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The Attacked/Attacker Paradox

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 8:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.”

Bill Gates, Microsoft

Gates animation

Summary: Microsoft’s cult-like tactics have never been this blatant; the Microsoft ‘mascot’ keeps doing ‘media tours’, pretending to be an expert at things he hasn’t the slightest clue about, pretending to save the world because he cannot even save his own company anymore (and the other co-founder died years ago)

Paradoxically perhaps, if not as expected, when one ‘wins’ one becomes the target of attacks. The famous saying goes like this (attributed to various people, with slight variations): “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” (Usually attributed Mahatma Gandhi).

“Microsoft’s entryism, including takeover of GitHub (on which Microsoft loses loads of money each quarter, desperate to somehow control the rivals), may in fact be somewhat symptomatic of the fact that GNU/Linux and Free software take over everything and Microsoft tries — even at great expense (expenditure) — to sneak its ugly head into the photograph.”What we’re trying to say here is, in 2020 GNU/Linux makes big gains on servers (even Azure uses GNU/Linux on almost two-thirds of instances) and on the desktop, not to mention Android in mobile and all sorts of embedded devices or gadgets (Linux is almost the de facto standard on all). Windows lost majority market share about a decade ago (depending on what form factors are counted). Being Microsoft’s common carrier, without Windows domination the Microsoft we once knew cannot sell all sorts of other junk. They go in bundles. There have been many Microsoft layoffs since Vista and quarterly losses were sometimes announced (then spun by media moles).

Microsoft’s entryism, including takeover of GitHub (on which Microsoft loses loads of money each quarter, desperate to somehow control the rivals), may in fact be somewhat symptomatic of the fact that GNU/Linux and Free software take over everything and Microsoft tries — even at great expense (expenditure) — to sneak its ugly head into the photograph. Remember that, as per insiders' account, Azure loses loads of money. Datacenteres are being shut down, customers complain about provisioning problems, and Munich is said to have dumped Microsoft partly due to this. It’s in the French media this week.

“Are they so desperate to fake the number of users that exist on GitHub?”Whatever concerns we have about Microsoft hijacking projects using GitHub, sometimes by bribing the projects at hand (Python is one recent example of it) or infiltrating them by hiring particular people, we need to assess the exit barriers/costs. GitHub is proprietary software designed to entrap and ‘addict’; using the network effect it makes it hard for developers to leave. The other day I checked my GitHub account which I deleted within hours of rumours of Microsoft buying GitHub. Turns out, they never truly deleted it. Even request for complete deletion cannot be honoured by thugs from Microsoft and it’s still publicly listed (yes, a deleted account). Are they so desperate to fake the number of users that exist on GitHub? We once heard that many GitHub projects and users had quit, causing somewhat of a panic at Microsoft. Did they pay for a dud after all? Is there a long-term plan/business model?

“Microsoft therefore resorts to the mentality of sacrificial death cults or suicide bombers, trying to cause us all to drown along with Microsoft.”Bill Gates left Microsoft a couple of months ago to further pursue his political career, pushing his patents for power and for profit. He too may have realised that Microsoft doesn’t have much of a future. He took his money and ran, looking to profit at vastly higher rates from billions of “shots” and maybe implants. We’ll spare the mention of conspiracy theories related to this; the actual facts were covered here before and they’re different from what a bunch of yahoos on the Web claim rather baselessly, doing a disservice to informed critics of Gates. The Gates-funded publishers/broadcaster (NPR for example) spend a hufe amount of space and time ridiculing them, collectively painting all Gates critics as outright insane. A couple of days ago NPR ‘journalists’ started blocking Twitter users who merely pointed out that Gates had paid part of their salary as recently as 2018 (they pay in 'installments' — conditionally — to ensure NPR keeps saying what Gates wants… to keep that money coming).

Gates lost the argument (“letter to hobbyists”) a long time ago. Free software is the way to go. Paul Allen is dead. Our prediction is that Microsoft will die before Bill Gates. His father is still alive (albeit clinically demented, as acknowledged by the media), so “Junior” might be around for a few more decades, sowing destruction and poverty, as usual.

The fight or the ‘war’ isn’t over. But it’s rather clear that in terms of “mindshare” and market share GNU/Linux is ‘winning’. Microsoft therefore resorts to the mentality of sacrificial death cults or suicide bombers, trying to cause us all to drown along with Microsoft. Don’t cooperate with them; never negotiate with radicals. Only the radicals stand to gain.

“Where are we on this Jihad?” [Against Linux]

Bill Gates

Jihadi John

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