EdgeDeflectorGate is Turning Into a Major Scandal for Microsoft

Posted in Antitrust, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 6:29 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Although Microsoft is now directly responding to this, as are their paid mouthpieces, it is clear now the scope of the EdgeDeflector PR disaster.

Here’s two such paid trolls defending Edge while at the same time claiming they’re not happy.

Microsoft Calls Firefox’s Browser Workaround “Improper,” Will Block It

I like Edge — too bad Microsoft is being a jerk about it

I don’t know what’s to like. Edge is basically just Chrome with Google’s spyware scooped out and Microsoft’s spyware put in.

On GNU/Linux it is even more absurd. We didn’t stop using Windows so we could start using the browser that Windows users don’t open unless it’s with one of these damned accidental clicks that’s all over Windows “11”.

Windows “11” is the most malicious OS Microsoft has ever released, just like every new version is.

Their official statement on breaking EdgeDeflector is basically that it’s their operating system, and if you don’t like it, up yours.

With Windows “11” barely a month old and not even registering in stat counters yet, over 500,000 people had already downloaded EdgeDeflector, according to Daniel Aleksandersen, the author of the program.

Given numbers like these, it’s obvious why Microsoft is being a bag of dicks and heading it off at the pass. This would have been where Edge stalled out and bled to death. Millions would have used EdgeDeflector because it’s easier to stuff a cork in it if Microsoft leaves this “issue” unaddressed than it is to make Windows take its medicine and put a real OS on the PC, like GNU/Linux. Edge only has 4% of users now, even with all of these ports.

EdgeDeflector users are a lot of people compared to the paltry number of Windows “11” victims so far. Some get conned into ‘free bait’ downgrade offers, some wake up and it found its way onto their computer, and OEMs will ship computers with it and not offer a choice at some point…..this is the only way new Windows versions gain any serious traction…Everyone knows they’re worse than the thing they already have and puts them off as long as possible.

In fact, there’s a perverse incentive to stay on an unsupported release of Windows. Microsoft will stop bricking it every month with crap updates they test on you.

Microsoft is minimizing (the number of users who think Edge is a dodgy spying piece of junk), denying, and blaming others. Which are the hallmarks of an abuser, as any victim of domestic violence will know if they’ve gone to a therapist about it.

“Microsoft isn’t a good steward of the Windows operating system. They’re prioritizing ads, bundleware, and service subscriptions over their users’ productivity,” developer Daniel Aleksandersen added in his blog.

For what it’s worth, the Free Software Foundation sent Microsoft a hard drive asking them to open source Windows 7 so that the community could correct it and maintain it. No reply. 😉 It read like a WTF moment, but they were being flippant, pointing out that Microsoft will never share Windows as open source, so the only wise move is to leave it.

Alexsanderson continue to pontificate, as if this were news to anyone who had driven a PC lately…..

“Microsoft still charges 200 USD for a Windows license while simultaneously filling the operating system with ads and crapware. Weeks before launch, Windows 11 wouldn’t even show the taskbar when it failed to display an advertisement dialog. Just last week, first-party apps and features of Windows 11 stopped working due to an expired encryption certificate.

For users, the best action is to complain to their local antitrust regulator or switch to Linux. Your Web browser is probably the most important — if not the only — app you regularly use. Microsoft has made it clear that its priorities for Windows don’t align with its users’.”

In the US, the antitrust regulators are going after Google, and to some extent Apple, and inexplicably (at least on the surface) leaving Microsoft alone.

While these other companies certainly have issues, neither of them are as nasty as Windows. Microsoft managed to water down the aftermath of US v. Microsoft so much that the consent decree eventually expired, and they said they’d behave.

This is much like the southern US states suing to overturn the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The law required them to get “pre-clearance” from the Department of Justice before enacting new election restrictions.

They went to the courts and said things had changed since 1965 and they would behave now, and then as soon as the law got struck down, they enacted hundreds of new voting restrictions, aimed largely at minorities and the poor, and criminalized black churches gathering votes from their congregants.

It’s simply revolting that all a bad actor has to do is promise to behave and then whether they’re a convicted criminal monopolist or want to bring back the Jim Crow south, they’re off the hook.

The court systems at the federal level are completely broken, obviously, and with so many Trump holdovers that he packed them with, I really doubt anything will happen to Microsoft there, so States need to take the initiative in enforcing their own laws, and citizens of the several States need to petition their State government to do so.

In 2016, I filed an antitrust and consumer fraud complaint against Lenovo in the State of Illinois, and if anyone wants the emails, I’ll release the damned emails. Nothing else I did got their attention. I posted about them locking GNU/Linux out of the Yoga 900-ISK2 series on Reddit /r/linux (full of Microsoft shills) and was banned and called deceptive, I went to the “tech news” naively, and was dismissed by Microsoft propagandists at ZDNet and elsewhere, which are even more a shitposting outfit now than they were then.

