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The Lock-downs Are Over and Still Zero Media Coverage About EPO Scandals and Corruption

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 6:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Animal Office SAP
“Animal office” (an internal caricature from the EPO, poking fun at António Campinos and the subservient Council)

Summary: The appalling state of journalism in Europe (and to some extent in the world at large) means that the EPO’s management can get away with all sorts of horrible crimes and fraud; the silencing of the media is, in its own right, quite scandalous

THE U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has had its share of bad publicity and it is routinely being sued. See all the “v Kappos”, “v Lee” and “v Iancu” cases in the docket. There’s at least some sense of accountability in the US patent system — something we still lack here in Europe, as Benoît Battistelli very well demonstrated (he belongs in prison, not the top of a prestigious law school).

“…if the press isn’t capable of critically assessing parts of this system, “productivity” will mean a million monopolies per year and “quality” imply immediacy.”Patent law doesn’t seem to apply here either; it’s made up on the spot by a bunch of people who collect money and then gamble it away. They’d call software patents “CII”, “ICT”, “4IR”, “AI” and so on.

The media in Europe is farcical and compromised. Whatever was left of it to cover EPO scandals was bribed, co-opted or blackmailed. Watch how World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) went all rogue (after getting rid of people who exposed EPOnia’s abuses every now and then). Now it does greenwashing spam [1] for corrupt European Patent Office (EPO) officials. Who writes such nonsense? Pure fluff, not journalism. They used to have some decent writers; I knew some of them in person.

There was only one exception we found this week. DW wrote: “Two patents relating to the genetic modification of apes were removed by the European Patent Office (EPO) on Thursday.” [2]

So finally they mention the crazy patent maximalists who want patents on seeds, plants, mammals and various micro-organisms.

God complex comes to mind…

Any rational person would acknowledge that this is not a normal mindset but a deranged one, attributed to those who are eager and determined to bribe officials into making it OK and codified into law in defiance of public objections and protests by the still-sane. Such outlandish thinking led to the EPO even considering such ludicrous patent applications. The media should have ridiculed it for years, but where was it? Hiding in the pockets of some law firms?

The media crisis will exacerbate the patent crisis; if the press isn’t capable of critically assessing parts of this system, “productivity” will mean a million monopolies per year and “quality” imply immediacy.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. EPO reports emissions cut and new partnerships

    The European Patent Office (EPO) has published its first annual review of its current strategic plan, revealing progress on international partnerships and environmental sustainability.

  2. Patents on genetically modified chimpanzees scrapped

    Two patents relating to the genetic modification of apes were removed by the European Patent Office (EPO) on Thursday. The patents themselves still exist but can no longer include apes, an EPO spokesperson said.

    Animal welfare activists have celebrated the decision as a success, including world-renowned British primatologist Jane Goodall who called it a “wise and responsible decision.”

    The assigning of patents resulted in “the suffering of these animals without any substantial medical benefit to man or animal,” the EPO said.

    The controversy arose after a US company filed two patents claiming that genetically modified chimpanzees as well as other animal species, were an invention that could be used in experiments. The patents were filed in 2012 and 2013, with 14,000 signatories supporting groups that opposed the patents.


“Microsoft’s Deadly Love” by Alessandro Ebersol (Agent Smith)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 4:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Full credit goes to PCLOS Magazine for publishing this good piece, which we’re reproducing below

I hesitated a lot before writing this article. In fact, my heart was heavy. It would be like telling children that Santa Claus doesn’t exist, or the tooth fairy is an invention and the Easter rabbit is a scam. How to do this, right now that Linux is becoming mainstream? Throwing a bucket of cold water in newcomers to Linux? Discourage new users?

However, I can’t just think about who’s coming now. I need to think about who has always been here, along the way. People who have lived great times, bad times, and, our times now, where everything looks good, but it is not. It is for those who have always been Linux users that I write this article. After all, we are like citizens, people who live in an area, in the city, which is old, ugly, even marginalized. Big contractors have marked our neighborhood for gentrification. And, they will go to great lengths to expel us from our homes, our /homes.

How did the cancer turn into love?

What has been happening, with Microsoft, since Steve Ballmer left the presidency, for those who observe it from the outside, seems incredible. How did Microsoft, a company that has always been an antagonist of Free Software in general, and GNU/Linux in particular, come to cooperate, finance and get involved with the community?

