03.28.21

Richard Stallman 2020 Interview About Privacy and Freedom

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux at 10:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A lot of what was said a year after Richard Stallman had been ‘canceled’ (not for long) is still very relevant right now

Get Ready for Richard M. Stallman to Become FSF President Again (for Continuity of the FSF’s Mission)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux at 10:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: This video explains why we should prepare for Richard M. Stallman (RMS) to resume his presidency; Kat Walsh, who opposed RMS returning, has left the Board (that was a few days ago) and Geoffrey Knauth says he’s ready to step down “as soon as there is a clear path for new leadership assuring continuity of the FSF’s mission”

Conflict of Interest: Microsoft and IBM Controlling the USPTO and Leaving GNU/Linux Users Shut Out (in the Cold)

Posted in Antitrust, Deception, IBM, Microsoft, Open XML, Patents at 8:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The first part in a series about the USPTO protecting the cabal of proprietary software giants/monopolies, including improper appointments and outright corruption (as observed by a longtime critic of the Office)

THE U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director-turned-lobbyist David Kappos was discussed here many times in the past. He came from IBM, worked for the USPTO, then returned to lobbying for IBM and Microsoft (among others). Nowadays he’s lobbying hard for software patents (or to abolish/bypass 35 U.S.C. § 101). He’s working for software monopolies while they fund him to lobby. It harms the image of the USPTO. The Federal Circuit has a similar problem with two former chief judges.

The issue with Kappos may seem like “old news”, but here’s the gist of it:

IBM Microsoft USPTO

As was explained at the time:

Kappos corruption

“Then, too,” a reader has told us, “there is the issue of the USPTO not working with Linux, which might interest you.”

“The Kappos-Politico article is something I found, where people in Congress were – back in the day – suspicious about Kappos being from IBM, and bringing with him a Microsoft guy. They implemented something called the Electronic Filing Incentive. Trying to force people to use computers and, of course, Microsoft.”

“Can the USPTO moreover block GNU/Linux users wishing to file patents and interact with the Office?”We have been sent about 50 pages, but we are reproducing here just a subset of these (a lot of those deal with exuberant fees or marginalisation of “lone inventors”, which is a legitimate concern, albeit not our focus).

We’d rather focus on the GNU/Linux compatibility issues alone. As we noted here in recent years, the USPTO intends to financially penalise (punish) people who don’t use Microsoft formats [1, 2, 3] though it’s clear Microsoft is somewhat of a thing of the past with just about 30% of the public using Windows or other Microsoft operating systems.

Can the USPTO moreover block GNU/Linux users wishing to file patents and interact with the Office? Look at the status of GNU/Linux in the US government, as per Wikipedia:

Linux in the US government - Wikipedia

Proprietary stuff is required by the USPTO:

Adobe-USPTO dispute combined screenshots to print

Adobe USPTO pages not found

Adobe stuff hasn’t worked since 2013:

Adobe hasn't worked since 2013

“I’m a four-decade American inventor who has been fighting corruption at that USPTO for maybe about 15 years,” the reader said, “and I recently made an important medical discovery, and filed a patent application, and the USPTO is threatening my application, simply because I use Linux.”

We’ve been aware of such issues for a very long time. They range from formats to site access or specialised tools

 Who cares for me?“The Internet informs me that you are interested in USPTO corruption and medical biophysics and open-source software,” the reader told me, “so, perhaps, maybe we can connect to discuss a few things, although you are on the high-tech end of things, which I am not. I suppose, broadly, my medical discovery would be considered medical biophysics, since it involves mechanical sound waves and their effect on the body, and, specifically, urological function.”

We will likely revisit this issue some time in the near future. “As you can imagine,” the reader said, “I’m extremely angry, and I’m right now finalizing a big report that I’m going to send to a bunch of people in DC, hoping to get something done. I’ll send you the report when I finish it.”

We’ve mostly been focusing on EPO corruption, but some overlaps exist across the pond, with European software patents being used as an excuse against SCOTUS precedents, even in the face of challenges like Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) inter partes reviews (IPRs). Stay tuned for more…

On “Conspiranoia Strawman Attacks Defending Bill Gates.”

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception at 7:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The video above discusses a troubling pattern of responses (or generic rebuttal) to critics of Bill Gates, based on a stigma or stereotypes associated with those critics because corporate media gives air time to the wrong people

LAST year we expressed concern about a seemingly new tactic for discrediting critics of Bill Gates, a man who had been arrested several times in his life before committing crimes at Microsoft. The person has hardly changed, but the Public Relations stunts keep changing. A lot can be accomplished with vast media budget.

“A reader of ours from Argentina noticed that same thing in his country.”One particular pattern of critics being dismissed was described here before and it was explained more than half a dozen times. It’s similar to the “Microsoft basher” stigma, but it’s actually a lot more effective than accusing Gates critics of being “hateful” or “jealous”; nowadays they’re being framed as a bunch of cranks. “I have commented on that observation before, too,” an Associate of ours noted. “Though I had noticed the volume more than the sudden onset of the conspiranoia strawman attacks defending Gates.”

A reader of ours from Argentina noticed that same thing in his country. He commented on how this relates to the RMS attacks. “Little detail about the RMS issue,” he said, was worth pointing out. “I’ve been following the news on Techrights about the cancelling of RMS since day zero, and there’s a detail in the whole story I don’t recall reading it there (or anywhere else for the matter).”

Journalism’s Gates keepers“The chronology is fuzzy, but the thing is there. You see, almost at exactly the same time Gates began the onslaught against RMS, suddenly and out of nowhere, if you happen to speak against Bill Gates you’re a lunatic.”

“I mean this: at the same time the campaign against RMS started, Bill Gates also started to be the focus of conspiranoia. Comments everywhere about Bill Gates and 5G antenae that breaks your DNA, vaccines with nanochips, Qanon level stuff about deep state and NWO, and stuff like that. And paid media talking about that: lots of news about “Bill Gates thinks this and that about vaccines and global warming”, and “look at all the idiotic things crazy people say online about Bill Gates”. It’s even the case here in Argentina media.”

“So, I believe this attack had THREE fronts. Bashing RMS is one of them: you’ve been reporting a lot about that. Posing Gates as a goody philanthropist with deep ideas is a second one. You’ve also said a fair share about that, and is basically every rich person’s PR campaign. But there’s a third one: trying to let critics as some kind of mentally ill people with serious problems to gasp reality. And that last aspect is barely mentioned in your reports.”

Journalism’s Gates keepersThis is actually untrue. We wrote about it many times, both in IRC and here in the site. The “5G” aspect was mentioned mostly as an analogy, saying strew man had been set to distract from legitimate criticism of 5G technology (hype and downsides).

Moreover, such PR techniques aren’t exactly novel or new. We can find analogous things in history (and no, we won’t say “aliens” or “moon landing” or “JFK or “9/11″ or whatever). It’s part of a broader tactic of setting up and then amplifying unreasonable views, where the real goal is to create and reinforce a stigma in the public psyche. The civil rights movements has some examples of that kind; for example, you infiltrate groups and put ‘agents provocateuer’ in them. They do something really mad and malicious to tarnish the name of the whole group. We don’t need to have theories and hypothesis on that because there are well documented examples (and actual documents) to show such programs in police departments and agencies like the FBI.

In the case of Gates, it’s difficult to understand where that came from and whether it was merely interjected into existing groups that would stain a particular line of discussion/dialogue.

Our reader explained it as follows: “I tell you this because I’m convinced the timeline of that third aspect matches the one of the Epstein-Gates reveals. The Gates conspiranoia was very sudden and unexpected: Bill Gates was no longer a thing in media since many years ago, and then all of that noise was everywhere in matter of days. Perhaps there’s something searchable about that trend, some links to be made? Who knows… maybe that leads to something useful.”

Journalism’s Gates keepers“Of course, I can’t thank you enough for your amazing and tireless work, but you already know that. I wrote my own article about the cancelling of RMS back in 2020, for a magazine some friends of mine are setting up online. As the project is being constantly delayed, my article never saw the light. It was directed to non-informed people, mixing some awareness about both Free Software, cancel culture, and the cancer that is Gates. I’m in the process of rewritting it now, as new events are happening. I’ll let you know if that article someday goes online, as it quotes Techright’s work on Gates.”

Since the beginning of 2020 we’ve had people attempting to interject complete and utter nonsense about Gates into our IRC channels and even comments (thankfully they cannot sabotage our stories by leaving random comments). It mostly started in January of last year. People would attempt to insinuate, with little or no evidence, that Gates somehow started COVID-19 and people who did that weren’t regular of ours. They would just enter the IRC channel, drop in a bunch of nonsense, then leave in anger because we rejected/turned down their theories, never to return to IRC again.

I’ve decided to record the video about to respond to this issue because it is quite important. Other sites can easily fall for those same people or tricks.

IRC Proceedings: Saturday, March 27, 2021

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