When they did post anything at all before I went to the Attorney General, it was some sort of PR blurb about how Lenovo designed the “360 degree hinge” for Windows 10 and “Linux couldn’t possibly work” with, you know, a hinge. Only, it did. As soon as you flipped it over into tablet mode, GNOME activated the virtual keyboard, screen orientation worked, the touchscreen worked, the physical keyboard was disabled until you put it in laptop mode again.

Actually, Windows 10’s on screen keyboard was a complete nightmare. If I tried using it in Firefox, nothing happened at all. It only worked in Edge (Legacy). Dirty tricks even then!

Nothing worked, until I complained in 16 pages of detail, to Lisa Madigan, the Illinois Attorney General, and THEN Lenovo quickly offered a BIOS repair for the affected models and not to do that again.

That laptop is blacklisted from running Windows “11”. It runs Kubuntu 20.10 fine.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had to take action against a company for things like this. There was also GPL compliance problems at Samsung. I sent them a letter and they refused to comply, and I got the SFLC after them regarding their infringements against BusyBox, and a source code tarball for my Blu Ray player appeared very soon after that.

Back to Edge…. We need a “Don’t use Edge!” campaign. We really do. If people refuse it and boycott it and even change operating systems over it, it will die.

If people really want a Chromium browser, recommend Brave to them instead.

On a strictly technical level, it’s hard to be much more terrible than Microsoft Internet Exploder. The reason “Edge” seems to crash less and get better security fixes is that Microsoft just brings all of those in from Chromium without doing much of anything. To the extent it’s better, it’s because they’ve gotten out of their own way there.

But with all of that spyware in there, and this “shove it in your face” attitude, it’s like, why do it?

Brave has all of the same important rendering engine features, it’s more secure, it’s the most private major browser out there. The same 2020 study found that Microsoft Edge and Yandex (a Russian search engine) were tied for the worst browsers.

We need to gravitate towards Free and Open Source Software, which doesn’t need your private information and doesn’t want it. We need to encourage these programs for others too.

Right now, the only browsers I’m recommending by name to people who ask are Brave, GNOME Web, and LibreWolf. The rest of them deserve each other.

Mozilla in 2021 is so pathetic that they removed support for setting your Windows “11” default browser in one click from the installer you could download from their Web site, and then said it’s because they wanted it to be just as crippled as the Windows Store version. (Mozilla’s blog has also gone straight to hell. They keep talking about things like magic fairy dust called “AI”, which doesn’t exist. They also clearly won’t be around when it does. It’s buzzword bullshit bingo at this point.)

Windows Store is a joke. Most of the apps are fake or are hobbled in some way. Everyone should avoid it.

With GNU/Linux we have real applications, secure applications, from sources like Debian’s Apt repositories, and FlatHub. No fakes in here.

I developed a hobby of collecting Web browsers when I was a child, and switching back and forth, and I still do that quite a bit, on Debian GNU/Linux now.

People would ask me why I tore apart Windows 98 (with a program called “Revenge of Mozilla” by Bruce Jensen, based on a demonstration tool written by Professor Ed Felten to demonstrate Microsoft’s lying to the court) and gutted it of Internet Exploder, the Trident engine, Outlook, and dozens of other things, and put in the FAT32-aware Windows 95 OSR 2.1 shell.

“I like browsers. I just don’t like theirs. Plus, my operating system doesn’t crash anymore now that it’s not causing the shell to leak out until there’s a Blue Screen of Death.”.

-Me (circa 1998)

Bill Gates testified in court that my operating system was broken.

I found that it ran what I wanted it to just fine.

Far from going deep, deep into the plumbing of the OS, an INF file could run through things in 2-3 minutes, unregistering COM objects, deleting files, cleaning registry keys, asking for the Windows 95 Shell, and you reboot and you’re running this greatly improved OS that’s much faster in less memory.

Microsoft added gratuitous dependencies on IE into programs that never needed it before, and created bloat and security hazards in things like Office 97, just to push Windows 95 users into giving up and embracing the horrors, so I switched to Star Office. I bought it at Staples the same day I bought MandrakeLinux.

What does go deep deep into the bowels of Microsoft is the sleazy, disreputable, lying scumbags.

“Creepy Uncle Bill” handpicked his successors and many of them are still there. Who do you think a guy who cheated on his wife every day with a different woman and flew around with Jeff Epstein trying to buy a Nobel Prize is going to pick to replace him?

How much could they have changed? Obviously not much.

