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05.14.20

Microsoft Was All Along Based on Mediocrity Imposed by Illegal Tactics

Posted in Bill Gates, Microsoft at 11:57 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

People still remember the real story. Posted a day ago by a high-profile cartoonist (strip):

Fact: if you went back in time and killed Bill Gates to prevent Microsoft from ever existing; personal computers, software, the internet, and technology in general would have advanced at a much more rapid pace. He made his billions by impairing progress, not creating it.

Summary: History can be rewritten for a fee, but people often get a little ‘too’ curious and refute such paid-for revisionism

“Which moron wrote this brainless sh*t?”

Martin Eller, Microsoft programmer (about Bill Gates’ own code). Source: Barbarians Led by Bill Gates, a book composed by the daughter of Microsoft’s PR mogul

Bill Gates, King of Piracy and Serial Vandal, is a Terrible Public Face for Vaccination Efforts/COVID-19 Response Drive

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception at 10:57 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“It’s easier for our software to compete with Linux when there’s piracy than when there’s not.”

Bill Gates

Bill Gates, King of Piracy and Serial Vandal, is a Terrible Public Face for Vaccination Efforts/COVID-19 Response Drive in paper

Summary: The corporate media does a huge disservice to the public (harming public safety) by associating the need for novel coronavirus immunity with a class bully who’s looking to profit from mass vaccination

THE MEDIA has long been bribed by Mr. Gates (we wrote dozens of articles with clear examples of it), usually through his ‘charitable’ tax-evading investment arm. Do not be misled by media trying to paint him as a pandemics expert. Maybe he speaks to some, but then the media should put those people on the air rather than the person who bribes the media. He didn’t graduate from college and he was arrested several times for actual crimes. The reputation-whitening efforts say more about the media than they say about Mr. Gates himself.

“He could barely get along with his own family.”I don’t envy or worry too much about Mr. Gates. He’s a symptom of even broader class injustice (financial inequality, discrimination in the legal system and so on). He’s no ‘success story’ but someone who used privilege (both parental sides) to get where he did, including the famous deal with IBM, allegedly arranged by his mother, who comes from a mega-affluent banking dynasty. His father’s clout in the US legal system is a matter of public record as well.

What we strongly oppose is this idea that Gates is some sort of warrior for justice and truth, belittling his critics as though they’re primitive anti-vaccination “conspiracy theorists” (collectively of course, it’s just so convenient a framing).

The record of Gates himself reveals him to be a serial criminal — to the point of getting in trouble with the law as an adolescent, in college (law-breaking), and then antitrust at Microsoft. He could barely get along with his own family. There’s public record about highly heated disputes, including shouting and domestic violence. Who does Gates get along with? People like J. Epstein, apparently…

“When the media trots out this famous criminal as the flag bearer and public face of COVID-19 response it merely emboldens critics and sceptics, who perhaps rightly perceive Gates as “Big Pharma” profiteer (check where he has put his money!) and this means that public health will suffer. People will be reluctant to cooperate.”Says a lot about Gates.

That today’s media puts forth this person as some sort of moral compass says a lot about the media. But I worry profoundly about something else. I am a proponent of vaccination and it seems clear we need something to tackle COVID-19 (“herd immunity” won’t suffice; it would kill millions). When the media trots out this famous criminal as the flag bearer and public face of COVID-19 response it merely emboldens critics and sceptics, who perhaps rightly perceive Gates as “Big Pharma” profiteer (check where he has put his money!) and this means that public health will suffer. People will be reluctant to cooperate.

Always Follow the Money: Dozens of Press Articles (FUD) About Munich Dumping GNU/Linux After Microsoft Bribery But Only One (So Far in English) About Munich Dumping Microsoft Because GNU/Linux is Technically and Economically Better

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 10:24 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Part of a pattern

On the same day that CA blasted SCO, Open Source evangelist Eric Raymond revealed a leaked email from SCO's strategic consultant Mike Anderer to their management. The email details how, surprise surprise, Microsoft has arranged virtually all of SCO's financing, hiding behind intermediaries like Baystar Capital. --Bruce Perens
By Bruce Perens, in an article now deleted by the Linux Foundation (Perens is the co-founder of OSI, who resigned from OSI earlier this year; a month later OSI banned Raymond, its other co-founder). Guess who's paying OSI and what for… (yes, Microsoft pays OSI to promote proprietary software of Microsoft… and OSI has deleted the “Halloween documents” of Raymond)

Summary: The media bias doesn’t get much clearer than this; anything negative about GNU/Linux is amplified ad infinitum and Microsoft’s failures are belittled (if mentioned at all); when the media is paid by Microsoft it’s reluctant to report the news and eager to promote Microsoft in exchange for more money (e.g. ‘advertising’)

Links 15/5/2020: Plasma 5.19 Beta and MariaDB Stable Releases

Posted in News Roundup at 9:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Keeping Cool with Thelio: The Secrets of Thelio’s Thermals

        One of the largest considerations when developing any computer is the cooling system, also known as the thermal system. That fan that kicks on so your computer doesn’t overheat? That’s part of the thermal system. In developing our Thelio desktop line, we tackled the thermal systems with the goal of preventing thermal throttling of the components. Of course, people generally don’t want their fans spinning up a Category 5 hurricane, either. In this week’s blog, we’re taking an in-depth look at Thelio’s cooling systems to show you our process for optimizing thermals in our desktops.

      • Buy a Linux laptop: Star Labs laptops review (updated 2020)

        Linux users often face many difficulties, the most important of which is to find a computer that is compatible with the distribution they use, so that they enjoy using their preferred system without the headache of search for solutions and fixes that may be ineffective or useless.

        Fortunately, after the increased use of Linux in the technical environment, some companies have begun to design and manufacture special computers that are compatible with the Linux system.

        Today we will review the products of one of the famous companies in the manufacture of laptops that are dedicated to Linux, which is highly efficient and which It has been in great demand in recent years.

        So, are you looking for a compatible pre-configured Linux laptop? to enjoy using it without worrying about hardware drivers, this is your lucky day as i have some amazing offers for you, The Starlab Linux laptops. Come take a look.

        Their laptops come in two models: the top model and the lite one “for Mini laptops lovers”, the two have Linux pre-installed and configurrd for you. Now we will address the characteristics of each copy as well as the pros and cons of these Laptops. Let’s go.

      • The Linux Setup – Avinash Gunessee, “regular user”

        What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?

