11.26.21

Gemini as a Platform for Gamers

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 6:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 3ad242d08f8e7076cd393246a6bb369c

Summary: Contrary to what people often assume (or are led to assume), even without client-side scripting Gemini can accomplish a great deal; early adopters, many of whom are technical, test the limits of the very minimalistic (by design and intention) specification

THE mailing lists of Gemini point out some new games for Gemini Protocol; not all Gemini clients (“browsers”) support these at the moment, not even an older version of Lagrange and the widely-used Amfora (presented on the right hand side at the start of the video above), but this comes to show how creative spirits and server-side programming can accomplish a great deal. One can, in theory, do banking in Gemini (certificates make sessions, which are are no less secure than on the Web); many flight booking agencies used or still use ‘lesser’ UIs to do their job (like entering input, in a specialised querying language, for the server to interpret and return results).

“The media will almost never mention Gemini, but that intentional snubbing — due to a lack of financial incentive, e.g. spies and advertisers — does not prevent Gemini’s growth.”The above video shows SpellBinding, which is new, and then Wordtunneler. There are even online 'chat clients' for Gemini. Don’t discount it as primitive and useless; it’s actually vastly superior/cleaner than other hypertext protocols/spaces when it comes to signal/noise ratio because the Web became a spamfarm. That’s just the direction the Web has taken and will continue to take.

The media will almost never mention Gemini, but that intentional snubbing — due to a lack of financial incentive, e.g. spies and advertisers — does not prevent Gemini’s growth. Earlier this week we reached 1,827 known (to Lupa) capsules in total. Just a couple of days after reaching 1,807. 2,000 by year’s end isn’t insurmountable.

Gemini: Ready for Prime time

11.23.21

In Light of Fast-Accelerating Deterioration — Sometimes Weaponisation — Getting Off the World Wide Web (to the Extent Feasible) Makes You Saner and Less Susceptible to Manipulation, Lies

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 11:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 2f8bde45095120607075cdc4e3549b56

Summary: Almost no sites are speaking about it (probably because they have no presence on the Internet except on the Web), but it’s time to motivate more people to get off the Web, for their own good and for society’s sake…

THE WEB as a source of accuracy-assured or validated information — or any meaningful information at all (like investigative journalism) — died a few years ago. Many ‘articles’ are just referrer spam (or Amazon affiliate marketing). A lot of so-called ‘news’ sites are in the business of selling out. Some PR agents contact them to publish “plugs” on clients’ behalf. That’s not news!

“Weaponising the Web (for spreading malicious but self-serving lies) isn’t just the ‘trade’ of nation states. Corporations and oligarchs do the same.”As we noted this morning, even Google News (“Gulag Noise”) became a hub of Microsoft misinformation and revisionism (basically corporate propaganda sold as “news”; ZDNet hasn’t even mentioned the big news from Germany!). We’re meant to think it’s “normal” to search for Linux news and instead get shilling of a password stealer from Microsoft as the top result! As an associate told us an hour ago, Microsoft “will be working overtime to promote revisionist histories concerning Munich: saturate, diffuse, confuse…”

Newer articles are prioritised over older ones that are more accurate, so one can game the system and distort memories. “They will try to muddy the water and delay at the very least,” the associate continued, “and articles older than a few years are omitted from search results completely.”

Weaponising the Web (for spreading malicious but self-serving lies) isn’t just the ‘trade’ of nation states. Corporations and oligarchs do the same. Nothing is beyond their reach; not even social control media, which is all about manipulation (it's the business model).

In many ways, the Web has outlived its usefulness and it actively does harm too, e.g. by inciting people, based on falsehoods, or leading people into deep debt in pursuit of social acceptance (social control media like Facebook leads to insecurities). Earlier this year we ended up moving to our own IRC network and to Gemini (self-hosted from home) — things we had planned last year but never found the time to properly implement. The Web should never have had a near monopoly on hypertext; there’s more to the Internet than HTTP and HTML/JavaScript (some sites are nowadays more JavaScript than HTML; they’re like Flash with ActionScript). We need to keep reminding people that having an Internet connection means more than just access to “Web” or “Web apps” or “Web browser”. IRC, for instance, needs neither Web nor “app”. It’s also widely supported by many devices, includes decades-old devices.