Ballmer in 2001

How was that? We cannot forget that Steve Ballmer called Linux and Open Source cancer in 2001. Incidentally, he, at the time, already dismissed the term Free Software in favor of the term Open Source, and even so, he confused the two terms and what it was possible to do with them. He said in 2001: “Government funding should be for work available to everyone,” he says, patriotic. But “open source is not available to commercial companies” and therefore must be considered a violation of public trust.” Said the guy who loved a government purchase, you know, where the money is let loose. And, that money comes out of the taxpayers’ pockets. Let’s be honest here: Government work, office work, can be done on Linux, or in a cloud, without the need for Microsoft systems, or its applications, and all the pendants that come along (anti this, anti that, etc, etc…).

But, this Ballmer mentality pushed Microsoft to a dead end: Everyone was using Free Software as a competitive advantage, but Microsoft, because of its CEO (Ballmer), remained an opponent of Free Software. Of course, Ballmer had his share of messes, like getting involved in cell phone manufacturing, which Bill Gates was opposed to, but Ballmer thought it best to acquire Nokia’s plants and force his line of Windows Phone OS-based phones. That turned out to be an epic blunder, as we have all seen.

If you can’t beat them, pretend you love them…

The situation with Ballmer had escalated, to the point that there was no other way out but his (Ballmer) departure from Microsoft. He retired from the company in 2014, and with his retirement bonuses and compensations, he was able to live very well. He even bought a basketball team, the Los Angeles Clippers. One thing, however, is that, despite being publicly considered “friends”, there was quite a rivalry with Bill Gates. He never liked Ballmer’s style, and with Ballmer at the helm, he saw the company shrink and become much less relevant than it was. Don’t get me wrong. The company has shrunk, but it has remained profitable, breaking many records of profit and growth. It just became more of a technology company, and it was no longer the all-powerful Microsoft. Gates remained on Microsoft’s board of directors until this year, 2020. And, we can speculate that Ballmer’s departure had a finger from Gates, for the reasons mentioned.

Despite no longer the CEO, Gates has enormous power inside Microsoft

A new face, but the same old intentions

As I mentioned above, Ballmer’s style had burned all the bridges with Free Software (which they like to call Open Source), to the point that the company no longer had any credibility with the community. Enter Satya Nadella.

A friendly face, great public relations

Satya Nadella’s entry had an immediate impact on Microsoft. After decades of leadership by Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, there was an aggressive, sometimes toxic, culture at Microsoft. Satya has dramatically changed Microsoft’s culture, employee morale has improved and the corporate market was ready for the move to the cloud. Well, this new face, this change in culture, this whole turn around was what the company, Microsoft, wanted everyone to realize. In fact, Nadella’s entry was a major publicity stunt. Not that he wasn’t capable. He worked at Sun and started at Microsoft in 1992, talent he had and has. The change, however, was only cosmetic.

So much so that, when asked about equal wages for men and women at Microsoft, he went off on a tangent. That is, the more things seem to change, the more they remain the same.

If you can’t beat them, buy a seat at the table.

Nadella started a movement towards Free Software, since all the other big players were already there.

Nadella, in charge of Microsoft, approached the company with companies and technologies with which Microsoft also competes, including Apple Inc., Salesforce, IBM, and Dropbox. In contrast to Microsoft’s previous campaigns against the Linux operating system, Nadella proclaimed that “Microsoft Linux” and Microsoft joined the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member in 2016.

Yes, Microsoft bought a seat at the table, and forced its foot on the door. But it was not just that.

In doing so, Nadella lived up to the Mafia saying: “Keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer.”

But, when building these “bridges”, seeking this approach, Nadella set in motion plans with hidden motives, where the true nature of Microsoft appears, despite the friendly and smiling face.

Let’s never forget James Plamondon

James Plamondon was an evangelist for Microsoft technologies. For eight years, he created and implemented Microsoft’s technology evangelism tactics. There is a famous presentation of his “Evangelism is War”, where he details the tactics that should be used to destroy Microsoft’s enemies. Now, about technical journalists, he wrote: “Mind control: to control mental output, you need to control mental input. Take control of the channels through which developers receive information, so they can only think of the things you tell them. So, you control the mind!” The full text can be accessed here.

Since Microsoft has a good part of today’s technical press on its payroll (ads and publicity), it is clear that it gets great articles, mainly about the bold plans to make the company, an Open Source company, of its CEO Nadella.

