01.31.08

Microsoft is Once Again Caught Bribing Disgruntled Journalists

Posted in Deception, Fraud, Microsoft, Vista, Windows at 12:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Just another new example for a pile of other existing examples where Microsoft bribes bloggers and journalists with incentives and gifts. There’s astroturfing too, but that’s just part of the broader strategy (guerrilla marketing).

Here. Read this new article.

To be honest, MS did try to engage me after I wrote that, but the sad thing is it was through bribery. I don’t use that word lightly, but there is nothing else I can call it. I think I explained my differences of opinion quite clearly in that article, and the response I got from MS was as follows, names removed to protect the sender.

———————————————–

Hi Charlie,

I’m really sorry to hear of your bad impression of Windows Vista, I would be very interested in having a chat with you to dispell some of your worries, and to provide you with your first contact at Microsoft!

I’ve got a copy of Windows Vista here for you as well if you want to have a go with the real deal RTM build!

(signature)

—————————————————-

Please note that in the original complaint, I never once asked for a copy of the software, I had several versions here, and my complaints were about activation, DRM and other problems. A copy with all those problems is still as unacceptable as the ones I owned. In the following half dozen emails, my concerns were not placated, if anything they were confirmed.

In the recent past, The Inquirer was invited over to Microsoft for a visit. Why? Because it’s a “Microsoft doubter”, as Microsoft itself calls it. The site also revealed how Microsoft DDOSed journalists through its public relations channels when Windows Vista was released. Shades of the “second coming”, also known as Windows 95 (mind the Linux Journal article).

Only yesterday we gave an example of another case where a journalist got used by Microsoft. This article (the original) was written by someone who accepted a free trip from Microsoft and had a week’s sessions of brainwash in Redmond. He later proceeded to attacking IBM.

So, who else is Microsoft ‘compensating’ with free gifts but without the journalists spilling the beans as in the case above? It surely makes you wonder. Rick Jelliffe publicly admitted that Microsoft offered him money to edit Wikipedia (which he did), but how many other people has Microsoft paid to edit Wikipedia in its favour (without disclosure)? What about all those OOXML briberies?

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

This post is also available in Gemini over at:

gemini://gemini.techrights.org/2008/01/31/microsoft-bribes-journalists/

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous said,

    January 31, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Gravatar

    Dear Friends:

    I was curious if you would consider making every post to your wonderful site into individual PDF files available for download. Your site is a wonderful resource, I would like to see it archived in a nice fashion so we can spread each post in various forms including posters and booklets printed out, as well as on CDROM for free and for ourselves to enjoy in years to come.

    Thanks!

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 31, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Gravatar

    I’m not aware if you’re sarcastic (logged in as billgatesdonkey@microsoft.com), but if you’re interested I can do this trivially. I’ve had this working on my personal blog for years: http://schestowitz.com/Weblog/
    Mind the PDF link that accompanies each post. Perhaps I’ll reuse some code and bring it over here (if it’s compatible with the same codebase).

  3. Anonymous said,

    January 31, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Gravatar

    A wonderful feature! You should make an archives download area on this website with former articles please. Your website is a historical wonder beyond compare, except perhaps groklaw.

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 31, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Gravatar

    A wonderful feature! You should make an archives download area on this website with former articles please.

    I’ll do that soon if you are interested.

    Your website is a historical wonder beyond compare, except perhaps groklaw.

    PJ is incredibly brilliant, so that’s a nice compliment, thank you. Comparison to her status is a case of filling big shoes. Long before this site existed I helped PJ behind the scenes (I still do), so this has been inspirational. We cover some different topics here. She can’t handle everything.

What Else is New


  1. Was Microsoft Ever First in the Market?

    Confronting the false belief that Microsoft ever innovates anything of significance or is "first" in some market/s



  2. Links 1/8/2021: 4MLinux 37.0, IBM Fluff, and USMCA Update

    Links for the day



  3. Microsoft Knows That When Shareholders Realise Azure Has Failed the Whole Boat Will Sink

    The paranoia at Microsoft is well justified; they've been lying to shareholders to inflate share prices and they don't really deliver the goods, just false hopes and unfulfilled promises



  4. [Meme] Nobody and Nothing Harms Europe's Reputation Like the EPO Does

    Europe’s second-largest institution, the EPO, has caused severe harm/damage to Europe’s economy and reputation; its attacks on the courts and on justice itself (even on constitutions in the case of UPC — another attempt to override the law and introduce European software patents) won’t be easily forgotten; SUEPO has meanwhile (on Saturday, link at the bottom in German) reminded people that Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos have driven away the EPO’s most valuable workers or moral compass



  5. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, July 31, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, July 31, 2021



  6. [Meme] When it Comes to Server Share, Microsoft Azure is Minuscule (But Faking It)

    Don't believe the lies told by Microsoft's charlatans and frauds; Azure has been a total failure and that's why there are layoffs as well



  7. [Meme] Mozilla Has Turned From Technical to Marketing

    Way back, long before Mozilla and Firefox got hijacked by politics (turning Mozilla into a VPN reseller that lies about its stance on privacy), geeks were driving the company, not corporate lawyers and spying/marketing people



