01.10.23

More Than Half a Dozen Copyright Litigation Threats Sent to Techrights in Less Than Six Months Over EPO and UPC Articles (Misusing Copyrights for Censorship/Intimidation)

Posted in Deception, EFF, Europe, Patents at 2:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Censorship by Threats
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Freedom of speech is under threat; the few who still cover EPO corruption are routinely subjected to threatening letters, misusing “copyright” in spite of Fair Use provisions; Europe’s patent system is now dominated by a bunch of gangsters like the ones who roam Malta

THE state of the EPO is as dire as it was under Benoît Battistelli if not a lot worse (the problem is that the media no longer talks about it!) and we’re being attacked for covering EPO scandals. We’ve been subjected to copyright trolling last year [1, 2] and the start of this year (belatedly).

“Please do not donate to the EFF; it’s money down the drain as the EFF is run by (and for) the billionaires who pay a lot more.”Regarding the latest example (only happened about 12 hours ago), I’ve since then spoken to three people. I told them about this latest example and they’ve ridiculed the censorship attempts. I also contacted 3-4 people in the EFF and so far they have of course had nothing to say, let alone do. Even since one co-founder died and another was ousted the EFF has barely done anything about patents and SLAPPed/bullied bloggers. Please do not donate to the EFF; it’s money down the drain as the EFF is run by (and for) the billionaires who pay a lot more. The EFF never helped me; the best it did was, it responded to an E-mail (about 4 years ago). The EFF was infiltrated a few years ago. It’s not coming back.

01.01.23

Sirius ‘Open Source’ Abuses Grey Areas

Posted in Deception, EFF, Free/Libre Software at 12:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Earl Grey for the grey little fella', please

'I know someone is cooking...'
Maybe Sirius management wants its staff to also starve to death (the above is based on a real quote from a fake imposter boss)

Summary: Sirius ‘Open Source’ will continue to occupy time and space in January and February of this year; we’re starting to wrap up the series that’s based around the report (sent to 3 managers before we left the company)

THE new year has begun! For some, in Sirius at least, the future is unclear. We can imagine that there are ongoing or impending disputes among managers and remaining stakeholders (e.g. “owner of Sirius”), seeing that the company is not what it claims to be. We envision a bitter end to the company, very likely in 2023. The company is basically insolvent if one chooses to judge it by its unaudited financial filings. The way it was treating its staff towards the end of the year serves to suggest it’s also broke, looking for excuses not to pay staff what the staff is fully entitled to.

“There are particular rights that are treated differently when the job is performed just digitally, e.g. “remote” work, spying, access to machines, management of company “assets” and so on.”We must stress that the company wasn’t always like this! The company acted a lot more professionally a decade ago, whereas the way things were handled towards the end got truly grim, with conniving, back-stabbing, and profound betrayal of long-serving staff. The goal wasn’t to end things on a positive note; the way things were done was likely in breach of British law, as noted below. We’re going to shed some more light later this month when handling some of the nitty-gritty stuff. Many of those tricks are from the same cloth or the same playbook of other failing companies. It’s worth learning and understanding them.

During lockdowns some companies asked staff to sleep inside datacentres (oh, hi, Microsoft!). Are those sleep deprivation experiments? Was this truly consensual (when one can lose the job for declining to obey; Azure was already laying off staff that year*)? Can money overcome law, as well as health & safety regulations?

As a site named Techrights (since 2010, i.e. about 13 years already) we think it’s perfectly appropriate and we deem it suitable to cover these issues; many “Tech” jobs are impacted by matters of labour “rights” (a la EPO, where such fundamental rights are routinely denied without consequences for perpetrators!). There are particular rights that are treated differently when the job is performed just digitally, e.g. “remote” work, spying, access to machines, management of company “assets” and so on. What about lunch breaks? What happens when you do non-stop monitoring (and reporting of incidents, response/mitigation included)? What happens when you work from home? What if you work overnight (1AM to 9AM shifts)? The meme above exemplifies the absurdity of some existing policies, right? At times I worked 16-hour shifts, albeit that was a long time ago and only with my explicit consent. The mainstream media does not explore these pertinent issues in the context of “knowledge workers” as often as it ought to. The EFF habitually dabbles in this domain, as we’ll show later this month when we cover “bossware” [1, 2]. Sadly, the EFF has been mostly asleep at the wheel in recent years (after one co-founder had died and another was ousted).

