01.19.22

Another Video IBM Does Not Want You to Watch

Posted in IBM at 1:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Yesterday: Someone Is Very Desperate to Knock My Account Off Twitter

Hours ago: What IBM Does Not Want You to Watch

Summary: It seems very much possible that IBM (or someone close to IBM) is trying to purge me from Twitter, so let’s examine what they may be trying to distract from. As we put it 2 years ago, "Watson" is a lot more offensive than those supposedly offensive words IBM is working to purge; think about those hundreds of Red Hat workers who are black and were never told about ethnic purges of blacks facilitated by IBM (their new boss).

01.18.22

What IBM Does Not Want You to Watch

Posted in IBM, Videos at 4:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Minutes ago: Someone Is Very Desperate to Knock My Account Off Twitter

Video download link

Summary: Let’s ‘Streisand it’…

Someone Is Very Desperate to Knock My Account Off Twitter

Posted in Deception, IBM at 3:28 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Weeks ago: FSFE Misuses FSFE Budget to Issue Frivolous Takedown Requests Against Critics | Criticising Microsoft and the OSI is “COVID-19 Misinformation” | Time for a Twitter Boycott?

Summary: Many reports against me — some successful — are putting my free speech (and factual statements) at risk

Received hours ago:

Hello,

Twitter is required by German law to provide notice to users who are reported by people from Germany via the Network Enforcement Act reporting flow.

We have received a complaint regarding your account, @schestowitz, for the following content:

Tweet ID: 1465090995901632514
Tweet Text: Racist #ibm (or #redhat this past March and late 2019): we need to remove RMS, he’s transphobic. Just ignore our past and how our second-largest client, Nazi Germany, gassed trans people. That’s…. “old news” (forget about it, you MUST!)

Tweet ID: 1468707132937756684
Tweet Text: Come on, people. Give #IBM a break. It’s not like it’s some Nazi company. Oh… [url]

We have investigated the reported content and have found that it is not subject to removal under the Twitter Rules (https://support.twitter.com/articles/18311) or German law.

Sincerely,

Twitter

In context:

Twitter censorship and IBM

For the record, all that I said in those tweets was factual and moreover backed by evidence in the URLs. Maybe Twitter’s staff doesn’t wish to be seen as helping to cover up IBM's past with Hitler. Someone even threatened to sue me over a "tweet".

IBM and the Twitter…

12.09.21

Fedora (Re)Starts Discussing Plan to Delete GitHub (Quit Microsoft Dependence)

Posted in GNU/Linux, IBM, Red Hat at 5:43 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 29c28d5246b753a89f1de4eb04f6e357

Summary: There’s active debate about whether or not Fedora can (and should) self-host its Git projects; it’s well overdue and it’s time to do it

A COUPLE of weeks ago we revisited the sad situation of Fedora Project being a prisoner of Microsoft, not just IBM [1, 2] (the context or the focus being “master” branch*). It harms the credibility of the project, which already lost a lot of the volunteers (the actual community, not IBM staff “100% of the time”). What IBM did to CentOS a year ago** was an eye-opener; why would it treat Fedora any better than CentOS?

“IBM announced its takeover of Red Hat the same year Microsoft announced its takeover of GitHub.”I’ve used Fedora many times before. I used the first and second releases and then I occasionally used it again over the years. Long term too, for years at a time… so I truly care about how IBM assassinates the community, including long timers whose name I’ve known for over a decade. What is IBM hoping to accomplish?

IBM announced its takeover of Red Hat the same year Microsoft announced its takeover of GitHub. Why hasn’t IBM helped distance Fedora from GitHub? We wrote about the subject many times before and since then many alternatives to GitHub have either emerged or evolved to the point of feature parity. Even over Gemini Protocol we have more and more options (Git over Gemini clients instead of Web browsers).

“It’s hard to tell why Miller is so pessimistic.”IBM’s Miller likes to pretend that there’s nothing they can do, but this new in-depth article from LWN says “Catanzaro was unconvinced by Miller’s assertion that Fedora could not run its own open-source GitLab instance.”

What baloney! To quote: “If GNOME and KDE and freedesktop.org and Debian and Purism can all do it, I’m pretty sure Fedora can too.”

Of course it can. But maybe there’s a lack of will because of back room deals of Microsoft and IBM? Just like in the days of ODF vs OOXML wars? It’s hard to tell why Miller is so pessimistic. Heck, we’ve crafted our very own ‘CMS’ for Git @ Techrights and we’re just a couple of people. Surely IBM has far more resources (money and people) than us…
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* For Git, the word “master” has long been a convenient convention that made branch names predictable. Now that IBM looks to eradicate it some choose “dev” and “devel” instead (inconsistent), which is also confusing because “dev” typically means “test” in conjunction with “live”. So they’re harmed clarify, increased confusion, and raised the access barrier, making adoption of Git even harder and some literature obsolete (bad for poor people who can only afford old books and bad for the environment).
** Even IBM seemed to regret what it had foolishly done, seeing it obky led to more clones of RHEL. Not to mention growing disdain and distrust when it comes to IBM.


