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09.29.19

FSF May Not be Trustworthy Anymore, It’s Believed/Said to Have Just Defaced Richard Stallman’s Personal Web Site (Updated)

Posted in FSF, GNU/Linux, Rumour at 5:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Update (01/10/2019): Stallman has told us that “stallman.org has not moved. It has been hosted by the same company for many years. It was never hosted by the FSF. On the contrary, I started it to keep it separate from the FSF.” Corrected text below.

Update (03/10/2019): Richard Stallman has since then stated he wants people to support the FSF.

Free Software Foundation History
Reference: Free Software Foundation History

Summary: The FSF is now actively ‘attacking’ its very own founder, whose Web site is said to have been defaced by FSF staff

“Stallman.org was defaced by an FSF employee,” I have just been told, “the deface has been reverted, and the domain appears to now be operating on non-FSF infrastructure…”

“The FSF must now issue a statement naming the culprit who defaced Stallman’s Web site,” I said. This is pretty serious. We heard rumours to that effect about 7 hours ago, but we were unable to verify and did not know who had done that. These rumours noted that other indicators of a defacement existed; “RMS’ site may have been tampered with,” somebody said in #techrights (IRC) at 4AM. “Some discussion elsewhere noted that the link to the “donate to the Free Software Foundation” leads to a youtube video as seen in this snapshot (it has since been fixed): https://archive.is/Yya6g . It might be a good idea to contact him regarding the two “step down” notices (one recent, other was his “remain” post edited) on his site to clear things up.”

“Something is going on and rumours suggest that large corporations play a role.”“Looks like code isn’t the only thing some people are deleting,” said the same person.

For those who have just woken up on a lazy Sunday, here’s some background. Earlier today we mentioned Richard Stallman's message (succinct site post) in which he said he had stepped down from GNU (just two days after saying the exact opposite). He has since then removed the post, causing a lot of confusion and unnecessary speculation that we won’t reproduce here because we don’t know all the facts (at least not yet). Something is going on and rumours suggest that large corporations play a role. The name “Saleforce” has been thrown around by several people, but there’s no ‘smoking gun’ evidence by which to prove a link. As far as we’re aware, Stallman has not responded to anyone to explain the withdrawal of his post about withdrawing from GNU. It’s a mystery, but the above update comes from a generally reliable source. We judge reliability based on connections and track record.

He later said “the deface was reverted [and] now stallman.org is not hosted on FSF servers (it was before). [And] given that stallman.org is basically 100% html, no php or whatever that means it pretty much had to be an inside job.”

08.16.19

Bill Gates and His Special Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein Still Stirring Speculations

Posted in Bill Gates, Microsoft, Rumour at 7:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Bill Gates reportedly offered to help a serial abuser of young girls (while knowing what he had done)

A church sculpture

Summary: Love of the “children” has long been a controversial subject for Microsoft; can Bill Gates and his connections to Jeffrey Epstein unearth some unsavoury secrets?

THIS IS a story more about crime than about software (very much like Microsoft, which owes its market position to crimes rather than technical merit). Bill Gates managed to use a fake ‘charity’ to push back against regulators, at times by bribing officials, bribing the media and so on. There’s also the perverted aspect, which we rarely touch as that tends to lead to “conspiracy theory” accusations.

“There’s also the perverted aspect, which we rarely touch as that tends to lead to “conspiracy theory” accusations.”In the past we mentioned Microsoft’s truly bizarre stance on pedophilia, even before Microsoft Peter was arrested for it (he's still in prison), as were people who worked in the home of Bill Gates. The subject merits further research as not much is known and we’ve seen some false rumours being spread too (several readers sent us links about it). Two of the links sent to us are below. One reader cited the Daily Mail, but we regard that to be an unreliable source.

The articles below seem to point to a reputation laundering effort. Some criminals buy themselves a new identity. Rich criminals just buy the media, as Bill Gates did, to ignore their crimes and instead paint them as “Saints”.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Bill Gates reportedly met with Jeffrey Epstein to ‘discuss philanthropy’ after the disgraced financier went to jail for sex crimes

    The meeting took place in New York in 2013, according to CNBC, and is further evidence of how Epstein was able to make connections in elite society — even after he became a convicted sex offender.

  2. Years after serving jail time, Jeffrey Epstein found a way to meet with Microsoft’s Bill Gates to discuss philanthropy

    After the meeting in New York six years ago, Gates flew on one of Epstein’s planes to meet with his family in Palm Beach, the people added. He did not, they noted, fly on the so-called “Lolita Express,” which was allegedly used to transport underage girls to Epstein’s home in the Virgin Islands. The Daily Mail first reported on Gates using the plane in March of that year, citing flight records.

08.04.19

Rumour: Patent Troll Erich Spangenberg Said to Have Died

Posted in Patents, Rumour at 3:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Erich Spangenberg

Summary: Erich Spangenberg, today’s most notorious patent troll, is said to have died

“Sad to hear that Erich Spangenberg has died,” Gatlin McArthur‏ wrote yesterday. “He certainly had an impact on the patent world…”

In the same sense Stalin had an impact on the 20th century. Spangenberg literally destroyed many people’s lives, never mind businesses he destroyed (businesses don’t have feelings).

“Death does’t merit praise or silence.”Tweets are usually like hearsay, but Erich Spangenberg is possibly dead because Gatlin McArthur‏ is from within his ‘network’ (voices in support of patent trolls). Also, a day later this tweet has not been removed. We don’t want to guess what killed Spangenberg, but he was not very old, so it could be suicide, accident, or drug overdose. Or the tweet may be wrong.

Ray Niro is also dead (since 2016), just like his business. He created a culture of blackmail, especially in the US, costing the economy untold billions. Niro is considered to be the father of patent trolling. That’s his sole ‘innovation’.

Spangenberg helped the European Patent Office (EPO) illegally promote software patents in Europe. We wrote about it months ago. This disgusting patent troll had sent me death wishes. Months later guess who’s said to be dead. If true, now he can decorate his grave with money he extorted from people who actually needed it. Maybe the family deserves condolences, but Spangenberg deserves no sympathy, only condemnation. Death does’t merit praise or silence. Everyone dies eventually and bad people deserve to be remembered for their bad legacy.

12.21.18

Team UPC Belatedly Admits Lying About the German UPC Complaint (Fabricated ‘Rumours’)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents, Rumour at 4:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Bristows EPO

Summary: The efforts to thwart a constitutional complaint about the clearly unconstitutional UPC (in violation of many constitutions, not just Germany’s) culminated in so-called ‘fake news’ strategies; but it’s backfiring each time the ‘news’ turns out to be false, harming the messenger’s (or messengers’) reputation

THE credibility of the European Patent Office (EPO) was severely damaged after it had lied to its staff, to its stakeholders, and to the media. The EPO is often presumed to be lying and these lies contributed to this. Remember the boy who cried “wolf!” and the message of that old fable.

“The EPO is often presumed to be lying and these lies contributed to this. Remember the boy who cried “wolf!” and the message of that old fable.”Patent law firms risk doing to same to themselves. In recent years we’ve seen a growing frequency of lies, even intentional lies (not casual errors or mistakes but deliberate falsehoods being disseminated). It hardly surprises us that the so-called ‘IP’ ‘industry’ is collapsing and being absorbed (some people rehired, some fired). They’ll never admit it openly, but we’ve been writing about this for years and offered extensive evidence. Earlier this week a site of theirs, Managing IP, wrote about it after it had promoted software patents, in effect reposting Patent Docs’ Michael Borella. It’s a misleading old article that promotes software patents (debunked here weeks ago). More interesting, however, was this admission from Patrick Wingrove, who writes for this patent propaganda site (Managing IP does lots of UPC propaganda) after some other British writers left. He admits he was spreading lies for Team UPC: “It seems unlikely at this point that we will have a decision on the UPC constitutional compliant before December 25, but the UPC preparatory committee is planning ahead regardless.”

Since when is the UPC preparatory committee a reliable source? They always get it wrong. Check their track record. Wingrove then repeats Bristows’ latest talking points: “Preparations for the UPC continue despite no German constitutional complaint ruling, an Italian ministry wants a central division in Milan instead of London, and the EU Article 50 ruling may have implications for UK participation” (it cannot participate in something that does not even exist).