Below is a portion of the report:


Further Discussion of the Issues

There are lots of issues that cannot be brought up without infringing the confidentiality of Sirius clients. However important they are, it’s regretful that they cannot be mentioned in this document.

What facts have shown thus far is astounding and hopefully a cautionary tale. No company should hire people and keep them on the same salary in their 40s for the same job they were hired to do in their 20s, not to mention inflation being ignored as if it’s not happening. On top of that, bullying is not acceptable, especially in light of working conditions, which may be in breach of British law for some of the aforementioned reasons.

Management figures, lacking any technical skills trying to get staff to study things like containers despite Sirius clients not using these is an unfortunate ploy. They are just hoping to fake their staff possessing some skills and then netting a contract based on it. As we saw earlier, this results in the company, Sirius, hopelessly left to support systems it is unable to support, as the skills being bragged about aren’t in fact to be found inside the company. So hopefully that will change. If Sirius does not net contracts based on an old (and long-lost) reputation for skills it does not have, then maybe staff can actually meet clients’ expectations.
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* Even today there’s talk about imminent Microsoft layoffs. It seems like these rumours spread fast at Microsoft this past week, based on traffic patterns in Techrights.

10.29.22

Don’t Waste Your Money on EFF, It’s Not Fighting for Its Original Supporters

Posted in Deception, EFF, Microsoft at 6:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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EFF is Unsafe
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The EFF as a lobbying arm of billionaires* is a new kind of development; it has gotten a lot worse since one co-founder died and another got ousted

THIS MORNING we mentioned why the Electronic Frontier Foundation deserves to be called "Microsoft Enterprise" Frontier Foundation (MEFF), based on a source that gave us a headsup/scoop. Unless this can be refuted or disproved, it seems safe to assert that today’s EFF sends a lot of its data and/or communications to Microsoft and hence to the US government (which it’s supposed to confront in court). Who is responsible for this travesty? That’s a betrayal or at best abandonment of many EFF supporters (sponsors) of the past few decades. Where’s the commitment? What happened to principles?

“It pays its Executive Director over $300,000 per year (quite a lot for an organisation that loses millions of dollars per year, partly due to poor leadership after many years of success stories).”We can only encourage people not to give any more money to the EFF, seeing that it gets handouts from tech monopolies and oligarchs, who use the EFF as a lobbying arm of their own.
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* The latest available IRS filing says [PDF] that the EFF has swung into losses for the first time in at least a decade and has been losing money for two years in a row, but it still has about 40 million dollars in the bank. It lives off its past goodwill and digests the reserves of cash — not a sustainable strategy at all. It pays its Executive Director over $300,000 per year (quite a lot for an organisation that loses millions of dollars per year, partly due to poor leadership after many years of success stories).

EFF finances

The EFF Has Been Subsumed by Microsoft

Posted in EFF, Microsoft at 3:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EFF and Microsoft

Summary: The EFF uses Microsoft Enterprise; that follows leadership changes and might help explain why it keeps endorsing Microsoft products, gives awards to Microsoft staff, and even openly attacks the FSF by defaming Richard Stallman; the EFF is changing, and not for the better

10.20.22

[Meme] EFF Stopped Worrying About Corruption and Monopolies

Posted in EFF at 5:07 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO corruption? Don't care... EFF USA: We ignore international problems

Summary: Political activity by the EFF and neglect of technical issues can show that the EFF is soft on the private sector (it funds the EFF)

When It Comes to Patent Policy, EFF Has Become Utterly Useless This Year (and It Refuses to Mention EPO Scandals)

Posted in EFF, Europe, Patents at 4:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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What Does the EFF Even Do These Days?
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The EFF never talked about EPO corruption under Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos; it never even named them and it doesn’t talk about their campaign to spread software patents worldwide