Addendum: XFaCE has produced a better and more clearly-phrased version of the same article.

A COUPLE of weeks ago we revisited the Fedora Project and it being held prisoner by Microsoft in addition to IBM/Red Hat. [1, 2] Focusing on non-issues such as the “problematic” naming of the “master” branch further compromises the credibility of an already compromised project, one that has already lost a lot of real community volunteers (not re-assigned IBM staff “100% of the time”). IBM’s decimation of the CentOS project a year ago** is proving a harbinger of its current neglect and mismanagement of Fedora.

I’m a recurring Fedora user, having deployed the initial and second releases full-time with occasional usage over the years for long periods of time. It pains me how IBM alienates the community, including long timers whose names I’ve known for over a decade. What productive good is IBM hoping to accomplish?

IBM announced its takeover of Red Hat the same year Microsoft announced its own acquisition of GitHub. Since then IBM has not raised a figure to distance Fedora from GitHub and its now Microsoft-controlled infrastructure. This is especially glaring given the many feature-parity GitHub alternatives that have emerged from that time until now. Many Gemini-based options have even been developed, forgoing web browser-based environments in favour of Gemini clients.

IBM’s Miller presents the narrative that the GitHub lock-in is beyond IBM’s control, but this is contradicted by a new in-depth article from LWN, which states that “Catanzaro was unconvinced by Miller’s assertion that Fedora could not run its own open-source GitLab instance”.

Catanzaro noted the obvious that “If GNOME and KDE and freedesktop.org and Debian and Purism can all do it, I’m pretty sure Fedora can too.”

Of course IBM has the resources and the ability to wean off the GitHub teet, but is held back by an apparent lack of will. Given the current incestuous state of Linux Foundation-linked companies, we can safely speculate that back room deals between Microsoft and IBM play a role, just like in the days of ODF vs OOXML wars and the many corrupted parties. Without that context it’s hard to understand why Miller would be so pessimistic. Heck, we’ve crafted our very own ‘CMS’ for Git at TechRights despite being a couple of people. Surely IBM is capable of far more with vast capital and employee resources… █
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* For Git the word “master” has long been a convenient convention that mad branch names predictable. Now that IBM looks to eradicate it, some have chosen “dev” and “devel” instead inconsistently. There is also further confusion of “dev” typically means “test” in contrast to a “production” state. IBM’s antics here have harmed clarity, increased confusion, and raised the access barrier to Git adoption. Much documentation and other literature on the subject is becoming obsolete (detrimental for fiscally-constrained people who can only afford old books and bad for the environment).
** Even IBM seemed to regret what it had foolishly done given the plethora of RHEL forks. This is in addition to the disdain and distrust tarnishing IBM’s reputation.

11.29.21

President Biden Wants to Put Microsofter in Charge of the Patent Office, Soon to Penalise Patent Applicants Who Don’t Use Microsoft’s Proprietary Formats

Posted in IBM, Microsoft, Open XML, Patents at 8:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft and Kathi Vidal

IAM and Microsoft Kathi Vidal

Vidal profile

Summary: The tradition of GAFAM or GIAFAM inside the USPTO carries on (e.g. Kappos and Lee; Kappos lobbies for Microsoft and IBM, whereas Lee now works for Amazon/Bezos after a career at Google); it’s hard to believe anymore that the USPTO exists to serve innovators rather than aggressive monopolists, shielding their territory by patent threats (lawsuits or worse aggression) and cross-licensing that’s akin to a cartel

THE company known as “Microsoft” isn’t just some ordinary firm. It is widely reviled because it is uniquely malicious and outright criminal. It was founded and run by criminals.

What Microsoft is not: a software company. What Microsoft is: a cult, a military contractor, and an espionage partner of the NSA et al. It’s also a lingering, ongoing threat to national security. The company controlled by a very famous criminal (Gates) has caused massive financial damage to hundreds of countries.

“The company controlled by a very famous criminal (Gates) has caused massive financial damage to hundreds of countries.”A few days ago Patent Docs took note of the fact that in spite of the US patent office being hijacked by the Microsoft ‘cult’/’religion’ (it has the hallmark of entryism), OOXML being made almost compulsory (otherwise penalties!) is a move that’s being delayed. Did they curb implementation due to backlash? Who knows…

It is clear, however, that people are protesting. Some write to us about it.

It’s bad enough that Microsoft already controls (even illegally!) the EPO. The staff of the EPO is very unhappy about that!