  8. Over 1,500 (Known/Unorphaned) Gemini Capsules and Over 160,000 Page Requests in gemini.techrights.org During July

    Techrights is expanding at gemini:// (Gemini space) and over 1,500 capsules are reported to have been found (less than 4 months ago it was about 1,000)



  9. Links 31/7/2021: Kernel Additions and Linux Mint 20.3 Release Date

    Links for the day



  10. Microsoft Azure Stagnating

    Reprinted with permission from Mitchel Lewis, former Microsoft employee



  11. For 17 Days (and Counting) António Campinos Has Failed to Respond to Call for Compliance With the Law

    Team Campinos has been so arrogant and so evasive that there’s no indication (yet) that it will follow court orders (Willy ‘Guillaume’ Minnoye openly bragged about ignoring court orders and he's still cheering for the EPO's abuses); therefore, staff of the EPO takes collective action



  12. Raw: Elodie Bergot Breaking the Law by Threatening Against the Exercise of Fundamental Rights

    Over the years we saw a number of rude letters from Elodie Bergot, the grossly under-qualified spouse of a friend of Vichyite Benoît Battistelli; most of these we never published (we already have these and can always publish if the need arises), but those paranoid and insecure “Mafia”-like ‘cabal’ need to be exposed for the mobsters they are; for nearly a decade they’ve illegally bullied EPO staff in clear violation of the law (and for over 3 years António Campinos has kept those bullies on board); why does Europe do nothing and why is it never holding high-profile abusers accountable (only low-level facilitators)? Is it because the EU too is being infiltrated by them?



  13. Linspire Should Be Avoided in 2021 Just Like It Was Avoided 14 Years Ago

    The brand "Linspire" was brought back, but the agenda seems to be more or less the same, namely pushing proprietary software and serving Microsoft's commercial agenda (in 'Linux' clothing)



  14. The Death of Freenode Would Be Freenode's Own Fault

    Freenode is going dark and now it’s asking people to create accounts at IRC.com (just to get back into the network that they may have already occupied for decades) as if Freenode owns “IRC” as a whole



  15. Links 31/7/2021: KDE Progress and Activision Catastrophe

    Links for the day



  16. IRC Proceedings: Friday, July 30, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, July 30, 2021



  17. The Smartest Meter of All

    Yesterday a lady came over to take our power readings (electric/gas meter); secure these people's jobs as they help protect people's privacy (dignity) at home



  18. [Meme] A Web of False Dichotomies

    A reminder that Techrights is fully available (all blog posts and wiki pages) in gemini://



  19. Freenode Shrinks by Another Quarter and Gemini Continues to Grow (For Techrights at Least)

    Freenode continues to perish faster than we've imagined; it's a good thing that we've had contingencies set up; regarding the monopolised and increasingly centralised Web, we're still making baby steps towards weaning ourselves off it



  20. Links 31/7/2021: Wine 6.14 and Chrome 93 Beta

    Links for the day



  21. European Media Does Not Care About Europe's Second-Largest Institution Crushing Basic Laws and Fundamental Rights

    New video about the latest publication from SUEPO (the EPO’s staff union); it was published yesterday, seeing that the “Mafia” (what EPO staff actually calls the management!) hasn’t done anything to comply with a wide-ranging set of court rulings from ILO-AT; why has the media said nothing about this and what does that say about today’s media? The material is all in the public domain, in widely understood languages, and SUEPO spoke about it more than 3 weeks ago.



  22. Links 30/7/2021: Distro Comparisons and Tootle Introduced

    Links for the day



  23. [Meme] Enforcing ILO-AT Rulings...

    We’re still waiting for a statement — any statement (direct or indirect) — from EPO management, seeing that almost a month has passed



  24. 'Open Source' as a Failed Initiative

    A closer look at the dire state of the Open Source Initiative, or OSI, which no longer protects Open Source (let alone software freedom) but instead helps openwashing, Microsoft entrapment, and a coup against the FSF



  25. [Meme] Rowan and António Sittin' on a Tree...

    How much longer can Team Campinos keep issuing tons of noisy and self-congratulatory puff pieces to (perhaps) distract from the elephant in the 10th floor of the Isar building (EPO HQ)? Staff won't wait for eternity.



  26. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, July 29, 2021

    IRC logs for Thursday, July 29, 2021



  27. Half the People in This Letter Are IBM Employees

    IBM seems to be continuing its war on the FSF because IBM wants to own everything (CentOS being ‘canned’ was just part of the plan)



  28. The OSI Song

    The sad demise of OSI, which has become little but a front group of proprietary software companies in pursuit of openwashing services (and outsourcing to proprietary disservices looking to eradicate copyleft)



  29. [Meme] OSI is Doing Just Fine

    So what if OSI is run by someone who raised money from Microsoft (to sell Microsoft a keynote slot in a copyleft event — the thing that Microsoft attacks through GitHub!) while funnelling the OSI's funds to a serial GPL violator?



  30. The OSI's Defunct Elections (Privacy Breach), Conflict of Interest (Nicholson), and Other Lingering Problems

    The above, together with an email from the OSI below, serves to show they’re re-running a bad election and — yet worse! — there appears to be a conflict of interest implicating the OSI’s sole member of staff!


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts