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Mozilla’s Rob Sayre Claims to Have Revealed More Internet Explorer 9 Benchmark Fraud From Microsoft

Posted in Deception, Microsoft at 1:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) is said to be cheating in performance tests again

Microsoft relies heavily on benchmark fraud and we gave several examples such as this one from last year. Microsoft was at times threatened with lawsuits over these frauds.

Recently we learned that W3C entryism [1, 2, 3] may have also contributed to false Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) propaganda from the W3C. They got caught. Microsoft still relies on lies and cheating because IE9 is somewhat is a mess [1, 2, 3, 4] and its development team seems to be collapsing. A lot of money is spent brainwashing people, having them believe that this is not the case — that IE9 is actually a massive leap forward. Mozilla cannot match propaganda efforts by throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at perception campaigns. Mozilla just doesn’t even have that kind of money. What Mozilla can do, however, is help expose the lies which come out of Microsoft and Rob Sayre has just done that. Slashdot’s summary has the headline “Did Internet Explorer 9 Cheat In The SunSpider Benchmark?”

“A Mozilla engineer has uncovered something embarrassing for Microsoft – Internet Explorer is cheating in the SunSpider Benchmark. The SunSpider, although developed by Apple, has nowadays become a very popular choice of benchmark for the JavaScript engines of browsers.”

The original coverage of the original blog post starts by stating:

A Mozilla engineer has uncovered something embarrassing for Microsoft – Internet Explorer might be cheating in the SunSpider Benchmark. The SunSpider, although developed by Apple, has nowadays become a very popular choice of benchmark for the JavaScript engines of browsers.

Microsoft is a corrupt company (with many documents to prove it). Never expect fair benchmarks involving Microsoft. It ought to be noted that Microsoft is quite unique in that regard, so it’s not a scapegoat.

“Microsoft did sponsor the benchmark testing and the NT server was better tuned than the Linux one. Having said that, I must say that I still trust the Windows NT server would have outperformed the Linux one.”

Windows platform manager, Microsoft South Africa
Reference: Outrage at Microsoft’s independent, yet sponsored NT 4.0/Linux research

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3 Comments

  1. dyfet said,

    November 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm

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    The story of the benchmarks has certainly grown legs. It turns out that IE9 does dead code optimization, but only for code that has specific characteristics found in the sunspider benchmark. However, even more telling, this “optimization” also happens to actually break and produce invalid results with Javascript code that is written very close to the benchmark code in question.

    This is part of why I say one should never hire people who have worked for any significant length of time at Microsoft. They are clearly ethically compromised throughout the organization as a whole, and this clearly including of course their engineering people.

    TemporalBeing Reply:

    I’d buy the ‘dead code’ thing if it still eliminated the function with the trivial changes mentioned by the Mozilla engineer, trivial enough that they would not change it from being dead code if that were the case. Thus, the optimizer is either broken, or they really are cheating it – whether through over optimization for the test or otherwise.

  2. Will said,

    November 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm

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    My favorite comment from the Slashdot article was a response to the headline question: “Did Internet Explorer 9 Cheat In The SunSpider Benchmark?”

    The comment was ” Is the Pope Catholic? Does a bear _____ in the woods?”

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