Bonum Certa Men Certa

Teaching Our Children That Crime Pays Off

"We should whack them [Dell over GNU/Linux dealings], we should make sure they understand our value."

--Paul Flessner, Microsoft



Nice Guys Finish Last
Nice Guys Finish Last



Summary: Microsoft, Intel, and Dell too are exceptionally corrupt and it pays off for them

A FEW days ago we wrote about Corbis fraud [1, 2]. Corbis is Bill Gates' company and the scandal was covered in some major publications. And yet, Bill Gates is considered the richest person in the world. Is fraud followed by reputation laundering what it takes to be a winner? That's the impression an outside observer might get.



Also in the news this week we found this update on the Intel-Dell crimes/fraud. We wrote about this years ago when these bribes were first reported. Guess what happens? The SEC settles, as usual.

Dell and some of its top executives face penalties to close an SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) investigation into the company's accounting disclosures and alleged financial omissions regarding its relationship with Intel.


What does this teach us? It shows once again that crime pays off. Intel reports what it claims to be the "best quarter" ever. It is hard to be sure about these numbers because of accounting tricks which Microsoft apparently uses again.

“The company that allegedly received kickbacks from Microsoft to block GNU/Linux is climbing. ”The SEC almost always settles, even when Microsoft got caught with financial fraud charges and more recently with Goldman Sachs (we covered this a lot in our daily links), to whom the settlement money was almost slush funds given the obscene profits extracted illegally from taxpayers and betrayed customers.

Speaking of bribes, watch who is climbing. The company that allegedly received kickbacks from Microsoft to block GNU/Linux is climbing.

Despite that fluff about "best quarter" (we put that in quotes due to accounting tricks), Steve Ballmer is still wanted out of the company.

Are the knives out for Microsoft's Steve Ballmer



Here's how tough the public relations environment is for Microsoft right now. On Thursday morning, The Daily Beast's Peter Lauria speculated, with the help of a bunch of unnamed sources, about a "Brewing Coup Against Microsoft CEO." Steve Ballmer is in trouble, suggested Lauria, because Microsoft's stock price has been stagnant for a year and senior executives are getting restless.

Later that day, Microsoft reported its quarterly earnings -- $16.04 billion in revenue and $4.52 billion in profit -- handily beating the numbers reported earlier this week by Apple (and remember, that was the best quarter ever for Steve Jobs and Co.)


Here are some more fake numbers from Microsoft, this time regarding Vista 7.

In case of Microsoft something is missing. Microsoft's operating system comes pre-installed on branded PCs. Every PC sold means another copy of Windows 7 is sold. The picture would become clearer if Microsoft shares the numbers of copies the company directly sold to end customers as compared to the number of mass-licences sold through OEM partners.

Many anti-trust advocates see this pre-installation as an anti-competitive practice. There are many competing operating systems including Gnu/Linux, BSD and OpenSolaris. PC vendors should offer Windows pre-installed as well as no pre-installed OS on their machines for fair competition.


We have already explained how Microsoft twists and warps Vista 7 sales figures. In business, Vista 7 is used by less than 10% of people, according to Dell, which received billions in kickbacks from Intel.

Speaking of these corrupt hardware companies (price-fixing/cartel is very prevalent there), Microsoft may be trying to become a hardware company and finally giving Intel a reason to walk away to GNU/Linux.

Microsoft & ARM Partnership Means End Of Wintel?



[...]

Intel has already publicly declared that Meego was launched because the company was frustrated by the lack of support from Microsoft for the Atom platform and it remains a mystery as to why Microsoft did not adapt Windows 7 to suit Intel's requirements.


We wrote about the Microsoft-ARM deal yesterday and a reader told us earlier today: "I guess Intel isn't Microsoft's best buddy anymore. Never mind, they were useful in stifling Microsoft's competitors." For details about Intel, Microsoft, and Linux, see the Comes vs Microsoft antitrust exhibits outlined below.

  1. Bill Gates
  2. Microsoft on Intel's Anti-Linux: “Please Keep Confidential. This is a Nightmare”
  3. Bill Gates on Linux@Intel: “This Huge Driver Group Scares Me.”
  4. Steve Ballmer: “We cannot let intel do chip design on Linux ever”
  5. Bill Gates et al Lean on Other Companies to Derail GNU/Linux as “Main Stream Operating System”
  6. Microsoft: Intel Ain't Done Until Windows Can Run?
  7. Bill Gates: “Intel should not just treat us as one of many”
  8. Microsoft, Intel, and White-collar Crime


"Where are we on this Jihad?"