OVER the years we wrote many articles about the EFF. In recent years our articles were mostly critical because there seems to be a coup, staged by people who don’t truly care for the EFF’s values and original mission. Suddenly the EFF is acting hostile towards the FSF/Richard Stallman and Wikileaks/Julian Assange, despite an historically amicable relationship. So what is going on? And why does the EFF act so soft on Microsoft? What does the EFF work for? Who does it raise money from? (The big sponsors, not individual members)

“As far as patent reform is concerned, the EFF has been severely weakened.”This seems like a pattern that we saw before in the OSI, the Linux Foundation, and several other organisations. They register for special status with the IRS and then pay astronomically wages to people who serve monopolies instead of the organisations they claim to serve. The watchdogs fall asleep.

The video above shows that the EFF says almost nothing about EPO and about European software patents. It has not mentioned software patents in Europe or the EPO since about a decade ago. It covered the subject mostly 17.5 years ago in relation to the EU. To make matters worse, today’s EFF hardly says anything about patents at all. It has said nothing about patents since last month and we could find only one post (blog post) about it in the past 50 days; no press release on patents since last year (December)!

The EFF used to write about patents almost every day and staff that used to deal with the issue no longer seems to be employed by the EFF, except perhaps one person. As far as patent reform is concerned, the EFF has been severely weakened. Common wisdom says, “follow the money…”

03.23.22

GNU Turns 40 Next Year. Here’s Cory Doctorow’s Message to the FSF at 30.

Posted in EFF, Free/Libre Software, FSF at 6:07 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Cory Doctorow, who is at the EFF at the moment, sent this message 7 years ago

Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0

03.01.22

Richard Stallman and LibrePlanet

Posted in EFF, Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux at 11:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Richard Stallman youth

Summary: Several people feel like the founder of the FSF (and GNU) is being marginalised by the FSF, but nobody wants to say it out loud

ONE year ago Richard Stallman announced that he had returned to the FSF’s Board, albeit not as President as before. Many people were happy about the news, but a corporations-led mob soon started blackmailing the FSF to undo this action (and more).

Has the coup ended? Not really. It seems like something is still going on. We spoke to a number of people and they express concern about the situation.

One person asked us: “Have you noticed RMS is not speaking at LibrePlanet this year?

“Next step,” this person guesses is “Stallman out of the board.”

The chapelUpon further inquiry, we got told that “the fact that the FSF is avoiding to have him speak at LibrePlanet is already a clear sign. And the silence of the organizers speaks loudly…”

“But the most important thing is how the FSF has prepared the ground: “…associate members of the FSF will be able to nominate and evaluate candidates for the nonprofit’s board of directors…” [note "associate members", i.e., those who pay]”

Further: “…by inviting them to suggest board nominees and then research collectively those nominees’ suitability for a position on the board…”

That’s in the FSF’s own words. And “that’s the FSF’s doors wide open for infiltration by RMS’s haters/corporations,” we got told.

Someone also wrote in the LibrePlanet mailing list: “I was excited when FSF announced the libreplanet 2022 schedule just recently, but something immediately caught my eye: RMS isn’t on the speakers list this year. Is there a reason?”

“We therefore assume it’s not RMS’s own choice not to speak.”I’ve asked somone in IRC what she makes of the lack of response (for 2 days already!) and she said: “they have seth schoen talking there, and hes from eff which came out strongly against the fsf’s decision to reinstate him last year that’s a hint right there [...] my guess is, they invited people to speak but couldn’t get anyone because of rms and they probably made a concession to not allow him to speak though some speaking slots are “TBA”…”

As “another hint,” said that person, “I asked repeatedly in #fsf [IRC] and [redacted] repeatedly gave evasive answers, and tried to change the subject, every time… [redacted] is one of the “core” people in the gnu and fsf community, he’s on the gnu advisory committee, and he sees everything that goes on behind the scenes…”

We therefore assume it’s not RMS’s own choice not to speak.

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