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07.04.20

[Humour/Meme] The ‘New’ Edge (Chrome Copycat) is Already Dead, So Microsoft is Trying to Just Kill the Competition

Posted in Antitrust, Deception, Google, Microsoft at 8:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Picard View Screen: Captain, Edge has an update, I don't use Edge, Nobody out there uses Edge, Holy shit, look at that market share!

2020 browser share

Summary: Edge market share is so minuscule that it doesn’t even make it into this chart (it’s in “other”); no wonder Microsoft now bullies Windows users into using it, for users reject it even after months of endless advertising/AstroTurfing and aggressive exploitation/appropriation

07.03.20

Monopoly Abuse, Still: Microsoft Pays Projects to Embrace/Move to C#, GitHub and Visual Studio

Posted in Antitrust, Microsoft at 9:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Nothing has changed at Microsoft except the PR, the sugar-coated layoffs, and the framing of bribes

Libellule/dragonfly

Summary: Microsoft’s greatest of efforts to lull regulators into inaction and fool us all into thinking that things have changed are undone by actual behaviour, which is abusive, anti-competitive and just… typical Microsoft

THE same old Microsoft — the one we all know — has not changed. Earlier today we saw Godot’s latest article about “C# progress report” — an article that talks about “Visual Studio and VSCode” (pretty much the same thing; the latter is the openwashing ploy).

“Having leveraged other people’s code for a proprietary Web browser that lets Microsoft spy on Web users, it now adds another layer of malice to it.”It says upfront: “This work was kindly sponsored by Microsoft.” So Godot is paid by Microsoft now, but only to serve Microsoft’s agenda. No wonder it outsourced the code to GitHub and is now working to enhance Microsoft’s proprietary software with surveillance (telemetry is their euphemism of choice) embedded in it. Some of these projects, Qt included, are going in the wrong direction. They’re wrongly assuming that the world will forever stay imprisoned by the monopoly and therefore they make a strategic alliance with this monopoly. Look closely enough and you’ll always find that Microsoft pays them to do it; they sell out.

Speaking of monopoly and abuse thereof, Microsoft is being incredibly malicious again. Having leveraged other people’s code for a proprietary Web browser that lets Microsoft engage in cyber-espionage (it spy on Web users, logs keystrokes etc.), it now adds another layer of malice to it. Did anyone not see this coming? SlashGear called it “nagware” [1] and the earlier (The Verge) article that everyone seems to link to says “Microsoft’s forced Windows updates just sank to a new low” (prior headline was “Microsoft is forcing Edge on Windows users with a spyware-like install”). [2]

“Edge is really getting nasty with people who want to use another browser,” Ryan explained in our IRC channels. “It just won’t take no for an answer. It’s basically like a rapist.”

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Microsoft Edge has reportedly come close to being intrusive nagware
  2. With Edge, Microsoft’s forced Windows updates just sank to a new low

    If I told you that my entire computer screen just got taken over by a new app that I’d never installed or asked for — it just magically appeared on my desktop, my taskbar, and preempted my next website launch — you’d probably tell me to run a virus scanner and stay away from shady websites, no?

    But the insanely intrusive app I’m talking about isn’t a piece of ransomware. It’s Microsoft’s new Chromium Edge browser, which the company is now force-feeding users via an automatic update to Windows.

    Seriously, when I restarted my Windows 10 desktop this week, an app I’d never asked for…

06.21.20

[Humour] Things You Can’t Say on Reddit

Posted in Antitrust, Microsoft at 9:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Context: Detecting and Undoing/Reversing Censorship of Microsoft Critics at Reddit

Bill Murray: Microsoft says it 'supports' Rust, You don't suppose they try to take control of it, aaaaand I'm banned

Summary: Reddit is to free speech and freedom of expression what Microsoft is to ethics

06.13.20

Quit Calling Bill Gates a Liberal

Posted in Antitrust, Bill Gates, Finance, Microsoft at 10:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

He gives nothing away, not even tax money (the so-called ‘charity’, Gates Foundation, is an astonishingly shrewd for-profit investment vehicle that helps Bill dodge taxes and shape the narrative/agenda)

Mean Girls: He keeps saying he gives his money away; Yeah, that's why he triples his wealth

Summary: Money and greed know no “wings” and political loyalties based upon ideological orientation; in a two-party system, moreover, the rich will always get a lot richer (and fast!) because they play parties off against each other

THE term “Liberal” or “Liberalism” does not mean in the US what it means in most other countries; moreover, the meaning of “Liberal” changed over time and now we have terms like Neo-Liberal, which is altogether different. Libertarianism is another thing altogether and the notion of liberty is so widely abused that Donald Trump calls a bunch of armed lunatics “liberators”; many still call troops who invade other countries (for oil companies or so-called ‘democracy’) “liberators”.

If Mr. Gates and his wife are “Liberals,” which they’re not, what liberty are they celebrating? Exemption from tax? Liberalism/liberty from regulation? As in… deregulation?

