01.26.23

Companies Would Collapse Upon Abandoning Their Original Goals (That Attracted All the Productive Staff)

Posted in Bill Gates, Free/Libre Software, FSF, FUD at 12:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 3fa713aa016effddd846715afa98523f
Sirius Abandoned Everything
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Staff with technical skills won’t stick around in companies that reject technical arguments and moreover move to proprietary software in a company that brands itself “Open Source”

DESPITE losing my best friend this week I am trying to keep active and to keep this series going. My friend helped inspire my activism and many other things. The video above explains some of the things that happened at work, based on practical examples (demonstrating that ISO certification changed nothing for the better). More people need to find the courage to confront their bosses and demand justice. Don’t just “play it safe”, try to actually fix things, from within if possible (taking this public is the very last resort).

The video above contains some of the backdrop to the collapse of Sirius ‘Open Source’. It comments on this post. The Gates Foundation was never mentioned in writing at Sirius, only once and strictly verbally in 2019. An NDA signed by Sirius Open Source (yes, that’s an actual sellout considering what the CEO used to believe in*) changed things for the worse and resulted in the CEO being ‘in exile’. We’re talking about a fervent Microsoft critic, who moved the company to Washington for the “first US client” (yes, Gates) and weeks after it all happened not only myself but also my wife got falsely accused. We were acquitted only after months of humiliation. Nobody ever apologised for this.

“More recently after I told a friend that Bill Gates, not Microsoft, was paying Sirius Open Source Inc. (with the actual timing being interesting; coincidence being improbable) a manager intentionally twisted/distorted what I said.”Back then, as well as in 2017, I wanted to publish “Microsofters Contact My Employer to Get Both My Wife and I Sacked” (yes, it happened prior to 2019 as well). It’s truly quite maddening what Microsoft and its goons would do to silence me; they even pick on loved ones. This became a potential future topic way back in 2016.

More recently after I told a friend that Bill Gates, not Microsoft, was paying Sirius Open Source Inc. (with the actual timing being interesting; coincidence being improbable) a manager intentionally twisted/distorted what I said. What I said was factual, what they said I had said was not. Gates never needed British company to handle something thousands or American firms can easily handle (let alone ask this company to establish itself in another country, which is possibly what happened though the NDA hides it).
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* Here’s one old talk that covered “FUD (‘Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt’) as the nonsense that it is [...]”

01.24.23

[Meme] Medical Data Sovereignty

Posted in Bill Gates, ISO, Microsoft at 9:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Your NHS Data: managed by a company in exile in the United States

Summary: What happens when your medical records/data are accessible to a company based abroad after a mysterious NDA with the Gates Foundation? The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) does not mind.

01.22.23

Sirius ‘Open Source’ a Victim of Mismanagement and Sellout

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception, Free/Libre Software at 12:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Sirius Bullying the Geeks, Driving Away Core Staff
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The managers at Sirius ‘Open Source’ have been bullying staff since 2019, even more so after the Gates Foundation passed money to the CEO under an NDA (while the company created a new shell in Washington); today we examine why the NDA was, in effect, very much like a bribe (or two bribes, depending on the kind of NDA) and then examine one memorable example of management abusing depressed and ill geeks

FOR a number of years already we’ve discussed NDAs as a form of bribery. NDAs should probably not be legal at all; people who use NDAs extensively cause harm; they typically engage in criminal business activities, which they’re desperate to hide (from the public, authorities etc.), so they pay ‘hush money’ in advance).

“White-collar criminals love NDAs.”The video above discusses this post from 3 hours ago and explains why I’ve generally come to the conclusion that many types of NDA are indistinguishable from bribes. Had there been no strings attached, I’d be able to give more concrete evidence of what happened in 2019. I got a hint of it only once and Rianne was a witness too. She heard what the CEO told us. I did not record it, but in hindsight I ought to have recorded it (had I known in advance). This was never mentioned in writing after that (or before that). I suppose that verbal mention was itself a violation of the NDA, but maybe the CEO hoped nobody would notice. White-collar criminals love NDAs.

Yes! I still rememberEither way, the main topic of the above video is how a colleague of mine, a highly technical person, was persistently bullied by vicious ‘managers’ without any relevant training. We never forgot this. We’ll always remember.

