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Huffington Post Lets Microsoft Lie and Lie and Lie







Summary: The Huffington Post is becoming filled with top Microsoft employees who use the publication for their lobbying that relies upon lies

A PUBLICATION is heading in the wrong direction when it decides to give room for convicted offenders to speak out, and moreover to spread a lot of lies. Yesterday we wrote about what was happening in the Huffington Post, whose accommodation of the whole Gates family adds an affiliation with white-collar criminals. As the screenshots above show (all from January), this has become a disturbing pattern. A few days ago, Microsoft's Smith started lobbying Obama for almost-warrantless snoops and last night we included a link that shows the Obama administration defending the FBI's violation of laws amid a snooping scandal (which the EFF is suing over). Microsoft's lobbying for more of it is a subject we wrote about earlier and guess who is helping Microsoft by giving them a platform? That's right, the Huffington Post.



“As the screenshots above show (all from January), this has become a disturbing pattern.”Gates, Ballmer, and Smith, all of whom happen to have also personally paid Obama, just treat the Huffington Post like it's their blog. Microsoft's new lobbying blog attracts very poor readership, so it would not serve them as much as this Huffington Post placement where Microsoft is being extremely dishonest. Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, says: "Modernization of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act so law enforcement has the tools it needs to go after malicious hackers and deter instances of online-based crimes;..."

Over at Groklaw, Pamela Jones replies by saying: "How about Microsoft improves its software instead, so it isn't so easy to break in? Or simpler, how about when Microsoft is informed of a security problem in its software in September, or August, it doesn't wait to fix it until Google and other companies are hacked into by means of that very security breach in January? And how would a US law stop Chinese hackers? Really, just fix your software, please. That really would help a lot more than local laws."

Jones refers to the recent Internet Explorer fiasco [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9], which cost a lot of money, caused a lot of suffering, led to diplomatic tensions, and was caused due to Microsoft's utter negligence [1, 2, 3].

It brings us back to the Huffington Post. Why would they want to support systematic liars and spinners? This is not healthy to readers.

“Really, just fix your software, please. That really would help a lot more than local laws.”
      --Pamela Jones
Gates is deliberately lying about Free software and spreading the illusion that it is naturally unfit for business. Such FUD is having an effect. This press release from a few days ago says: "GPL licence with a level of service usually associated with commercial business software..."

What are they trying to say? That GPL and "commercial business software" are contradictory? This is partly the result of Microsoft indoctrination, although Microsoft is not the only company responsible for this FUD.

The Gates Foundation is a self-serving financial vehicle which Digital Copyright Canada has just accused of engaging in "pseudo-philanthropy" which is "actively involved with making a variety of "teaching" (sharing of knowledge) expensive and/or illegal."

You forgot the real issue here, which is that Bono, Gates and similar pseudo-philanthropists are actively involved with making a variety of "teaching" (sharing of knowledge) expensive and/or illegal. This is the core of what Bono is ranting about this time, suggesting the world's governments should go as far as the human rights violations in China to (theoretically -- no proof of "benefit") grant him more money.

There are those who think that making knowledge scarce, including criminalising private citizens owning and controlling their own communications technology, is the only way to make it possible to pay authors/inventors for their important contributions to society.


The scary thing ought to be that Gates is even controlling educational systems now. See for example:

  1. Bill Gates Puts in a Million to Ratify His Role as Education Minister
  2. How the Gates Foundation is Used to Ensure Children Become Microsoft Clients
  3. More Dubious Practices from the Gates Foundation
  4. Microsoft Builds Coalitions of NGOs, Makes Political and Educational Changes
  5. Microsoft's EDGI in India: Fighting GNU/Linux in Education
  6. Microsoft's Gates Seeks More Monopolies
  7. Gates Foundation Funds Blogs to Promote Its Party Line
  8. Microsoft Bribes to Make Education Microsoft-based
  9. Lobbyists Dodge the Law; Bill Gates Lobbies the US Education System with Another $10 Million
  10. Gates Investments in Education Criticised; Monsanto (Gates-Backed) Corruption Revisited
  11. Latest Vista 7 Failures and Microsoft Dumping


What will Gates teach our children about Free (as in freedom, not zero-cost) software and sharing?

"There's free software and then there’s open source... there is this thing called the GPL, which we disagree with."

--Bill Gates, April 2008

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