“Considering the Gates family’s past with race issues (trying to whiten and ‘purify’ the population), Mr. Gates is about as tolerant as Donald Trump. He’s just hiding it better.”So-called ‘Conservatives’ in the US aren’t much different from the fake ‘left’ that’s just oligarchs masking themselves as tolerant (focusing on race, not class). There’s this stigma associated with tech companies, saying they’re all “leftist” or “liberal”. Watch their actions though! They support war. They support oppression. They profit from human suffering. What part of all this is actually “Liberal” or “liberal”? What the heck does that label even mean?

People who call the Gates family “Liberals” are obviously clueless as to how the ruling class (or plutocracy, or magnates, or oligarchy) thinks and operates. They hardly even care for such labels. To them, it’s just “us” and “them”, as in us the “champions of the world” and them the peasants, the ignorant masses whom we tell that we deserve that massive wealth because of our “hard work” (not privilege, not other people’s hard and underpaid-for work).

Considering the Gates family’s past with race issues (trying to whiten and ‘purify’ the population), Mr. Gates is about as tolerant as Donald Trump. He’s just hiding it better.

06.09.20

[Humour] Microsoft’s Jokers Tell Us They Love Linux…

Posted in Antitrust, Bill Gates, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Quote at 6:24 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Two Jokers: What we are trying to do is use our server control to do new protocols and lock out Sun and Oracle specifically - Bill Gates

Summary: Humour? Maybe. But those are all genuine, authentic quotes from inside Microsoft’s leadership (speaking of “Linux” as though it’s a cockroach and Windows a drug).

06.07.20

GitHub is Not Open Source and It’s a Monopoly (Microsoft’s)

Posted in Antitrust, Microsoft at 7:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

It’s a miracle antitrust scrutiny wasn’t applied before the takeover

Preston Kirk: Am I in trouble for outsourcing to github? Microsoft: No, you're doing fine!

Summary: Microsoft keeps kidding us all, saying that a proprietary software monopoly called GitHub somehow proves that Microsoft likes Open Source when in reality it’s an entrapment and exploitation of other people’s hard work

06.05.20

GitHub is Not Sharing But ‘Theft’ by Microsoft

Posted in Antitrust, Microsoft at 12:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Open letter to Microsofters?

Two Wieners: Hey, that's mine; What's mine is mine and what's yours is mine, too

Summary: Microsoft buying GitHub does not demonstrate that Microsoft loves Open Source (GitHub is not Open Source and may never be) but that it loves monopoly and coercion (what GitHub is all about and why it must be rejected)

“Government attorneys accuse Microsoft of using its monopoly position to bully, bribe and attempt to collude with others in the industry, while illegally expanding and protecting its Windows franchise.”

The antitrust case: a timeline

05.31.20

It’s a Common Mistake and Common Misconception/Error to Treat Microsoft as Just Another ‘Large Company’ (or ‘Big Tech’)

Posted in Antitrust, Deception, Microsoft at 6:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Find money

Summary: What’s wrong about Microsoft isn’t its size; what’s wrong with Microsoft is its behaviour, which isn’t just illegal (crimes are the norm) but also hugely unethical

THE idea that some people are “obsessed” with Microsoft is a myth, one that’s mostly peddled by the subject of criticism. It stigmatises the critics as having something chronic and irrational. The retroactively reactive, responsive, reactionary distrust of Microsoft is very well earned. Each week we see another new story about victims of Microsoft, even people who merely attempted to enhance Windows in some way (but Microsoft did not control that enhancement, so that’s a ‘problem’). New example here.

“Each week we see another new story about victims of Microsoft, even people who merely attempted to enhance Windows in some way (but Microsoft did not control that enhancement, so that’s a ‘problem’).”A very long time ago in another context (EPO) we published a number of articles about sociopaths, lack of empathy, greed and nihilism. Those problems if not mental conditions very well characterise the leadership of Microsoft; this has been mostly true since the company’s genesis (and since inception Bill Gates ran into many troubles with the law, even arrested). We kindly remind readers to not be shy and not be shamed into treating Microsoft as just another ‘Big Tech’ — a club of many. We previously explained why ‘Big Tech’ or “GAFAM” or “GIAFAM” (some say “GAFA” as if to imply Microsoft is suddenly all wonderful!) misses the broader picture. I, personally, never bought anything from Apple or Amazon. I don’t have a Facebook account, I don’t use anything from Microsoft (the last version of Windows I had was Windows 98) and the only thing from Google that I use is Google News (less and less over time) because of Daily Links. No, I don’t use Android or so-called ‘phones’…

“Microsoft hasn’t changed since the antitrust days; the regulators changed (or were ousted; bribery in politics plays a role too).”So “GAFAM” (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) hardly plays a role in my life, though most people I know feed lots of data into those companies. Heck, my employer sent a lot of data to AWS (which I oppose openly). The bottom line is, just because a number (perhaps a handful) of companies serve an imperialistic surveillance agenda doesn’t mean they’re all equal or similar. The danger posed by Facebook for example (a close ally of Microsoft by the way) is inherently different from some of the nefarious things Microsoft does. People out there who lash out at Microsoft are sometimes facing accusations along the lines of “whataboutism” (e.g. “but what about Google???”) and it’s a lousy old tactic which misses the point. Yes, Google is bad in a lot of ways, but that must not distract anyone from the horrible things Microsoft does every day. Microsoft hasn't changed since the antitrust days; the regulators changed (or were ousted; bribery in politics plays a role too).

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