03.13.22

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Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIX — The Collapse of Team Mono

Posted in GPL, Microsoft, Mono at 7:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part I — Inside a Den of Corruption and Misogynists
  2. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part II — The Campaign Against GPL Compliance and War on Copyleft Enforcement
  3. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part III — A Story of Plagiarism and Likely Securities Fraud
  4. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part IV — Mr. MobileCoin: From Mono to Plagiarism… and to Unprecedented GPL Violations at GitHub (Microsoft)
  5. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part V — Why Nat Friedman is Leaving GitHub
  6. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VI — The Media Has Mischaracterised Nat Friedman’s Departure (Effective Now)
  7. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VII — Nat Friedman, as GitHub CEO, Had a Plan of Defrauding Microsoft Shareholders
  8. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VIII — Mr. Graveley’s Long Career Serving Microsoft’s Agenda (Before Hiring by Microsoft to Work on GitHub’s GPL Violations Machine)
  9. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part IX — Microsoft’s Chief Architect of GitHub Copilot Sought to be Arrested One Day After Techrights Article About Him
  10. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part X — Connections to the Mass Surveillance Industry (and the Surveillance State)
  11. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XI — Violence Against Women
  12. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XII — Life of Disorderly Conduct and Lust
  13. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIII — Nihilistic Death Cults With Substance Abuse and Sick Kinks
  14. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIV — Gaslighting Victims of Sexual Abuse and Violence
  15. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XV — Cover-Up and Defamation
  16. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XVI — The Attack on the Autonomy of Free Software Carries on
  17. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XVII — Backsliding Into 1990s-Style Digital Slavery by Microsoft
  18. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XVIII — The Story of NPM
  19. YOU ARE HERE ☞ The Collapse of Team Mono

GitHub: Where everything comes to die

Summary: Although much of Team Mono no longer works directly for Microsoft, we shall have to remove what it installed inside Microsoft; this includes Copilot, basically a plagiarism tool

ALMOST a couple of weeks ago we published the story of Mr. de Icaza's departure. ZDNet did the mop-up job for him, so don’t expect to easily know what really happened; not a single publisher has mentioned the arrest of Mr. de Icaza's friend Balabhadra (Alex) Graveley and publishers were in fact gaslighting his victims — a story which we shall tell later this year.

While this series has slowed down somewhat (due to a lack of time), it’s not stuck. There’s no impasse and we have literally thousands of lines of material in store.

Mr. de Icaza has said goodbye to Microsoft Corp. but he has not kissed goodbye the ‘Microsoft agenda’.

Laura and Miguel de Icaza
In spite of several people online accusing Miguel de Icaza of being gay, he is happily married with children, so we’ll refrain from propagating baseless gossip, rumours, and hearsay. There are many real issues for us to focus on instead.

The ‘Microsoft agenda’ includes attacks on the GPL, the revolutionary, ‘flagship’ licence of the GNU Project. Everyone who has read this series (hitherto lasting almost half a year) knows that there are aspects to that in Copilot. We’ve covered that in previous parts already.

As a short recap, Copilot isn’t an assistive, practical tool; it’s a GPL violation tool. It helps people remove themselves from liability or awareness of GPL infringement. That’s all it does. It’s like code search, sans the attribution/link/names (developers, projects and so on). Our source explained that “the original plan for Copilot sounded like a code auditing tool [but] Alex [Graveley] actually got mad whenever I said that’s what it sounded like…”

“Then I kind of looked into it and GitHub had an audit tool already,” the source noted. It wasn’t the idea of just one person; “Alex was saying that he and Nat [Friedman] had this idea. Honestly it was probably more Nat’s idea because Alex couldn’t really explain it to me in a way that made sense. He explained it as something that could find code based on the code you put into it and see if something similar was out there. He never used the words auto generate code for you, which makes me think he didn’t know what the fuck he was talking about…”

“This probably means that Team Mono, or specifically GitHub’s CEO (Microsoft’s decades-long stooge and mole inside our community), came up with this agenda, helping to push proprietary IDEs like Visual Studio.”So it was likely the idea of GitHub’s CEO and his longtime friend Nat Friedman, who left months ago — not too long before the rest of Team Mono!

This probably means that Team Mono, or specifically GitHub’s CEO (Microsoft’s decades-long stooge and mole inside our community), came up with this agenda, helping to push proprietary IDEs like Visual Studio. Microsoft cannot make money from GitHub (same issue as GitLab) without selling some clown computing stuff (“Azure”) or paid subscriptions. They try to teach people not to worry about GPL compliance, especially developers who can cause these issues without being aware (they think it’s some “Hey Hi” (AI) magic). “The original plan was to have Alex build it as a start up and then Microsoft would require it, which sounds a bit like fraud,” our sourced alleged, but “Alex was not in any place mentally to do this, as “Alex was in AA” (Alcoholics Anonymous).

“He also said that he had a pain killer addiction after a surgery,” the source added. “AA is a cult but that’s a different story [as] Alex has a history with cults. His parents were arrange married in Hare Krishna because they were top recruiters…”

“Oh God one day he had a panic attack… Because DropBox went from $24 to $18 in a day. He hadn’t sold any of his shares…”

“Have the goalposts been moved for the purpose of harming Free software some other way?”But the character of Alex aside (temper and drug issues), the above issue about GPL violations is very much relevant and it was discussed a lot by the FSF lately (over IRC and in papers published as well as funded by the FSF).

Our associate reminds us that “Copilot violates licenses, not only the GPL, but others as well.”

Sure, it’s a real attack on all Free software, not just the portion of it that’s GPL-centric or copyleft-leaning.

Code auditing tools are nothing new. Several other companies did it already, even 15 years earlier. Why slant that as “Hey Hi” (AT) all of a sudden? A war on copyleft/reciprocal licensing? And as an important side note, Miguel de Icaza openly complained about one such product (from Black Duck) almost 10 years ago. He said it was terrible and I still remember that.

Have the goalposts been moved for the purpose of harming Free software some other way?

“So I was reading up on GPL violations because I didn’t really completely understand the context of that phrase,” our source told us. “So I think the way that Alex described what he was trying to build with Copilot. [...] I think it was actually intentionally built with GPL violations in it. Because what he originally told me about it sounded like a code auditing tool. He said it would compare code and see if already exists. This was August 2019 so Github‘s actual code auditing tool had just been released.”

“So I told him that that product existed already. Then he basically told me I was stupid and we didn’t talk about it again. I’m not sure what he called me. It was pretty much constant at that point.”

“Copilot is most likely the mastermind’s (Friedman) way of attacking the Freedom of Free software.”Well, Copilot is no “code auditing tool” but a tool to encourage plagiarism and hide the evidence of it.

“Oh yeah,” our source added, saying: “I knew that worked at Samsung was on a project using something that for embedded software. I found it fascinating because I come from JavaScript where everything is plagiarized or open source anyways. It’s a lot more important for embedded because it’s almost impossible to fix later.”

We were told some unknown (to the public) stories about violations, but they fit better later in this series.

The good news is, Team Mono got sort of ‘orphaned’; it became too great a liability to Microsoft, which was trying to cover up several scandals at the same time. But it’s up to us now… to eradicate Copilot and anything which tries to emulate/replicate it. Copilot is most likely the mastermind’s (Friedman) way of attacking the Freedom of Free software.

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