The same is true for Gemini (many client implementations exist already; all of them are Free software) and based on the “Daily Stats” in Techrights we’ll have exceeded 400,000 pages requests over gemini:// in just 23.5 days of November. Misinformation and advertisers have thus far been off limits in gemini://. Even if they attempted to infiltrate “Geminispace”, they would easily be shunned and marginalised because cross-capsule scripting (akin to XSS or sharing between domains) isn’t possible and the layout, which is strictly enforced, is chronically unsuitable for ads.

11.22.21

Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VII — Nat Friedman, as GitHub CEO, Had a Plan of Defrauding Microsoft Shareholders

Posted in Deception, Fraud, Free/Libre Software, GPL, Microsoft at 4:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part I — Inside a Den of Corruption and Misogynists
  2. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part II — The Campaign Against GPL Compliance and War on Copyleft Enforcement
  3. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part III — A Story of Plagiarism and Likely Securities Fraud
  4. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part IV — Mr. MobileCoin: From Mono to Plagiarism… and to Unprecedented GPL Violations at GitHub (Microsoft)
  5. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part V — Why Nat Friedman is Leaving GitHub
  6. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VI — The Media Has Mischaracterised Nat Friedman’s Departure (Effective Now)
  7. YOU ARE HERE ☞ Nat Friedman, as GitHub CEO, Had a Plan of Defrauding Microsoft Shareholders

GitHub: Where everything comes to die

Summary: The son of a financial tycoon probably engaged in embezzlement and maybe securities fraud; and this isn’t even the worst scandal, which directly impacts Free software

THE new CEO of GitHub has been on the job for only a week (as of today). As we explained in the past pair of parts, it’s safe to assume that ongoing scandals (not told by the press; it’s aware, but it’s suppressing publication) played a considerable role in that. This choice of CEO probably indicates where the company is going (more proprietary vertical integration) and was probably made in a rush, almost on the spot.

In later parts we’ll detail (with some evidence) the role played by the press, keeping these scandals under wraps by falsely assuming that women are liars and accused men need to be protected from embarrassment. Among the key culprits: Vox, Bloomberg, and Buzzfeed. What good are media outlets that are looking to appease sponsors and advertisers rather than the audience in need of journalism? What good is a corporate leadership that refuses to understand who it hires?

“In later parts we’ll detail (with some evidence) the role played by the press, keeping these scandals under wraps by falsely assuming that women are liars and accused men need to be protected from embarrassment.”“I don’t want to get involved” is not a legitimate excuse (direct quote by the way). If more information becomes available, we’ll also add some parts about the new CEO and what the past teaches us about the CEO’s future direction at GitHub, which is more like a trap than “free hosting”. As always, we encourage people to leave GitHub. The sooner, the safer. Make exit plans.

Nat Friedman should have known better, especially considering his father’s work. Friedman surely knew how this law works (he could ask dad), but he chose to ignore it; he got greedy (which wasn’t needed; he was very rich to begin with, even well before Microsoft). To put this in the correct context we’ll need to introduce readers, perhaps belatedly, to Friedman’s good friend, whom he used to get very badly drunk with (substance abuse will be the subject of much later parts in this series). The friend’s name is Alex and they’re pretty close. From their very own (still online) record:

Alex Graveley and Nat Friedman in Flickr

Alex Graveley and Nat Friedman

There’s more, but some of it is so old that it’s difficult if not impossible to find now. This pair goes well over a decade back.

We did not want to bring up Alex Graveley (or mention him by name), but that’s essential for those wishing to understand what’s going on. Or his current job title at Microsoft.