--Bill Gates



Recent Techrights' Posts

Debian Developer at Sirius Was Under the Wrong Impression That Staff Must Check or Should See E-mail All the Time (24/7 Work Attention is an Occupational Health Hazard)
My personal and professional experience with a Debian Developer (DD) at work
Techrights More Productive Than Ever Before
Today we finally crossed the 1,900-page milestone
 
Navalny is Dead, This Week We Might Know if the US Will Kill Assange
Olaf Scholz backs Julian Assange’s battle to avoid US extradition
What Quality and Equality Mean
racial lines
From 91% to 33% or Less: How Microsoft Has Lost Australia
Historically Australia was quite a stronghold for Microsoft
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Monday, March 04, 2024
IRC logs for Monday, March 04, 2024
[Meme] Record EPO 'Productivity'
Patent applications granted
Job Groups 5 and 6 at the European Patent Office (EPO) Another Case of EPO Discrimination
an under-reported (or entirely not covered) backlash from last summer
[Meme] Microsoft Fan: "Microsoft is in a panic from the continued loss of its user base"
Published a couple of weeks ago
Android Has Reached New Highs in Mexico, According to Web-Derived Data (Android Now Almost a Majority of the "Market")
Not far from 50%, i.e. half of the "market"
In defence of Albanian women: Outreachy & Debian favoritism scandal
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Links 04/03/2024: Old Crisis Looming, UPC Already in Infringement of Article 6 ECHR
Links for the day
The Right to Disconnect (Meme and Very Recent References)
relatively new press
Links 04/03/2024: Techno-Babble in Tech Job Ads and Vision Pro Already Breaking Apart
Links for the day
Europe's Adoption of GNU/Linux, by Country (Now About 6%)
in Switzerland, for instance, adoption of GNU/Linux has been profoundly low
[Meme] 'Debating' People by Subscribing Them to Lots of SPAM
Rebuttal? No, spam.
From Sexual Harassment of Women to Yet More Cybercrimes
They can be prosecuted
Not Only Has Adoption of Windows Vista 11 Flatlined/Plateaued, Now It is Going Down!
Did many people delete Vista 11 and install GNU/Linux instead?
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Sunday, March 03, 2024
IRC logs for Sunday, March 03, 2024
Venezuela: Windows Below 70% (Laptops and Desktops), GNU/Linux Up to 7%
It's a lot higher in Cuba
ICYMI: ZDNet Financially Controlled by Microsoft
a history of censoring SJVN's Microsoft-critical articles
Argentina Joining the 4% 'Club' (GNU/Linux on Desktops and Laptops)
Data as ODF
Transparency Sets Society Free
"Convenient delusions" aren't bliss but temporary relief
[Meme] The EPO, Europe's Second-Largest Institution, Which is Contracting With Belarus
Socialist EPO
The European Patent Office's (EPO) Illegal Ban on Mass Communication Gets in the Way of Democracy
The scientific process (patents apply to science) must allow scrutiny, both from within and from the outside
Links 03/03/2024: Depression in Hong Kong, Sex 'Apps' and STIs
Links for the day
Links Gemini 03/03/2024: NixOS and NextCloud, Back Into Ricing
Links for the day
The Debian family fallacy
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
GNU/Linux Peaking in Europe, Android Measured as Higher or More Prevalent Than Windows
Android topping Windows
For Every Action There's a Reaction
Gates lobbying Modi
Like in Africa, Android Takes Control, Raking in Almost All the 'Chips' in Asia
So Microsoft has no OS majority except in Japan and Russia (and tiny Armenia).
Links 03/03/2024: Goodbye, Navalny (Funeral Reports)
Links for the day
Gemini Links 03/03/2024: A Wild Devlog Appeared and GrapheneOS Ramble
Links for the day
Gemini at 3,800+
total number of known capsules at above 3.8k
Be a Navalny
We salute Mr. Navalny
Mozilla Firefox is Back in ~2% Territories, Jeopardising Its Status as Web Browser to Test/Target/Validate With
Some new stats
[Meme] Russian Standards of Law: The Executive Branch Decides Everything
the president's kangaroo court
Up Next: The Tricky Relationship Between the Administrative Tribunal of the ILO and the European Patent Organisation (EPO)
We've moved from presidents who run a republic by consent to corrupt, unqualified, dictatorial officials who bribe for the seat (buying the votes)
IRC Proceedings: Saturday, March 02, 2024
IRC logs for Saturday, March 02, 2024
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
Beware Imposter Sites of Techrights (Not Techrights.com or Techrights.org)
Only trust pages accessed through the domains controlled by us
Italy visa & residence permit: Albanian Outreachy, Wikimedia & Debian tighten control over woman
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock