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09.13.10

Weird Video About Apple Bullying, Sweatshops, Antennagate, and Damage Control

Posted in Apple, Humour, Videos at 7:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


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Summary: The video above captures some embarrassing moments of Apple which are fairly recent

AS WE stated about a month ago, July was a terrible month for Apple from a reputation perspective. The video we have just transcoded — even though the language may be a barrier — provides a summary. Here is where we found this video:

An enlightening CNN clip that interviews Jimmy Lai and takes us behind the scenes at Next Media’s Taiwan animation headquarters quotes Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz huffily declaring that if this is the future of journalism, he wants no part of it. I can see his point. Lai is out to make money by syndicating his animations far and wide, Associated Press-style. But while the Steve Jobs clip does a decent job of covering a spring and summer’s worth of Apple news — stolen iPhone prototypes, suicidal Chinese workers — it certainly doesn’t fit under what we used to think of as “news.” Steve Jobs isn’t actually Darth Vader.

“I hasten to add,” said the person who brought this to our attention, “I found the last story bizarre rather than useful or well argued but sometimes bizarre is enough.”

09.07.10

“Q: Why is it written in Mono/C#? A: Because I hate freedom.”

Posted in Humour, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, Ubuntu at 5:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Gorillas at play

Summary: SparkleShare is Mono (and proud of it), Ubuntu still under threat of having Banshee spread throughout the project, putting in it code which Microsoft explicitly stated is a patent problem

Yesterday we linked to this post about a “Slick FOSS Alternative to Dropbox”. What we did not know at the time is that it’s Mono based. One reader told us: “[I] Was about to install it, so I first opened the readme file.” The text shown above (in the title) was in it, probably as just a tongue-in-cheek gesture.

Why is it that Mono proponents use humour to escape criticism? Novell’s Jeffrey Stedfast (of the Mono team) is currently linking to humourous viral marketing from Microsoft and the OMG!Mono! folks advertise/promote Banshee in the sense that they call for help testing it. Ubuntu Netbook Edition is intended to have Banshee by default [1, 2, 3] and it would be worrying if the desktop edition followed suit because it’s a lawsuit threat:

Given that Ubuntu aims to replace the default mediaplayer on the Ubuntu Netbook Edition with Banshee, Didier Roche has requested that the proud OMG army unleash their unspeakable powers of mass breakage on the newly promoted Banshee 1.7.5 package in Maverick.

Those who do not understand the legal ramifications (that would be the majority) may need the advice of others.

08.14.10

Caricature: Law Suit Larry

Posted in Humour, Oracle at 12:07 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Leisure Suit Larry Ellison

06.25.10

New JavaZone Trailer (as Ogg)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Humour, Java, Microsoft, Mono, Videos, Windows at 8:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Today’s new video about Java


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Hat tip: SubSonica

04.02.10

Windows Wimpy (22.22)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Humour, Microsoft, Ubuntu, Windows at 11:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Windows Wimpy - small

Update: just to clarify (this might be elusive), the image shows Ubuntu influencing Microsoft rather than the other way around.

03.31.10

Microsoft Acquires Novell

Posted in Deals, Humour, Microsoft, Novell at 6:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Microsoft and its employees now think it is indeed the Master of the Universe.”

Stewart Alsop, Fortune

WALTHAM, Mass., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) today announced that Microsoft had agreed to acquire Ximian, along with its owner which possesses UNIX, one of Microsoft’s most formidable competitors.

Microsoft and Novell choose to keep the details of their deal secret but are delighted to assure customers that it is absolutely good news to them all.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers a Microsoft-taxed Linux platform and a portfolio of integrated software patents designed to help customers around the world increase cost, complexity and risk.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in racketeering, extortion services and collusions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

“It’s possible, you can never know, that the universe exists only for me. If so, it’s going quite well I must admit.”

Bill Gates

02.26.10

New Cartoon: How Microsoft Robs the Nation

Posted in Bill Gates, Finance, Fraud, Humour, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer at 12:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Washington and Microsoft

Summary: The relationship between Washington and Microsoft as shown more comically (see the original in the links below)

TAX dodger Microsoft Corporation [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9] is receiving no love these days.

Jeff sez, “Inspired by Boing Boing post about Microsoft tax dodge, cartoonist RR Anderson takes on Washington’s $100 million tax cut and tax amnesty for Microsoft.”

This cartoon was also mentioned by a former Microsoft employee. There is this post/article of his about bias at the Seattle Times, which still seemingly refuses to cover Microsoft’s offences and instead glorifies rogue operations.

As the Seattle Weekly discussed earlier, the Seattle Times has yet to report on Representative Ross Hunter’s HB3176 and its proposed $100 million tax cut for Microsoft as well as $1.27 billion in amnesty. It may be that the paper is too busy running to the bank to cash Microsoft’s latest check for a full page ad on the controversial 20th century vision to add more car lanes highway 520.

We wrote about the bridge story just a couple of days ago.

“Microsoft looks at new ideas, they don’t evaluate whether the idea will move the industry forward, they ask, ‘how will it help us sell more copies of Windows?’”

Bill Gates, The Seattle Weekly, (April 30, 1998)

02.04.10

Cartoonists Invited

Posted in Humour, Site News at 6:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft above the law

Summary: Adding more humour and visuals with the help or readers/contributors

WALLCLIMBER, one of our big contributors, was kind enough to make that graphic from the previous post. She’s professional at that.

One reader who offered to hook us up with a cartoonist said that “if Boycott Novell wants to reach out to more individuals, it can use cartoons, because they can say a thousands words, without using words, or in the most simple terms…

“So, I have inserted a few on China, to help give you the idea, and what’s best, when individuals have fun seeing them, they will help spread the word too.

“Cartoons are very easy to understand, and should be encouraged more, especially on a blog, as lots of comments can generate higher volume o traffic, which is what you want, for more new readers to discover the website, right? Each day a new cartoon can be uploaded, making everyone want to go look and see the latest new developments and of course the cartoon!

“If attribution is preferred, we will add one too.”“Pictures are visual methods to share information…”

If anyone is willing to create a cartoon that advocates Free software, please send it to us for sharing (copyleft). We are always glad to receive and share funny or educational imagery, as we already did earlier this week. If attribution is preferred, we will add one too.

The same reader who suggested cartoons has also sent us material from the book “Barbarians Led by Bill Gates”. It was written by someone who is close to Gates and we can quote portions of the book (fair use). This ought to be interesting!

“Stolen’s a strong word. it’s copyrighted content that the owner wasn’t paid for.”

Bill Gates, June 2006

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