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Being Rich Does Not Imply Being Smart (Especially When One is Born Into Wealth)

Posted in Bill Gates, Quote at 10:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ruthlessness is not brilliance

'I see little commercial potential for the internet for the next 10 years,' 1994 and '[E-mail] spam will be a thing of the past in two years' time,' 2004

Summary: Presenting the ‘genius’ (college dropout, but that does not matter when the yardstick of wisdom is wealth alone), with his own predictions overlaid on top of his photo from the show of Bloomberg (another ‘genius’ whose supposed brilliance is measured using money alone)


‘Cancel Culture’ as ‘Thoughtpolice’ Creep

Posted in GNU/Linux, Quote at 6:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Cancel culture

Summary: Richard Stallman spoke about an important aspect of censorship more than 2 decades ago (before “Open Source” even existed); it was published in Datamation (“Censoring My Software”) 23 years before a campaign of defamation on the Internet was used to remove him from MIT and FSF (censoring or ‘canceling’ Stallman himself)

Note: I used to be a writer at Datamation, but I stopped after they had been removing parts of my articles (especially those critical of Microsoft, which was a sponsor). I’ve since then written only in Techrights.


Dangerous Thinker

Posted in Quote at 12:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Writing non-free software is not an ethically legitimate activity, so if people who do this run into trouble, that's good! All businesses based on non-free software ought to fail, and the sooner the better.

Summary: Society oughtn’t be alarmed by people who say unusual things; it should be wary and sceptical of those corporations ever so eager to silence such people


How Ralph Nader Put It

Posted in Quote at 12:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ralph Nader quotes

Summary: Ralph Nader on money in politics


Richard Stallman: “The danger is that Microsoft is probably planning to force all free C# implementations underground some day using software patents”

Posted in Mono, Quote at 9:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

…So spread the word about Monofree and Mononono. Impede entryism by Mono and Moonlight.

Trash sign with Mono


Quote of the Day: “Microsoft-sponsored Lobbyists and Lawyers Forming Groups to Initiate a Variety of Cases Against Google”

Posted in Antitrust, GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Quote, SCO, SUN at 3:11 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Football huddle

Summary: Words of value from someone who was relatively close to regulators and a word about SCO against Linux

Simon Phipps, formerly an executive of Sun Microsystems, has this to say about the seemingly Microsoft-funded legal attacks on Google [1, 2, 3, 4]:

The conspiracy theories Pamela espouses are well-based. At the start of last year as I was working on other technology policy issues with colleagues in Brussels, there were constant stories of indirectly-but-identifiably Microsoft-sponsored lobbyists and lawyers forming groups to initiate a variety of cases against Google over there, on the premise that “anti-trust has changed us and now Google are the new monopoly”. I heard the same from colleagues in DC too. So, as Pamela says: “Is this perhaps more abuse of the legal and administrative systems for anticompetitive purposes? If so, could somebody investigate *that*?”

Microsoft has already admitted being behind legal complaints against Google in Europe.

In other news from Groklaw, the Microsoft-funded lawsuit against Linux still refuses to die.

A new trial. Of course. There can never be too many trials for SCO, as it would like to actually win one and would prefer to keep trying until it does so. Apparently money is no object to a company that is in bankruptcy, has paid none of its creditors, and is now trying to sell off essentially all its assets but the litigation on which it long ago set all its hopes and dreams. And you can’t say it’s impossible to get an empathetic hearing from this court of appeals. It bent over backwards for SCO last time, granting it this 2nd trial that SCO then lost. So who knows? My grandchildren may someday be writing about the next SCO v. Novell retrial, as this crazed monomania seems to have no closing chapter.

Where/who does SCO continue to get money from?

“…Microsoft wished to promote SCO and its pending lawsuit against IBM and the Linux operating system. But Microsoft did not want to be seen as attacking IBM or Linux.”

Larry Goldfarb, BayStar, key investor in SCO approached by Microsoft


Quote of the Day: “Children Are Often Taught “Computer Skills” That Are Really “Microsoft Windows Skills””

Posted in Europe, Microsoft, Quote, Windows at 8:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: BECTA had British children indoctrinated for Microsoft’s benefit and The Guardian explains why it’s morally wrong (c.f. EDGI)

“Children are often taught “computer skills” that are really “Microsoft Windows skills” – how to use Microsoft’s operating system and its Office suite (its two monopolies) – rather than the possibilities of making computers do what you want. As such, children are being equipped to be uncreative office workers, just as those at the end of the 19th century were equipped for the routine of adding up huge lists of numbers in the accounts departments of big companies.”

The Guardian


Quote of the Day: Peer To Patent is a “Colossal Waste of Time When [It] Examines Software Patents”

Posted in Patents, Quote, Red Hat, Samba at 3:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Carlo Piana

Summary: Carlo Piana is also among the critics of Peer To Patent

Earlier today we explained yet again why Peer To Patent is not the best solution to the problem Free software is having. Carlo Piana, the Samba lawyer who says that “the *only* solution is abolition NOW” has also just said: “#peerpatent, however deserving high praise, is a colossal waste of time when examines #swpats, which shouldn’t exist”

Even Florian Müller echoed his remarks. “Sadly,” I explained to the messenger, “what Peer To Patent seems to be doing is in some ways making software patents stronger.” OIN is not an optimal solution, either; far from it, but that debate is different. If companies like Oracle, IBM and Google could align with the pushers to end software patents, this goal would be achievable.

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