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

08.08.11

White House is Microsoft’s House

Posted in America, Microsoft at 2:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

White House in 2006

Summary: Microsoft manages to have a mole put in charge as the CIO of the White House

A person previously chosen to head technology for the Obama administration was embracing Google, Drupal (GPL), GNU/Linux etc. But it was too good to last and as we noted last year, there was something mysterious about his departure, almost as though someone was trying to topple him (we wrote about him on many past occasions).

Just like in the FCC, the White House is falling back into Microsoft’s hands. Gates and Ballmer are already frequent White House visitors, so the match seems like it was made in Heaven and the connection Microsoft has to the US government is a subject we have an entire wiki page about.

Microsoft must be opening a bottle of champagne right about now. The White House CIO who was a Microsoft-hostile one is out, a mole is in, based on this report:

Steven VanRoekel, a former Microsoft executive, will become the next chief information officer for the federal government — a bigger, more policy-oriented technology job than any he held at the software giant.

This comes from the New York Times. “Here is an article with a bait title” from the New York Times, alerts us a regular reader. This relates to reports like this or even this, but its message is opposite in the sense that it is a bit of a whitewash. “Microsoft needs to concentrate on a different kind of search: finding a buyer for Bing, its online search business,” say original claims, but who would be interested in a business that loses billions per year? All Bing brings are big losses without signs of reversal (amid growing debt). It’s the same with Windows phones at 1% market share and “abysmal” revenue which is “probably income from Microsoft’s Android shake-downs,” says one GNU/Linux advocate. Moreover, it is one of those silly articles that call profit — not userbase — “market share”. But anyway, that’s another story for another post. Going back to the issue at hand, Fernando Cassia tells us that:

Great, after appointing a trojan at Nokia, the Evil Empire of Redmondia now has one at the White House

“Oh no,” writes one of our readers, “Steven VanRoekel, who worked at Microsoft from 1994 to 2009, replaces Vivek Kundra, who is stepping down as federal chief information officer to take up a fellowship at Harvard University. As CIO, VanRoekel will direct policy and strategic planning for government information technology and will be responsible for the $80 billion in annual federal technology spending. At Microsoft, VanRoekel was an assistant to Bill Gates…”

“The US Federal Government is totally screwed,” he adds, and “NYT is stupid.”

It says that: “The federal government spends about $80 billion a year on information technology, more than any corporation. But the government, analysts agree, has not achieved the kind of productivity gains from its technology investment that is evident in the private sector.”

“That would be the “productivity gain” had by firing lots of workers in the private sector,” says our reader. “It would be good if the Feds don’t get “productive” like that but Republicans want to fire everyone but DHS subcontractors.

“Great, after appointing a trojan at Nokia, the Evil Empire of Redmondia now has one at the White House”
      –Fernando Cassia
“Government work does not pay well but it’s one of the few places left that a person might hope to work a 40 hour week, have vacations and a pension.

“Wow, Roy has a lot of excellent research on the man. [..] and what happened at the FCC.”

Concluding the above, he quotes: “While VanRoekel worked with the FCC, one of his primary jobs was to redesign their basic website and primary web-based face. Below you’ll be able to see before and after screenshots of the site improved by VanRoekel. He furthermore added a vastly improved commenting system to the new site as well.”

Further, he adds: “So, that’s his primary FCC achievement according to Slashgear. Roy documented a few other accomplishments, like the FCC going after Apple.

“Kundra’s IT dashboard had a lot of Microsoft contracts on the cutting block. This guy will probably push OOXML on everyone instead.”

The problem with VanRoekel’s appointment is now just that he is likely to make IT more expensive (at burden to taxpayers). He is also putting national security at risk considering cyberattacks from China, which based on Wikileaks/Cablegate are due to Windows and Microsoft’s collaboration with Chinese crackers. Look what we have in the news now…

IDG: China Denies Any Involvement in ‘Shady RAT’

Slashdot: Black Hat Talk Demonstrates New Document Exploits

To quote: “Remember the days of the viruses embedded in email attachments? They’re coming back, according to a pair of researcher talking at Black Hat this week: ‘”If you have installed all Microsoft Office patches and there are no 0 day vulnerabilities, will it be safe to open a Word or Excel document?” TT asked the audience. “The answer is no.”‘”

Remember what Microsoft’s E-mail management previously did in the White House.

A Microsoft mole in the White House is bad for the same two reasons we explained yesterday in relation to European procurement. It makes everything more expensive to the public and also provides an inferior service to the public. The American citizenry deserves better than that.

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

A Single Comment

  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    August 8, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Gravatar

    I’m very disappointed to hear that Vivek Kundra has left. His departure is a surprise. He was doing a great job.

What Else is New


  1. Microsoft Still Engages in Criminal Activities Against Linux, Openwashing Efforts Continue Nonetheless





  2. Microsoft Openwashing and Hatred of GNU/Linux

    Microsoft's outrageous claim that it really "loves" that which it is constantly attacking gets rejected by Free/Open Source software (FOSS) luminaries; the Microsoft-friendly media continues the charm offensive nonetheless



  3. Links 31/10/2014: Rubin Leaves Google, Neelie Kroes Ends EU Career

    Links for the day



  4. The EPO Is More Corrupt Under Battistelli Than Under Alison Brimelow: Part VIII

    After Brimelow, with all her flaws and her scandals, an even worse President is installed who then abolishes oversight and seemingly brings his old friends to the EPO, creating a sort of subculture that is impenetrable to outsiders



  5. Claiming That Microsoft 'Loves' Linux While Windows Update Bricks Devices With Linux

    The sheer absurdity of claims that Microsoft -- which not only attacks those who distribute Linux and GNU but also blackmails them, takes them to court, or bricks their products without any liability -- 'loves' Linux



  6. Protectionist Reign: Corporations in Complete Control of Everything With Domination Over Patent Law

    How multinational corporations, joined by the corporate press that they are funding, promote a corporations- but not people-friendly patent policy in north America



  7. Links 30/10/2014: GNOME 3.15.1, Red Hat Software Collections 1.2

    Links for the day



  8. Links 29/10/2014: Ubuntu Touch Tablet, Puppy Linux 6.0

    Links for the day



  9. Links 28/10/2014: SUSE Linux Enterprise 12, Canonical OpenStack Distro

    Links for the day



  10. Links 28/10/2014: PiFxOS, The Document Foundation in OSBA

    Links for the day



  11. Microsoft is Bricking Devices With Linux (Yet Again!), So a Microsoft Booster Spins/Paints Linux Devices as 'Fakes'

    Microsoft delivers rogue drivers through Windows Update and they brick Arduino microcontrollers



  12. How Bill Gates Continues to Pass Wealth From the Public to His Own Bank Account

    Having put a universal tax on many things (not just computers) and evaded tax using the classic 'charity' trick, Gates is now buying the media, the schools, politicians etc. and earns as much as 10 billion dollars per year while the public is taught that Gates is a giver, not a hoarder of the worst kind



  13. Links 27/10/2014: Lenovo Unbundling, Linux 3.18 RC2

    Links for the day



  14. IRC Proceedings: September 14th, 2014 – October 25th, 2014

    Many IRC logs



  15. Links 25/10/2014: KDE Mockups, Update on GNOME Outreach Program for Women

    Links for the day



  16. After Infecting Unity -- Successfully -- Microsoft's Partner Xamarin Wants to Infect Unreal Engine With .NET

    Xamarin continues to spread dependence on Microsoft to more gaming frameworks, not just platforms such as GNU/Linux, Android, and even permanent-state devices



  17. Taking Microsoft Windows Off the Grid for Damage to Businesses, the Internet, and Banking Systems

    Microsoft's insecure-by-design software is causing massive damages ([cref 27802 possibly trillions] of [cref 13992 dollars in damages to date]) and yet the corporate press does not ask the right questions, let alone suggest a ban on Microsoft software



  18. City of Berlin Does Not Abandon Free Software, It's Only Tax Authorities

    A Softpedia report that says the City of Berlin is moving to Microsoft Office is flawed and may be based on a poor translation



  19. Nadella a Liar in Chief at Microsoft, Pretending That His Anti-Competitive Practices Are Unfortunately Imposed on Microsoft

    The nastiness of Microsoft knows no bounds as even its assault on GNU/Linux and dirty tricks against Free software adoption are characterised as the fault of 'pirates'



  20. Reuters Writes About the Demise of Software Patents, But Focuses on 'Trolls' and Quotes Lawyers

    How the corporate media chooses to cover the invalidity of many software patents and the effect of that



  21. Links 24/10/2014: Microsoft Tax Axed in Italy, Google's Linux (ChromeOS/Android) Leader Promoted

    Links for the day



  22. Links 24/10/2014: GNU/Linux History, Fedora Delay

    Links for the day



  23. Links 23/10/2014: New *buntu, Benchmarks

    Links for the day



  24. Links 22/10/2014: Chromebooks Surge, NSA Android Endorsement

    Links for the day



  25. Links 21/10/2014: Debian Fork Debate, New GNU IceCat

    Links for the day



  26. Criminal Microsoft is Censoring the Web and Breaks Laws to Do So; the Web Should Censor (Remove) Microsoft

    Microsoft is still breaking the Internet using completely bogus takedown requests (an abuse of DMCA) and why Microsoft Windows, which contains weaponised back doors (shared with the NSA), should be banned from the Internet, not just from the Web



  27. Microsoft 'Loving' GNU/Linux and Other Corporate Media Fiction

    Microsoft has bullied or cleverly bribed enough technology-centric media sites to have them characterise Microsoft as a friend of Free/Open Source software (FOSS) that also "loves Linux"



  28. India May be Taking Bill Gates to Court for Misusing His So-called 'Charity' to Conduct Clinical Trials Without Consent on Behalf of Companies He Invests in

    Bill Gates may finally be pulled into the courtroom again, having been identified for large-scale abuses that he commits in the name of profit (not "charity")



  29. The Problems With Legal Workarounds, Patent Scope, and Expansion of Patent Trolls to the East

    Patent trolls are in the news again and it's rather important, albeit for various different reasons, more relevant than the ones covered here in the past



  30. Links 20/10/2014: Cloudera and Red Hat, Debian 7.7, and Vivid Vervet

    Links for the day


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