10.19.21

Josef Kratochvìl Rewarded Again for Covering Up EPO Corruption and the EPO Bribes the Press for Lies Whilst Also Lying About Its Colossal Privacy Violations

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 6:31 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Related: EPO and Microsoft Collude to Break the Law — Summing Up: EPO Administrative Council Still Asleep at the Wheel

How do I sleep at night? On a big pile of dirty cash
The EPO’s corruption is the norm now

Summary: Corrupt officials and officials who actively enable the crimes still control the Office and also the body which was supposed to oversee it; it’s pretty evident and clear judging by this week’s press statements at the EPO’s official Web site

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME. PUTTING aside the latest misleading noise from Team UPC (we can dispute the lies with a bunch of funny memes alone; more in Daily Links later tonight), over the past couple of days the EPO‘s “Mafia” showed that nothing is going to change; they want us to think that swapping/replacing Benoît Battistelli with his French friend António Campinos magically solved all the problems; nothing could be further from the truth and it’s not “business as usual”.

As a gesture akin to slaps across the face of EPO staff, the EPO proudly heralded (warning: epo.org link) that “[t]he Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation convened for its 168th meeting on Wednesday 13 October 2021. At the meeting the Council members re-elected Josef Kratochvìl (CZ) as its Chairperson for another three-year term in office commencing in January 2022. They also re-elected Johannes Karcher (DE) as the Deputy Chairperson to the Committee on Patent Law, as well as appointing a new Boards of Appeal Committee member.”

They also entertained the person they’re supposed to supervise: “The meeting agenda included an activities report by the President of the European Patent Office, highlighting the Office’s substantial progress with SP2023 to date, despite the unprecedented challenges of the past two years. Praising strong teamwork by staff, the President underlined the continued success of internal job mobility, lively discussions on quality – both among staff and with stakeholders – and positive developments in European and international co-operation activities. An update was also provided on the progress of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court, which was welcomed by member states and user representatives present.

What “progress of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court”? The faked progress? The fabrications? The false media coverage?

A new greenwashing campaign has also just been announced (warning: epo.org link), saying that “Europe and the US are leading innovation in plastic recycling and alternative plastics technologies, a new study published today by the European Patent Office (EPO) shows. Europe and the US each accounted for 30% of patenting activity worldwide in these sectors between 2010 and 2019, or 60% combined. Within Europe, Germany posted the highest share of patent activity in both plastic recycling and bioplastic technologies (8% of global total), while France, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium stand out for their higher specialisation in these fields.”

What does that have to do with patents? They want us to think that a patent monopoly helps the planet, as if monopolies will somehow increase adoption of solutions… that’s false, but they have already planted this propaganda in mainstream German media, even in English. In other words, the EPO likely pays already-compromised German media to produce propaganda and lies about patents. That same media can then not criticise the EPO; it’s like an implicit non-disparagement agreement.

Finally — and perhaps most shameful of it all — the EPO’s autocrats now use buzzwords like “digitalisation” (they also use that to promote European software patents, incidentally) to cover up (warning: epo.org link) severe privacy violations and outsourcing of EPO data to Microsoft in the United States. Notice how EPO management is looking to distract, yet again, from its gross privacy violations by throwing money at the problem and writing misleading press releases. Josef Kratochvìl played a major role in this cover-up and it’s framed like North Korean propaganda with yet another one of those “Working Parties”; to quote:

The SACEPO Working Party on Rules met on 14 October 2021 via videoconference to discuss legal changes that will further enable the digitalisation of the patent grant process and enhance data protection.

Stakeholders from the patent profession and user communities were consulted on the Office’s plans for amending the EPC Implementing Regulations, so as to bring a variety of rules into line with the new digital environment. EPO representatives reported on the implementation of the order of the Enlarged Board of Appeal in referral G1/21, as well as the ongoing evaluation of the pilot project for the conduct of oral proceedings by videoconference (on which a full analysis will be published in the coming weeks).

G1/21 was an absolute catastrophe for the EPO's credibility, but notice how they’re framing it. The EPO is a failed institution, run by people who actively participate in corruption, law-breaking, and cover-up. Team UPC has found its match.

Proof That Windows “11” is a Hoax

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Windows at 5:15 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Windows “11” was supposedly a major new version with a refreshed and sleek design.

Except that, thanks to a bug, we can see that all of the old code from Windows 10’s Exploder Shell is embarrassingly still present.

Some people reported that the Windows 10 taskbar was showing up. Microsoft claims that they fixed the issue, which means it should be hidden with all the rest of the crap you aren’t supposed to see, as of Preview Build 22000.282.

Also landed is a “partial fix” for Windows “11” completely screwing up task scheduling worse than it ever was on Windows 10, on AMD Ryzen platforms.

Microsoft claims that it fixed the cache latency problems, but that the operating system is still prone to scheduling tasks to happen on a core that’s too slow to run them well.

Windows Vista had similar task scheduling problems with AMD’s Phenom series, where it would sometimes schedule a task to run on a core that running at the lowest clock speed.

Windows is a disaster, and the fact that they’re advising people to revert to Windows 10 until the “end of November” if they’re affected by things like this, or a File Explorer bug that makes that unusable due to being slow, or any number of other things that will be “fixed any time now” (except it’s Windows, so it’ll always be rotten trash) really says it all.

Remember Vista? “The Wow starts Now!”.

Well, not now. End of November, latest. 😉 I’m sure Windows “11” will work great at the end of November.

After all, Microsoft had six years with Windows 10 to screw around and break people’s computers with crap updates every single month, and we all know that worked so well at the end because now it’s “11” and we’ve got all this stuff playing out.

But Windows is losing market share rapidly as people give up on it and move to all sorts of other things.

They try to downplay the disaster that’s unfolding on them when they now have close to zero presence in high performance computing, dwindling Web server share, and the consumers are fleeing to anything that doesn’t crash and burn all the time, including Chromebooks, Macs, tablets, GNU/Linux distributions, and phones.

It certainly didn’t help them at all that they had that idiot Monkey Man, Steve Ballmer, at the helm, completely dismissing new markets that Microsoft entered too late and then died in.

The company has had no vision an no coherent strategy in software for years except that they want to pack it full of spyware, ads, and Hollywood DRM while it crashes on you and can’t even figure out which AMD core to schedule a program on, and now they’re basically a big patent troll that’s ruining Samsung and making Samsung phones unbearable shit.

No sane person would use or stick around for more of this. The only people defending Microsoft need it so they can draw a paycheck as a shill or fixing it when it breaks down due to some oddball knowledge of when it fails like this do that, when the customer has a virus, boot it from a (Linux) live USB with an antivirus program and remove it that way, etc.

Bonus: Then they released videos like this back in the day. Although it turned out that Uncle Bill really was slinking away from his desk after about an hour each day, it was to go cheat on his wife and to fly on Jeff Epstein’s plane even though Uncle Bill had like nine planes that he had maintained meticulously, and bags with blood of his type onboard, like some kind of Mexican drug cartel boss.

Good times!

Firefox Becomes as Morally Reprehensible as Apple, Facebook, or Uber

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software at 2:15 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Blake Ross

Firefox has been going down the toilet for years.

According to Wikipedia, Blake Ross, one of the original creators of Firefox (it was a fork of the Mozilla Suite, which sort of continues in a badly broken state as Seamonkey….It’s no longer packaged by Debian or Ubuntu due to unfixed security flaws), ended up working at Facebook for several years, and then resigning to go work at Uber.

Both of these companies produce spyware for “smart” phones that run in the background and swipe information about you in real time.

They pretend that they are a social network and an alternative to calling a taxi. However, Facebook is constantly reading your contacts list and text messages, and finding out where you are at, at all times, accurate to within a few feet, if you use their app on your phone.

If you don’t use their app, Samsung now puts Facebook “system services” in their phones that, unless you find them and disable them, also run in the background and use your battery and network to spy on you.

Uber does many unethical things. Recently, it was even caught checking how much battery life you have on your phone. If it’s critically low, the app offers you a higher price for a ride.

Richard Stallman has many pages on why not to use Facebook, Uber, or Apple. In fact, Facebook accused me of spamming for posting links to Mr. Stallman’s website on Facebook.

I barely use Facebook. It grows worse by the minute and so I just don’t use it much anymore. I have an account, but it’s only because they wall off everything if you’re not logged in because they’re competing with the web.

The other creator of Firefox, David Hyatt, left almost right away to take a job offer at Apple to work on Safari. Apple spies and so do very nearly all of the apps. It’s not a “private” alternative to Android, in fact, nearly two-thirds have Google’s tracking libraries, and almost all have at least Apple’s.

If you’re thinking “What odd places for people who are Free Software developers to end up.”, then you’ve made the mistake of confusing Free Software with the watered down alternative, called “Open Source”.

The Free Software side is interested in giving the user freedom to do whatever they want with their computer, and freedom from this sort of abuse by proprietary software companies and their spyware.

The Open Source people are only interested in source code being shared around as a way to develop software.

While most Open Source licenses are Free, and while most Free Software licenses are Open Source, the difference is important.

Even Facebook, Apple, and Uber do some “Open Source”, and some of it even ends up in GNU/Linux distributions. You almost certainly use some right now if you use a GNU/Linux system. In this context, those bits of code are at least probably not hurting you.

But the force behind the “Open Source Movement” are giant corporations who want free labor, and who appeal to the vanity of programmers in order to get it. If you license your program permissively to get “more users”, then those “users” might, in fact, end up being Big Tech companies who roll your program into Windows or the Mac or Facebook, and then use it to attack people and help nation states to murder them, or at least take away their other human rights.

Firefox is not Free Software. It’s not even Open Source anymore.

It includes DRM software that nobody is allowed to study, which is proprietary, and licensed from Google. If you even did go to study it, you might be committing a felony in the United States, and so reporting security issues with it might land you in prison, as those issues may allow someone to bypass DRM.

Mozilla allows you to view the JavaScript source code that they claim sanitizes your keystrokes of personal information, before being sent to an advertising company. DuckDuckGo’s Privacy Policy (which they themselves ignore) mentions that nobody who has claimed to remove personal information has ever actually accomplished that.

In fact, AOL, which is what Mozilla was spun off from, was sued for dumping user search information they claimed to have anonymized, and didn’t.

This raises an interesting point by itself, however. Malware can be open source. Just because you understand how the software they abuse you with works, doesn’t make it non-abusive.

We also catch Mozilla openly lying about data collection and retention. Here’s what the description for Firefox in Flatpak form says.

Mozilla statement

Should read: “At Firefox, we troll people who expect privacy with our misinformation.”

Description of Firefox in the GNOME Software Center taken from Mozilla’s official Flatpak.

Notice the “We never collect or store your personal data.” part. We’ll come back to this.

When Bleeping Computer asked them for a statement on Firefox Suggest, which is a malicious software keylogger that is on by default and sends your typing to both your search engine, Mozilla, and an advertising company, here’s part of their response.

Mozilla quote

So Firefox doesn’t collect your data according to Mozilla, but according to Mozilla, it collects your data. Then, according to Mozilla, it doesn’t store it. Except, according to Mozilla it does. And then according to Mozilla, they don’t share it, except that according to Mozilla they do.

They probably don’t technically “sell” the data that they “share”. The whole point of the scheme is to drive ads, and they are selling your screen to advertisers, and then they “share” the data with the advertisers.

My God, they can’t even keep their lying straight anymore. Did Donald Trump retire and take a job there?

Then to add insult to injury, they now develop all of their software on Microsoft GitHub, which routinely disappears and censors software repositories due to DMCA trolls and various governments with poor human rights records.


Doesn’t Mozilla say they block tracking?

Yes, like Apple, Microsoft, and others, they are working very hard on blocking OTHERS from tracking you. It makes the data that they collect worth more, either internally to force their own ad and spyware network (Apple) on app developers, or to command a higher price for the personal data that they steal from you (Mozilla Firefox Suggest).

Almost every article about Firefox 93 agrees with my position that Suggest is adware driven by a keylogger.

When I searched for news posts about Firefox 93, about 70-80% seemed to be about turning off Firefox Suggest.

While you’d have to be insane to do anything in your browser with it on, the “platform” is growing more hostile to your privacy and freedom by the minute, and it will definitely continue to get worse from there.

Nobody at Mozilla has any scruples. This is a quick cash grab on the way out. Like DuckDuckGo, they spent years pretending to be some kind of an underdog with a “Spread Firefox campaign.”.

One of Spread Firefox’s most enthusiastic supporters was Nathan Lineback, who runs a site called ToastyTech, and it included pages and pages devoted to how godawful Internet Explorer was and how Firefox was the solution.

I emailed him for comment about this, noting that Firefox has been slowly morphing itself into DRM with spyware and adware that also has a web browser in it. Here’s his reply.

Yea, I’ve been inches away from nuking my “firefox is good” pages. I’ve been sticking with a “New Moon” port for Windows XP, but lots of sites are breaking things for no good reason. I remember when one of the advantages was that Firefox was available for almost every OS out there. Crap like DRM and all of this compiling scripts to assembly makes porting that much harder. It really hurts because I used to actively promote Firefox. I’ve still got a bunch of stickers and stuff that the Mozilla folks sent me because I participated in their SpreadFirefox event for Firefox 3. I get so tired of not having control over technology I use. And even more tired of the attitude that I should just put up with it all like some kind of cow. Anyway, thanks for visiting my site.