Bonus: Here’s a tour of Windows 98 without Internet Explorer and with a Windows 95 shell patched to say Windows 98. Nathan Lineback at ToastyTech used a similar program called 98Lite, which was not freeware. I used RoM because it was freeware and I was a broke kid.

Brave Browser is Not a Platform for Extremists. The Southern Poverty Law Center is Way Off Base.

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, FUD at 3:23 am by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Southern Poverty Law Center propaganda

Brave Browser is not a platform for extremists. The Southern Poverty Law Center is way off base.

When the SPLC listed the Brave Browser on its list of “applications that are used by extremists”, I nearly spit out my coffee.

It’s just a Web browser. It’s open source. (MPL 2 license, like Firefox, along with various others.) It does not promote a political ideology.

If anything, I think most of the people I’ve seen using it have a strong Libertarian bent.

Libertarians are not extremists, unless you mean extreme case of non-aggression.

Libertarians tend to view the world in a lens of non-interference and not manipulating others to go along with things by way of threats and perverse incentives.

Since the Republican and Democrat parties in the United States prefer to launch drone strikes all over the world and kill people, including our own citizens, and haven’t met a threat or free market manipulation/perversion they don’t like, it seems like they have to hurl accusations of “extremism” at Libertarians.

Nobody knows what the price of milk really is.

It’s subsidized, by you, no matter how much you actually consume.

Nobody knows what a Pfizer COVID shot really costs because the government negotiated to give several times as much of your money away to Pfizer as you would have paid if it was optional.

If you don’t take it, Biden wants you to lose your job. That’s a manipulation.

Few people know what the wars we enter into are about or how much it really costs their family, or how many Americans die pointlessly. The news is censored, and essentially an organ of state propaganda.

Libertarians don’t want the wars. Libertarians are “extreme”.

Libertarians generally don’t want there to be no government at all. We would like the government to have a low and flat rate of taxation that is fair, and less than what the average person pays now. We would like a system of policing, laws, and courts that protect people from violent crimes, rape, property damage, and uphold contracts. “Extreme!”

The whole point of big media and GAFAM/Big Tech is to spy on people and to mentally corrupt them and dumb them down so much that they are governable by the shitheads we have in DC and our state capitals and city halls. They operate by buying you off or clunking you over the head. That’s a “great” system. Anyone who opposes it must be “extreme”.

Libertarians don’t have to be “Climate Deniers”. There are market solutions to lower emissions. Quit subsidizing oil and stop making millions of people around Chicago get in their cars and drive for 20-30 minutes with the engine running to get their emissions sticker being just a couple. “Extreme!”

The far-left paints Libertarians as “far-right” to try to lump it in with the Republicans, who are also vicious psychopaths like the far-left, but Libertarians were the first party to support marriage equality in the United States, said all along that the drug war was ridiculous and the government was paying massive incarceration fees and losing tax revenue and destroying lives with little impact on crime, and says that people should be able to get all of the abortions they want with their own money. And we like immigrants who obey our laws and want to reduce the barriers to legal immigration, and protect them from violence. Clearly racist and horrible and extreme. In fact, I married one.

If people with an agenda want to attack Libertarians as extreme, don’t buy it! There’s nothing “extreme” about being a rational person. Well, I guess you could be extremely rational.

Anyway, I think that they get the idea that people who want to be left alone, and who say “to each their own” (the horrors), are very interested in Free and Open Source Software, encrypted messengers, Tor, and VPNs. They’re probably right.

The reason the fascist left and SJWs twitch so much about the idea of personal freedom is because it’s the last thing they want. To not be able to push you around and steal from you anymore. As such, anything that gives you personal freedom must be wiped off the face of the earth, like Free and Open Source Software and strong encryption.

Encryption is cheap (computationally).

I use several layers of it routinely (VPN, Tor, HTTPS, tox, E2E in Matrix, Secure IRC, etc…) on my Internet traffic just because I can. If it can confound even just some creepy ISP like Comcast or T-Mobile that wants to sell my browsing history, it’s worth something to me. If it prevents a security breach, it’s nice.

Who I talk to or what I talk about is only the business of me and my audience who I am speaking to.

I also think that SPLC may have an ax to grind with Brendan Eich personally over some money he donated to Prop 8 in California, which ultimately got struck down. That happened 13 years ago. People who live in the past and support Cancel Culture don’t impress me. Also, I’m gay. Not “extremely” gay. Just gay.

Let us also pay no mind to the fact that there are gay people working at Brave Software.

There may be some technical reasons to criticize Brave, but that’s outside the scope of this post.

And for the most part, I agree with what they’re trying to do. They’re taking a very bad platform, Chromium, and trying to defang it of APIs dumped in by Big Tech companies in order to spy on you, and they’re trying to put in features that protect you from surveillance capitalism.

