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Leaked Microsoft Handbook Shows Why Ubuntu Should Dump Yahoo!

Yahoo the spook



Summary: Must users of GNU/Linux give Microsoft clues with which to criminalise? If not, then why make it the default option for them?

A reader has sent us the following short post that refers to a Microsoft handbook being leaked to the Internet. It does raise some questions for users who get in contact with Microsoft servers (e.g. users of Ubuntu after the Yahoo-Canonical deal [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]).

Sharing is good, usually. See page 13 of this document:

microsoft-online-services-global-criminal-compliance-handbook.pdf (local copy)

Note that Microsoft and Yahoo were sharing detailed information about their customers before 2008. This should be a red flag for Ubuntu about handing over their users to Microsoft via Yahoo. If things were that bad two years ago while Yahoo was fighting the take over, imagine how bad they are now.

Another problem I've noticed is that Microsoft is already ruining Yahoo mail by making it look just like Hotmail. A friend of mine was dumbfounded when the interface change happened. Instead of normal links, right mouse clicks were disabled with a useless custom menu and real tabs were replaced with crummy fake ones in the browser tab. To say that the new interface made reading email a pain would be an understatement. The poor guy thought he was losing his mind and was relieved when I was able to fix things. The "classic" interface is available but normal users won't find the button in the clutter. The option will vanish after enough people fail to press the button and some Microsoft mole says, "See everyone likes the Hotmail interface better!" Microsoft delusions are self perpetuating.


Thoughts welcome. The following banner might even be better, but we're still working on something informative yet simple. Maybe we should turn the two "O"s into eyeballs.

Yahoo the spook second version

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