Years later, Plamondon regretted his actions.

Of course, in order for the community to believe in the “new” Microsoft, they had to invest in sites that dealt with Free and Open Source Software, such as Fossbytes and others. And, so much so, that today, there are sites on Linux that deal more with Microsoft advertising than with Linux itself.

Thanks to all the positive publicity, Microsoft has managed to change its image. But the icing on the cake was still missing, which was having all Free Software and Open Source projects for itself. And, incredible as it may seem, it materialized.

The purchase of github, or, how to have (almost) all Free Software in one stroke

GNU/Linux has always benefited from diversity. What some pointed out as a weakness, fragmentation, was actually, and still is, a quality and a strength of Free Software.
So much so, Ballmer would have said that “There is no company called Linux, there is only a roadmap for Linux. However, Linux kind of springs organically from the earth. And it had, you know, the characteristics of communism that people love very, very much about it. That is, it is free.”

Exactly, in such fragmentation, the organicity of Linux was its strength and shield. However, that would change a lot, with centralizations that would leave Linux vulnerable.
With Nadella’s leadership, Microsoft started with a wave of acquisitions, which proved to be better than Ballmer’s clumsy acquisitions. He (Ballmer) bought Nokia, Skype and some other assets, which depreciated or lost relevance.

Github was where all the cool kids were

In 2014, Nadella’s first acquisition by Microsoft was Mojang, a Swedish gaming company best known for the computer game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion. He followed this up by buying Xamarin for an undisclosed amount. He oversaw the purchase of the professional LinkedIn network in 2016 for $26.2 billion. On October 26, 2018, Microsoft acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion.

However, even the purchase of Github was a very well thought out move. In fact, an attack that could not have been done, but with great patience.

And, it took a long time to materialize.

In 2014, Microsoft’s cloud chief Scott Guthrie wrote a proposal to acquire GitHub. Then he filed the plan in a drawer. From time to time, he would take the plan, look at it and then return it to the drawer.

Guthrie felt that Microsoft was simply not ready to acquire the popular open source company. “We would have screwed up,” said Guthrie. In addition, the developers – many of whom viewed Microsoft as the #1 public enemy for its attacks on open source software distributed for free – would have revolted.

“The open source world would have seen us correctly as the antichrist,” he said. “We did not have the credibility that we have now regarding open source.” The whole story can be read here.

And this is correct. Has Microsoft changed? No way. They are still the antichrist. Only their tactics have changed. After all, a snake can change scales, but it remains a snake.

Microsoft, the empire created on the shoulders of others.

For those who do not know the company’s history, it was founded on the work of others, which were not always legally acquired. The first product for IBM-PC computers, MS-DOS, was not even produced by them, but by Tim Patterson, of a Seattle company, which Microsoft hastily bought to present to IBM.

But it does not stop there. Over the years, the company has appropriated much more.

1994 – Stac, which created disk compression software, Stacker, and in 1993, Microsoft released MS-DOS 6.0, which included a disk compression program called DoubleSpace. Microsoft had previously discussed with Stac to license its compression technology and discussed with Stac engineers and analyzed the Stac code as part of the due diligence process. Result: They copied the technology, launched the product and gave nothing to Stac. Stac sued Microsoft and won in 2001.

1995 – Syn’x Relief sues Microsoft for software piracy: Several pioneering 3D animation features developed by the French company Syn’x Relief for its “Character” product, were copied by SoftImage. They were negotiating a license for several features with SoftImage, which was acquired by Microsoft. Negotiations were interrupted when SoftImage made irrational demands. These features are unambiguous and unique in the industry, and Microsoft had promised to remove them all from the SoftImage product. Microsoft did not remove any of them and Syn’x Relief found that they had no recourse but to sue. Syn’x Relief won in 2001.

1998 – Sun Microsystems sues Microsoft – the Java case – Microsoft, recognizing that Sun’s Java environment could make Windows irrelevant, determined to corrupt and pervert it. To do this, they needed to license Java from Sun. Sun, wishing to promote Java as much as possible, felt that licensing it to Microsoft would be very advantageous for them, although James Gosling, its main creator, felt that dealing with Microsoft was too dangerous. Microsoft, in possession of the Sun license, modified Java in a way that programs made on other platforms would not work properly on Microsoft’s Java and vice versa. Since Microsoft had signed a no-change clause in the software, Sun sued Microsoft, and in 2002 Microsoft had to settle, pay $ 20 million and no longer produce the Java virtual machine (JRE).

