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Techrights is Not Against Microsoft

Or: Techrights is against injustice and monopoly abuse

Did you know the media, including BBC, is infiltrated by Microsoft? Bill Gates is repeatedly bribing it to pretend he and Microsoft are benevolent. No wonder major publishers rarely blast Microsoft anymore. Microsoft UK executives taking top positions at the BBC and Bill Gates bribing the BBC is a matter of public record. It's just one of many (countless other publishers receive bribes from Gates and advertising money from Microsoft). As a former Microsoft employee told me some hours ago (this was specifically about MJF/ZDNet): "It’s like, was being blacklisted for two years just a shot across her bow and punishment for a journalist who makes a living off of covering Microsoft and maintaining access to them? Given how she fell in line, it seems like a perfect example of how Microsoft and other tech companies can silence journalists and even get them fired if they’re exclusively on that company's beat. What’s a news outlet to do with a journalist that they hired to cover Microsoft if Microsoft has blacklisted them? Fire/hire a new one that isn’t blacklisted? What do you think journalists are going to do in such situations besides play ball, drink the wine, enjoy the swag, and do little else than promote the technology industry, especially when the world is blind to the offense otherwise. It’s just their little secret..." (IBM tried doing this to me)



Summary: It may be a suitable time to explain why Microsoft is mentioned so much and why it's not a fixation but a reactionary priority

THERE seems to be a misunderstanding. This site began as a reaction to Novell, not Microsoft. It's against software patents, it is against corruption, and it stands for many things (rights are a positive, not a negative). If Microsoft is mentioned here a lot, it is because Microsoft is by far the biggest offender -- worse than IBM has even been in its entire history. Look no further than the whole TikTok thing. Shades of what Microsoft did to Novell, Yahoo, and Nokia...

If Microsoft keeps hijacking and then destroying companies, who's to say Microsoft deserves any respect whatsoever? They ruin more than they create and they render many people jobless (unemployment is a growing problem worldwide).

"Look no further than the whole TikTok thing. Shades of what Microsoft did to Novell, Yahoo, and Nokia..."This point really ought to be stressed again; lately we've been reacting to a bunch of bad things from IBM, which seems to be firing a growing number of Red Hat employees. Only days ago we saw "Fedora Infrastructure Status: Major service disruption," alluding again to "Service 'Account System' now has status: major: id and fas issues being investigated" -- something we've seen a lot of lately. The uptime of Fedora services has been rather appalling lately, both for migration reasons (we don't know the reason and nature of these migrations) and technical failures. People at Red Hat might be in denial about it and Fedora volunteers, whom we reached out to in recent days, refuse to talk about it; but something just isn't right. As we noted yesterday, they don't view Microsoft as a rival anymore. Yesterday Red Hat promoted .NET again. This is not normal. I've used Red Hat since I was 18 and Fedora since the project started (I was a doctoral student at the time, way back when it was still "Fedora Core"). Planet Fedora is something I've followed closely for years. What's happening right now is not normal by any stretch of imagination.

"People at Red Hat might be in denial about it and Fedora volunteers, whom we reached out to in recent days, refuse to talk about it; but something just isn't right."Yours truly, on behalf of the Techrights team, just wishes to clarify that Microsoft is mentioned here a lot (mostly negatively) because Microsoft earned that. Microsoft deserves that. But threats to software freedom and users' rights extend well beyond Microsoft -- a matter we shall have to deal with a lot more often in the coming years. As somebody put it in Pleroma/Fediverse the other day (replying to something I said): "Silicon Valley was built on Pentagon money and every single corporate social media platform has been dutifully serving the role of a state contractor in controlled narrative management since Occupy Wall Street. It is literally impossible by design for any political dissent to go viral on the modern web.

"Normally these are things Trump leads from behind on by "opposing" it, in order to manufacture consent for his administration's actual pro-war pro-surveillance accelerationism."

"The title of this post does not imply that we shall take our eyes off Microsoft; it's just to remind everyone that Microsoft merely receives flak proportional to the harms it is still doing."Over the years I've seen citations that serve to support this assertion and we've occasionally complained about social control media giants and their impact on people's minds.

