05.14.22

Elon Musk is Right About Twitter Faking Its Importance and Using Doctored, Manipulated ‘Stats’ (or Bots) to Boost Valuation Based on Lies

Posted in Deception, Fraud at 7:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This is fraud (they defraud several parties here)

March 13; I quit Twitter start of March; I have posted anything in a month!!; Musk enters Twitter, then offers to buy; SEC investigation; Musk walks away as traffic is fake
Notice how suddenly the number of impression quadrupled for no reason at all (as I noted at the time) and stayed at that level until the blunder reached the press (plus the SEC investigation)

Summary: Today’s empirical proof that Twitter is totally faking its relevance and reach/influence, based on “Analytics” of my long-inactive account; the SEC will once again — quite likely as usual — let Musk get away with it, killing a company for personal gain as a temporary shareholder who amassed a ton of free publicity (he paid nothing at all and sent the company into a death spiral, pretty much in the same way Microsoft and Icahn did Yahoo! or Microsoft and Elop did Nokia)

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Elon Musk Smoking Weed: Embrace; Extend; Extinguish

05.03.22

Financialization of the EPO Will Doom Europe’s Largest Patent Office

Posted in Europe, Finance, Fraud, Patents at 2:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Is the EPO an investment bank
Busy turning the Office into a “24/7″ “day and night” bank, working around the clock and treating monopolies as products

Summary: The EPO is being killed off and effectively sold by Benoît Battistelli and his close friend António Campinos, who comes from a rogue banking sector; they’ve lowered the legitimacy of patents very considerably (now they pursue a court system which would/can allow European software patents) as well as the quality of examination/examiners because it’s more profitable to just allow everything

LAST year we noted and quoted that “[t]he EPO is wasting money on stock market gambling,” having spoken to another person who further asserted that “they start to bring in more money through gambling than through the normal work activities. At that point the normal work activities become a charade at best, so they can pretend that they are active in a particular field of endeavor. More often the normal work activities just get in the way of the gambling so in response any staff still involved in normal work activities get fired in one way or another.”

“They pretend things are improving, even as they rapidly get a lot worse and slip out of hand (or tongue).”Remember that the EPO is gradually being privatised (even outsourced to Belarus, way outside the EPO and outside the EU) and eventually treated like a for-profit corporation; see the job titles in today's top-level management of the EPO. Suffice to say, the quality of work/workers/service is deliberately lowered for the sake of “profits” and of course part of that is just lying about “customer experience” etc.

They pretend things are improving, even as they rapidly get a lot worse and slip out of hand (or tongue). These are not public servants but self-serving autocrats.

As our associate put it today, “the privatisation scam is hitting the EPO, soon they will move to financialization and patents won’t even be a charade/fascade, they will simply spend all their time and money “investing” in stocks all the while declaring themselves a patent office.”

See the paper “Beware Financialization, Attractive and Dangerous, but Mostly Dangerous” by Donald Tomaskovic-Devey.

Beware Financialization, Attractive and Dangerous, but Mostly Dangerous

05.01.22

From Belarus With Love — Part IX: The End of “Peaceful Coexistence”?

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 5:43 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. From Belarus With Love — Part I: Schizophrenic EPO Policy
  2. From Belarus With Love — Part II: “Techwashing” an Autocratic Regime?
  3. From Belarus With Love — Part III: Apps From the Dictatorship
  4. From Belarus With Love — Part IV: “Software from Minsk” via Gilching and Rijswijk
  5. From Belarus With Love — Part V: From Start-Up to Success Story…
  6. From Belarus With Love — Part VI: “Big Daddy” Hammers the Opposition…
  7. From Belarus With Love — Part VII: The Post-Election Crackdown
  8. From Belarus With Love — Part VIII: “Seoul in the Centre of Pyongyang”
  9. YOU ARE HERE ☞ The End of “Peaceful Coexistence”

Belarusian IT protest banner
The Belarusian IT sector played a significant role in the events of 2020 which ended its “peaceful co-existence” with the country’s autocratic political establishment.