Well, all these lawsuits and problems were a thing of the past, weren’t they? After all, now it’s the new Microsoft, from Satya Nadella, a company that LOVES Linux and embraced the spirit of Free Software!

But no, they continue with the old practices, even today.

2020 – AppGet “really helped us”, says Microsoft, but does not offer apologies to the developer for killing the open source package manager: A preview of WinGet (program to manage packages on Windows, Apt-Get clone) was launched by Microsoft during the recent Virtual Build event, prompting AppGet developer Keivan Beigi to post about how he was approached by Microsoft in July 2019, supposedly to offer him development aid. He said he was asked by the vendor in detail about his package management ideas, asked to apply for a job at Microsoft to work on an official version of AppGet and did not hear anything else until the moment before WinGet was released. After that, Beigi gave up working on AppGet. Link here.

2020 – I think it’s time to share publicly about how Microsoft stole my code and spat on it: “Microsoft copies/steals lerna” – Lerna, A tool for managing JavaScript projects with multiple packages, was what “inspired” a similar tool, Rush, from Microsoft, who does the same thing. The author, Jamie Kyle, after analyzing the Rush code, came to this conclusion. But Microsoft did even worse, according to Jamie: “In the readme, they recognize the fact that there are other solutions and say they are bad. No mention of the fact that Rush was taken directly from one of those bad solutions.”

The entire story was removed from the internet, being kept only in the org web archive and in articles spread across the internet. Who knows how Microsoft coerced the developer.

Embrace, Extent, Extinguish no more

No, actually, the 3E attack has changed. But, this was only possible with a new actor, a new face, the friendly Nadella, who, behind that smile and that sleepy face, continues to perpetuate all the harms of Microsoft, whether with its employees, with complaints of harassment and low wages for women, such as the practice of taking possession of someone else’s work and giving no compensation for it.

Have there been changes at Microsoft? Advertising and public relations, yes, attitudes, no.

Otherwise, let’s see:

  • Has Microsoft Office adopted ODF as a standard? No.
  • Has Microsoft helped the expansion of Linux on the desktop? No, and I will cover how it plans to kill Linux on the desktop.
  • Did Microsoft port MS Office for Linux? Of course not.
  • Did Microsoft port DirectX to Linux? Surely not.

So nothing has changed. Or, it changed for the worse: At least, under Ballmer’s direction, Microsoft was not disguised: it wanted to destroy Linux and that was very clear. With Nadella, it still wants to destroy it, but in a veiled way.

However, how does Microsoft act now, in relation to Linux? With another EEE strategy, however it is now Envelope, Extend, Extinguish.

The new EEE

Since Microsoft couldn’t compete with Linux, and the focus of the IT industry had changed (before, you had a company that manufactured software, to be sold, with licenses, support and maintenance. Now, you must have a company that sells services, infrastructure, virtualization and storage space), it then approached Free Software to be able to profit from it too.

But how would Microsoft profit from Free Software, which it has attacked so much over the years? Simple, make Linux need Microsoft to run. And, introduce Microsoft as the best Linux provider that can exist. How come? Yes, it’s possible, and this is happening now.

Microsoft, one of the biggest contributors to the Linux kernel

Yes, it is true, Microsoft has become one of the biggest contributors to the development of the Linux kernel. What’s more, it even put a programmer, employed by it, as second in the hierarchy of development of the Linux kernel. With all this support, Linux should already be super developed, compatible with all Microsoft hardware (Surface tablets), with DirectX, with OOXML files from MS Office, and even with Xbox games, right?

No, of course not. Microsoft’s contributions are only in its own interest. In fact, all of this effort in developing the Linux kernel is just about making Linux performance better, running within Hyper-V. And now, it gets worse, because it is no longer emulating Linux on the server side, but also WSL, emulating Linux on the Windows 10 desktop. Yes, Microsoft is investing heavily to be able to emulate Linux in the best possible way, within their platforms: On the server, Azure, and on the desktop, WSL.

Make no mistake: Everything that is happening now, has happened before …

Does history repeat itself? I would say that people repeat history, because they do not change. And, what we see today, with this approach of Microsoft, Linux and Free Software, is nothing more than the 90s repeating itself.