The title of this post does not imply that we shall take our eyes off Microsoft; it's just to remind everyone that Microsoft merely receives flak proportional to the harms it is still doing. That includes attempts to hijack social control media giants of other countries. We made a meme about that as recently as yesterday.

Recent Techrights' Posts

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Why the Media is Dying (It Sucks, No Mentally Healthy People Will Tolerate This for Long)
linking to actual news articles helps fuel the spam, too
Something is Happening at OFTC
It looks like it shrank by 20,000 users
GNU/Linux Usage in Guadeloupe Rises Closer to International Average, Based on Web Data Collected by statCounter
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Censorship in Eklektix's Linux Weekly News (LWN)
Medieval system of speech, where the monarchs (Linux Foundation) dictate what's permissible to say
10 Years of In-Depth EPO Coverage at Techrights (Many Others Have Abandoned the Topic)
Listen to staff
Over at Tux Machines...
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IRC Proceedings: Monday, July 22, 2024
IRC logs for Monday, July 22, 2024
Links 22/07/2024: Overworking and Performance Issues From Europe
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[Meme] Signs of a Dying Patent Office
"Bribe the media to say you excel"
This Month's General Consultative Committee (GCC) Webchat ('Meeting') Covered the European Patent Office's Attacks on Its Own Interpreters
The Central Staff Committee is currently circulating a report with appendices about the GCC meeting [sic] (webchat) that took place less than a fortnight ago
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[Teaser] EPO Run by Children
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His wife shows the 4 of them for the first time (2 hours ago)
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There's more to fight over than economic issues
The Ludicrous Idea That GNU/Linux is a "Poor Man's" Operating System
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Links 22/07/2024: Internet Optimism and Kamala Harris Policies Debated
Links for the day
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New: Why They Really Went After Assange
Uploaded by Chris Hedges
Links 21/07/2024: Health, Politics, and Kamala Harris in Focus
Links for the day
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GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Sunday, July 21, 2024
IRC logs for Sunday, July 21, 2024
A Drop in Half (From 208 to 104): Sharp Decline in Number of Gemini Capsules That Use Let's Encrypt CA Since December
Gemini is increasing its independence from Certificate Authorities (CAs)
Gemini Links 21/07/2024: Last of Old Computer Challenge and Forth Language
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Links 21/07/2024: Climate, Politics, and More Squashed Patents
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Only a Quarter of Web Requests in Micronesia Traced Back to Microsoft Windows (It Used to be Well Over 95%)
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Your F.U.D. is Already Showing, Microsoft
That talking point is quickly spreading so that CrowdStrike discussions become about "Linux" instead of Windows
Andrew Feinstein on Why Freeing Julian Assange is About the Freedom of the Press in General
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In Palau, Windows Has Fallen to 16%
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Gemini is Blossoming and More Capsules Are Self-Signing, Rejecting the Defunct and Falsely-Marketed Certificate Authority (CA) Model
Gemini is still very fast, not only because objects are lightweight but the protocol itself - i.e. the underlying logic - is as simple as it needs to be and only as complex as it must be
Gemini Links 21/07/2024: New Garden and New Gemini Arrivals
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Links 21/07/2024: Extreme Heat and Fortescue Layoffs
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GNU/Linux Lifted Up 0.03% Closer to 4.5% "Market Share" (or 50% More Than a Year Ago)
How many businesses and homes are permanently giving up on Windows after recent days' events?
Giving the False Impression That the R blogosphere is Microsoft's Microcosm
Curation that culls "astroturfing" isn't censorship but quality control for relevance
High Adoption Rates for GNU/Linux in Albania, According to statCounter
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It'll Soon Be Half a Decade Since COVID-19's Breakout, We Still Need Verified Facts (Not Corporate Dogma) and Proper Media Reporting
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For the First Time, Microsoft's "Market Share" in North Macedonia Falls to Only a Quarter
Microsoft only has Windows
Evan Versus Julian
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What The Internet Can Achieve When Put in the Hands of the Good People and Not Censored by the People Who Already Control the Mass Media
albeit Wikileaks put that in social control media owned and controlled by oligarchs
IRC Proceedings: Saturday, July 20, 2024
IRC logs for Saturday, July 20, 2024
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
[Meme] Hate Speech
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WikiLeaks Wonders: Major Leaks That Shook the Worlds
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