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07.06.20

Update to GNU Project Bleeding into Microsoft

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 6:24 pm by Guest Editorial Team

By Thomas Grzybowski and Editor

At the end of June we published an article that has been viewed over 25,000 times since. After more research has brought additional information to light, some clarification to the previous information may be in order. The earlier article stated about:

https://gnu.org/software/macchanger

https://gnu.org/software/jwhois

https://gnu.org/software/fribidi

https://gnu.org/software/httptunnel

https://gnu.org/software/which/

https://gnu.org/software/guile-dbi

That “[i]nterestingly, most of these redirections seem to have made fairly recently, not long after Richard Stallman was ousted.”

This should now be restated: “Timings of redirection can be difficult to trace, as they can go through changes. A couple of these redirections seem to have occurred recently, since June 4, 2018, with others having been in place earlier. In any case, the existence of the redirections to GitHub and the participation of these projects in GitHub has continued unaddressed over time. It is also worth noting that “redirection from GNU” is distinct in meaning from having a significant presence on GitHub. An additional number of GNU projects have presense on GitHub. GNU “less” for instance, now redirects to http://www.greenwoodsoftware.com/less/ , although it is unclear when this first took place; and note that “gnu less” is also active in a repository on GitHub.”

Accuracy matters and some have pointed out that the projects were in GitHub even before Stallman was being pushed out. But that’s another matter altogether; we all along focused on the redirects themselves.

Microsoft is Going to Get Tired of Whining About “GAFA” and Accept That It’s Just as Bad If Not a Lot Worse at Privacy

Posted in Deception, Microsoft at 11:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Drake Dukat Meme: don't grill us about surveillance. Yes, we got caught again.

Summary: Microsoft is being treated by the US government as if it’s not abusing anything, let alone people’s privacy; if anything, this demonstrates the degree to which Microsoft infiltrated or ‘vendor-captured’ regulatory branches

  • [Microsoft] LinkedIn says it will stop repeatedly copying iOS clipboard

    The behavior was discovered thanks to a new privacy feature in iOS 14, which is currently in a limited beta for developers. The operating system now notifies users when an app copies something from another app or device. This has led to people spotting questionable behavior from apps that appear to copy clipboard contents with every keystroke.

  • Reddit and [Microsoft] Linkedin apps also caught copying and pasting clipboard contents

    Linkedin and Reddit both check your clipboard and copy and paste your clipboard contents with every keystroke – even when you’re in another app. Another set of potential privacy violators have been called out by iOS 14’s new paste notifications. The discovery was publicized on Twitter by Don Cubed of urspace.io, who noted that his discovery was very similar to the experience of Jeremy Burge who called out Tik Tok for the same behavior early this week.

  • [Microsoft] LinkedIn and Reddit Are The Latest Apps Found to be Snooping On Your Clipboards

    LinkedIn and Reddit aren’t the only apps that have been caught copying clipboard contents. Researchers Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk have published a list of more than 50 iOS apps that do the same thing. One of the apps that caught the most attention on the list was TikTok, which isn’t exactly a privacy role model.

07.05.20

Microsoft Loves Power

Posted in Microsoft at 3:14 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft also “loves the children”… when that suits Microsoft’s bottom line

Jamie-Lee

Summary: An explanation of why Microsoft says it loves this and that; Microsoft lacks the capacity to love or to express empathy as it’s always about self gratification or coercion, nothing else

THE ‘news’ sites that tell you GNU/Linux has 3-4% “market share” tell you nothing about phones or tablets. They also don’t count Chromebooks, whose operating system, ChromeOS, is based on Gentoo GNU/Linux. At the moment “Linux” (if we count Android as such) has more market share than Windows. It has been the case for quite some time and the chart below tells the story:

Graphed form factors
Graphed form factors/devices by Internet (or Web) usage, over time

Last year we said that "Azure Running GNU/Linux Isn't About 'Love' But About Control" (on the server side GNU/Linux has been very abundantly dominant for quite some time; Microsoft viciously attacked GNU/Linux, trying in vain to prevent this). IIS seems to be dying and Windows Server rapidly becomes a niche product; its target audience is people who can’t seem to cope with anything but Windows (fear of the unknown; unwillingness to learn new things). Windows has a massive Total Cost of Ownership [sic] and Microsoft can barely even patch it anymore (without breaking it).