How? Well, who is younger does not remember this story, but it happened. Paul Maritz, head of the company’s operating systems business, amid fierce competition with Netscape, would have outlined, in 1995, the strategy to defeat the competitor. He would have said: “We are going to cut off their air supply. Whatever they are selling, we will donate for free” After that, the next version of Windows, Windows 98, came with Internet Explorer built-in, free of charge, so that users didn’t waste time buying and installing Netscape navigator, the Netscape browser.

The result of this was that Netscape was slowly languishing and dying, since with a built-in browser, Microsoft could create extensions for HTML, CSS and other things, which competitors could not keep up with. Besides, who would buy a browser, when there was already one built in with the operating system? The company shrunk to the point that it was bought by AOL in 2002. Its flagship product, the Netscape navigator, was open sourced and became the basis for Firefox. And, AOL sued Microsoft for unfair practices in the browser market in July 2002. In 2003, Microsoft agreed to settle with AOL, where it would pay US $750 million in compensation for its practices, ending the lawsuit. But at that point, almost ten years had passed, Netscape had almost gone bankrupt, and the Netscape Navigator was no longer even remembered. A victory, too late.

And today history repeats itself …

And what is the relationship of this history with the current status of Linux? The same. Microsoft is working hard, investing heavily in the development of the Linux kernel to make it a client software for its Windows products, both on the desktop (WSL) and on the server (Azure). The logic is the same: Who will take the trouble to install Linux, when it is already built into Windows 10? Add to that the fact that new versions of the Linux kernel will come with specific drivers for WSL, mainly in the graphics (video drivers for OpenGL), and we are already in the second E (xtend), now for Envelope, Extend and Extinguish.

The sky is falling?

Not yet, but you should be aware. Next month, I will write more about how corporations are gradually taking over GNU/Linux, and, with its influence and power, changing the direction of its development, in order to alienate users and favor their corporate agendas. Until then, a big hug, and sleep with one eye open and one closed in this matter.

Why People Should Never Ever Use DuckDuckGo

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Search at 10:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Credit to Lemmy for the detailed yet very concise list

A model factory

Summary: DuckDuckGo is another privacy abuser in disguise; the above forum thread enumerates key reasons

TThere are substantial privacy and civil liberty issues with DuckDuckGo. Here they are spot-lighted:

  • Nefarious History of DDG founder & CEO:
    • DDG’s founder (Gabriel Weinberg) has a history of privacy abuse, starting with his founding of Names DB, a surveillance capitalist service designed to coerce naive users to submit sensitive information about their friends. (2006)
    • Weinberg’s motivation for creating DDG was not actually to “spread privacy”; it was to create something big, something that would compete with big players. As a privacy abuser during the conception of DDG (Names Database), Weinberg sought to become a big-name legacy. Privacy is Weinberg’s means (not ends) in that endeavor. Clearly he doesn’t value privacy – he values perception of privacy.
  • Direct Privacy Abuse:
    • DDG was caught violating its own privacy policy by issuing tracker cookies.
    • DDG’s app sends every URL you visit to DDG servers. (reaction).
    • DDG is currently collecting users’ operating systems and everything they highlight in the search results. (to verify this, simply hit F12 in your browser and select the “network” tab. Do a search with javascript enabled. Highlight some text on the screen. Mouseover the traffic rows and see that your highlighted text, operating system, and other details relating to geolocation are sent to DDG. Then change the query and submit. Notice that the previous query is being transmitted with the new query to link the queries together)
    • DDG is accused of fingerprinting users’ browsers.
    • When clicking an ad on the DDG results page, all data available in your session is sent to the advertiser, which is why the Epic browser project refuses to set DDG as the default browser.
    • DDG blacklisted Framabee, a search engine for the highly respected framasoft.org consortium.
  • Censorship:
    Some people replace Google with DDG in order to avoid censorship. DDG is not the answer.

    • DDG is complying with the “celebrity threesome injunction”.
  • CloudFlare: DDG promotes one of the largest privacy abusing tech giants and adversary to the Tor community: CloudFlare Inc. DDG results give high rankings to CloudFlare sites, which consequently compromises privacy, net neutrality, and anonymity:
    • Anonymity: CloudFlare DoS attacks Tor users, causing substantial damage to the Tor network.
    • Privacy: All CloudFlare sites are surreptitiously MitM’d by design.
    • Net neutrality: CloudFlare’s attack on Tor users causes access inequality, the centerpiece to net neutrality.
    • DDG T-shirts are sold using a CloudFlare site, thus surreptitiously sharing all order information (name, address, credit card, etc) with CloudFlare despite their statement at the bottom of the page saying “DuckDuckGo is an Internet privacy company that empowers you to seamlessly take control of your personal information online, without any tradeoffs.” (2019)
    • DDG hired CloudFlare to host spreadprivacy.com (2019)
  • Harmful Partnerships with Adversaries of Privacy Seekers:
    • DDG patronizes privacy-abuser Amazon, using AWS for hosting.
      • Amazon is making an astronomical investment in facial recognition which will destroy physical travel privacy
      • Amazon uses Ring and Alexa to surveil neighborhoods and the inside of homes.
      • Amazon paid $195k to fight privacy in CA. (also see http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1401518&view=late1)
      • Amazon runs sweat shops, invests in climate denial, etc… the list of non-privacy related harms is too long to list here.
    • DDG feeds privacy-abuser Microsoft by patronizing the Bing API for search results and uses Outlook email service.
      • Microsoft Office products violate the GDPR (the Dutch government discovered numerous violations)
      • Microsoft finances AnyVision to equip the Israeli military with facial recognition to be used against the Palestinians who they oppress.
      • Microsoft paid $195k to fight privacy in CA. (also see http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1401518&view=late1)
      • DDG hires Microsoft for email service: torsocks dig @ mx duckduckgo.com +tcp | grep -E '^\w' ==> “…duckduckgo-com.mail.protection.outlook.com”
    • DDG is partnered with Yahoo (aka Oath; plus Verizon and AOL by extension). DDG helps Yahoo profit by patronizing Yahoo’s API for search results, and also through advertising. The Verizon corporate conglomerate is evil in many ways:
      • Yahoo, Verizon, and AOL all supported CISPA (unwarranted surveillance bills)
      • Yahoo, Verizon, and AOL all use DNSBLs to block individuals from running their own mail servers, thus forcing an over-share of e-mail metadata with a relay.
      • Verizon and AOL both drug test their employees, thus intruding on their privacy outside of the workplace.
      • Verizon supports the TTP treaty.
      • Yahoo voluntarily ratted out a human rights journalist (Shi Tao) to the Chinese gov w/out warrant, leading to his incarceration.
      • Yahoo recently recovered “deleted” e-mail to convict a criminal. The deleted e-mail was not expected to be recoverable per the Yahoo Privacy Policy.
      • Verizon received $16.8 billion in Trump tax breaks, then immediately laid off thousands of workers.
      • (2014) Verizon fined $7.4 million for violating customers’ privacy
      • (2016) Verizon fined $1.35 million for violating customers’ privacy
      • (2018) Verizon paid $200k to fight privacy in CA. See also this page
      • (2018) Verizon caught taking voice prints?
      • more dirt (scroll down to Verizon)
      • (2016) Yahoo caught surreptitiously monitoring Yahoo Mail messages for the NSA.
  • Advertising Abuses & Corruption:
    • DDG consumed a room at FOSDEM 2018 to deliver a sales pitch despite its proprietary non-free server code, then dashed out without taking questions. Shame on FOSDEM organizers for allowing this corrupt abuse of precious resources.
    • Tor Project accepted a $25k “contribution” (read: bribe) from DDG, so you’ll find that DDG problems are down-played. This is why Tor Browser defaults to using DDG and why Tor Project endorses DDG over searxes.eu.org – and against the interests of the privacy-seeking Tor community. The EFF also pimps DDG – a likely consequence of EFF’s close ties to Tor Project.

    Credit: Lemmy

[Humour] As If Monopolies for Life Will Save People’s Lives…

Posted in Deception, Patents at 9:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Star Trek on screen: USPTO, CNIPA, excuse for patent maximalism

Summary: The mentality of monopoly or the mindset of patent maximalism has been quick to exploit the deaths of half a million


[Humour/Meme] Remember That As Recently as Last Year Microsoft Was Still Shaking Down and Even Suing Companies Over ‘Linux Patent Infringement’

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Patents at 3:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Shrek: 'We believe every Linux customer basically has an undisclosed balance-sheet [patent] liability.' -Microsoft's CEO... We heard that!

Summary: There’s no ‘new Microsoft’ except a (better at) lying Microsoft; its covert actions tell us a lot about its ongoing hatred of GNU/Linux, which it is assaulting in new and more sophisticated ways

[Humour] Thinking Beyond Just the Linux Brand

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, OSI at 12:17 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Aragorn Merry Pippin Second Breakfast: I'm off, lads... I don't think he knows about software freedom

Summary: We’re supposed to believe that because “Linux” is dominant we finally have freedom; but almost all the very big companies that are using GNU/Linux leverage it for freedom-hostile purposes and keep about 99% of their code secret from us, so the fight for software freedom must go on

LOTR second breakfast: Are you going to keep fighting with us? No, Open Source has won. He doesn't know Open Source is a corporate ploy. Proprietary giants carrying on the way they always did. But 'openly', in proprietary GitHub openwashing monopoly.

Corporate Media Blames ‘China’ and ‘Open Source’ for Back Doors in Microsoft’s Intentionally Flawed Proprietary Software That’s Causing Chaos

Posted in Asia, Australia, Deception, FUD, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 11:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Corporate media has long helped Microsoft distract the public, oftentimes leveraging nationalism to achieve this

The red flags

Summary: ‘Red Scare’ tactics are being used to divert attention away from Microsoft’s incompetence and conspiracy with the NSA (to put back doors in everything, essentially making all software inherently vulnerable, by design)

LAST month we published our hospital series. It was about hospital managers and media, in cohesion, blaming or punishing Microsoft’s competition for Microsoft’s own failings. Hospitals are being taken out of service because of Microsoft and somehow, perhaps miraculously, everything gets blamed except Microsoft. It’s part of a media cover-up and hospital blame-shifting pattern.

“It’s almost as though someone is in deep denial about the nature of the real culprit, instead blaming people who exploit the holes (as they can).”It’s barely surprising to hear — as I did earlier this week — that: “An analysis of the ongoing massive cyber attack on Australia finds mostly Microsoft vulnerabilities exploits.”

The official page speaks of “tools copied almost identically from open source.”

They focus on how the exploits were put together, not the holes that they exploit. But this part is telling: “During investigations, a common issue that reduced the effectiveness and speed of investigative efforts was the lack of comprehensive and historical logging information across a number of areas including web server request logs, Windows event logs and internet proxy logs. The ACSC strongly recommends reviewing and implementing the ACSC guidance on Windows Event Logging and Forwarding and System Monitoring.”

This part is pretty clear about Windows being the issue. “Stop public spending on Microsoft,” the person who highlighted to to me said. “Public Money, Public Code. Media blames China.” The above page also link to this page: “The actor has been identified leveraging a number of initial access vectors, with the most prevalent being the exploitation of public-facing infrastructure — primarily through the use of remote code execution vulnerabilities in unpatched versions of Telerik UI. Other vulnerabilities in public-facing infrastructure leveraged by the actor include exploitation of a deserialisation vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), a 2019 SharePoint vulnerability and the 2019 Citrix vulnerability.”

IIS, SharePoint, Citrix…

It’s almost as though someone is in deep denial about the nature of the real culprit, instead blaming people who exploit the holes (as they can). Not the people are blamed but the tools. Or sometimes the people, especially if they “foreigners”…

Another person highlighted to us this new piece which he says demonstrates “Windows TCO,” albeit it is “Microsoft marketeering spam” because it sort of rewrites the history of Maersk incidents, which years ago the media said had a major catastrophe due to Windows. This page entitled “Maersk, me & notPetya” says: “Within a couple of hours, it was clear this had impacted every single domain-joined Windows laptop, desktop, virtual machine and physical server around the planet.”

So Windows, with its notorious NSA back doors (for which there are remote access tools — tools which leaked online), is the actual culprit. Maybe stop using something which you know to be flawed (and often by design)?


EPO Management Celebrates the Lowering of Patent Quality While Granting Invalid Patents (IPs) Instead of European Patents (EPs)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 4:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This month: SUEPO (Staff Union of EPO): “The Imbalance Between the Importance of (Patent) Quality and Quantity Remains a Cause for Concern” and Only 3% of EPO Staff Has Confidence in President Campinos

Star Trek facepalm: Labour camp/sweatshop doesn't sound good, captain; We left our home country for this?
Were the ‘redshirts’ a giveaway?

Summary: Europe’s most autocratic institution continues to cheat and lie to everybody; even twice in one day, together with… the Communist Party of China (through CNIPA)

THE FARCE of António Campinos, orchestrated for exactly 2 years as of 15 minutes ago (CET), can only ever deepen due to denial, due to lies, due to cover-up (for Benoît Battistelli before him). Not only does he meddle in the affairs of the Boards — which the European Patent Office (EPO) is supposed to be separate from — he also pressures them to allow software patents in Europe (a decision on computer simulations will likely be ready later this year).

Techrights has written about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since 2006 and never did it encounter a behaviour quite so scandalous. PTAB is still applying 35 U.S.C. § 101 ‘in peace’ (no judge being punished by Lee or Iancu, not directly anyway).

“Patents found to be invalid? Abolish those who demonstrate that, immediately!”But just like in China, in EPOnia (Bavaria) we have this truly absurd situation; the tyrants at the top terrorise if not oust/arrest potential exposers. So they pretend all is well and have us believe that things are perfect, totally functional… “everything is under control!”

Control. Yes, even the narrative. Patents found to be invalid? Abolish those who demonstrate that, immediately!

Liars from management of the EPO again (warning: epo.org link) join hands with the Communist Party of China (CPC, CCP in some cases) to exploit a nasty virus and promote their own virus, which includes corruption, fraud and killing of dissent (or truth-tellers). Having done this with the USPTO about a month ago, now they have “Joint statement of EPO and CNIPA on response to COVID-19″ and it says that “EPC member countries also filed 42,000 invention patent applications in China, marking an increase of 4.9% over the previous year.”

China isn’t exactly renowned for patent quality; quite the opposite! So what do these numbers even tell us, really?

Here’s more of that fluff about “harmonisation in the patent system”:

After over three decades of strong bilateral co-operation, the EPO and CNIPA have built a comprehensive strategic partnership that contributes to higher quality patents and greater harmonisation in the patent system. The relationship between China and Europe is also reflected in the growing number of applications received by the EPO and the CNIPA. In 2019 the EPO received almost 30% more applications from the People’s Republic of China than in the previous year. EPC member countries also filed 42,000 invention patent applications in China, marking an increase of 4.9% over the previous year.

A few hours apart, based on the timestamps (which aren’t reliable in the EPO’s case; they often contradict URL slug and the CMS has profound publication lag), the EPO also published a bundle of lies consistent with its culture of corruption, crimes, systematic looting and fraud. This second piece (warning: epo.org link) brags about “timeliness of the Office’s search, examination” (because hey, it could just grant each application in one second; wouldn’t that be just absolutely perfect for “timeliness”?).

Here’s more:

The Annual Review 2019 shows that the EPO successfully dealt with a record number of applications last year. The Office received 181 406 European patent applications in 2019[1], up 4.0% over 2018. In response, our patent examiners carried out a total of 421 250 search, examination and opposition products. A major effort was made in reducing the backlog of work, with the classification backlog being eliminated entirely – an important milestone for the Office. Last year the EPO also published 137 787 European patents, +8% compared to 2018. And the timeliness of the Office’s search, examination and opposition work all continued to improve.

So the EPO significantly lowers patent quality and then it brags about “growth”…


Just what the chef ordered.

And where to even begin disputing this? It’s propaganda from start to finish.

How can these people tell so many lies with a straight face? You have to be a crook to work as a manager there, or perhaps a blindly loyal mate of the President, whom you know will reward you with bonuses at times of financial uncertainty.

I'm with XISUEPO is rightly upset; the staff, which SUEPO represents (most workers are in that union or about half; we don’t have recent enough figures), is also upset. The systematic attacks on their rights, on their salary and on their pensions aren’t a coincidence. Many of them stay up until late at night (if not throughout the night) to make the above possible, even if patents are often granted against the spirit and practice of the EPC. Then the management just lies about the whole thing, takes credit for everything, and collectively punishes all the examiners (again).

There’s much to be said about Chinese labour standards. Ask examines how many hours a week they’ve recently spent working from a ‘shoebox’ called home, with little equipment at hand and with unreasonable “targets” to meet.

Hey, Campinos… a gentle advice/suggestion for you: Convert the EPO’s buildings into little apartments/compartments with 8 bunk beds in each. Because who needs to go home anyway? It harms “productivity”; let them leave twice a month, provide basic meals, sleep can be done/completed on their desks and pensions aren’t needed as they’ll likely die from work-related issues (prematurely). Just don’t forget to set up “suicide nets” near all the windows, OK? The last thing you want is Interpol/Europol entering the premises to conduct an investigation.

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