        I currently use Linux Mint 19.3 on my laptop. It is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and thus I know that I am fully supported until April 2023. If I need the latest and greatest software, I use a mix of Snaps, Appimages, and Flatpaks.

        What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?

        I use Cinnamon, which is the flagship desktop of Linux Mint. I used GNOME in the past and I kind of miss the one-touch workflow with the meta key. Who knows? I might install it in the future.

      • Chiptalk: Simplifying computer operating systems [Ed: Many factual errors here, including the ones below]

        They are – essentially — Microsoft’s Windows, Apple’s MacOS and iOS, Google’s Android and Chrome OS, and last but not least is the special case of Linux/Unix which is not the property of a commercial entity but is “community-owned”. Linux/Unix primarily is the brainchild of Linus Torvalds, the celebrated Finnish-American computer scientist.

    • Audio/Video

      • Checking Out Ubuntu MATE 20.04

        Ubuntu MATE 20.04 was released recently, and as the latest LTS release for the project, it has a lot riding on its shoulders

      • Bad Voltage: 3×04: They Call It Dot Egg
      • BSD Now: Speedy Bridges

        +> Unix has won in every conceivable way. And in true mythic style, it contains the seeds of its own eclipse. This is my subjective historical narrative of how that happened.

        I’m using the name “Unix” to include the entire family of operating systems descended from it, or that have been heavily influenced by it. That includes Linux, SunOS, Solaris, BSD, Mac OS X, and many, many others.
        Both major mobile OSs, Android and iOS, have Unix roots. Their billions of users dwarf those using clunky things like laptops and desktops, but even there, Windows is only the non-Unix viable OS. Almost everything running server-side in giant datacenters is Linux.
        How did Unix win?

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.6.13

        I’m announcing the release of the 5.6.13 kernel.

        All users of the 5.6 kernel series must upgrade.

        The updated 5.6.y git tree can be found at:
        git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.6.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:

        https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-s…

      • Linux 5.4.41
      • Linux 4.19.123
      • Graphics Stack

        • Linux 5.7 Seeing Radeon FreeSync Fixes, Back-Ported Soft Recovery For Navi

          While yesterday GFX10/Navi soft recovery support was sent in to DRM-Next for Linux 5.8, today that material was sent in as a “fix” for Linux 5.7 along with a number of other AMDGPU driver alterations.

          The GFX10/Navi soft recovery is similar to what was already wired up for GFX9/Vega and allows for killing the waves for hung shaders as opposed to the existing GPU reset functionality already in place. This soft recovery support will help improve the experience ideally should any problems be encountered with shaders as opposed to needing a full GPU reset.

        • AMDVLK 2020.Q2.3 Released With New Extension, Various Fixes

          AMDVLK 2020.Q2.3 was released today as the newest version of this official open-source AMD Radeon Vulkan driver for Linux systems.

          This AMDVLK driver update now supports VK_EXT_pipeline_creation_cache_control, which allows for obtaining information on potentially expensive hazards during pipeline creation before-hand.

          The AMDVLK 2020.Q2.3 driver also removes a workaround and a botched optimization, provides a new optimization, and other changes.

        • NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit Preview

          Originally slated for the NVIDIA GTC event but then delayed due to the coronavirus, the Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit is launching today for “cloud native computing” on edge/AI devices.

    • Benchmarks

      • AMD Renoir Graphics Beating Out Intel Icelake/Gen11 On Linux



        Earlier this week I provided the first Linux benchmarks of the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Zen 2 mobile processor on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and running within a Lenovo IdeaPad 5 (14). That initial article was focused on the CPU performance while for your viewing pleasure today are some preliminary benchmark numbers for the Vega 7 graphics up against Intel Gen11/Icelake.

        The AMD Ryzen 7 4700U features Radeon Vega graphics with seven execution units, 448 unified shaders, and a burst frequency topping out at 1600MHz. While it’s too bad Renoir didn’t get Navi graphics, the Vega 7 graphics are quite capable in even competing with Intel Ice Lake / Gen11 as these benchmarks are about to show. The Radeon Vega graphics are enough for any desktop task as well as any intermediate workload, but for any die-hard gamer, you’ll still be best off with a discrete GPU.

    • Instructionals/Technical

    • Games

      • Supporting Linux continues to be worthwhile for ΔV: Rings of Saturn

        Back in September last year the developer of ΔV: Rings of Saturn mentioned how cross-platform support was worth it, and it continues to be the case.

        ΔV: Rings of Saturn is a hard sci-fi, top-down space mining simulator, with every aspect backed up by “real physics and science”. Built with the open source Godot Engine, Kodera Software have crafted quite an impressive space sim that continues to advance through Early Access.

      • Open world monster-fusing RPG ‘Cassette Beasts’ will put a new spin on Pokemon

        Cassette Beasts has just been announced by Bytten Studio, that will see you in an open world adventure where you transform with monsters. It’s the same team behind Lenna’s Inception and we also have some fun news on how that sold on Linux.

        Welcome to New Wirral, a remote island inhabited by creatures you’ve only dreamed of, nightmares you hopefully haven’t, and a cast of brave folks who use cassette tapes to transform for battle. To find a way home you’ll need to explore every inch of the island, and record monsters to tape to gain their abilities!

      • Crusader Kings III launches for Linux on September 1

        Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio today announced that desktop monarchs will be able to attempt to claim vast lands in Crusader Kings III on September 1. A sequel to one of the most popular PC strategy games, it sounds like it’s absolutely rammed full of content. With lots of game mechanics expanded from CKII.

      • How To Install Steam on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        In this tutorial we will show you how to install Steam on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Steam was first released on September 12, 2003. It is digital service to distribute video games.

      • Python 3.8.3 : Pyxel free game engine.

        Pyxel is a free game engine is build for create old fashioned pixel art style games easily.
        Pyxel is published under MIT License.

      • Puzzle Adventure Something Ate My Alien Launches June 18 for PC, Mac, and Linux

        Rokabium Games have announced the release date for puzzle adventure game Something Ate My Alien.

        As stated in the press release, players control an AI, who lost its pirate ship to a pirate. Now it commands an alien blob to explore four hostile planets and grab as much loot as possible for the pirate.

        Players can dig through the earth to find the puzzles (involving pushing around colored blocks), while avoiding the dangers of the environment, wildlife, depleting oxygen, and solving the puzzles. A demo has also been made available on GameJolt, IndieDB, and Itch.io.

      • Build a planet devouring mechanized worm in Nimbatus, out today

        Nimbatus – The Space Drone Constructor is a game for creatives and lovers of a good laser show, giving you a ton of blocks to build some sort of drone and if you wish you can automate them too. Today it leaves Early Access!

        Command the Nimbatus and craft drones out of hundreds of different parts. Survive unknown threats in a fully destructible, procedural universe, compete against other players in different arenas or enjoy complete creative freedom in the sandbox.

        I’ve played Nimbatus since the early demo build they provided during the Kickstarter campaign a few years ago, as they thankfully supported Linux well even then. Quite engrossing as you repeatedly build, test, attempt to play through and then repeat. Learning more about what works, what fails spectacularly and then building bigger and better as you go.

      • Deep Rock Galactic leaves Early Access, works well with Steam Play on Linux

        Deep Rock Galactic from Ghost Ship Games has now left Early Access and thankfully it continues working very well on Linux when played with the Proton compatibility layer for Steam Play. More info on Steam Play can be found here.

        Deep Rock Galactic is a 1-4 player co-op FPS featuring badass space Dwarves, 100% destructible environments, procedurally-generated caves, and endless hordes of alien monsters. The underground caves are dark and full of terrors. You will need to bring your own lights if you want to illuminate these pitch-black caverns.

      • Prison Architect gets Cleared For Transfer and an Island Bound DLC announced

        Prison Architect today expanded with the Cleared For Transfer free DLC, a free ‘The Bucket’ update for everyone and they’ve announced Prison Architect: Island Bound.

        After purchasing the Prison Architect IP from Introversion, Paradox plans to continue expanding it like they do with their other games with Double Eleven as their chosen development team. The start of all that is really today, with the Cleared For Transfer DLC that’s out now and it’s free for everyone. Prisoners can now transfer between sectors (or wings) of your prison. Requirements for transfer to a lower-security sector are entirely up to you.

      • Radio Commander now has a Linux build ready for some testing

        Much like the recently covered and pretty good Radio General, the slightly older Radio Commander from Serious Sim now has a Linux build that’s in need of testing.

        It’s an RTS, however you’re not directly controlling units. The gameplay revolves around you, as you’re the commander operating a radio from a tent as you direct troops around your map. While the newer Radio General is set during WWII, in Radio Commander you’re clashing with the Vietcong during the Vietnam conflict.

      • The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall continues living with Daggerfall Unity

        Daggerfall Unity is a recreation of The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall built on the Unity game engine, with the project source code also available. Not something we’ve covered on GOL much but it continues advancing and it’s sounding quite impressive.

        A fresh release went out recently with Daggerfall Unity 0.10.23 which brings in some huge additions to the game engine. Playing it should be easier than ever thanks to work on the controls system which includes a new Advanced Controls UI, plus full Controller Support for various gamepads and the ability to set Sneak as a toggle rather than having to hold it down. Together all those should make it far more accessible.

      • The Fertile Crescent a Bronze Age RTS gets a tutorial and more improvements

        Continuing to be a favourite indie game I keep a close eye on, The Fertile Crescent is a Bronze Age real-time strategy game that’s currently entirely free to play.

        Set in the Ancient Near East, with a retro flavour thanks to a pixel-art style it’s quite impressive. With a single-player AI to fight against, and you can also play online against others. LincRead have continued to bring in big improvements recently.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Plasma 5.19 Beta Ready for Testing



          It’s time to test the beta release for Plasma 5.19!

          In this release, we have prioritized making Plasma more consistent, correcting and unifying designs of widgets and desktop elements; worked on giving you more control over your desktop by adding configuration options to the System Settings; and improved usability, making Plasma and its components easier to use and an overall more pleasurable experience.

          Read on to discover all the new features and improvements of Plasma 5.19…

        • KDE Plasma 5.19 Desktop Enters Beta, Final Release Is Coming on June 9
        • KDE Plasma 5.19 Rolls Out In Beta Form With Many Improvements, Better Wayland Support
        • Community Bonding by Shubham Mishra

          It’s been 10 days since the GSoC result was announced and it’s still beyond belief that I am selected for GSoC.

          This Month is for community bonding and fortunately I already have quite good bonding with mentors. I am also utilising this time in learning some more git and QML and now I am planning to start reading code for all the activities on which I have to work this summer. So, I might disturb mentors a bit more from now :).

          GCompris has been working on adding multiple datasets to activities for a long time and in this GSoC, I am taking forward my SoK work and adding multiple datasets to some more activities.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • After 5 Years, Finnix 120 Released: One Of The Oldest System Rescue Linux Distros

          Finnix is one of the oldest actively maintained and Debian GNU/Linux-based LiveCD operating systems for system administrators. Starting in 1999, Finnix released its first version in March 2000 and continued its usual release cycle of once or twice a year until it came to a standstill in 2015.

          But after a hiatus of 5 years, the new version Finnix 120 ‘Oneida” has finally been released with a number of major changes. Finnix 120 is built on top of the latest Debian 10.4 buster, featuring the current long-term Linux kernel 5.4. Let’s take a look at what more it offers.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • Data Driven Transformation Showcased @ SUSECON Digital with Fujitsu and SUSE
        • Has Hybrid Cloud Finally Come of Age?
        • Updated KDE Frameworks, Redis Arrive in Tumbleweed, Curl Gets New Experimental Feature

          KDE Frameworks 5.70.0 arrived in snapshot 202000511; these libraries for programming with Qt introduced a small font theme for Kirigami and improved icon rendering on multi-screen multi-dpi setups. KConfig added the standard shortcut for “Show/Hide Hidden Files” with the Alt+ keys. The text rendering bitmap package freetype2 updated to version 2.10.2 and dropped support for Python 2 in Freetype’s API reference generator; the version also supports Type 1 fonts with non-integer metrics by the new Compact Font Format engine introduced in FreeType 2.9. The 1.45.6 e2fsprogs package for maintaining the ext2, ext3 and ext4 file systems improved e2fsck’s ability to deal with file systems that have a large number of directories, such that various data structures take more than 2GB of memory; the new version uses better structure packing to improve the memory efficiency of these data structures. The libressl 3.1.1 package completed an initial Transport Layer Security 1.3 implementation with a completely new state machine and record layer. TLS 1.3 is now enabled by default for the client side, with the server side to be enabled in a future release. The changelog noted that the OpenSSL TLS 1.3 API is not yet visible/available. RubyGem had a plethora of packages updates in ; rubygem-fluentd 1.10.3 had some refactored code and enhancements like adding a set method to record_accessor. The rubygem-activerecord-6.0 6.0.3 package fixed support for PostgreSQL 11+ partitioned indexes and noted a recommendation in the changelog that applications shouldn’t use the database Keyword Arguments (kwarg) in connected_to. The database kwarg in connected_to is meant to be used for one-off scripts but is often used in requests, which is a dangerous practice because it re-establishes a connection every time. It’s deprecated in 6.1 and will be removed in 6.2 without replacement.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Red Hat and NVIDIA: Powering innovation at the edge