“IIS seems to be dying and Windows Server rapidly becomes a niche product; its target audience is people who can’t seem to cope with anything but Windows (fear of the unknown; unwillingness to learn new things).”I think it’s essential that we all understand why Microsoft says it “loves Linux”; it speaks from a position of weakness and it’s hoping to somehow control GNU/Linux. The GitHub takeover was part of it. Microsoft believes it can miraculously cause people to rehost in Azure and use Visual Studio, C# etc. It even throws money at it. But at the same time Microsoft lays off a lot of staff, perhaps seeing the writings on the wall.

Let’s be patient and not fall into Microsoft’s traps. As for GitHub, it generates massive losses. The sole business model is control. It's 'farming' people.

07.04.20

Indoors Society, Shut the Windows

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 8:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Viruses come through Windows

A deserted station

Summary: Times are changing in all sorts of ways; it seems like GNU/Linux and other Free/libre operating systems may emerge as winners when the ‘dust settles’

THE night was young
GNU had been hung
They told us it was fine
For serenades that Microsoft had sung

An epidemic struck
It wasn’t bad luck
They said it was a “plandemic”
People are as crazy as fuck

Microsoft layoffs ensued
A year after Linux it had sued
But GitHub still wooed
Offering ‘free’ food

Society may never be the same
To work from home we now tame
Forget about open office fame
Glass and metal cages were all along a sham

Travel is now a luxury
For those who can withstand scarred lungs
Conferences now mean a webstream
No handshakes, no hugs

2020 — a heck of year!
Bushfires, plane crashes, and WW3 fear
Free software persisted
Coders gone code
The cause prevailed
But it felt rather odd

IIS is dying
Edge is crying
Stores are dead as nobody’s buying
Surely the chairs are also flying!

Traffic search engines

“I have never, honestly, thrown a chair in my life.”

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO [CNET News]

Allegation That Microsoft Adopted the Mentality of Suicide Bombers Against Linux, Leaks Reveal

Posted in Google, Microsoft at 7:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

They need to get closer, first…

Related: Microsoft is ‘Doing Kamikaze’ (神風) on Linux (under the ‘new’ and ‘nice’ Microsoft of Nadella)

Microsoft to Invest in Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Summary: Looking at leaked E-mails from around the time Microsoft used Cyanogen as a ‘proxy’, we’re finding some stunning admissions or speculation about the real motivations

THE “LOVE” Microsoft has to give (or at least offer) is an insult to one’s intelligence. Look no further than Microsoft’s rogue track record when it comes to partnerships.

Sheltered deep inside leaks from Hacking Team (e.g. [1, 2, 3]) was this admission about a topic we covered a lot back then (around half a decade ago). Cyanogen didn’t fold (so far) because Microsoft had invested in it and was connected to it in several ways, staff included. It was a sabotage attempt. This was one among several attempts to undermine Android (with Linux kernel), years after Android’s market share already exceeded Windows market share, greatly weakening Microsoft’s grip on computing and on people. Looking back at those leaks, one sees the words: “Yet another try by Microsoft, a twisted try doomed to fail? [ Alberto is laughing out loud, no doubt about it! ]”

“A kamikaze attack (神風) is basically the military standard of suicide bombing (bombers equipped with expensive gear like preloaded planes), the type of mindset Microsoft’s sociopaths wouldn’t be hesitant to adopt if it helps the cult.”Mr. Cornelli replied: “It looks like a kamikaze attack, just to act the bully in the google playground. :)”

A kamikaze attack (神風) is basically the military standard of suicide bombing (bombers equipped with expensive gear like preloaded planes), the type of mindset Microsoft’s sociopaths wouldn’t be hesitant to adopt if it helps the cult.

“Where are we on this Jihad?”