Mozilla, on the other hand, is a party styling itself as “Social Justice Warriors” who have done nothing for your freedoms and online safety lately. They fell so hard, so far, and so fast in the last 7 years, that they’re all but unrecognizable at this point in those terms.

Free and Open Source Software should appeal to Libertarians. It’s not Communism, as Microsoft tried to frame it.

If anything, Microsoft is a Communist company. They get state bailouts and Five Year Government Plans to buy failed products like HoloLens. They bribe elected officials, and then Microsoft gets government contracts. The FBI got “hacked” the other day, and their email system was used to send scam emails out.

The US government is incompetent with cybersecurity, yet issues directives, even as the FBI can’t even protect its own networks because the government buys Microsoft products.

Free and Open Source Software is something that people are paid what they think is a fair amount of money to work on, and so they do it. Or they might be a hobbyist. Most are paid though.

Their employer makes money selling products or services based on it, and then we can benefit from it too. Debian is an organization that people voluntarily fund which produces a coherent GNU/Linux operating system based on FOSS.

Proprietary software tends to be unloved software. People who produce it keep it proprietary to avoid having to compete with others. They have a right to attempt this, it’s not illegal, but people should know that it almost always does something wrong to them.

Being proprietary by itself hides how the program works, and that helps obscure the further wrongs and harm it commits. For example, Windows Telemetry only gives you a vague idea of what it transmits to Microsoft. They use strong encryption to prevent you from seeing what’s really in those compressed archives. What’s in there?

Without even being able to know, people jump in and defend it. Think it’s sketchy? “EXTREMIST!” “PARANOID!”

What Microsoft _admits_ their Edge browser sends back to them is enough reason not to use it. What people have found it doing by digging a little deeper is even worse, but it too can hide the true extent of the snooping.

Aside from backdoors that proprietary software hides, the software also tends to be incredibly bloated. Windows has dozens of GB of crap in it that is mostly legacy junk, where security holes can lurk. The US government (among others) finds them and hoards them and then weaponizes them.

The Flame and Stuxnet malware were pieces of art. They evaded all antivirus solutions on the market for years, infested lots of systems, and then when Iran chose to run Windows in their uranium enrichment center, President Obama ordered a strike.

The United States didn’t need to send bombers. It just needed to push a button, and state malware for Windows, laying dormant, sleeping, for years, woke up, and spun the centrifuges too fast, and broke 94% of them beyond repair.

Many faults in the underlying OS end up propagating into the programs that run on it. Web browsers deal with Web sites. Web sites can run anything you’re not blocking. Almost every release of Firefox mentions some CVEs that only affect Windows. These are inherited from the OS, and since nobody but Microsoft can fix the OS, or sometimes it was designed wrong and can’t be fixed, the solution is usually a hack to hopefully block the exploit, but it only protects the program that was patched to avoid triggering the OS bug.

Content Blocking lists have to be updated frequently to keep up with new threats. It turns out that the US Intelligence Agencies run ad blockers to lower attack surface. Not just “malvertising”. Companies can gather data just by placing bids.

During the COVID lockdown, various government agencies in the United States monitored whether people were complying with it or not by bidding on and/or buying data collected by advertisers through Web sites and mobile ad networks.

I use Tracker Control on my Android phone. I went through disabling or uninstalling most of the crap I found from Samsung. They even include a Facebook “Service” you can’t remove which monitors the apps you sign into, even if you don’t have Facebook on your phone, and associates it with your Facebook profile. I deleted the data and disabled that. But that’s what lurks in your Android phone. Not all of the crapware can be turned off, but Tracker Control can block tracker libraries from phoning home, and I pulled the plug on Internet access from all apps I don’t use, and most apps I use are also from the F-Droid store.

The situation on iPhones is worse, because you can’t run Free and Open Source Software, and very nearly all apps in the App Store have Apple and Google trackers in them.

On top of this, Apple plans to add a scanner that goes looking through your phone and reporting in. They claim anyone who objects is probably a “pedophile”. Such a system can and will be used for other things. China will use it to hunt people down for having pro-democracy protests. Muslim states will behead gay people who Apple turned over for the right to keep selling products there.

The government also paid Facebook to help them locate undocumented immigrants. It has geolocation data. They collect it every time they damned well please if you have it on your phone. You’re walking around telling Facebook everywhere you are, even when it’s not open.

The government may or may not have legal grounds to get a warrant, but it hardly needs to. It’s spending your money to buy your data so you can help get yourself arrested, deported, ratted out for being outside during COVID “emergency” powers that Illinois Governor Pritzker keeps giving to himself.

If you want to avoid this, or even limit the harm, you’re an “extremist”.