“The Director chosen by President Obama would later lobby for IBM and Microsoft, going as far as exploiting a pandemic to push for software patents.”Now the Corporate President wants to put a person who worked for Microsoft part of the time… in charge of the US patent office, the world’s largest and most important patent office, which Microsoft relies on for blackmail of competitors, including GNU/Linux.

“Vidal has extensive experience as a patent litigator, and has represented companies including Microsoft Corp,” said this article a month ago. IAM spoke of a company or “plaintiff who sued Microsoft, another Vidal client.”

So President Biden wants to put a Microsofter in charge of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), just like President Obama put a deputy there who had come from Microsoft. The Director chosen by President Obama would later lobby for IBM and Microsoft, going as far as exploiting a pandemic to push for software patents.

A reader of ours, who uses GNU/Linux (Linux Mint I believe), decided to write about this (“letter to USPTO nominee and firm”), attributing the Microsoft capture to David Kappos although this OOXML scheme emanated from or started during Andrei Iancu‘s term.

11.25.21

IBM as Master of Hypocrisy

Posted in Deception, IBM, Red Hat at 3:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 35757dd960a6311347374b1624b38f5f

Summary: Free software projects and Free software developers have long been humiliated by corporations of Western misogynists, falsely claiming that the Free software community isn’t inclusive enough (these are shameless projection tactics; as a matter of public record, the exact opposite is true) and even the eradication of supposedly offensive language isn’t something IBM takes seriously

IBM’s attempt to distract from its own racism may be backfiring; as we noted yesterday (last night), IBM does not follow its very own advice. It has added about 2 dozen projects to Microsoft’s GitHub (proprietary) under the Fedora account over the past 17 months and IBM's racism culminates in highly racist culling of developers, just because they’re Persian (nationalism and racism are the same in the context of some nations which are largely monocultural). Under this Fedora account, which feeds Microsoft’s monopoly, half the projects use “master” as their base branch. At least 65 projects!

In the video above, which took quite a while to record (it ended up being a lot longer than planned), I speak about my history talking to IBM’s spinners and liars. They’re destroying the credibility of Red Hat and they’ve already decimated almost all the community component of Fedora. Instead it became just a sandbox for IBM employees and maybe a shared pool for Amazon/AWS, which key operations of Fedora have been outsourced to.

11.24.21

3.5 Years Later the ‘Master’ of Fedora is Still Microsoft and IBM Cannot Be Bothered to Alter Git Branch Names (Refuting or Ignoring Its Very Own Directive About Supposedly Racially-Insensitive Terms)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat at 7:56 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Older: 2 Years After Microsoft Hijacked GitHub for Monopoly Fedora Still Has Well Over 100 Projects in Microsoft’s GitHub (Not Even Counting Red Hat’s and Systemd)

Fedora Infrastructure at GitHub

Summary: Today we demonstrate the hypocrisy of IBM; years after telling us that we should shun the term “master” and repeatedly insisting it had a racist connotation at least 65 Fedora repositories, still controlled by Microsoft, still use “master”

A YEAR and a half ago we published the post above along with the screenshot above. The point that we made back then was, IBM/Red Hat clearly didn’t mind proprietary software lock-in, even if it had become controlled by Microsoft, a sworn enemy of copyleft and of the law in general.

Earlier this week I noticed that SUSE/OpenSUSE and many other high-profile companies/projects you’d expect to have moved away from “master” as a branch name (because they themselves insisted that it was racially insensitive) not doing so themselves, in effect shaming the community and exercising immense hypocrisy (or double standards). If a company with the manpower/resources of IBM cannot be bothered to change branch names (this may complicate or break many scripts, workflows etc.), then why should we? IBM along with Microsoft and Intel were probably were most vocal about this thing, creating endless commotion to distract from their own racism, which they did for profit. Racism pays them! Being racist means profit to those companies!

Today we took a quick look at all the repositories of Fedora. It’s the project that used to have a community but mostly has IBM staff left; the CentOS ‘dick moves’ drove away what was left of a non-IBM component in Fedora, not to mention IBM's Trumpian ban of Fedora contributors based on their nationality, which is abundantly racist in its own right (they even did this for Biden, not Trump). Yes, those projects or repositories are still controlled by Microsoft and IBM couldn’t be bothered to change branch names to something like “main”. About half of all projects are still saying “master” and we’ve taken 65 screenshots (for separate projects) to prove it and document it. See below (all of them say “master”).

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11.06.21

[Meme] IBM ‘Soup Nazi’

Posted in IBM at 3:15 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

You can't say 'master'!

Summary: We should really take advice on such sensitive matters from IBM, whose founder literally saluted Hitler and profited from helping the Nazis

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