Nathan Lineback, ToastyTech

He had posted to his rants page, previously, about another user who was fed up with Microsoft Edge, which is only slightly ahead of Firefox in overall nastiness at this point.

Edge now has a “feature” that tells you when you’re shopping for something and a big box retailer like Walmart or Amazon has a price that’s like $1-2 cheaper. When you click on it, there’s a GUID tracker that Microsoft uses in order to get part of the sale as a commission.

I’m guessing that “Firefox Shopping Assistant” isn’t too far away at this point. They’re probably just arguing about how much you’re worth if you’re part of the 3.5% and falling that still uses Firefox.

However, in this article, I have demonstrated that Mozilla has never been led by people who were diametrically opposed to spyware, human rights abuses, and surveillance capitalism. Firefox is the enemy.

At this point, they pitch a VPN, but with all of the shady stuff that’s been going on in there, would you even feel safe about using it?

I wouldn’t.

Firefox new tab
What goes on behind the scenes is worse than you think. Mozilla is selling you to advertisers. Here’s where they can pay to target you. Source: Buy Sell Ads. From the page: “This audience is always looking for new solutions to their technical problems. If you can convert them, they’ll undoubtedly tell their friends and coworkers about your product. The thing is, knowing where they came from isn’t always straightforward.”

10.18.21

Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part II — The Campaign Against GPL Compliance and War on Copyleft Enforcement

Posted in Deception, GPL, Law, Microsoft at 5:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part I — Inside a Den of Corruption and Misogynists
  2. YOU ARE HERE ☞ The Campaign Against GPL Compliance and War on Copyleft Enforcement

GitHub: Where everything comes to die
Get out while you still can…

Summary: Microsoft contemplated buying GitHub 7.5 years ago; the goal wasn’t to actually support “Open Source” but to crush it from the inside and that’s what Microsoft has been doing over the past 2.5 years (we have some details from the inside)

THE latest series we have is expected to last months, not weeks. Our in-depth investigation started yesterday as we began fact-checking and verifying claims. Some of them are quite astounding and the challenge will be splitting the revelations into separate logical bits.

As a bit of a teaser, last week we showed what Miguel de Icaza really thinks of the CEO of Microsoft GitHub (Nat Friedman, a rich spoiled boy like Bill Gates). Remember that it was Miguel de Icaza himself who more than 15 years ago worked on the wedding between Microsoft and Novell (the very reason this site exists in the first place) and it’s mostly about patents, enabling Microsoft to basically dominate if not commandeer GNU/Linux. Also, for those who are not aware, Miguel de Icaza met Nat Friedman as a Microsoft employee (intern); both still work for Microsoft and Miguel de Icaza actually co-founded GNOME after he had attempted to work for Microsoft (but failed for immigration reasons).

“They say a fish rots from the head down; here too, as we shall see, rich spoiled boy Nat Friedman is the mastermind.”This series won’t be focusing on aspects that we covered before, e.g. how GitHub renders Free software projects mere “slaves” of Microsoft (Microsoft is the master of everything in GitHub, no matter what it says about the word) or why it’s a huge danger (we consider it to be the biggest threat to Free software). Instead, we shall focus mostly on how GitHub is being weaponised against millions of Free software projects, especially those that use reciprocal licences. We’ll see who and what is behind that plot, based on insiders’ accounts. We don’t want to give any spoilers away. They say a fish rots from the head down; here too, as we shall see, rich spoiled boy Nat Friedman is the mastermind. He’s so vain that he’s blocking, not just stonewalling, many of his critics. He’s insecure if not paranoid because he has so much to hide.

“GitHub is another problem,” an associate of ours has explained, as “it was only half bad at first but after it got bought out / sold out then it is all bad. I figure it was a defensive maneuver by Microsoft to also gain surveillance over competitors, but more to shut them down and control them. Similar to Mojang.”

In the case of Mojang, think of the poor frog inside the warm/hot water that starts boiling and gradually kills the frog in a very cruel fashion. In the case of Minecraft (of Mojang), they stopped the Java version and made a variant of the flagship product that was Windows-only, then they went all in on that. Apparently they also require a Microsoft account to continue using the product. Bundling and social engineering [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. In GitHub’s case, they try to steer people away from the GPL and change users’ practices; moreover, they promote a proprietary IDE, NSA-friendly hosting, and a “better” Git tool (basically pulling an E.E.E. on the original project, which was created by Linus Torvalds). The bundling increases over time. Use it the way Microsoft wants or be left behind..