According to our source, Alex Graveley and Nat Friedman made a ‘pinky promise’; “he also said that the original plan for Copilot was Alex would start a company and work with Nat behind the scenes to build it to get acquired by Github, which sounds like securities fraud, but I’m not a lawyer…”

“So it seems like Friedman set him up for richness; but at whose expense?”Graveley and Friedman know who the source is, but that does not matter.

So it seems like Friedman set him up for richness; but at whose expense? By funnelling Microsoft shareholders’ money to a friend he likely breached several ethical rules (“make this company; do this thing; I will tell my bosses (Board and CEO of a company called Microsoft) to make this next move and we’ll give you lots of shares”).

If he instructs the employer to pay an old mate, that’s a very big deal. It makes one wonder what technical merit — if any — this thing has. It was acquired by means of nepotism, not really pragmatic interest, then hyped up in the media even though it’s worthless as a tool (some people have demonstrated this point). At Microsoft, they use that to push proprietary IDE (Visual Studio) and teach people not to worry about GPL compliance.

As our source stresses strongly, and more so repeatedly: “The original plan was to have Alex build it as a start up. And then Microsoft would acquire it. Which sounds a bit like fraud.”

“If he instructs the employer to pay an old mate, that’s a very big deal.”Well, that sounds illegal because it is. He’s playing with money that isn’t his own; he’s passing Microsoft shareholders’ capital to a friend, and maybe he can then get kickbacks off of him (one can only guess how the favour can be repaid).

Our source says that “this never happened, even if it was contemplated, [as] Alex was not in any place mentally to do this…” (based on texts, he had booze issues if not other, far more severe issues with heavy narcotics — a subject we set aside for later parts)

The Microsoft modus operandi has long been to attack Free software while giving the false impression that Microsoft means well and is a friend, a “co-pilot”. Don’t fall for it…

Securities fraud was in the books.

Wikipedia defines the term as follows: “Securities fraud, also known as stock fraud and investment fraud, is a deceptive practice in the stock or commodities markets that induces investors to make purchase or sale decisions on the basis of false information, frequently resulting in losses, in violation of securities laws.

“…shareholders ought to know that they may have paid — or fallen — for a weak or defective product, merely for the benefit of the CEO’s friend.”It further notes: “Securities fraud can also include outright theft from investors (embezzlement by stockbrokers), stock manipulation, misstatements on a public company’s financial reports, and lying to corporate auditors. The term encompasses a wide range of other actions, including insider trading, front running and other illegal acts on the trading floor of a stock or commodity exchange.”

Assuming the above was true, as was heard directly by our source, Friedman sought to divert Microsoft shareholders’ money to a friend. Friend-man? Either way, shareholders ought to know that they may have paid — or fallen — for a weak or defective product, merely for the benefit of the CEO’s friend. This isn’t even the sole case of nepotism — a point we shall discuss later.

11.20.21

Tor Browser Launcher on Debian is Broken and SPLC Censorship Regime Hates Tor and FOSS, Boosts Bill Gates

Posted in Bill Gates, Debian, Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux at 9:22 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

TThe Tor Browser Launcher is pretty neat.

It downloads the Tor Browser, verifies that it’s properly signed, so you don’t get a fake one planted on your computer, which is a possibility if you went to the wrong Web site or were the victim of a MITM attack, somehow, and then puts launchers and a settings application in your menus.

However, Debian’s package doesn’t work properly on my computer, and when I open it, an invisible window the size of the browser that can’t be closed except from the task manager, or pkill, opens up.

Well, that’s not helpful.

Fortunately, it’s available as a Flatpak too, and that works!

If all else failed, it’s downloadable from the Tor Project directly.

You can verify the bundle’s archive with the .asc key that they provide and then unpack it and then start it with ./start-tor-browser of course, but meh.

I’m lazy.