“Since when is the UPC preparatory committee a reliable source? They always get it wrong. Check their track record.”The anonymous “Kluwer Patent blogger” (most likely Bristows) is again proven to have spread lies because the German Constitutional Court did not reject the challenges to the Unitary Patent, definitely not before year’s end. So Kluwer Patent Blog does the ‘damage control’, which is parroting the words of the UPC preparatory committee. It’s just wishful thinking from the liars whose career/goal was to trick politician into this coup. “Kluwer Patent blogger” (likely Bristows) added: “There is no reference either to a time schedule for the start of the functioning of the UPC. In a hearing before the House of Lords late October, Kevin Mooney, chair of the Drafting Committee of the Rules of Procedure, had said he believed the court could come into existence at the end of next year.”

Mooney? Seriously? He lied as recently as this winter, even when speaking to politicians publicly.

Bristows, writing in its own blog (Gregory Bacon), says that the “Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a press release.”

“Team UPC is a big bunch of self-serving liars and seeing US patent litigation diminishing (IAM moaned about it as recently as this week) they’re desperate to manufacture lots of lawsuits in Europe. This is what it’s all about.”But so what? The UPC cannot even get off the ground.

Team UPC makes it sound like the UPC is a question of timing, not outcome, as if the decision is already obvious and the judges are just ‘actors’ getting in the way of this coup. As one of them has just put it: “German UPC complaint apparently still w Prof. Huber (who, as reporting Justice, as a rule, drafts a vote for circulation), no sign of a decision, almost certainly not before Christmas. Likewise the (older) complaints re: independence/court-quality of EPO Boards of Appeal.”

So how about those rumours the likes of Mooney and Bristows were spreading about decision by year’s end?

These people aren’t credible. They’re liars. Team UPC is a big bunch of self-serving liars and seeing US patent litigation diminishing (IAM moaned about it as recently as this week) they’re desperate to manufacture lots of lawsuits in Europe. This is what it’s all about.

12.09.18

Team UPC is Still Spreading False Rumours in an Effort to Trick Politicians and Pressure Judges

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents, Rumour at 7:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The EPO wrote this (below) almost three years ago

UPC

Summary: Abuses at the European Patent Office, political turmoil and an obvious legislative coup by a self-serving occupation that produces nothing have already doomed the Unitary Patent or Unified Patent Court (UPC); so now we deal with complete fabrications from Team UPC as they’re struggling to make something out of nothing, anonymously smearing opposition to the UPC and anonymously making stuff up

LAST WEEKEND the person who ratified something that cannot in principle be ratified (or become functional) decided to publicly announce his resignation. There were some reports that mentioned this in relation to the UPC as well (even though there’s more to his decision, primarily Brexit itself). Science Minister (or whatever his job title was at the time; it kept changing) Sam Gyimah wasn’t the first to resign and his predecessor too kept changing job titles until resignation (for similar reasons). We can only imagine how Germany’s constitutional court views this turmoil. Not too favourably…

“The UPCA is dying in its sleep, the EPO already ignores it (the subject is almost never brought up), and Team UPC blogs are more or less dead (no new posts).”With only a couple of weeks left before Christmas it seems pretty clear that the UPC is more “dead” than it has ever been. There will be some more restful weekends soon. As for weekdays? Don’t expect any oral hearings as none are even scheduled. In two or three weeks’ time Team UPC will need to explain why it floated totally false (fabricated) ‘unitary’ rumours. The UPCA is dying in its sleep, the EPO already ignores it (the subject is almost never brought up), and Team UPC blogs are more or less dead (no new posts).

Days after Ramona Livera (Elias Neocleous & Co LLC) published lies and distortions about the UPC in Cypriot press she apparently paid money for more sites to carry these ‘unitary’ lies (self promotion rather). It says more about the integrity and honesty of such firms (than it says about UPC/A itself).

A few days ago Hogan Lovells’ Joseph Raffetto and Steffen Steininger decided to relay some more falsehoods. Perpetuating false rumours of Team UPC is nowadays seen as a virtue, surely?

