) are capable of, but having following them over the years, nothing surprises me coming from them.

Anyway I added the following to the end of the article because “lock in” has no direct translation into Spanish and any future article I will add it to the end. I consider it important because many readers will come across the term for the first time while reading in the Spanish portal or while being hand out any of your articles as ODT or PDF. [...] Here it goes what I added:

Lock-in – has no direct translation into Spanish. It would sound very silly and incomprehensible as “lock”, but much clearer as “Prison.”

This word comes to mean literally forced to submit to electronic formats that make it difficult to escape them.

For example a person or organization that has used Microsoft Office for a long time. When a new version is forced to pay for it because Microsoft has always created and will create artificial incompatibilities, and blame the competition. -READ the Comes vs
Microsoft to see how this has been one of their tactics to create dependency on their products. Therefore becomes an instrument of domination. Digital Colonialism, which we must break the chains NOW for the welfare of our own and future generations.

Many thanks again to Eduardo Landaveri.
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*Lock-in – Tiene no directo traduccion al Español. Sonaría muy tonto e incomprensible como “candado”, pero mucho mas claro como “PRISION”.
-Esta palabra viene a significar literalmente la forzosa sumisión a formatos electrónicos que hacen muy difícil escaparse de ellos.
-Por ejemplo una persona u organización que ha usado Microsoft Office durante mucho tiempo. Cuando sale una nueva versión es FORZADO a PAGAR por ella por que Microsoft SIEMPRE ha creado y creará incompatibilidades artificiales, y echarle la culpa a la competencia. -Lease los Comes vs Microsoft para ver como esto ha sido y es una de sus tácticas de crear dependencia en sus productos. Por ello viene a ser un instrumento de dominación. El Colonialismo Digital, del que debemos romper cadenas AHORA para bienestar de las nuestro y las fúturas generaciones.

Techrights is Not a Rename of Boycott Novell

Posted in Boycott Novell, Site News at 2:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

It’s an umbrella site of Boycott Novell

Summary: An explanation of the relationship between the names “Techrights” and “Boycott Novell”

THERE IS a common misconception spread mostly by detractors of this site and there is also a famous saying that if lies are repeated unchallenged, they will eventually stick, so Techrights should state for the record yet again that Techrights is not a rename of Boycott Novell. It is a new name, but not a rename. Essentially, one is an ‘umbrella’ to the latter, intended to make the name better suit the expanded scope of the site (including the daily links).

IRC Proceedings: January 15th, 2011

Posted in IRC Logs at 1:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Enter the IRC channels now

Pascal Bleser Incident in OpenSUSE Project Shows Community Problems

Posted in Intellectual Monopoly, Novell, OpenSUSE at 1:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Sock on head

Summary: Some cryptic development within the OpenSUSE community shows continued unrest and Pascal Bleser is out of the board

THE OPENSUSE community is in a bit of a state of disarray. Amid Novell’s plan to be sold to AttachMSFT (not finalised yet and there are objections), members of OpenSUSE are uncertain about commitments, as we explained the other day.

OpenSUSE’s fairly new community manager, Jos Poortvliet [1, 2], came at the time that some key people were leaving. He says that the community wants an OpenSUSE foundation.

The openSUSE Linux version is going to a foundation because users demanded it, says Novell’s community manager Jos Poortvliet

But here comes the interesting part from the press around that area:

The openSUSE Board elections process, which began in December last year, has now moved into the election phase and the final results will announced on January 26, 2010.

The board has 2 seats open for this election as Pascal Bleser and Henne Vogelsang terms are expiring.

Pascal is a longtime prominent member and he is quite vocal. He now explains why he is “not running for the openSUSE Board”:

The reason is simple: I have been elected on the two previous Board instances, and have also been part of the initial “bootstrap Board” (as I like to call it) where there were no elections (chicken/egg) and where our primary mission was to set up an election process.

This claim is conflicted somewhat by this one from Susan:

Today Pascal Bleser, openSUSE packager and Board member, posted a message to the openSUSE Project mailing list announcing the decision of the openSUSE Board to “revoke an individual’s membership as well as his access to the openSUSE infrastructure.” The only explanation given was that this member had repeatedly violated the Guiding Principals and rejected any attempts for intervention. The message was so cryptic and secretive that it actually provoked more questions than it originally had intended to answer.

That sounds rather different, does it not? There is even a reference to Pascal (not by name) in this message which got pinned at LWN:

As you probably all know by now, the openSUSE Board recently revoked an individual’s membership as well as his access to the openSUSE infrastructure.

Pascal’s absence is rather striking because he used to win the elections very easily. The candidates now are:

* Chuck “PUP” Payne, ambassador from the US (blog) Platform
* sebas, open-slx user experience expert (blog) Platform
* Kostas Koudaras, ambassador from greece (blog) Platform
* Peter Linnell aka mrdocs, OSS It consultant Platform
* Henne Vogelsang, Booster, currently Board Member, Novell (blog) Platform
* Sankar P, Programmer, Hacker, FOSS Enthusiast, Novell (blog) Platform
* Nelson Marques, Contributor (blog) Platform

In other news about the project (there is not much [1, 2, 3]), members still insist on getting more power as the project is dominated by Novell.

The ballots are open and now the power is in the hands of people of openSUSE to decide whom they want to have on the board for the next year. The openSUSE community is a true democratic community so the elections procedure for it, is a celebration of ideas. All the candidates have proved our love for what we do and we are all devoted to the openSUSE project and its community.

For Novell, one of the first steps towards assuring that the community has some control is to review the trademark guidelines or simply annual them.