Moving right along… The Southern Poverty Law Center is probably why you can’t access the Tor Browser’s Web site.

They apparently advise libraries and schools to filter it out as “terrorist”, according to multiple sources I’ve spoken with.

God, these people….

Anyhow… If you already have the Tor Browser on your computer before you get on their WiFi, they can’t do much about that. And after you’re on, you can just use Tor…

Oddly, the library where I live lets Tor function normally even though their firewall blocks the site. I won’t tell here which library because I don’t want to give these jackbooted library thugs(?) any ideas about how to screw around with me if they’re not smart enough to do that already and happen to find this post in Google or something.

The Supreme Court ruled on the issue of Free Speech that you have to be allowed access to the Internet without the firewall in effect, _if you specifically ask for it_.

(Oddly, in Chicago, the city itself, the library doesn’t even block porn. If people are watching it and you complain, they will help you move to another computer, but they won’t stop that other person unless they start playing with themselves or something. Life in a big liberal city is just disgusting everywhere you go. Disgusting, expensive, cramped, polluted, riots breaking out unpredictably. Did I mention expensive? Glad I’m not there anymore.)

However, Tor Browser has another mode, which is intended mostly to deal with situations like the Great Firewall of China, which essentially makes it look like you’re connecting to a Web site in the Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services “cloud”. Obviously, that has privacy issues of its own, but it can’t easily be blocked without a lot of collateral damage.

So hey, there’s something positive that came out of centralizing the Web into the hands of a couple of monopolists? That being said, I’d be careful to use this to evade censorship at the library, but be on guard because your traffic is being tunneled through companies that have affiliations with the intelligence agencies in the United States.

One easy thing you can try if you run into censors and use Brave is to just load a Private Tab with Tor and see if it’s good enough.

If you don’t need a lot of privacy and just need to obfuscate what you’re doing, you can leave it at this and just use a normal browser.

And if none of this works, you can try NordVPN’s obfuscated VPN servers or their browser plug-in, which is basically a proxy that looks like HTTPS instead of a VPN.

So there’s things you can do to avoid government spying at the library and your school and break through even the most pernicious censorship regime, unless they want to do extreme damage to their WiFi network’s usability.

It’s ridiculous that network administrators at a library are stifling free speech based on the SPLC, but suddenly the SPLC’s “naughty software list” makes much more sense.

It turns out that this software gives you most of the tools to bypass authoritarian censors (including those at a public library who try block selected Wikipedia articles so that you can’t read them, on their Windows PC terminals, which tells you that nothing you connect to over HTTPS there is actually secure even if there is no malware other than Windows) such as themselves and read and view whatever you want, and talk to whoever you want, on the Web.

Ironically, they give these tools free advertising by drawing attention to them.

There’s some on there that I don’t even use, even though I knew about them, because they’re proprietary. I don’t think they even mentioned Tox clients though. Those are pretty good if you need anonymous messaging.

Politicians that want to ban your privacy, such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, use Signal (proprietary), which is also on the list. I guess Borisinaro is a terrorist and needs to be moved to UltraMax immediately and fitted for a Hannibal Lecter mask. Tried and convicted by “The Southern Poverty Law Center said so.”.

Where does SPLC get their money, btw? There’s a lot of Hollywood Liberals and GAFAM money in there, but enough of it is in a web of slush funds that make it hard to figure out entirely.

They may well have started out with good intentions. I’m certainly not going to argue that fighting the actual Klan is bad (Because “I hate Illinois Nazis” as much as anyone.), but like most things liberal, they have to paint everything that’s not them as the Klan, including just normal every day decent folks who are trying to raise their kids with some morality and respect for others and for, well, what’s left of the law.

It is perhaps ironic that a lot of kids couldn’t use proprietary GAFAM software if they wanted to because it’s being blocked due to SPLC’s recommendations, and so Matrix is growing.

One told me one one chatroom that their school’s Great Firewall doesn’t know what all of the domains are on which you can use Matrix.

Oddly, Matrix has a lot of kids on it because the grown ups at the school blocked “Skype” and “Facebook” and that ought to be enough, right? It’s not like there is anything other than GAFAM.

An entire generation free of Monopolysoft?

No wonder Skype is dead.

The lying bastards at the SPLC also have to lie through their teeth and accuse platforms that are not GAFAM of being pedophile strongholds.

Just a few short years ago, Microsoft Bing was the preferred place for pedophiles to go.

In at least one case I recall reading about, the police in Texas arrested a man and asked where he got it all, and he said BING. It didn’t do anything at all to filter it. Bill Gates was on the plane with Epstein a lot, trying to buy himself a Nobel Prize. And there was Rick Allen Jones, a CP-hoarder that was literally arrested in the Gates Mansion.

Where’s the warning about Microsoft and Gates?

I don’t recall there ever being one, even though it was more than a little disturbing that the biggest platform for online child sexual abuse material was the default Windows search engine and the default Windows Web browser. For years. And the police did nothing.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the Gates Foundation is funding SPLC like they do to corrupt everything else.

Why else would they praise him as anything but some shyster who made good with a crap operating systems (like DOS, which was another incident, but mostly screwing Digital and IBM) called Windows NT which was actually, literally stolen from VMS (which Microsoft settled with Digital about, then betrayed shortly thereafter like they do anyone stupid enough to sign a business deal with them), while attacking his critics and lumping them all in with Alex Jones? It’s not even the first time.

Common Core is nothing more than an attack on public education by billionaires who should be in prison. One of the other promoters is Mark Zuckerberg.

Many, many parents are appalled at the dumbing down of their kids, and parents with a choice take their kids out of failing schools like the ones in Chicago which are a toxic hell stew of political correctness, gangs, drugs, guns, and fat cat public union bosses growing a big fat pension.

They demand school choice vouchers, which is the entire point, because then big business can just run those directly if you want your kids to have any hope at all.

A Chinese dissident who was hailed as a hero in Western media is now being given the silent treatment.

His mistake? Saying out loud that the US is starting to remind him of China (due to authoritarian wokeism), where if you say the wrong thing…..

Well, you don’t just get killed or disappeared….as such. Just professionally ruined.

Perhaps a better example is the concept of “dedma”, a word that Filipino people may be more familiar with, where society will “shun you” and ignore you if it becomes aware you have the wrong views.

Without going too far astray, the wrong opinions to have in America today read like something from bizarro world. If you just say criminals belong in prison and people should be entitled to keep what they earn and the government shouldn’t be throwing thousand dollar bills at people to keep the least productive the most reproductive and pretend it’s all okay for a couple more years until “Build Back Better” causes our country to collapse, and you’re in favor of the entire bill of rights, including the Second Amendment… That’s what happens to you.

They’ve gotten so good at disappearing us using GAFAM, disappearing people who are still in our right minds, that we have to stake out a new frontier and break our old habits and let companies like Facebook turn completely into an echo chamber full of crazy people with distorted thought patterns and advertising bullshit.

I’ve already started my divorce from GAFAM. I’m not replacing my Android phone when it fails, with another Android. I’ll be getting one that runs GNU/Linux.

I don’t care about “apps”. They’re dumb. They’re put there to control people and spy on them by companies who ruined the Web and yet still think its users have too much freedom.

Those companies, including Apple (which fundraises for SPLC), can pay off SPLC through slush funds and proxies to help their assault on your alternatives.

Did you know that there are 7 tracking libraries now in the text messaging app on a Samsung Galaxy phone. One of them even contacts Facebook. Even if you don’t use Facebook! That’s in addition to the Facebook stub apps and the Facebook system service whose only purpose is to wake up and tell Facebook which apps you’re signing into so their tracking libraries can associate them with you, even if “Facebook” isn’t on your phone.

