01.29.23

Stigmatising GNU/Linux for Not Withstanding Hardware Failures

Posted in Deception, FUD, GNU/Linux, Hardware, Microsoft at 11:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 06304c0f6049081e578bb696a000a942
Making Linux Sound Culpable for Hardware Issue
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Summary: Nowadays “the news” is polluted with a lot of GNU/Linux-hostile nonsense; like with patents, the signal-to-noise ratio is appalling and here we deal with a poor ‘report’ about “Linux servers” failing to work

THE OTHER day in IRC we discussed this article that mentions “Linux” many times when in fact mentioning a hardware incident. “Are Microsofters trying to generate bad press for Linux?” we asked. “This is a hardware problem, not at all related to GNU/Linux. Maybe some Microsofters are trying to undermine the teaching of GNU/Linux there?”

The video above discusses what’s in the article and why it’s a tad suspicious. It is reminiscent of some FUD campaigns we saw before. “Third-year Rohan Gupta reported that, in addition to the CS website, he was also unable to access his classes’ Linux servers,” it says. Well, hardware dies sometimes. My laptop died some days ago (Friday), but within 2-3 hours I replaced the physical drive and began installing the latest Debian. This can take time.

The media still loves to stigmatise GNU/Linux as not secure, not reliable etc. But for much of the time they would be better off focusing on Microsoft’s reliability and insecurity issues, including last week’s massive Clown Computing outage at Microsoft. The media barely covered it.

01.16.23

Matthew Garrett, Who Said He Wanted to Stab Debian Developers, is Working for Microsoft Inside Linux (to Remove Users’ Freedom)

Posted in Deception, DRM, GNU/Linux, Hardware, Kernel, Microsoft at 8:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Moments ago:

Matthew Garrett working for Microsoft

Summary: It has become more than “abundantly clear” that Matthew Garrett is a de facto Microsoft mole inside Linux. Sad that not everyone can see this yet. He said he would be leaving the kernel alone (after he had attacked Linus Torvalds in vain, repeatedly, having done the same to Richard Stallman using false pretexts), but of course he lied. He would come back only to push more of Microsoft’s attacks into Linux. Just see the comments here; they do a better job than Michael Larabel (AMD shill), explaining why Pluton is a disaster and merely a rename of a truly sinister agenda.

11.10.22

Veiled Marketing in Phoronix

Posted in Hardware, Marketing at 4:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Minutes ago:

Phoronix AMD spam

Look ma, mo' gifts! It costs like a car

Summary: AMD’s scheduled marketing onslaught (like Phoronix publishing 3 ‘articles’ at the same time; other “sponsored” writers do the same) is a wake-up call about Phoronix, an AMD-funded site

Phoronix comment

11.02.22

More Technical People Recognise the Importance of Being Offline Sometimes (and the Covert Dangers of Technology)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Hardware at 2:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 63f768f69464807407eeb1d90d67bda4
Staying Offline When Away From Keyboard
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Summary: There’s growing recognition that “high-tech” isn’t this Utopian thing that improves lives in perpetuity and there’s more to life than being online and getting “likes” from strangers (or people not seen in person for many years); in fact, a lot of technology has gradually been warped and turned against the users (because exercising control over them can be seductive and even profitable)

THE most resistance (or antagonism) to supposedly "modern" technology tends to come not from people who fail to understand it but from people who understand it the most or grasp it best. That’s why many Facebook employees outright refuse to allow their kids to use Facebook. They know the ‘sausage factory’ all too well; they see the gore and hear the screams. They also see the bad ingredients going into finished and well-presented “products”.

It would be wise to refrain from “Luddite” analogies because the motivations of Luddites were vastly different and inherently based on productivity/distribution, not “ethics”; a lot of people like yours truly oppose voting machines because those aren’t trustworthy and we’ve seen ample evidence of how they can be tampered, ruining democracy by just flipping a few bits here and there. Speaking of democracy, the next video (after this) will discuss Social Control Media, which is all about manipulation and increasingly about control. See this new article by Manuel Matuzović.