Remember that ongoing scandal in .NET Foundation (as recent as this month). Microsoft constantly misuses its power in GitHub and it’ll only get worse in the future because the fist tightens. The currency is control [1, 2]. That’s just Microsoft being Microsoft. Robert X. Cringely once said that Microsoft “have the deepest of pockets, unlimited ambition, and they are willing to lose money for years and years just to make sure that you don’t make any money, either. And they are mean, REALLY mean.”

GitHub does not make money, but it gives Microsoft a lot of unjust power that it is — as always! — happy to abuse/misuse.

“They’ll never recover that money,” our associate has said about GitHub and Mojang, “but they did shut down a gateway for kids to learn about GNU/Linux and the very existence of non-Microsoft systems.”

“Microsoft itself is only about 4/5 of the problem. On top of what it does itself, there is also the fact that various nation states exploit it as a vehicle for nefarious works.”

“Hence the continued bailouts via “contracts”, like JEDI.”

“Microsoft constantly misuses its power in GitHub and it’ll only get worse in the future because the fist tightens.”We casually mentioned this in yesterday's Daily Links. Expect this series to also cover Pentagon and/or NSA connections. They do exist. Microsoft is more about politics than about technology.

As we focus intensely on the EPO we cannot promise daily or even weekly posts in the GitHub series. But we certainly expect this series to go on for a very long time.

In Part III we’ll begin to examine some verified new evidence. In later parts we’ll name some of the players (culprits) and illuminate their dark past.

How (Simple Technical Steps) to Convince Yourself That DuckDuckGo is Just Spyware Connected to Microsoft, Falsely Advertised as ‘Privacy’

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Search at 2:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Recent: EFF Pushes for Users to Install DuckDuckGo Software After Being Paid to Kill HTTPS Everywhere | DuckDuckGo’s HQ is Smaller Than My Apartment | Why You Should Avoid DuckDuckGo (DDG) 2021 Edition, Now Microsoft-Hosted and With Extra Privacy Risks | The EFF Attacks Software Freedom and Promotes Fake Privacy Linked to Microsoft

DuckDuckGo scam
Read on here

Summary: In recent days we published or republished some bits and pieces about what DuckDuckGo really is; the above reader dropped by to enlighten us and demonstrate just how easy it is to see what DuckDuckGo does even at the client side (with JavaScript); more people need to confront DuckDuckGo over this and warn colleagues/friends/family (there’s more here)

10.17.21

Austria’s Right-Wing Politicians Displaying Their Arrogance to EPO Examiners

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 4:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 0b878085120e5065accd501a44428421

Summary: The EPO‘s current regime seems to be serving a money-hungry lobby of corrupt officials and pathological liars; tonight we focus on Austria

IN Part 15 of the current series we saw one of many enablers of Benoît Battistelli; some of them are convicted fraudsters, sure, but António Campinos‘s EUIPO was happy to give them honourable jobs, nevertheless. Jobs as bribes are a thing in Alicante.

“Team Battistelli and Team UPC are mostly the same people (or overlapping interests).”The video above is the first of several regarding Austria and Rude-Liar. We will continue tomorrow, but along the lines (towards the end) I decided spontaneously that it would be worthwhile examining the latest 3 EPO “news” items, posted over the past week in the EPO’s site. The plans these people have for Europe are very dark. Some examiners at the EPO might be late to realise it. They should carefully examine the evidence and push back. Team Battistelli and Team UPC are mostly the same people (or overlapping interests). Lots of lying and cheating. New examples below (found hours ago).

More fake news about UPC; they need the UK and cannot have the UK. UPCA is dead, but they cheat, lie, bribe the media too sometimes.

Mathieu Klos has turned from journalist into spammer. This isn't journalism or reporting, it's just marketing placement for litigation firms dressed up as 'news'. Also notice the UPC plug (lie) in the third paragraph (and below, reproduced).

10.16.21

In Picture: After Billions Spent on Marketing, With Vista 11 Hype and Vapourware, No Real Gains for Windows

Posted in Deception, Marketing, Microsoft, Windows at 5:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The hype started this past summer

Windows share
Windows market share as a function of time from 2009 until October 16th (today). Raw data [ODS] available.

Summary: The very latest figures from Web usage show that it’s hardly even a blip on the radar; Windows continues bleeding to death, not only in servers

[Meme] [Teaser] Double-Dipping Friedrich Rödler

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 4:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Mozart Not Sure if public sector or private sector

Summary: As we shall see tomorrow night, the EPO regime was supported by a fair share of corrupt officials inside the Administrative Council

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