05.08.21

Web Sites or News Sites Perish When Their Arguments Are Weak and/or Invalid

Posted in Site News at 10:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Yesterday: Bashing Free Software and GNU/Linux is a Terrible Business Model for Publishers

Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
Check the facts, tell the truth

Summary: “Just be honest!” is a simple motto for any site; but some sites sell out in pursuit of money or grandiosity, unlike us (we turned 14.5 years old on Friday)

37.5 years ago a guy from MIT wrote about a “new Unix implementation”. Aged 30 back then, he argued that “GNU will be a kernel plus all the utilities needed to write and run C programs: editor, shell, C compiler, linker, assembler, and a few other things. After this we will add a text formatter, a YACC, an Empire game, a spreadsheet, and hundreds of other things. We hope to supply, eventually, everything useful that normally comes with a Unix system, and anything else useful, including on-line and hardcopy documentation.”

“Too many so-called ‘news’ sites have been reduced to lying/selling.”This kind of very simple history isn’t suiting the agenda of the deception (marketing) agency known as ‘Linux’ Foundation, so they’ll be lying a lot more later this year. They even hired a man from Microsoft to take the lead in this campaign (as chief communicator). EPO examiners certainly value the concept of prior art and scientific history (objective reality), so maybe they can relate to this too. See, the technology giants basically bribe a lot of the press (they pass money as part of “sponsored content” or “advertising contracts”), so they basically shape or distort the narrative. Right about now António Campinos — just like Benoît Battistelli before him — wastes tens of millions of euros bombarding the media with EPO puff pieces. We can barely keep count/stock of it all (some isn’t in English, either) and it serves to show what a lot of the media became. Those with the money control and own the ‘story’. But we deserve better than this and we ought not expect the media to play along.

Radioactive cowsIn any event, here in Techrights we’ll soon publish our 30,400th post and our audiocast resumed last week (it started 11 years ago). Since then the MP3 and Ogg versions have been accessed nearly 3,700 times (in less than a week), so it’s fair to say people do care and we still have momentum/inertia. “Just be honest!”

Too many so-called 'news' sites have been reduced to lying/selling. Some perish shortly after that. It puts people off. Rightly so!

As per lookup.icann.org, our site exceeded 14.5 years in age (last Friday):

Created: 2006-11-07 14:21:12 UTC

Curiously enough, even though we started by focusing on software patents and patent issues (later European software patents as well), nowadays we cover a much broader range of topics. The important thing is, we aren’t trying to sell anything. We’re just being brutally honest and people evidently appreciate that. It also makes us an attractive target for corporate discretisation campaigns.

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