Bill Gates

[Humour/Meme] The ‘New’ Edge (Chrome Copycat) is Already Dead, So Microsoft is Trying to Just Kill the Competition

Posted in Antitrust, Deception, Google, Microsoft at 8:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Picard View Screen: Captain, Edge has an update, I don't use Edge, Nobody out there uses Edge, Holy shit, look at that market share!

2020 browser share

Summary: Edge market share is so minuscule that it doesn’t even make it into this chart (it’s in “other”); no wonder Microsoft now bullies Windows users into using it, for users reject it even after months of endless advertising/AstroTurfing and aggressive exploitation/appropriation

07.03.20

Monopoly Abuse, Still: Microsoft Pays Projects to Embrace/Move to C#, GitHub and Visual Studio

Posted in Antitrust, Microsoft at 9:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Nothing has changed at Microsoft except the PR, the sugar-coated layoffs, and the framing of bribes

Libellule/dragonfly

Summary: Microsoft’s greatest of efforts to lull regulators into inaction and fool us all into thinking that things have changed are undone by actual behaviour, which is abusive, anti-competitive and just… typical Microsoft

THE same old Microsoft — the one we all know — has not changed. Earlier today we saw Godot’s latest article about “C# progress report” — an article that talks about “Visual Studio and VSCode” (pretty much the same thing; the latter is the openwashing ploy).

“Having leveraged other people’s code for a proprietary Web browser that lets Microsoft spy on Web users, it now adds another layer of malice to it.”It says upfront: “This work was kindly sponsored by Microsoft.” So Godot is paid by Microsoft now, but only to serve Microsoft’s agenda. No wonder it outsourced the code to GitHub and is now working to enhance Microsoft’s proprietary software with surveillance (telemetry is their euphemism of choice) embedded in it. Some of these projects, Qt included, are going in the wrong direction. They’re wrongly assuming that the world will forever stay imprisoned by the monopoly and therefore they make a strategic alliance with this monopoly. Look closely enough and you’ll always find that Microsoft pays them to do it; they sell out.

Speaking of monopoly and abuse thereof, Microsoft is being incredibly malicious again. Having leveraged other people’s code for a proprietary Web browser that lets Microsoft engage in cyber-espionage (it spy on Web users, logs keystrokes etc.), it now adds another layer of malice to it. Did anyone not see this coming? SlashGear called it “nagware” [1] and the earlier (The Verge) article that everyone seems to link to says “Microsoft’s forced Windows updates just sank to a new low” (prior headline was “Microsoft is forcing Edge on Windows users with a spyware-like install”). [2]

“Edge is really getting nasty with people who want to use another browser,” Ryan explained in our IRC channels. “It just won’t take no for an answer. It’s basically like a rapist.”

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Microsoft Edge has reportedly come close to being intrusive nagware
  2. With Edge, Microsoft’s forced Windows updates just sank to a new low

    If I told you that my entire computer screen just got taken over by a new app that I’d never installed or asked for — it just magically appeared on my desktop, my taskbar, and preempted my next website launch — you’d probably tell me to run a virus scanner and stay away from shady websites, no?

    But the insanely intrusive app I’m talking about isn’t a piece of ransomware. It’s Microsoft’s new Chromium Edge browser, which the company is now force-feeding users via an automatic update to Windows.

    Seriously, when I restarted my Windows 10 desktop this week, an app I’d never asked for…

[Humour/Meme] Don’t Let a COVID Crisis Go to Waste When You’re Eager to Find Excuses for Many Layoffs and Shutdowns

Posted in Microsoft at 12:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

If you’re going to lay off thousands of people, blame the virus*

Kirk Sulu Star Trek III: They say many companies fire people and resort to employee furlough because of the virus. OK, here's the plan. Late on Friday and thrice in one month we'll announce Microsoft layoffs and permanent shutdowns.

Summary: Microsoft business units that were defunct (long-failing, well before COVID-19) are being thrown out and Microsoft exploits a virus to rationalise these decisions while spicing up media coverage with “Hey Hi” (AI) and “virtual” experience or Facebook (to give the false impression that nothing really goes away)

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* A Microsoft employee I spoke to today said they had closed the stores because of their failing status, totally irrespective of coronavirus.

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