So, really, the Southern Poverty Law Center needs to shut the hell up. They aren’t helping. There’s really not much of a way that “software” and platforms usually have an extremist agenda. Extremists might _use_ software and platforms. But extremists/terrorists, whatever those are, use Windows, Macs, Android Phones, iPhones….

Almost all of the government’s criminal cases involving January 6th rioters involved Facebook and Twitter somehow. We know that now. But at the time, they told us it was Parler’s fault for not taking the posts down, when actually it was almost all being coordinated on Facebook, which left the posts up.

The far-left pushed to have Parler taken down. They got it booted out of Big Tech app stores, Amazon Web Services deplatformed it… They had to end up being hosted by some company that hardly takes anything down, and then the agitators made hay about that!

And Parler was actually not even close to being the source of the problem, of course narratives get changed around and people are easy to mislead with Big Media on the side of the state and the billionaires.

To clarify, I am not on Parler and I am not planning to be. I don’t accept their Terms of Use. But this example shows what Big Tech and their state allies will go through to maintain hegemony for PRISM companies.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is very obviously some sort of Democrat think tank that would love for you to police your kids for them, unwittingly.

I’m not against parents trying to protect their children, but there are other dangers out there than Internet perverts. Proprietary software is an injustice and Social Control Media platforms that turn people into the product are big problems, indeed.

If you want to block something at the firewall level, block Facebook because FACEBOOK the company is evil.

Quit using Google search. Quit using Skype and Zoom. Replace applications and operating system software with Free and Open Source software.

Use social platforms that are really social, not open sewers.

Encryption, VPNs, and Tor are your friend. They’re tools to block surveillance.

There’s a saying that it’s a poor craftsman who blames his tools. I would go further and say it’s probably a poor parent who blames Brave, the Web browser.

Children are human beings too, and I think that what horrifies parents is that they won’t turn out carbon copies of themselves if their kids are exposed to a marketplace of ideas.

Most parents unfortunately succeed, and turn out children who are narcissistic, self-centered, one-dimensional, and materialistic mindless consumers. That serves….the state. It really does. They’re happy with things exactly like they are right now.

I think it’s pretty extreme to destroy the human experience to create more wards of the state, who keep toiling away in the fields, and get to enjoy very little in the way of reward for their own labors.

Paying taxes to a central government that’s thousands of miles away and does almost nothing to help them.

Most people under 50 barely know it, but those taxes include a Social Security program that’s got about 10 years left, maybe, before everyone on it gets a 23% benefit cut, and the folks who draw it in retirement now can’t even live off of it.

I think that they should be allowed to save and invest for themselves. They could even leave it to someone if they pass away. My Aunt paid into it for decades, died in a car accident, and they paid nothing.

The program’s “trust funds” which are actually imaginary promissory notes, earn 2-3% interest on “special” government bonds.

The stock market’s average return is over 10% per year.

Am I an “extremist”?

Maybe to some. I mean, the state, the rich, they want people broke all the time. They want people distracted with porn, booze, drugs, and fights with the neighbors. We live in a country that entertains itself by watching the police invade the wrong house and attack people.

I think that’s extreme.

And again, all the fault of the Brave Web browser. After all, the Southern Poverty Law Center produced a white-paper and briefed a bunch of Congress Critters who are all rich and don’t have to live in the world they create for us. Very compelling.


Microsoft Announces That It Will Soon Break Every Method to Avoid Accidentally Loading Edge

Posted in Antitrust, Microsoft at 2:41 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Microsoft announces that it will soon break every method to avoid accidentally loading Edge.

I don’t know why anyone would use an OS (Windows “11”) that doesn’t understand what the word “No” means. Jeffrey Epstein OS. Good pals with Uncle Bill.

Anyway, if you continue using Windows “11”, at some point, Microsoft will plug all of these “user choice” holes and you’ll be stuck swatting at Edge all the time.

There are some Windows programs that can match window titles and automatically close them for you that may still work to avoid some of the aggravation. But switching to GNU/Linux now is a good idea.

Here’s some Debian 11 Live images with device firmware included. You can make a Live USB and try it out with Rufus if you use Windows.

It respects your default decisions!

Mozilla puts Firefox in the Windows 11 store.

Microsoft bandits: “You picked a bad time to get lost, friend! I’ll enjoy counting your coin!”

Windows and Edge are like adaptive malware that just figures out how the antivirus programs (in this case, the Edge deflectors and closers) work, and automatically install updates from a botmaster. (Microsoft)

Guest Article: Michael Larabel at Phoronix is Getting Desperate With the Daily Spam

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 7:55 am by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Summary: Today, Ryan takes a look at Phoronix benchmarks that served to embolden many Microsoft-connected sites which proudly herald Vista 11 is a lot better/faster than “Linux” (we saw many such articles, citing Phoronix); the problem is, Phoronix is comparing apples to oranges (or crude code/misconfigured kernel to a final release), as people already point out in the comments, so this is misleading to say the least and it is part of a pattern which worries us

Phoronix has been a joyless cash grab for a while, but is getting worse.

Not only has Michael Larabel been posting many articles about Windows or Microsoft which aren’t GNU/Linux-related in the slightest and are not of interest to people who want genuine news, but now he resorts to just plain old shitposting.

Moments ago, he declared that Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs have a major performance issue on Linux 5.16.

What’s the problem? There is no Linux 5.16!

Linux 5.15 was released today, and in the article he mentions he tested 5.16-rc1, which no distribution is pushing to their users, and few people other than kernel developers would ever try to compile and run.

In the headline, which I won’t link to, he doesn’t mention that it’s an rc (release candidate) kernel at all. He makes it sound like the sky is falling in on a stable kernel that someone is using in production.

It’s not uncommon, or anything to be alarmed about, that a kernel at this very early stage, might have a bug like this. There’s usually 6-8 release candidates before a stable kernel series goes out, and a week or so passes between them.

Look, I hate Intel as much as anyone, but AMD got caught up in this as well, and it will be fixed before you ever see the 5.16 kernel.

In #techrights we’re starting to call him MicroLarabel because of all of the Microsoft posts.

He has no credibility anymore.

Years ago, I used to read Phoronix because it was always mildly interesting, but now I barely skim over it. This is one example of why.

Another is the Microsoft shitposting.

Another, is if you go in without an ad blocker for whatever reason, you’ll have about 1×1 of screen left and won’t be able to read it anyway.

We live in a world where the US CDC has to warn people not to put condoms in a dishwasher, so even though it goes without saying, don’t put too much faith in Phoronix.

Some people, in the comments, act like this guy is contributing to Linux with his self-serving articles that are just vehicles for ads and Microsoft puff pieces.


Microsoft Tries Pushing/Imposing Their Office Suite on Edge Users (4% of the Web) in the Context Menu

Posted in Antitrust, Microsoft at 10:12 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Microsoft tries pushing their office suite on Edge users (4% of the web) in the context menu.

It’s possible that this is why they have a “Linux” and “Mac” version at all, and not just the Windows Vista SP 11 crapware that won’t take no for an answer.

Few people with a brain in their head would pay for Microsoft Office, much less a version that doesn’t even work if you have no Internet connection, or if the server goes down.

It has happened numerous times. One of my attorneys couldn’t even get documents I was sending her because Microsoft “365” was about as stable as Charles Manson.

It made her look incompetent.

Microsoft is positioning themselves as something they’re not. Even though it’s also foolish to rely on Google Docs, I can’t recall any substantial downtime.

Microsoft’s products hardly ever end up working out well, no matter what they are.

It has been this way forever. They even replaced 8 XBOX 360s under warranty for me alone. It got so ridiculous, that I sold #8, along with all of my games, and canceled my account. In fact, they kept billing me and I had to talk to the vice president of XBOX, “Major Nelson”, to cancel a subscription.

Many people put up with Windows because of the foot-in-the-door tactic of shoveling it on them like some sort of a cursed object with the purchase of their PC.

But all you get in the way of Microsoft Office is a stub that lets you spend hundreds of dollars of your hard earned money (in this economy!) when LibreOffice works on Windows, is compatible, and costs $0.

Many home users have little to no need of a full blown office suite, and those who do should really shop around, but I think LibreOffice is the best out there right now.

Nevertheless, with Microsoft’s market share with Edge being a blip despite even continuing to push it to their latest zombified unsupported OS, Windows 7, and Mac and Windows users that gawk at it like “WTF is this crap? LOL!”, they still manage to be a very nasty company to the people who run Edge.

It’s inappropriate to add spam and junk to a Web browser, or any program, which is why I gave up Firefox, which is going that route.

Richard Stallman called Ubuntu Unity (their former desktop environment) malware over an Amazon Shopping keylogger, very similar to what Firefox is pushing now.

Canonical even made the same arguments, that the evil was a means to an end, to fund their software development. Doesn’t matter. Unity is gone. Is anyone worse off for it? No. We were worse off, as a community, for their wasted effort on it.

I don’t think that GNOME Web is going to start trying to sell me Amazon products it thinks I might be typing in through my address bar anytime soon. Free and Open Source Software doesn’t work this way.

Someone would write a patch as soon as they got annoyed with it, and then share that patch, and that would be the end of it.

That’s exactly where the “LibreWolf-ing” of Firefox is heading.

As for Microsoft Edge, I mean, they are dumping resources into this godawful thing and getting all of the usual suspects to spam it for them, and for what ultimate purpose I am unsure, because from where I’m sitting, it’s hard to believe that short of banning all other browsers on Windows entirely, from even running, that they could pick up any serious traction with this turd.