          Enterprises and telecommunication providers are looking at the edge as the newest IT footprint, observing the development of intelligent edge applications and monitoring the shift of workloads from traditional datacenters to the outer boundaries of public and private networks. The common realization is that bringing processing power and storage closer to the end user or data source is imperative to delivering high value services, scaling across geographically distributed locations and providing a faster, more satisfying service experience.

          Despite edge being somewhat of an opposite to the cloud from a datacenter point of view, it is much closer to “home” if you are operating outside of traditional enterprise boundaries. Yet in the context of the open hybrid cloud, the concept of edge computing is fully embraced. A large number of physical devices operating at the edge look somewhat like a cloud, especially since they have to work and be managed in unison, even if each one of them is performing its own set of tasks.

        • Red Hat and AWS extend collaboration: Introducing Amazon Red Hat OpenShift

          As we move deeper into the era of cloud computing, one thing remains clear: There’s no silver bullet for organization-wide digital transformation. We often see IT decision-makers seeking prescriptive guidance around the changing requirements of IT operations and application development in a containerized world. To better help these organizations address business-specific enterprise technology footprints and challenges, today we’re announcing an extension of the collaboration between Red Hat and AWS to deliver Amazon Red Hat OpenShift, a jointly-managed and jointly-supported enterprise Kubernetes service on AWS.

          Amazon Red Hat OpenShift will be a fully managed service that enables IT organizations to more quickly build and deploy applications in AWS on Red Hat’s powerful, enterprise Kubernetes platform, using the same tools and APIs. Developers will be able to build containerized applications that integrate natively with the more than 170+ integrated AWS cloud-native services to enhance agility, innovation and scalability. By blending Red Hat’s and AWS’ decades of enterprise IT knowledge and experience into Amazon Red Hat OpenShift, IT organizations will be able to launch cloud-native systems that can retain enterprise-grade security, be more agile and see improved performance while driving cost efficiencies.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu 20.04 Privacy Kit

          Easy privacy tips & tricks are here for Ubuntu Focal Fossa. You will find here simple, short, but powerful things in five sections such as start storing your username & password in a password manager and make sure your web browser is already private & secure. You can also do activities anonymously online by using Free Software based services simply accessible by browser such as Writeas mentioned below. Everything mentioned here is for beginners with further reading section at the end to learn more. Enjoy Ubuntu 20.04 safe and sound!

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Top 10 Open Source and Free RPA Tools of 2020

        Similar to numerous software usage, there’s a build-or-buy choice when getting started with Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Actually, Gartner recently called RPA the fastest-growing enterprise software segment of 2018, with 63% development in worldwide incomes. It’s a serious market, as well, you have alternatives. Besides, commercial RPA merchants have commonly tried to prioritize ease of use, with expectations of empowering non-developers to have the option to make and deploy bots without a huge amount of technical overhead. Some of the commercial merchants offer a “freemium” product as a method of tempting prospective customers to kick the tires on their platforms.

        There are various RPA tools accessible in the market and picking one could be a challenge. Let’s look at some of the best free and open-source RPA tools.

      • January 2020 License-Discuss Summary

        License-Discuss mailing list topics for January 2020:

        - Dual Licensing
        - Copyright on APIs
        - Decision process regarding license review submissions
        - AGPL evaluation and real-world license testing
        - ZFS Kernel Code on Linux

      • Events

      • Web Browsers

        • WWW and Mozilla

          • Stuart Langridge: Remediating sites

            The way I do this is with Greasemonkey. Greasemonkey, or its Chrome-ish cousin Tampermonkey, has been around forever, and it lets you write custom scripts which it then takes care of loading for you when you visit a specified URL. Great stuff: write your thing as a Greasemonkey script to test it and then when you’re happy, send the script file to the client and you’re done.

            There is a little nuance here, though. A Greasemonkey script isn’t exactly the same as a script in the page. This is partially because of browser security restrictions, and partially because GM scripts have certain magic privileged access that scripts in the page don’t have. What this means is that the Greasemonkey script environment is quite sandboxed away; it doesn’t have direct access to stuff in the page, and stuff in the page doesn’t have direct access to it (in the early days, there were security problems where in-page script walked its way back up the object tree until it got hold of one of the magic Greasemonkey objects and then used that to do all sorts of naughty privileged things that it shouldn’t have been able to, and so it all got rigorously sandboxed away to prevent that). So, if the page loads jQuery, say, and you want to use that, then you can’t, because your script is in its own little world with a peephole to the page, and getting hold of in-page objects is awkward. Obviously, your remediation script can’t be relying on any of these magic GM privileges (because it won’t have them when it’s deployed for real), so you don’t intend to use them, but because GM doesn’t know that, it still isolates your script away. Fortunately, there’s a neat little trick to have the best of both worlds; to create the script in GM to make it easy to test and iterate, but have the script run in the context of the page so it gets the environment it expects.

          • Request for comment: how to collaboratively make trustworthy AI a reality

            A little over a year ago, I wrote the first of many posts arguing: if we want a healthy internet — and a healthy digital society — we need to make sure AI is trustworthy. AI, and the large pools of data that fuel it, are central to how computing works today. If we want apps, social networks, online stores and digital government to serve us as people — and as citizens — we need to make sure the way we build with AI has things like privacy and fairness built in from the get go.

            Since writing that post, a number of us at Mozilla — along with literally hundreds of partners and collaborators — have been exploring the questions: What do we really mean by ‘trustworthy AI’? And, what do we want to do about it?

          • How to overcome distractions (and be more productive)

            Distractions tempt us at every turn, from an ever-growing library of Netflix titles to video games (Animal Crossing is my current vice) to all of the other far more tantalizing things we could be doing instead of doing what actually needs to be done. Is there any hope to focus on the things that matter in a world that wants us to do everything all the time?