Here is what they wrote:

While the German Federal Court (FCC) has still not officially announced when it will issue a decision regarding the constitutional complaint against the German law that ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA), rumors about a possible decision in December are circulating the German patent community. The FCC, however, officially has not acknowledged a decision date at this point. Across the channel, in the meantime, two UK patent practitioners argued before the House of Lord’s EU Justice Sub-Committee in favor of a UK participation in the Unitary Patent system during the transitional period agreed upon in a withdrawal agreement following Brexit and beyond that period.

When they say “rumors about a possible decision in December are circulating the German patent community” they don’t cite any sources. Because there are none. There’s no basis for this.

Where are those sources? They’re not even being named. It’s like a self-serving whispering campaign.

“When they say “rumors about a possible decision in December are circulating the German patent community” they don’t cite any sources. Because there are none. There’s no basis for this.”Alan Johnson has meanwhile had nothing to say on the subject. He and his colleagues are among those who spread these false rumours the most. Days ago he wrote in their UPC Blog about SPCs, not UPC (Bristows are big boosters of SPCs). So the UPC Blog is not even about UPC anymore! And on the same day Kluwer Patent Blog (where Bristows often writes) published SPCs under friendly fire (overly dramatic headline).

Why does nobody mention anything of substance about UPC or UPCA? Because there’s nothing.

JUVE, which likes patent trolls (and therefore the UPC as well), still calls patent trolls by a euphemism (“NPE”) and seems happy that they choose to troll companies that actually make something… in the country where JUVE itself is based. JUVE’s subscribers are profiting from these trolls and they hope to profit even more from something like the UPC (which would be inviting to trolls). As JUVE put it: “For NPEs, Germany will continue to be the court location in Europe. This is demonstrated by Data Scape’s lawsuits against none other than Apple, Amazon and Spotify at the Regional Court Düsseldorf…”

More money for lawyers would mean more money for the publisher (JUVE), but the UPC isn’t happening and JUVE isn’t writing about it anymore. It’s almost as if they’ve given up completely.

“More money for lawyers would mean more money for the publisher (JUVE), but the UPC isn’t happening and JUVE isn’t writing about it anymore.”Benjamin Henrion has meanwhile said about UPC that: “Defining how courts are established (130 pages of the rules of procedure) should be the only privilege of Parliaments, not outsourced to biased patent experts like Mr Mooney” (citing an old article from JUVE, which amplifies Team UPC itself).

“Mooney is a symptom of the problem,” I told him, as UPC “is a legislative coup.” It’s a bunch of lawyers attempting to hijack the law and enrich themselves. The constitutional court’s judges can hopefully see that because it’s not difficult to see that and it would be an utter embarrassment to Germany if it ever went ahead; it would also be a political crisis and possibly lead to legal action.

11.14.18

Allegations That António Campinos ‘Bought’ His Presidency and is Still Paying for it

Posted in Europe, Patents, Rumour at 1:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

When the politician met the banker

Campinos and Battistelli in 2011

Summary: Rumours persist that after Battistelli had rigged the election in favour of his compatriot nefarious things related to that were still visible

THERE have been several rumours swirling about António Campinos, but evidence is at times lacking or relatively weak. The European Patent Office (EPO) is corrupt, no doubt, and there’s plenty evidence to show it. Demonstrating that Campinos plays an active role in it, however, isn’t easy. Days ago we mentioned EPO ‘outsourcing’ rumours; we asked for input and got some input a couple of days later.

“We already saw Battistelli doing this many times in the past. It’s a form of corruption.”As readers may recall, Battistelli clearly meddled/intervened to have Campinos ‘set up’ as his successor. Take Belgium for example (we wrote about half a dozen articles about it, since more than a year ago, as this relates the UPC and EUIPO). Inside sources said that its vote was more or less ‘bought’.

Based on LinkedIn job postings, sources tell us, other countries may have had their vote ‘bought’ (rewards given after the vote, not before or throughout). We already saw Battistelli doing this many times in the past. It’s a form of corruption. We’ve been giving examples since 2014.