Days After Microsoft Killed EdgeDeflector, a New Utility to Stop Edge From Loading Emerges

Posted in Antitrust, Microsoft at 8:45 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Days after Microsoft killed EdgeDeflector, a new utility to stop Edge from loading emerges. The browser that nobody likes or uses. The browser that Microsoft is insisting there’s a “Linux” userbase for that’s just dying to get at it…

MSEdgeRedirect, as it is called, blocks Edge from loading by running as a system tray application and loading the user’s preferred browser instead.

The author claims that he is working on a way to redirect Bing to the user’s preferred search engine as well.

We’ll see how long it takes Microsoft to attack their users and shove Edge down their throats now that this is announced, but it’s unwise to host it on Microsoft GitHub in my humble opinion.

If and when they do, perhaps they can port MSEdgeRedirect to GNU/Linux so that we can install Microsoft Edge and then manually set it as our default browser on one screen instead of the 473 in Windows Vista SP 11, and then deflect it back to our chosen browser, as a show of solidarity with Windows Vista SP 11 sufferers.

In all seriousness, I’ve never seen a company that used to be so powerful grasping at straws to stay relevant like this.

Does pissing the user off normally end well?

Do they think people will use it just because they accidentally click on something?

I’ll stay tuned and keep you on the edge of deflecting Edge.


Unified Patent Court Committee Refuses Access to Secret Draft Declaration to Bypass National Parliaments, Brexit, and the Vienna Convention

Posted in Deception, Europe, Law, Patents at 12:44 pm by Guest Editorial Team

By Benjamin Henrion, Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII).


Brussels, 9 November 2021 — The Unified Patent Court (UPC) Preparatory Committee has refused access to secret ‘Draft Declaration’ in order to bypass National Parliaments, the Brexit requirement, and the Vienna Convention on the Law of the Treaties (VCLT). The Preparatory Committee is urgently organising a Signing ceremony without any discussion in any national parliament. The UPC Preparatory Committee is afraid of a compliance check with the Vienna Convention by one of the national parliaments.

FFII has requested a copy of the Draft Declaration, which aims to “re-interpret” the crystal clear requirement on the UK for the entry into force of the UPC PPA treaty. FFII was denied access by the UPC Preparatory committee, probably because this move is not compliant with the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT):

From: Contact Unified Patent Court <contact@unifiedpatentcourt.org>

Date: 5 nov 2021

Subject: RE: [UPC website contact] Request to obtain a copy of the PPA Draft Declaration

Dear Mr. Henrion,

Thank you for your message and your interest in the Unified Patent Court. For the time being, the draft Declaration on the authentic interpretation of Art. 3 of the PAP-Protocol is still a draft.

Hence, this draft cannot be made public at this point in time.

The signing ceremony of the draft Declaration is foreseen to take place in the margins of a future COREPER meeting.

Best regards,

UPC Secretariat

The UPC Preparatory Committee want to go as fast as possible to bypass any possible debate in any national parliament, because they know that their “re-interpretation” of the PPA is not in line with the Vienna Convention on the Law of the Treaties (VCLT). They want to use an “Interpretative Declaration” to redefine the entry into force of the Treaty, mirroring the entry into force article 89 of the UPCA treaty, which uses the list of TOP3 countries, UK being replaced by Italy.

According to the article on Kluwer Patent Blog, this UPC Preparatory Committee is in line with the VCLT, which is disputed by many people commenting:

According to a report of the UPC Preparatory Committee, the Declaration is ‘in line with public international law’, but it doesn’t elaborate. That is very unfortunate. […] In any event, this train of thought is, or at least by all rights ought to be, heading into the buffers.

— Kluwer Patent Blog, Member States will sign Declaration to clear way for preparatory phase Unified Patent Court, 28 october 2021, http://patentblog.kluweriplaw.com/2021/10/28/member-states-will-sign-declaration-to-clear-way-for-preparatory-phase-unified-patent-court/

Benjamin Henrion, President of FFII:

“This Unified Patent Court (UPC) is way too expensive for small companies, Europe is committing an economic suicide. The UPC supporters only want to achieve one goal: get the system into force at any costs, even if it means violating international law and the rules to make treaties. Untransparent and illegal law making is not what citizens and companies expect in 2021.”

FFII Belgium has also requested a copy of the Draft on the 1st November to Mr Jérôme Debrulle (Ministry of Economic Affairs), representative of Belgium in this secret UPC Preparatory Committee, without any answer so far.