            [...]

            Pocket features prominently in my book Indistractible. I think it’s a fantastic way to use “temptation bundling.” Temptation bundling is when we take something that we like to do and we bundle it with something we don’t really like to do, so for me listening to Pocket articles (I love the text-to-speech feature) is the way that I incentivize myself to go on a walk or to do exercise. I listen to articles while I do those things and it has a few benefits. It not only gets me outside (whether it’s exercising outside or indoors), but maybe even more beneficial is the fact that I don’t have to waste time reading articles online because I have a rule that I never read articles online. I only read articles in Pocket or listen to them in Pocket. So there’s a big time win there. I’ve been using Pocket for a very, very long time and I love it.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • OpenStack keeps stacking along: OpenStack Ussuri cloud arrives

          Public clouds get the headlines, but private clouds are alive and well for businesses that want to keep a tight grip on their data. So, OpenStack, the leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud software, stackers are happy to welcome Ussuri, the 21st version of this open-source cloud infrastructure software stack.

          OpenStack isn’t just private clouds, though. OpenStack software now powers more than 75 public cloud data centers and thousands of private clouds with over 10 million compute cores. A major reason for its popularity is it can be deployed on multiple architectures: Bare metal, virtual machines (VMs), graphics processing units (GPUs), and containers.

          In this release, OpenStack received over 24,000 code changes by 1,003 developers from 188 different organizations and more than 50 countries. It’s one of the top three actively developed open-source projects behind only the Linux kernel and Chromium.

          In a virtual press conference, the OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce pointed out the most important of these updates.

        • MariaDB 10.4.13 Release Notes
        • MariaDB 10.5.3 Release Notes
      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • LibreOffice 7.0 Alpha 1 Released With Its Skia + Vulkan Rendering

          The first alpha release of LibreOffice 7.0 is out this week for testing ahead of the planned official release of this big open-source office suite update in August.

          LibreOffice 7.0 Alpha 1 is available for easy testing on Linux, macOS, and Windows systems. Download links and more details on the LibreOffice 7.0 Alpha 1 release via the LO QA blog.

      • FSF

        • Remote education does not require giving up rights to freedom and privacy

          As countries around the world are beginning their long and slow recovery from the coronavirus, schools and universities may have to continue their struggle to give their students a quality education while using remote communication services until the end of the year. With the need to continue classes and exams, school administrators have ended up relying on proprietary conference tools like Zoom to stay connected, and are unfortunately turning to contracting proctoring businesses with names like ProctorU, Proctorio, and Examity to monitor testing and exams.

          The increased use of proprietary test-administering software is a dangerous development, both because of the software’s proprietary nature, and because of its inherent purpose of exposing a student’s, or in some cases a family’s, data to the proctor. In schemes like these, the user ends up sacrificing both personal information and biometric data. Because the software is proprietary, there’s no possibility of understanding how it works — besides leaking personal data, it could also create security concerns or deliver bad quality tests (and results). Requiring students to cede control over their entire computer to a test proctoring company is fundamentally unjust. Worse, we cannot be sure that any of these nonfree software dependencies and their accompanying surveillance techniques will be rolled back after social distancing guidelines are no longer enforced.

        • GNU Projects

      • Programming/Development

        • Swift 5.3 Will Expand Officially Supported Platforms to Windows and Additional Linux Distributions

          Swift 5.3 has recently entered the final stage of its development with the creation of the release/5.3 branch. One of the major goals for the upcoming Swift release is extending official platform support, including additional Linux distributions and Windows.

          As usual, the Swift team has detailed the process that will eventually lead to the release of Swift 5.3, clarifying its motivations and goals. Besides “significant quality and performance enhancements”, one of the key features in Swift 5.3 is official support for Windows and Linux. As a matter of fact, this is the first time the Swift release process will count on three platform release managers, Nicole Jacque for the Darwin platform, Tom Doron for Linux, and Saleem Abdulrasool for Windows. As it is usual since Chris Lattner left Apple, Ted Kremenek is the overall release manager.

        • Python

          • Displaying custom 404 error (page not found) page in Django 2.0

            It happens very frequently that a visitor on your website typed a wrong URL or the page user is looking for no longer exists.

            [...]

            In this article we will discuss the third option i.e. How to show your own error page in Django 2.0 project when a URL is not found.

          • Designing custom 404 and 500 error pages in Django

            It happens very frequently that a visitor on your website typed a wrong URL or the page user is looking for no longer exists.

            [...]

            Default 404 error page in django is quite boring. Also creating a custom 404 page in django is very simple.

            So lets see how to create custom 404 error page in django.

          • Top Python Testing Frameworks In 2020 For Selenium Automation

            Python is the fastest-growing programming language in 2019 as per the Developer Survey by StackoverFlow. It even edged past Java in the overall ranking and came out on 2nd as the most loved language only after Rust. One of the several reasons for the popularity of Python is the extensive support of test automation frameworks. Most of the popular Python frameworks are compatible with the Selenium test automation framework and used for automation browser testing & cross browser testing.

          • How To Fix A Bug – Building SaaS #56

            In this episode, we picked an issue from GitHub and worked on it. I explained the flow of using test driven development to show how the bug existed in an automated test. We wrote the test, then fixed the code. After that, we did some test refactoring to clean things up. We looked at what the issue was and how it is related to the handling of the Course model in a weekly view in the app.

          • Lightning Talks Part 2 – Python Language Summit 2020

            When a new coder begins learning Python, the first Python feature they usually see is SyntaxError. In Zac Hatfield-Dodds’s experience, novices meet these errors practically as soon as they start typing, and they will spend most of their time over the following months struggling with them. Since experienced programmers rarely encounter syntax errors and easily fix them, the core team has not built very good tooling for them, and the official Python tutorial doesn’t cover errors until Section 8. In any case, documentation is not the place to fix novices’ user experience, since they don’t know where to look for help. The only place to fix it is in CPython.

          • Python Bytes: #181 It’s time to interrogate your Python code
          • Insider 2020-05: syslog-ng 3.27; Python HTTP header; DBLD; Sumologic;

            This is the 81st issue of syslog-ng Insider, a monthly newsletter that brings you syslog-ng-related news.

          • Miro Hrončok: IPython-like RPM Lua interactive console

            Naturally, I’ve searched for an IPython like Lua console and I’ve found the list of Jupyter Kerneles (IPython console is a frontend to Jupyter). There are 3 Lua kernels there:

            Lua Kernel (discontinued)
            IPyLua (a fork of the above, not much active either)
            ILua
            ILua intrigued me mostly because it says right away: “Lua-implementation agnostic, should work with any Lua interpreter out of the box.” That’s exactly what I need. Maybe I can use it with rpm –eval “%{lua:rpm.interactive()}”.

            Turns out I can, but it’s not that simple. The used Lua interpreter needs to respect the $LUA_PATH environment variable and execute the file given to it as a command-line argument. Naturally, the simplistic rpm –eval “%{lua:rpm.interactive()}” does neither.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Updated: On Intel Corporation HR low morality

        I’ve seen on my skin what level of vileness Intel and in particular Intel HR is capable of. You can read about the official warnings based on invented facts, on my pages Intel fake allegations, and Intel new fake allegations. All signed and approved by the lowest morality HR department I’ve ever seen.

        Just for clarity, disciplinary measures were assigned to me without the human resources calling me to listen to my version of the facts.

        This is part of the modus operandi of a company that has mobbing in the workplace among their procedures.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Openwashing

            • Uber open-sources automated design framework for experiments

              Uber today released a framework for designing experiments within Pyro, its open source tool for deep probabilistic modeling. The framework leverages machine learning to enable optimal experimental design (OED), a principle based on information theory that enables the automatic selection of designs for complex experiments. With the framework, experimenters can apply OED to a large class of experimental models, from DNA assays to website and app A/B tests.

            • Microsoft President Brad Smith Acknowledges They Were Previously Wrong On Open-Source [Ed: Why does Phoronix repeat Microsoft lies for them?]

              Brad Smith has served as the President of Microsoft since 2015. He held a virtual talk / fireside chat today with MIT CSAIL on various technology topics.

            • GPUOpen Celebrates Another Day Of Its Relaunch With A New Binary-Only Software Release [Ed: AMD's "GPUOpen" turns out to be a cynical openwashing ploy with no actual substance]

              AMD this week marked the relaunch of GPUOpen as their resource for creators and game developers with their collection of open-source/open-standards minded offerings on the graphics front. In honor of their relaunch, they said they would be issuing new software releases every day this week. It was a bit odd yesterday with Radeon Rays 4.0 dropping their open-source code-base and today they are introducing another new utility that is also binary-only.

              Radeon Memory Visualizer (RMV) is their new tool for GPU video memory profiling. RMV is intended to help understand game/engine memory allocations, discover memory leaks, analyze resource paging, and other memory-related analysis.

              But besides Radeon Memory Visualizer being Windows 10 only at this point, it’s strange in that it is another GPUOpen release that is binary-only at least for now with no source code.

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Linux Foundation Hosts Project OWL

                The Linux Foundation has announced that it will host Project OWL’s IoT device firmware effort and is inviting developers worldwide to build mesh network nodes for global emergency communications networks.

                Project OWL was the winner of the Call for Code 2018. It’s a cloud-based analytics tool for disaster response. The name OWL is based on its remit to facilitate Organization, Whereabouts, and Logistics for disaster response. Call for Code started in 2018 and aims to bring together developers to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on cloud, data, and artificial intelligence that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues.

        • Security

          • Security updates for Thursday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (apt and libreswan), Fedora (glpi, grafana, java-latest-openjdk, mailman, and oddjob), Oracle (container-tools:2.0, container-tools:ol8, kernel, libreswan, squid:4, and thunderbird), SUSE (apache2, grafana, and python-paramiko), and Ubuntu (apt and libexif).

          • Security flaws mitigated by compiler optimizations

            An optimizing compiler is one that tries to maximize some attributes of an executable program at the expense of other attributes. Most modern compilers support some sort of optimization. Normally code optimized for performance is the usual preference Unfortunately, sometimes these optimizing techniques can lead to some unexpected security problems Luckily, there are many opportunities for compiler optimizations to actually mitigate security flaws.

          • Your Own Personal Enclave: The Smart Card Reader on the Librem 5

            There are many unique features in the Librem 5 that make it stand out when compared to other smartphones. The easily-accessible hardware kill switches with lockdown mode, removable WiFi and cellular modules, and the fact it uses the same PureOS operating system as our laptops get the most attention. These are great examples of how Purism approaches innovation differently from most tech companies. We favor open standards and build solutions that put the user in control, not us. While that’s often meant we’ve had to avoid proprietary off-the-shelf solutions and do things ourselves, in other cases it’s meant using existing tried-and-true open technologies like OpenPGP smart card readers in a new way–as a secure enclave fully in the user’s control.

            We recently got the smart card reader functioning on our Librem 5 Dogwood batch and I realized we haven’t talked much yet about the smart card reader. In this post I will discuss why we decided to add an OpenPGP smart card reader to our phones and how we intend to use it.

            [...]

            The first layer of security a smart card adds is by preventing keys from being copied. Once a private key is copied onto a smart card, it can never be copied back out. If an attacker were to compromise your computer, they could make copies of your GPG private keys in your ~/.gnupg directory on their own computer and attempt to brute force the password. If they were able to guess the password you used to secure those keys, they could use the keys to sign and decrypt things on your behalf on their own computer. Yet if those keys were on a smart card and the smart card were inserted the most they could do is sign and encrypt/decrypt things on your behalf while they had access to the computer–and only if they could guess your PIN. They couldn’t make copies of the key and use it elsewhere and the moment you removed your key from the computer they would no longer have access.

            The second layer of security a smart card adds is that it performs cryptographic operations with your keys on the smart card itself. Your private keys are never copied into system RAM even temporarily.

            Finally, a smart card becomes an authentication factor referred to as “something you have” like a physical key or an identification card (a password is “something you know”). The portable nature of smart cards means that you can keep them with you at all times and since they can only be in one place at a time, they can prove that the user has possession of authentic secrets.

          • PrintDemon – patch this ancient Windows printer bug!

            This month’s Patch Tuesday fixes just came out in what we’re calling a “bumper update“.

            Microsoft pushed out fixes for 111 different CVE-tagged vulnerabilities, 16 of which are deemed critical.

            That includes bugs that could in theory be remotely exploited, for example via rogue attachments or booby-trapped web pages, to implant malware without popping up any dialogs or warnings.

            However, there’s one apparently minor vulnerability that you may have seen in the media, because it’s created quite a stir: CVE-2020-1048.

          • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • The US Senate just voted to let the FBI access your browser history without a warrant

              In a major blow to citizens’ privacy, the US Senate voted today to give law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and CIA the power to look into your browser history without a warrant. Thanks, Mitch McConnell.

              Senators Ron Wyden from Oregan and Senator Steve Daines of Montana led the charge to insert privacy protections into the Patriot Act, which gives law enforcement agencies power for surveillance in order to maintain national security. However, the privacy protection amendment fell short by just one vote, as many senators who may have voted in favor of it didn’t show up.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Failure to delete hate speech could cost Facebook, Google billions in France

        Lawmakers in France this week passed a controversial new law that could impose billions in fines on social media companies that fail to delete certain kinds of content quickly enough—within an hour, in some cases.

        The new legislation (page in French) gives online platforms 24 hours from notification to remove certain kinds of content or else face fines.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Software Patents

          • Judge Koh again tosses ‘abstract’ software patents

            U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California dismissed patent infringement claims against video chat app maker OoVoo LLC and online search firm IAC Search & Media Inc, standing by an earlier decision invalidating the patents at issue.

            Koh on Thursday said two patents owned by MyMail Ltd relating to updating toolbar software over a network without user intervention are invalid.

          • Patentablity of COVID19 Software Inventions: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Storage & Blockchain [Ed: Everyone uses the pandemic for some personal agenda. The patent litigation industry [sic] uses that to promote software patents. Count the buzzwords…]

            The Coronavirus pandemic revved up previously scarce funding for scientific research. Part one of this series addressed the patentability of COVID-19 related Biotech, Pharma & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Inventions and whether inventions related to fighting COVID-19 should be patentable. Both economists and lawmakers are critical of the exclusivity period granted by patents, especially in the case of vaccines and drugs. Recently, several members of Congress requested “no exclusivity” for any “COVID-19 vaccine, drug, or other therapeutic.”[i]

            In this segment, the unique issues related to the intellectual property rights of Coronavirus related software inventions, specifically, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Storage & Blockchain are addressed.

            [...]

            Not all data storage systems should receive a patent and no vaccine should receive a patent so broad that it snuffs out public access to alternatives. The USPTO considers novelty, obviousness and breadth when dispensing patent exclusivity, and they revisit the issue of patent validity downstream with inter partes review. There are measures in place for ensuring good patents so let that system take its course. A sweeping prohibition of patents is not the right answer.

Life Will Never Be the Same Again

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 10:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

City stock photo

Summary: It seems probable that month after month things will deteriorate further (hunger, conflicts, partisanship) and even though Free software remains the most accessible technology for impoverished and frugal people we may have to face greater perils than ‘software wars’

THE PANDEMIC was “long time coming” and probably inevitable; history shows that it happens in cycles — like economic collapses — and high-density populations are harmed the most (or proportionally). It might be nature’s way of ‘balancing’ itself; it has not been “long in the making” (nobody made it; no need to), it’s just “long time coming…”

Please kindly ignore people who claim Bill Gates started it; Gates does not control China and assuming it started somewhere in China, it’s no different than many old plagues (some started in the US, some in Europe, several in China too). It’s not a “Fake alarm” or “False flag” or whatever, either; Russia and nations that are EU/US-hostile take this very seriously too, based on their own experts. They don’t even need WHO to lecture them about the severity and evidence to which they’re direct eyewitnesses (like high death rates among patients in overcrowded hospitals) is enough to alarm them.

“Please kindly ignore people who claim Bill Gates started it…”I won’t comment on COVID-19 as it’s way outside my area of expertise (and unlike Bill Gates I’m not pretending to be an expert, either). I wrote about why it’s unlikely to be a biological weapon (no nation benefits from it, not even China which relies on endless consumption, upon which manufacturing is dependent).

I am rather pissed off (to be brutally honest) seeing some people who link to Techrights claiming that it ‘proves’ Bill Gates is a paedophile (we never made such a claim and anyone who somehow infers/concludes that has a severe case of dishonesty or lacks reading comprehension skills). There’s extensive evidence, however, including admission from Gates himself, that he closely associated — for years — with people whom he knew were large-scale, serial, practicing paedophiles. These details do matter as otherwise our adversaries can seek to discredit factual reporting, based on deliberate distortions of what we wrote and very carefully published.

People are stuck home, watching stupid YouTube channels (to pass time), losing their sanity without even realising it…

For me, personally, almost nothing has changed because my wife and I have worked from home for well over a decade and I still do my nighttime job from the same old workstations. The main difference, to us at least, is that we no longer travel to places and we cannot go to the gym. Instead we work out from home.

“Financially speaking, for a lot of people these are unbelievably scary times.”That said, everybody I speak to has experienced very profound changes. Some lost their job, some work at very limited capacity or temporarily lost their job, not even knowing if that job will ever resume at all.

Financially speaking, for a lot of people these are unbelievably scary times. They never saw that coming. Some already worry they’d get kicked out of the place they call “home” (mortgage or rent payments) if they formally lost their job; finding a new job is almost impossible at this moment as face-to-face interviews are rare and difficult, not to mention public and private transport restrictions (still in place in London for instance).

I recently heard some gossip about GNU/Linux news sites and various Free software companies; it seems like they’re mostly OK and judging by some recent reports, Free software is actually surging in popularity right now.

Life Will Never Be the Same Again… if you work for a proprietary software vendor. Uber has just announced (privately) thousands of layoffs, talking to its newly-canned employees about it over the Internet (and not even in person). All that ‘digital-only’ vision isn’t meant to last after the outbreak. People still need to do manual tasks; this is particularly true for warehouse workers of Amazon and couriers that actually ship the stuff. High-profile Amazon staff quits in protest, Amazon employees blow the whistle en masses, and Jeff Bezos is coming under greater fire each day (there’s a new scandal today).

“Expect some crazy times ahead, maybe even a war (we hope not).”In some particular aspects, this may be the demise of internationalism (especially as far as shipping and travel are concerned). As we said earlier this week, there’s no “back to normal”; society will never go back to the same old normal. Now is the time to introspect, to adapt, to learn new things. Tell that to the Saudis and Gulf states whose economy was almost solely dependent on fossil fuels (and whose gamble on the airline ‘industry’ was a misguided one — a deeply-linked contingency tied to oil). Few people have paid attention to news about the US Army withdrawing from some Saudis territories along with Patriot [sic] missiles and the latest big scandal is an FBI ‘leak’ of a Saudi official connection to the 9/11 attacks — details long suppressed by both the Obama and Trump administrations.

Expect some crazy times ahead, maybe even a war (we hope not). The real unemployment rates are now officially worse than during the Great Depression, but the corporate media intentionally distracts from that (more on that in our latest Daily Links). There’s growing debate about the next pandemic phases and the likely food crises which those phases entail. And no, Mr. Gates, Monsanto (now Bayer) won’t save us with their ‘foods’ (patented seeds and cancer-causing pesticides) any more than Bayer’s predecessors ‘saved’ people during the last major war (using chemicals and lethal gases).

Microsoft FakeHub: GitHub is Faking the Number of Developers in GitHub by Listing Non-Existing Ones

Posted in Deception, Microsoft at 9:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft even keeps deleted users around (and they’re publicly listed, indexed by search engines too!)

Glasses off: Wait, I totally deleted my account already, well... typical Microsoft pretending to be bigger than it is

Summary: I had deleted my mostly unused GitHub handle several hours before the Microsoft takeover was formally announced, but it seems clear Microsoft decided to keep that account in tact anyway, which helps fake the scale of the site and number of developers in it; why would any developers trust such a malicious and dishonest proprietary platform?

The Attacked/Attacker Paradox

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 8:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.”

Bill Gates, Microsoft

Gates animation

Summary: Microsoft’s cult-like tactics have never been this blatant; the Microsoft ‘mascot’ keeps doing ‘media tours’, pretending to be an expert at things he hasn’t the slightest clue about, pretending to save the world because he cannot even save his own company anymore (and the other co-founder died years ago)

Paradoxically perhaps, if not as expected, when one ‘wins’ one becomes the target of attacks. The famous saying goes like this (attributed to various people, with slight variations): “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” (Usually attributed Mahatma Gandhi).

“Microsoft’s entryism, including takeover of GitHub (on which Microsoft loses loads of money each quarter, desperate to somehow control the rivals), may in fact be somewhat symptomatic of the fact that GNU/Linux and Free software take over everything and Microsoft tries — even at great expense (expenditure) — to sneak its ugly head into the photograph.”What we’re trying to say here is, in 2020 GNU/Linux makes big gains on servers (even Azure uses GNU/Linux on almost two-thirds of instances) and on the desktop, not to mention Android in mobile and all sorts of embedded devices or gadgets (Linux is almost the de facto standard on all). Windows lost majority market share about a decade ago (depending on what form factors are counted). Being Microsoft’s common carrier, without Windows domination the Microsoft we once knew cannot sell all sorts of other junk. They go in bundles. There have been many Microsoft layoffs since Vista and quarterly losses were sometimes announced (then spun by media moles).

Microsoft’s entryism, including takeover of GitHub (on which Microsoft loses loads of money each quarter, desperate to somehow control the rivals), may in fact be somewhat symptomatic of the fact that GNU/Linux and Free software take over everything and Microsoft tries — even at great expense (expenditure) — to sneak its ugly head into the photograph. Remember that, as per insiders' account, Azure loses loads of money. Datacenteres are being shut down, customers complain about provisioning problems, and Munich is said to have dumped Microsoft partly due to this. It’s in the French media this week.

“Are they so desperate to fake the number of users that exist on GitHub?”Whatever concerns we have about Microsoft hijacking projects using GitHub, sometimes by bribing the projects at hand (Python is one recent example of it) or infiltrating them by hiring particular people, we need to assess the exit barriers/costs. GitHub is proprietary software designed to entrap and ‘addict’; using the network effect it makes it hard for developers to leave. The other day I checked my GitHub account which I deleted within hours of rumours of Microsoft buying GitHub. Turns out, they never truly deleted it. Even request for complete deletion cannot be honoured by thugs from Microsoft and it’s still publicly listed (yes, a deleted account). Are they so desperate to fake the number of users that exist on GitHub? We once heard that many GitHub projects and users had quit, causing somewhat of a panic at Microsoft. Did they pay for a dud after all? Is there a long-term plan/business model?

“Microsoft therefore resorts to the mentality of sacrificial death cults or suicide bombers, trying to cause us all to drown along with Microsoft.”Bill Gates left Microsoft a couple of months ago to further pursue his political career, pushing his patents for power and for profit. He too may have realised that Microsoft doesn’t have much of a future. He took his money and ran, looking to profit at vastly higher rates from billions of “shots” and maybe implants. We’ll spare the mention of conspiracy theories related to this; the actual facts were covered here before and they’re different from what a bunch of yahoos on the Web claim rather baselessly, doing a disservice to informed critics of Gates. The Gates-funded publishers/broadcaster (NPR for example) spend a hufe amount of space and time ridiculing them, collectively painting all Gates critics as outright insane. A couple of days ago NPR ‘journalists’ started blocking Twitter users who merely pointed out that Gates had paid part of their salary as recently as 2018 (they pay in 'installments' — conditionally — to ensure NPR keeps saying what Gates wants… to keep that money coming).

Gates lost the argument (“letter to hobbyists”) a long time ago. Free software is the way to go. Paul Allen is dead. Our prediction is that Microsoft will die before Bill Gates. His father is still alive (albeit clinically demented, as acknowledged by the media), so “Junior” might be around for a few more decades, sowing destruction and poverty, as usual.

The fight or the ‘war’ isn’t over. But it’s rather clear that in terms of “mindshare” and market share GNU/Linux is ‘winning’. Microsoft therefore resorts to the mentality of sacrificial death cults or suicide bombers, trying to cause us all to drown along with Microsoft. Don’t cooperate with them; never negotiate with radicals. Only the radicals stand to gain.

“Where are we on this Jihad?” [Against Linux]

Bill Gates

Jihadi John

Munich’s Experience Retrying Microsoft (Again)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 7:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Related: Former Mayor of Munich Explains How Microsoft Hates Linux

Travolta: We're moving to Windows; Gosh! That was the shite!

Summary: Now that Munich is moving back to Free/libre software (and GNU/Linux) we must all learn an important lesson about the city whose migration was being sabotaged for nearly a decade by Microsoft, using bribes, entryism and fake ‘studies’ paid for by Microsoft, the company that says it “loves Linux”

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