“Technology stopped improving a long time ago, maybe decades ago.”My wife and I decided a long time ago not to have mobile phones and certainly none of those “Smart” gadgets for the home, including “spy meters” that the energy suppliers already sent us about 30 nags/reminders about, in turn charging us extra (de facto penalties) for not having these. Technology needs to have limits/boundaries and we need to look back at how we lived before we had 24/7/365-connected machines at all corners of lots of “modern” homes. They like to tell us this digitalisation makes “green” (less paper), conveniently omitted the cost of producing gadgets and keeping them charged. In a lot of ways we have not progressed. “Dumb” homes (or “dumb” cities) were OK. Stress levels were lower, it was harder for the boss the bother the employee, and dignity of people (or their family) could be preserved rather easily. Looking back at my childhood, firstly the PC was always local and not portable (1980s, no spying/”telemetry”), then the PC became temporarily connected, i.e. online over dial-up (surveillance becomes possible). When I started university and we had Ethernet my PC was almost always connected (before surveillance capitalism flourished) but sometimes turned off. In the past decade we saw more and more of these “Smart” phones, i.e. always-on always-connected spies in the pocket. Never do that last one. Don’t accept fashionable consumerism, even if there’s peer pressure or a ‘gift’ from the employer.

The video above, recorded before writing this text, talked about Luke’s video from yesterday (borrowed from IRC). He basically suggests people stay offline, and don’t mistake him for a technophobe; he’s very tech-literate.

“Technology is like medicine; in moderation it is beneficial, but don’t turn it into a religion.”Technology stopped improving a long time ago, maybe decades ago. Any recent “developments” are mostly superficial or based around renaming for hype’s fake (like “Hey Hi” and/or clown computing, in effect trying to use up the available CPU capacity… ‘crypto’ ‘coins’ have shown us how desperate people are to waste this ‘untapped power’; CPU scaling works better than constant churn).

30 years ago computers got a lot of things done, as many tasks were even 100% comparable to what we do today. IRC was probably the first thing I used when I got a connection at home (browsers were very, very primitive at the time… the type that fits onto a single floppy disk… akin to some Gemini clients). I still use IRC and it’s more or less the same as in the 1990s (even fully compatible).

Technology is like medicine; in moderation it is beneficial, but don’t turn it into a religion. Don’t live inside a sleeping bag in the church (to feel closer to a deity), not even if you pursue a lifetime as a nun.

10.30.22

After the Collapse of Bloated Software and Hardware

Posted in Hardware, Microsoft at 7:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 0d23ef8bd6577dacbd01f9526968ecc2
Going Back to Basics and Low Power Usage
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Summary: There’s a lot to be said about what the “end of an era” for x86 would mean not only to GNU/Linux but also the hardware scene; to accomplish and complete key tasks we’ve long had sufficient computational power

Now that Microsoft is circling down the drain along with the x86 patent pool (major collapse in sales of hardware an thus a collapse in Windows licensing) it’s worth discussing a more desirable state of affairs. We’ve already peaked in terms of performance and we have far more computing power than tends to be needed, especially on the client side. Dr. Andy Farnell wrote about it last week.

At the moment, hardware is very highly complex, super-proprietary, very energy- or power-hungry, heavily patented, and barely reliable due to workarounds and ‘cheats’ (like Dieselgate for benchmarks). It’s time to consider hardware freedom and go back to basics, or a level of simplicity that makes auditing hardware actually feasible. Someone has noted in IRC that “it’s also fairly straightforward to port (assembly) code from one risc architecture to another” and potability is another thing we stand to benefit from.

The race towards higher speeds by making more and more transistors (and then cores) led to a certain unreliability and a lack of trust in hardware, much of which gets manufactured abroad. For real security and for the feasibility of education we need to at least consider another paradigm.