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Microsoft Would Need a Lot of Corrupt Public Officials to Go Along With Windows 11 SE, for Schools, Since All it Adds is $100 Per Student Laptop

Posted in Antitrust, Microsoft, OLPC, Windows at 10:58 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Microsoft would need a lot of corrupt public officials to go along with Windows 11 SE, for schools, since all it adds is $100 per student laptop.

This has all happened before, but it won’t happen again.

Last time, Microsoft stormed the beaches to kill a low cost laptop for education was when they dumped shit-ass Windows XP onto the OLPC XO laptop. It didn’t work.

Well, it did work, but Word took 43 seconds to load and ran the device out of memory.

So there’s that.

“…Word took 43 seconds to load and ran the device out of memory.”I mean, the laptops were meant to be powered by a hand crank, if necessary, and to do that you need an efficient operating system like GNU/Linux. They even pared GNU/Linux down with a special desktop called Sugar.

But the point wasn’t for it to work well.

The point was to get sleazy corrupt public officials onboard, and to corrupt the One Laptop Per Child project, and it worked, and nobody ever heard about them again.

Microsoft set back computing in education a decade and especially hurt economically disadvantaged countries without good infrastructure.

This time they’re dealing with Chromebooks, from Google, which have virtually the entire market and a well established reputation, supply chain, and support infrastructure.

So, Microsoft, I mean, good luck with that, when you’re only adding $100 per student and the world’s crummiest operating system to the mix. I’m sure that will go well for you!

“Nobody under 40 wants to use Windows, and so Microsoft has a big problem on their hands.”Especially now that schools, students, and administrators love their Chromebooks and, you know, realize that times are tough and budgets are not unlimited.

But you’ll figure that out….Have fun with an entire warehouse full of these stupid things, like Windows Phone (years of dumping/selling below cost, followed by an $8 billion write-down) and Zune (which never made sense and entered the market halfway into the life-cycle of the iPod).

But going back to the sudden panic about the education market, I think it has less to do with the actual Chromebooks themselves (although that’s certainly a market), and more to do with panicking that school children may activate “Linux” and learn how to use Debian, and then put that on their other computers.

The next generation will be the one where Microsoft finally goes to die. Nobody under 40 wants to use Windows, and so Microsoft has a big problem on their hands.

Like the Republican Party in the United States, their voters are getting long in the tooth with “nothing in the pipeline” to replace them.

Even before Windows XP went out, Microsoft was developing a theme that pretty much cloned Mac Aqua, from the then-new OS X. They can’t come up with anything original, so they just steal.

They think that a new theme in “Windows 11” that makes it look like a Chromebook is the answer.

Microsoft just doesn’t get what the real problem here is.

It’s that people despise them for having spent so many years dealing with crashes and viruses and lost data and manipulative behavior, and want them gone.

“Debian in a container lets their users run real applications, and it removes one argument against buying a Chromebook.”Then on top of that, they get to deal with incompetent bureaucracies at work who make them deal with it all day long and don’t want to come home to it as well. Now there are ways to realistically escape, even if you don’t know much about computers.

Many of those ways aren’t going to gain you everything, but most of them at least gain you a computer that isn’t breaking down all the time.

And, I think what Debian in a lightweight container on Chromebooks shows is that there are at least some geeks at Google.

It has a legitimate use case. Many users will absolutely reject a system that can’t run local applications. Debian in a container lets their users run real applications, and it removes one argument against buying a Chromebook.

“Google Docs works in Offline Mode, or you could just use Apt or Flatpak on Debian to install LibreOffice.”Microsoft still thinks this is 2013 and you can’t edit a document offline with a Chromebook.

Google Docs works in Offline Mode, or you could just use Apt or Flatpak on Debian to install LibreOffice.

Chromebooks have actually grown beyond a joke. Windows 11 hasn’t. The joke just keeps getting bigger.

Oddly, at the same time they tout offline document editing (which we had in the 1980s in DOS, even), Microsoft wants you to pay them for not being able to edit a document unless you’re online, or if the server goes down again and again.

On the Microsoft-side, WSL2 is a joke that has no plausible use.

Also, Windows having five terminals that don’t work very well does not a Linux make, but I veer further off-topic. Windows Terminal…..Windows is terminal.

I just can’t see Windows 11 SE going anywhere, unless it’s Chicago.

I mean, RedFlex figured out who to bribe to get all of those traffic cameras that actually increase car accidents. Like Windows, these suck as public policy, but money talks.

So, maybe Microsoft will sell these to someone. But it won’t be enough.

Nevertheless, Microsoft already has their army of paid trolls banging away on their keyboards to write glowing reviews of Windows 11 SE, but don’t believe it. It’s more gaslighting.

PCWorld has the winner for the headline, however. “Windows 11 SE is Microsoft’s latest Chromebook-killer.”. Oh really? What happened to their others?

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