We’re told that the job postings have nothing to do with outsourcing but more to do with national patent offices and Council delegates (as was the case in Belgium). As one source framed it: “Is António Campinos paying for the votes which made him the seventh president of the EPO, or for future support?

“His election was a rigged process (we wrote about it countless times before) and the effect of this rigged election may be more profound and long-lasting than people care to realise.”A curious aspect of this is that the job advertisements on the EPO’s LinkedIn page aren’t always on the EPO’s site. Some may have already disappeared (maybe due to public scrutiny). We leave it as an exercise for the reader, e.g. which jobs these are and the possible motivations. One thing we do know is that there are internal conversations about it and Campinos has much to worry about. His election was a rigged process (we wrote about it countless times before) and the effect of this rigged election may be more profound and long-lasting than people care to realise. Certain people are indebted or are owed “favours”. There are many ways to pass money around, e.g. jobs, EU budget, and EPO budget (see how Battistelli looted the EPO itself a few weeks before he left).

11.11.18

EPO ‘Outsourcing’ Rumours

Posted in Europe, Patents, Rumour at 7:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The EPO advertises jobs in Prague and Lisbon; this leads to speculations less than a year after António Campinos sent EU-IPO jobs to India (for cost reduction)

THE volume of patent news definitely seems to have decreased in recent months. We’re not sure why, we can only speculate and say that journalism in general is on the demise.

The European Patent Office (EPO) is nowadays playing if not paying the media for publicity stunts (not journalism). António Campinos, like his predecessor, comes up with more tricks for enabling software patents in Europe. We’re meanwhile trying to figure out what goes on recruitment-wise (HR is still led by Bergot).

“The EPO does not operate there, at least not yet, and back in the days people entertained the possibility of EPO expanding to Romania for ‘cost savings’.”One reader asked us: “Have you seen the job offers on LinkedIn?”

EPO job offers are in themselves news because there’s a hiring freeze in effect for years to come (waiting for examiners to leave or retire).

The reader asked: “Does the EPO have branches in Prague and Lisbon?”

If any EPO insiders/friends are aware of something, please do get in touch.

It was almost exactly one year ago that António Campinos was involved in an outsourcing scandal; he tried hard to suppress debate about it.

If anyone out there can send us information regarding Prague and Lisbon EPO jobs, we’ll be able to clarify. Nobody else is likely to cover it. The EPO does not operate there, at least not yet, and back in the days people entertained the possibility of EPO expanding to Romania for ‘cost savings’. Does Campinos have ‘plans’ he isn’t sincere about? There’s no disputing the fact that under Campinos the EPO is even less transparent than it was under Battistelli.

09.11.18

Fresh Rumours of Further Accelerated Layoffs at the European Patent Office (EPO)

Posted in Europe, Patents, Rumour at 6:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The EPO’s new President did it in EUIPO less than a year ago

EUIPO outsourcing

Summary: The latest rumours that swirl in Munich is that layoffs are coming that aren’t just ‘shadowed’ and, adding insult to injury, these will involve literally insulting fired examiners (blaming them rather than the management’s deliberately bad strategy)

THE EPO already undergoes layoffs, albeit in 'shadowed' form, as we’ve repeatedly noted. There was a severe case of firing for that notorious "incompetence" less than a week ago, i.e. only a few days after the summer vacation had ended.

“There’s meanwhile nothing that can save the Office.”The latest Isar rumour, according to a reliable source, is that many examiners will be removed soon because of “incompetence”.

We doubt that even examiners would be surprised if they heard that. It’s almost expected and we’re guessing that the rumour is based on something that someone heard from the management. We already heard similar rumours half a year ago (the numbers suggested around 1,000 firings).

So much for a future-proof Office of “excellence,” as Battistelli loved to put it. He excused his own incompetence by asserting that others were incompetent… while calling those who spoke out about it “Nazis” (the projection tactics go a long way at the EPO).

António Campinos is already experienced at layoffs and covering them up.

There’s meanwhile nothing that can save the Office. Applications are slow to come in, the costs have become harder to justify because of the declining quality of examination, and the UPC is dead.

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