In 2009, a set of trademark guidelines were created to help define how the community and beyond could use the openSUSE logo and related trademarks in their own products and services. Along with this, Novell granted powers to the openSUSE Board to be the guardians of the openSUSE trademarks. This included ensuring that proper usage followed the guidelines as well as giving the Board the ability to review special use cases

This seems like an improvement, but the OpenSUSE Board still has Novell employees in it. Does anybody know what Pascal did to get treated as he is alleged to have been treated?

Mono in ‘Damage Control’

Posted in Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 12:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Fire and ice

Summary: Mono/.NET boosters have initiated another wave of ruthless personal attacks to defend the indefensible

AS many people can tell, Techrights has been getting a lot of flak from the Mono community over the past week or so. Whether it’s in blogs, in IRC, microblogging or whatever, the Mono community is scrambling to respond to the latest PR problem that they have. Always ask yourself though, are they actually addressing the criticisms? Or are they attacking people and their respective platform? If it’s the latter (which it overwhelming is), then it means they have no counter argument and they resort to the lowest from of defence. While it is true that some sites still cover Mono applications (but not as many sites as there used to be), there is usually a warning about the nature of Mono and that's important progress. Mono boosters spin it. They are still in denial over the FSF's stance for example. It’s like the rejected boyfriend who keeps pretending his ex-girlfriend loves him. The truth of the matter is, more and more people are fed up with Mono and those many personal attacks on Mono critics (misquoting, out of context quoting, false associations, cheap smears, disinformation, etc.) are no longer effective. Their shelf life is due. To repeat the take-home message, when viewing a defence of Mono, check to see if it’s an attack on messengers or a real defence. Unpopular opinions are not incorrect opinions and they initially put the source at risk.

Iran Shows the Downside of Using Proprietary Software

Posted in Asia, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 12:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Esfahan mosques

Summary: Danger of depending on someone else’s secret code (Microsoft Windows) demonstrated by Stuxnet and the collateral damage of spreading of viruses by governments

Conspiracy theory? No, not just a theory anymore. There are loads of articles derived from the first one this weekend:

Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay

Behind Dimona’s barbed wire, the experts say, Israel has spun nuclear centrifuges virtually identical to Iran’s at Natanz, where Iranian scientists are struggling to enrich uranium. They say Dimona tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms.

‘Israel tested Stuxnet on Iran, with US help’

US and Israeli intelligence services collaborated to develop a destructive computer worm to sabotage Iran’s efforts to make a nuclear bomb, The New York Times reported on Saturday. In its online edition, the Times quoted intelligence and military experts as saying Israel has tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, which apparently shut down a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges in November and helped delay its ability to make its first nuclear weapons.

The testing took place at the heavily guarded Dimona complex in the Negev desert housing the Middle East’s sole, albeit undeclared nuclear weapons program. Experts and officials told the Times the effort to create Stuxnet was a US-Israeli project with the help, knowingly or not, of Britain and Germany.

Stuxnet: It’s Bush’s fault!

It’s called “an admission against interest” in legal circles. Example: When the New York Times says something good about George W. Bush. It was George W. Bush’s fault, the NYT just confessed, that the Stuxnet computer worm ended up destroying 984 Iranian uranium centrifuges over the last year or so. Bush got the Stuxnet program started in cooperation with Israel and other countries in the last years of his presidency.

Israel tested worm linked to Iran atom woes – report

It added it was not clear the attacks were over and that some experts believed the Stuxnet code contained the seeds for more versions and assaults.

What about all the innocent businesses and homes that got infected by the same worm? Can they sue the involved governments for damages? Why is it OK for governments to do what people normally go to jail for?

It ought to be mentioned that Techrights covered this like 3 times before (see links below), but only now is it more confirmed.

More on Stuxnet:

  1. Ralph Langner Says Windows Malware Possibly Designed to Derail Iran’s Nuclear Programme
  2. Windows Viruses Can be Politically Motivated Sometimes
  3. Who Needs Windows Back Doors When It’s So Insecure?
  4. Windows Insecurity Becomes a Political Issue
  5. Windows, Stuxnet, and Public Stoning
  6. Stuxnet Grows Beyond Siemens-Windows Infections
  7. Has BP Already Abandoned Windows?
  8. Reports: Apple to Charge for (Security) Updates
  9. Windows Viruses Can be Politically Motivated Sometimes
  10. New Flaw in Windows Facilitates More DDOS Attacks
  11. Siemens is Bad for Industry, Partly Due to Microsoft
  12. Microsoft Security Issues in The British Press, Vista and Vista 7 No Panacea
  13. Microsoft’s Negligence in Patching (Worst Amongst All Companies) to Blame for Stuxnet
  14. Microsoft Software: a Darwin Test for Incompetence
  15. Bad September for Microsoft Security, Symantec Buyout Rumours
  16. Microsoft Claims Credit for Failing in Security
  17. Many Windows Servers Being Abandoned; Minnesota Goes the Opposite Direction by Giving Microsoft Its Data
  18. Windows Users Still Under Attack From Stuxnet, Halo, and Zeus
  19. Security Propaganda From Microsoft: Villains Become Heroes
  20. Security Problems in iOS and Windows
  21. Eye on Security: BBC Propaganda, Rootkits, and Stuxnet in Iran’s Nuclear Facilities
  22. Eye on Security: ClamAV Says Windows is a Virus, Microsoft Compromises Mac OS X, and Stuxnet Runs Wild
  23. Windows Kernel Vulnerability for Thanksgiving, Insecurity Used for Surveillance Again
  24. Cablegate Reveals Government Requesting Access to Microsoft Data, Kill Switches
  25. Use Microsoft Windows, Get Assassinated

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