10.27.22

DRM is ‘Protected’ by Phoronix

Posted in DRM, Hardware at 7:37 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 2905be7b0686697c888bc869935fee7c
Protected From Scrutiny
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Summary: x86 stronghold (rather weak lately due to the inflation and Windows failing users) is pushing DRM into kernel space, typically along with Microsoft and Google; Phoronix, which is funded or bossed by the x86 giants, is being far too weak or too “soft” (like it is on Microsoft), insisting that corporations treating clients like they’re criminals is in fact “protected content” (that isn’t independent, honest and courageous journalism, its’s docile cowardice)

THE comments (Forums) in Phoronix sadly remain a lot more informative than the 'articles' because Phoronix self-censors (based on a sixth sense of who pays the bills and/or will pay them in the future).

So the video above dives straight into the comments on the article after a quick introduction. The short story is that Intel is promoting DRM in Linux, once again (not the first time), even though (to quote one comment) “4k streaming works just fine on sites that don’t insist on using DRM. “piracy” is always the technically and morally superior option over complying with corporate copyright bullshit.”

There are many other comments to that effect. The readers aren’t tolerating DRM.

Shown below is now Phoronix fancies describing DRM (the term “DRM” is not even mentioned in the page, just the euphemisms).

Intel's Open-Source OpenGL Driver Adds Support For 'Protected Content'

10.21.22

Cannot Trust Today’s Phoronix

Posted in GNU/Linux, Hardware, Marketing at 6:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 351cd6c997ce9414edca89226a9767b0
Phoronix is Not Independent
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Summary: Phoronix has a deepening “conflict of interest” problem; this means it cannot be relied upon for objective reviews anymore

THIS afternoon’s quick post about Phoronix merited a more detailed explanation, which is better done first in a very detailed video and then in a more concise textual summary. It’s not a bashing opportunity. It is hopefully balanced and fair. First of all, Phoronix has historically been a very credible and very important site. We wrote in its defense many times over the years.

“We need other sites, new sites in fact, that can properly inform us regarding hardware support in Linux.”As financial strain increases (like soaring electricity costs which disproportionately affect people with a datacentre at home) the temptation to sell out feels like an actual need. Earlier this year, around the time of the Ukraine invasion (Michael Larabel proudly visited Ukraine back in the days), the sellout became too much for us to bear, so we stopped linking to Phoronix and issued this statement, albeit only after first reaching out to Larabel for clarification/explanation. Larabel did not elucidate matters until weeks later. Since then several other problematic things happened. Several of them are explained and even shown in the video above.

The bottom line is, Larabel and by extension Phoronix are compromised. No independence. The site is a ‘slave’ of companies whose products it’s meant to review, assess, introduce, and even benchmark. The moment the trust is gone the traffic too should decrease. We need other sites, new sites in fact, that can properly inform us regarding hardware support in Linux. Phoronix isn’t ignorant, but it just self-censors; there are financial conflicts.

10.19.22

Microsoft’s Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP): Embrace, Extend, Extinguish Security, Thanks to ‘Linux’ Foundation

Posted in Deception, Hardware, Microsoft, Security at 3:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum bce5a9a3748283875b25c7460fc00203
This is Digital Imperialism, Not Security
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation is a hostage of Microsoft; it not only badmouths Linux security (while refraining from saying any negative thing about Windows) but it also helps Microsoft actively undermine security

THE Linux Foundation continues to deepen its relationship with Microsoft, but not with the GNU/Linux community or with security professionals. That’s because it’s all about money, not science, and now it means that back doors are chosen over honest people, who aren’t paying Jim Zemlin and Sheela Microsoft.

This moreover means that the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation actively spreads FUD about Linux on behalf of Microsoft. The video above discusses some of the latest developments and condemns Phoronix for having become like a Microsoft parrot.

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