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01.25.13

Apple Deposed for Abusing Rights

Posted in Apple at 12:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Showoff not justified.

Showoff

Summary: Apple’s bullying and violation of ethical employment practices (conspiring to immobilise workers) to come to the surface

Spple’s CEO might soon be deposed for lies that abused workers under litigation blackmail. The Open Source Consortium used the irony tag to say that “Because #swpats are about protecting innovation” we should allow swpats (software patents) and abuse of workers. Apple is such a shameless, manipulative company. It turns out now that Apple bought Siri after Verizon had planned to make it an Android(-only?) feature. Who benefits from Apple’s tactics?

In the news, Korean versus US bias is evident, where the latter has a lot more international impact (the US still had a lot of military bases in Korea for one thing) and the ITC serves as a gatekeeper. The corporate press in the US cheers for embargo:

ITC to review Apple patent complaint against Samsung

A U.S. trade panel that specializes in patent disputes will review a potentially key decision in the patent fight between Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc over smartphones and tablets.

The panel, the International Trade Commission, also sent part of the dispute back to judge, who ruled in October that Samsung, the world’s top maker of smartphones, infringed four Apple patents but did not violate two others.

The full commission said on Wednesday it would review the judge’s decision, and asked the agency judge to take a second look at portions of two patents where he had found that Samsung infringed.

Here is the latest from Pamela Jones:

There was a hearing scheduled for today in Judge Lucy Koh’s courtroom in San Jose, California on Samsung’s application for an order for permission to obtain discovery from Apple for use in Japan, where Samsung is appealing a preliminary injunction. The hearing was at 10 this morning, California time, and I’ll let you know when the court decides whether to grant it.

Be careful of corporate media in the US. Apple has many media connections, so bias is commonplace there. Follow independent sites instead. Although we are not a law site, we proudly reject corporate funding and respectable independent sites acknowledge this. There is no hidden agenda. Earlier this week some Wikileaks people, including Julian Assange and his mother, cited yours truly. Some cite posts about Skype such as this new one:

Journalists and activists report having their Skype calls tapped

In an open letter this morning, a group including EFF, Greatfire.org and Reporters Without Borders called out Skype for “persistently unclear and confusing statements about the confidentiality of Skype conversations.” The signers cite an increased need for transparency reports as Skype integrates more deeply into the services of its new owner, Microsoft.

In particular, the letter raised questions about TOM-Skype, a co-branded Chinese version of the software, which applies a text filter and automatically blocks messages deemed “unsuitable for delivery.” Because of the co-branding, TOM-Skype looks and behaves exactly like the U.S. version of Skype, leading to concerns that users may not realize they are communicating through Chinese servers and protocols. The level of state surveillance on TOM-Skype calls remains unclear.

This is the “civil rights” angle of software. Done, deployed or re-implemented improperly, software disables rather than enables users. And unless people fight back against this, it will only get worse.

Munich Responds to Microsoft FUD

Posted in Europe, FUD, Microsoft at 12:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Munich

Summary: Blowback for Microsoft and HP as claims fail to withstand scrutiny

Yesterday we published a summary of material about Microsoft FUD that it had hidden from the public. Well, rebuttals continue to come from Mr. Wildeboer, who points out flaws in the ‘study’, leading to yet more backlash from Munich. Microsoft’s goes a long way back and Germany should know the dangers of propaganda. Here is a new article with refutations:

The German city of Munich refutes the claims over high costs of the city’s switch to an IT system mostly based on open source. The IT department takes apart the numbers published by Focus earlier this week. The German weekly questions the city’s move to open source, citing the author of an unpublished report commissioned by the maker of the ubiquitous proprietary office software and operating system.
The response from the IT department was published in the city’s newsletter on Tuesday. Karl-Heinz Schneider, head of the municipal IT service, starts by saying that the licensing costs that would be incurred for using their products had not been taken into account. Schneider: “By doing so, they fail to consider the lion’s share of savings, of nearly seven million euro.”
The IT department also rejects the purported claim that it would not have needed to upgrade to newer versions of the proprietary operating system. Schneider: “A big trigger for our decision to put the operating system to the test, was the announcement by the vendor to drop support for the operating system in use at the time. Migrating to a new operating system was inevitable.”

What’s curious is HP’s involvement in the propaganda.

$125 to Remove Vista 8, Which One Already Paid For

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google, Vista 7, Vista 8, Windows at 12:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Vista 7 downgrade

Summary: People charged twice for rejecting what they never asked for in the first place

CONVICTED MONOPOLIST Microsoft has lost staff and money because Vista 7 and Vista 8 are not changing anything and because Windows generally assumes the ‘desktop’ will always dominate. Android proved otherwise, so Microsoft tries to profit from Android via extortion. A big news item in blogs these days is this stampede:

Hey, Microsoft? Just a little heads up. If customers despise your latest and ostensibly greatest operating system so much that businesses are offering a downgrade service, you might want to take that as a sign that something has gone wrong. Because while we can understand having to pay for an upgrade, ponying up cash just to take a step back on your new laptop with pre-installed software is well, it’s a step back.

People pay a lot of money to escape Vista 8 while Microsoft calls it a ‘sale’ and make more money this way, claiming two sales for one PC Valve now urges Windows users to install Ubuntu.

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