If you work in a company governed by trolls and managed by their cronies, get out for your own sake. It only goes downhill from there. Companies cannot recover from this and sellouts worsen things. They’re a final act of desperation, milking what’s left of the brand’s past reputation.

“Pearly Gates and Em-Ballmer
One promises you heaven and the other prepares you for the grave.”

Ray Noorda, Novell CEO and Chairman

01.20.23

Sirius ‘Open Source’ Management Lies to All the Technical Staff to Trap Workers in a New Contract a Month Before Creating a Shell in the US for Bill Gates

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception, Law, Microsoft at 9:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Note: This article is redacted as well/best as possible to protect people’s identities. It’s important to properly report and inform the public of this. There might be laws being broken herein.

sirius-us-july-2019
Just a month after we were forced to sign a new contract that we did not see!

Summary: Sirius ‘Open Source’ (Limited or Inc.) is a truly dodgy company; it has been exceedingly and increasingly dodgy every year since 2019 — a turning point for the worse

AS we noted here yesterday, one must go back to 2019 to properly understand what happened to my employer (since 2011). 4 years ago we were compelled to sign up for a minuscule and dodgy shell valued at one British pound (just a little more than a dollar), initially registered in some poor residential area, maybe the address of the registrar rather than the company’s real (physical) address. Sirius Corporation was “becoming” Sirius ‘Open Source’ Ltd. and nobody told us about it while Sirius ‘Open Source’ Inc. was being created in another continent for Gates Foundation as its “first client” (very shortly after formation).

We don’t know why the company was so secretive about the whole thing, but the CEO did openly admit (verbally, never in writing) that the Gates Foundation had signed some NDA. The Gates Foundation would never ever be mentioned after that; never ever in writing! So what the heck was going on? I’ve long had this theory that they know cannot bribe me for silence (and maybe not threaten the employer either; they tried this already). It’s just too convenient to use a fake ‘charity’ to gain greater control over my employer, getting the company to move to another country based on false promises, all for some work that thousands of American companies (not British) could trivially do. Why choose a Microsoft-hostile firm in another country and continent? It makes no sense.

Was this something to do with me? Impossible to prove? Sure, and moreover there’s an NDA. Why on Earth was an NDA signed?

For those who think Sirius is some ‘small potato’, bear in mind this wasn’t always the case (it is now). For instance, see this 2006 press release from Red Hat. To quote: “Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that UK based open source consulting firm, Sirius Corporation, has joined its Red Hat Advanced Partner Programme in Europe.”

Back then Sirius Corporation was also a sponsor of the Free Software Foundation. It was a good company.

Today, I’d like to show a chain of correspondence demonstrating what exactly happened in 2019, at least as far as we can tell from our side. The gist of the story is, a colleague was working early that morning (or night) and said he’d likely not attend a meeting. I said the same. The company then escalated the tone and forced us to travel to the meeting, without even once mentioning a contract with a new company would be signed. They use progressively menacing, threatening language to invited people.

While it seems a relative of management was invited*, the CEO was absent entirely. Why? How curious.

In any event, in the correspondence below, do note there’s no mention of contract signing; the training was a bit of a joke too, as it was basically just a cover. The Office Manager initially wrote to the NOC team, with all the “cabal” CC’d**.

Hi Support,

We will be holding a _compulsory_ [emphasis in original] Sirius Workshop to provide you all with the additional training required to carry out your role. During the specified day (list below) you will all be required to come into the office where xxxx will be able to help with any enquires.

xxxx – 24th June
Roy & Rianne – 26th June
xxxx – 28th June

I will organise travel for those of you that require it, I will send these details in a separate email. These dates cannot be changed due to requiring cover for your shifts whilst you are at the workshop.

Can you all confirm that you have read this email.

Thanks,

xxxx & xxxx

xxxx
Sirius – stress free technology

I politely responded half a day later:

I’ve just spoken with Rianne about this.

Would it please be possible to attend remotely (over Hangouts) for the sake of the environment and also to reduce travel costs? We’re very environmentally-conscientious and believe this can be done remotely in a way that is beneficial to all. We’d be very grateful.

One colleague said: “I’ve read it – but I’ll be on night shift then so would be sleeping during the day time” (same day).