Tracker Control neuters them and I pried out the stubs and disabled the “service”. But this has to be a stop gap solution.

The madness will not end until we shut them down and refuse to use their stinking products.

Oddly enough, Facebook was on SPLC’s list of platforms of concern, but I think it’s mostly to call for more censorship than there already is.

Number of Known Internet Relay Chat (IRC) Networks Grew About 10% Since Freenode’s Collapse, Number of Simultaneous Users Globally Around a Third of a Million

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 12:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 249a768218bbf62742a061319e515bca

Summary: About 333,000 simultaneous users in known (to netsplit.de) networks is nothing to sneeze at; contrary to what obituaries and epitaphs want us to believe, IRC hasn’t died and we look at where users have moved to in 2021

THERE are not many sites that keep abreast of IRC. Many wrongly assume that it barely exists anymore, but it has been around for a very long time. As netsplit.de puts it: “Internet Relay Chat (short: IRC) [...] a chat protocol that was developed in 1988 and that’s internationally used for text based communication over the Internet.”

Here’s a list of currently-known networks “in alphabetical order” (Techrights has only just been added, but like many other networks it was “unseen” for a long time).

Based on these known networks alone, the number of users peaks at around third of a million:

IRC totals
Quite steady, quite respectable

“The largest of them that take part in our comparison of IRC networks are contained in the top 100 list,” the page says, “but there are also some IRC networks that are big and run out of competition.”

Well, the collapse of Freenode gave more reasons for many projects to at least consider branching off. I suggested this to the FSF and GNU, but they lacked time and manpower.

“There are 528 known IRC networks listed below,” it currently says, but by using the Wayback Machine we can see that prior to Freenode’s collapse we were only at the 400s. For history’s sake we’re including the screenshots below.

1998

netsplit.de networks survey for 1998

2000

netsplit.de networks survey for 2000

2001

netsplit.de networks survey for 2001

2004

netsplit.de networks survey for 2004

2006

netsplit.de networks survey for 2006

2008

netsplit.de networks survey for 2008

2010

netsplit.de networks survey for 2010

2012

netsplit.de networks survey for 2012

2014

netsplit.de networks survey for 2014

2015

netsplit.de networks survey for 2015

2018

netsplit.de networks survey for 2018

2019

netsplit.de networks survey for 2019

January 2021

netsplit.de networks survey for 2021-jan

February 2021

netsplit.de networks survey for 2021-feb

April 2021

netsplit.de networks survey for 2021-apr

June 2021

netsplit.de networks survey for 2021-jun

July 2021

netsplit.de networks survey for 2021-jul

October 2021

netsplit.de networks survey for 2021-oct

11.19.21

Techrights is for Whistleblowers and Suppressed Information Which Other Sites Refuse (or Are Afraid/Shy) to Publish

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Site News at 11:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 7aa038459e0ccd86155b67511e793914

Summary: We strive to publish material that other sites cannot or would not; our focus is software patents and Free software, but we’re open to anything else in the realms of tech, rights, and law

AT the start of this year we published Intel leaks, some EPO leaks (on the very first day of the year) and right now we do a series about GitHub leaks, refuting revisionism by the mainstream media (parroting Microsoft instead of actually investigating the facts).

What’s particularly interesting about these GitHub leaks is that some mainstream sites turned down the source, for reasons we’ll show in the coming months (we shall also name the culprits). The Web needs a place that’s willing to protect sources and publish what they have to say, even in the face of incredible pressure, including threats. Having successfully published 32,000 blog posts (and retracted not a single one in 15 years; also, no source was compromised) we’re probably well equipped to do more of the same. We’ve made ourselves relatively robust to censorship or takedown requests (related to pressure from hosters, including ‘Clown Computing’ providers).

As people can see in our IRC channels, we shun ClownFlare and aren’t interested in CDNs. They come at a (hidden) cost. In the video above I meant to refer to a company that’s not actually Singaporean but also operates in Singapore (notorious for oppressive Internet censorship). Well, the company I wanted to allude to is Imperva, which is connected to Incapsula and is generally “dodgy” for a number of reasons (many so-called ‘security’ companies are connected to states).

If you have something to send us discreetly, we do have encrypted means of communications, albeit some aren’t publicly advertised (it’s not just PGP, we can do voice as well). Get in touch with us. IRC is typically a good start (direct message or public).

11.18.21

Why We’ve Been Writing More About Software Freedom Lately

Posted in Europe, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Patents at 9:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 3591ba4caf41a7adc93b3cebb10d87d2

Summary: At this moment in time we prepare more parts of ongoing series about the EPO and GitHub (awaiting more feedback and fact-checking of Microsoft affairs); this means we have more of an opportunity to improve the site/capsule and write about Software Freedom

WITH Vista 11 failing at adoption (hence Microsoft keeps quiet about metrics; one needs to turn elsewhere for statistics) and Microsoft boosters openly complaining about bugs and about user-hostile behaviour we’re already staring at a dying operating system or languishing old monopoly, taken not exactly by surprise as many people shift to newer form factors. They just don’t use computers the way they used to…

“…quite a few people are also quite aware of what is happening and threatening to leave for GNU/Linux or actually leaving…”
      –psydruid
“I am quite sure that the main reason for the existence of Vista11 is to push TPM chips into all consumer notebooks and desktops,” an associate noted this morning. “That will then get daisychained to UEFI in Vista12.”

As psydruid put it, “quite a few people are also quite aware of what is happening and threatening to leave for GNU/Linux or actually leaving…” (see links above)

Well, UEFI ‘secure’ boot will give them a harder time; that was the whole point of it.

“At the moment we prepare a bunch of improvements for Gemini.”Moreover, Microsoft is nowadays shamelessly manipulating Windows users and “that was also apparent in the post on Thurrott’s site,” psydruid noted. “Microsoft (and Intel) are going to be experiencing a death by a thousand cuts. Microsoft isn’t going to survive the transition to ARM and RISC-V and the little market share it will still have is going to be eroded the same way it is on x86 [...] it’s just another branch of the battle to bring games to Linux + OpenGL/Vulkan but gaming is often the only reason why people still run Vista at home…”

At the moment the EPO is exceptionally quiet, as I note in the video above, but we have a lot more coming (The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion and Microsoft GitHub Exposé, where we’ve only scratched the surface thus far).

At the moment we prepare a bunch of improvements for Gemini. It helps ensure that Techrights does not depend on the Web more than it needs to.

The EPO’s site remains a source of lies and paranoia. The management at EPOnia is afraid of the media actually investigating things instead of parroting press releases.

RTL Nieuws programme

11.17.21

Video: Getting Off the Web and Away From Mozilla Firefox

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 12:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 24f4bd1a60c0d7e7cca1158d46ac8065

Summary: The Web has gone too far and Mozilla is acting like little but a Microsoft/Google subsidiary; this is why over the past 1+ years we’ve divested and reduced focus on the Web, which for the time being ought to be accessed by community-led projects (Mozilla Corporation doesn’t qualify as one)

FURTHER to our previous post, we thought it would be worthwhile showing in the form of a video the sorts of settings one needs to adjust in LibreWolf after installing it, assuming a smooth migration from Mozilla Firefox is desirable. To be most frank, ultimately it will be a good idea to get off the Web, where possible (or to the extent feasible), in favour of something like Gemini Protocol. When browsers become merely a canvas to throw anything at (even megabytes of JavaScript frameworks with hundreds of net sockets) we’re basically recreating Adobe Trash (Flash), this time with a fake ‘standards’ consortium to usher it in, calling it “open” as if monoculture has legitimacy (all the major browsers are Chromium clones and Firefox is financially connected to Google; it helps give an illusion of fair competition).

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