Later we got sent some more:

Sirius Training Workshop – June 2019

Hi All,

Just to reiterate, this is a training workshop not only to help with gaining knowledge but also to collect feedback on what else you need in order to carry out your tasks to the best of your ability and for any concerns you may have. As you are all aware from the fortnightly meetings, Sirius is growing and we’re taking on more and more clients. We want to ensure that each of our clients are getting the same standard of service during the day shifts and overnight/weekend and xxxx will be providing the training to ensure this is the case. It will also be a great opportunity to meet up with the office team.

Please find attached the agenda for the day.

From the attached PDF:

Sirius Workshop Agenda:
W/C: 24th June 2019
Morning Meet-up: 09:00 – 10:00
Brief meeting to discuss what you would like to gain from the training workshop – We will then try to cover all these topics / help answer queries during the training session.
Training session with xxxx
Lunch Break: 13:00 – 14:00
Training session to continue – Task / Trouble shooting with xxxx
Feedback with management – this will give you the opportunity to give any further feedback for anything else that you may need to successfully carry out all tasks during your shifts and receive feedback.
Please feel free to write any notes/questions below that you would like to discuss on
the day.
Notes:
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Notice there is NO mention of new contract signing for a new company.

A day or so later:

Dear All,

As previously discussed, a support workshop has been arranged for each of you between the 24/06/2019 – 28/06/2019 to assist with your role. I have made arrangements for your shifts to be covered and ensured that you will have appropriate rest before returning to your normal working pattern. The training is mandatory training the company are covering all of the costs including the travel and will be providing food. It is not possible for your attendance to be arranged remotely due to the nature of the training so your attendance is required. This shift is regarded as your normal working shift for the day you are attending and failure to attend could result in formal action.

This is direct management instruction and is intended to ensure that there is no issues and that everyone attends this training that the company has gone to expense to arrange.

Kind Regards,

xxxx

Read “It is not possible for your attendance to be arranged remotely due to the nature of the training so your attendance is required” as “we’re going to (en)trap you into signing a contract you never saw, probably illegally…”

Later came this:

Hi Roy,

To ensure I leave you enough rest period your shift on Tuesday 25th June will be covered by xxxx. Your next shift on the 26th June will also be covered by xxxx and you will need to arrive at the office around 12noon for your training.

You will still be paid your normal salary – no reductions will be made.

Please keep your receipts for your travel as I will need these to process your expenses and I will ensure you’re reimbursed on the day. Lunch will also be provided.

If you can please confirm that you understand this, hopefully it all makes senses. Incase I have missed anything please let me know and I will get any queries answered ASAP.

Kind Regards,

xxxx

Still no mention of contract. Next E-mail:

Hi Roy,

Please find attached a Self Assessment that I would like you to fill out before your training workshop. This will be used during the feedback meeting in the first part of the workshop in order to see what we can help with during your training with xxxx.

You can either print it off and fill it in OR fill it in online and email me a copy. Please just make sure its done by the day of your training workshop as it will be really useful for everyone taking part in the workshop that day.

Kind Regards,

xxxx

And to my wife:

Hi xxxx,

xxxx has already mentioned that we will be organising cover for shifts.

Roy – your shifts on the 25th June 2019 and 26th June 2019 will be covered – emails to follow with more details.

Due to the journey, we completely understand that you will not likely arrive by 10am – but we are aware and will be adjusting your agenda times.

Thanks,

xxxx

The person signing the above messages was likely an “instrument” in doing something illegal, having to “lie to Roy to protect the boss” (by denying the truth). Such spineless, blindly-obedient workers would not last long, as the company would collapse. So even this blind loyalty to reckless bosses would not save them. We will always remember.
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* Probably another fine example of overt nepotism (unqualified relatives as staff).
** They knew what they were really doing. They kept the staff in the dark all along.

[Meme] Slush Funds or Pocket Change From Bill Gates (Under NDA)

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception at 1:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

UK and US Language differences: My staff is all here; Bill Gates bribes me here

Summary: Sirius ‘Open Source’ was never the same after the desperate CEO agreed to take Gates Foundation money under an NDA (probably the first NDA of this kind in the company’s 24-year history, with almost immediate consequences)

01.18.23

[Meme] It Was Never the Same After Bill Gates Paid the Sirius CEO Under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception, Free/Libre Software at 9:43 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Last week: When You Realise That Your Employer Not Only Abandons Free Software But is Also Becoming Truly Dodgy (and Starts Taking Money From Bill Gates Under a Non-Disclosure Agreement)

I pay your company under an NDA, weeks later you and your wife receive humiliating treatment, only to be acquitted

Summary: Sirius ‘Open Source’ was destroyed after the company experimented with a (now failed) relocation, due to a “first US client” being Gates Foundation when I was posting many Techrights articles about Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Gates at MIT

01.12.23

Microsoft Management Contacted Sirius Open Source CEO to Complain About My Writings in Techrights Years Before Bill Gates Paid Him

Posted in Bill Gates, Microsoft at 12:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 0b5cee9f48792260e28e59272e7fbb14
The Very Ugly Collapse of Sirius
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The Sirius ‘Open Source’ series is now dealing with the more interesting “stories from the trenches”; with over 20,000 views of the Wiki alone after less than 40 days (see above) it seems clear that people are interested in the 21 years of experience my wife and I had inside a company that claims to be “Open Source” (things changed for the worse, so we must investigate/examine why, knowing this can happen to other companies including large ones such as Red Hat)

THIS week the series entered its final phase. We shall be gathering remaining material/stories and explain them in a more generalised context, seeing that some readers (whom we heard from) experienced similar things in present or past workplaces. There are things here that people can relate to even if they worked for other companies in other countries.

“Funny how Microsoft likes to complain about you behind your back… to your boss.”Some time this month we shall cover a likely illegal contract-signing ‘ceremony’ and explain the context of Sirius ‘expanding’ to the US (because it was failing in the UK and the marriage of the CEO was collapsing). The above video explains how both my wife and I were being bullied by management just weeks or at most a month after a shell was created in the US after the Gates Foundation had secretly (under NDA) offered money to the CEO. Only a few years prior to that he told me (face to face in Alton Towers) that Microsoft had contacted him over the phone to complain about me (regarding things I wrote in Techrights). Funny how Microsoft likes to complain about you behind your back… to your boss. I only found out and wrote about it years later. It was risky to even mention this, but I did it anyway.

Therer’s a lot more information in the above video — stuff that wasn’t covered in the text earlier on. We’re far from done here and there’s still an ongoing fact-finding investigation.

“Those with long memories might suggest a parallel between Rick’s position and mine when in 1997, I was sitting on the XML Working Group and co-editing the spec, on a pro bono basis as an indie consultant. Netscape hired me to represent their interests, and when I announced this, controversy ensued. Which is a nice way of saying that Microsoft went berserk; tried unsuccessfully to get me fired as co-editor, and then launched a vicious, deeply personal extended attack in which they tried to destroy my career and took lethal action against a small struggling company because my wife worked there. It was a sideshow of a sideshow of the great campaign to bury Netscape and I’m sure the executives have forgotten; but I haven’t.”

Tim Bray

01.03.23

When You Realise That Your Employer Not Only Abandons Free Software But is Also Becoming Truly Dodgy (and Starts Taking Money From Bill Gates Under a Non-Disclosure Agreement)

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 12:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 8a72a6b59521aa3f57a2d3c616edc3af
Sirius Became as Dodgy as It Gets
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: A look at half a dozen posts published here yesterday, ranging from security failures to dodgy business practices and status (or several shells registered and accommodated under false pretences)

THE past few years at Sirius ‘Open Source’ were somewhat horrifying not just to me personally; we’ve already shown some hard evidence that colleagues suffered abuse from managers only months after a new shell in the US had bagged money from the Gates Foundation at a very mysterious time (we explained this mystery yesterday). My wife suffered similar abuse — something which according to Tim Bray has some history when it comes to Microsoft.

“It’s important to know when to leave.”The video above shows some very dodgy things the company (its management) was doing and saying in recent years. The video limits itself to stuff we covered in the past 24 hours alone. Later this month we’ll provide more detailed and ample evidence.

While it’s totally unclear whether there’s a correlation between the Gates money and the way the company was managed (denial would definitely be possible and there’s an NDA) the reality of the matter is, Sirius was gradually moving away from Free software — including infrastructure it had already had for more than a decade! In turn, the company was becoming several shells (at least 3) and at the moment everything is registered with some accountants rather than a real address of a director or an office.

This series will hopefully become a cautionary tale not just about openwashing companies (or formerly Free software companies). A lot of these things can happen and do occasionally happen in other “IT” companies. It’s important to know when to leave.

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