Summary: We continue to explore the affairs of the Belarusian ‘science park’ in Minsk, where EPO President Benoît Battistelli sent parts of the EPO (while António Campinos pretends that the EPO is cutting relations with Belarus)

Sor many years, there was a tacit unwritten contract between the Lukashenko regime and the burgeoning Belarus IT sector: “We do not touch you, and you do not meddle in politics”.

However, this “gentlemen’s agreement” fell apart in 2020 as the IT sector began to play a key role in the collective efforts to challenge “Batka” and his autocratic form of government.

Things kicked off in May 2020 with an announcement by the founder and former head of the HTP, Valery Tsepkalo, that he intended to run for President. IT specialists played an active role in Tsepkalo’s campaign and also in the campaign of another aspiring candidate, Viktar Babaryka.

Valery-Tsepkalo
Valery Tsepkalo founder and former head of the HPT tried to stand against Lukashenko in the 2020 Presidential elections but his nomination was rejected and he was forced into exile.

During the run-up to the election, concerns about voting falsification by the government-controlled Central Electoral Commission inspired a team of 40 volunteers led by Pavel Liber to develop the online platform Golos (“Voice”) as an alternative vote-counting mechanism.

“Liber, a senior director of software engineering at EPAM Systems, had to leave Belarus for Ukraine for his own safety and a number of Golos volunteers ended up in detention.”Together with similar initiatives, such as Babaryka’s Chesniya Lyudzi (Honest People) and Zubr (“Bison”), these activists were able to expose serious discrepancies in the official results and show that Lukashenko’s claimed 80% share of the vote was grossly inflated. Liber, a senior director of software engineering at EPAM Systems, had to leave Belarus for Ukraine for his own safety and a number of Golos volunteers ended up in detention.

Pavel Liber
Pavel Liber, a senior director of software engineering at EPAM Systems, led the team of volunteers behind the online platform Golos which helped to expose serious irregularities in the 2020 Presidential election.

After the election, many IT specialists took part in the mass protest actions. As independent experts, they were not afraid of losing their jobs. They were protesting, not for a crust of bread, but in the name of civil rights and European values and in opposition to the authoritarian state which had deprived them of a genuine right to vote.

“They were protesting, not for a crust of bread, but in the name of civil rights and European values and in opposition to the authoritarian state which had deprived them of a genuine right to vote.”In response, the regime started shutting off the Internet every day at around 7p.m. as the street protests started in order to prevent the crowds from co-ordinating via social media.

As the authorities resorted to brute force measures to crush the protests, some 300 CEOs of IT companies based in Belarus threatened to move their business out of the country if the government did not put a stop to the violent repression and allow for a new election to be held.

The list included CEOs who had been previously been reliably loyal to the regime, such as Arkady Dobkin, the CEO of EPAM Systems, and Viktor Prokopenya, the founder of software development company Viaden Media.

Meanwhile, many IT specialists volunteered for the various solidarity funds set up to help the victims of state violence. A number of solidarity actions were initiated by individuals based at the HTP.

For example, Mikita Mikado, the co-founder of PandaDoc, set up an initiative called ProtectBelarus offering financial aid and re-training in the tech industry for police officers who had decided to disobey orders to beat and torture protesters. In retaliation, the company offices of PandaDoc in Minsk were raided by the police and a number of senior employees were arrested.

“However, the unrestrained brutality of the post-election crackdown meant that the efforts to oust Lukashenko were ultimately doomed to failure. The opposition was crushed and its leaders either ended up in jail or in exile abroad.”Over at EPAM Systems, the senior vice-president, Makism Bogretsov, went on leave from the company to join the National Coordination Council, an opposition structure created by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and her supporters to coordinate a peaceful transfer of power.

For a brief moment, some foreign observers speculated that Lukashenko could be facing a “Ceauşescu moment”, and that he might end up being deposed like the former Romanian tyrant who was toppled amid intense civil unrest back in 1989.

However, the unrestrained brutality of the post-election crackdown meant that the efforts to oust Lukashenko were ultimately doomed to failure. The opposition was crushed and its leaders either ended up in jail or in exile abroad.

In the next part, we will see how the post-election crackdown impacted on the IT sector and led to a massive “brain drain” to other countries in the region.

04.26.22

EPO ‘IT’ Systems: “Software from Minsk” or “Spyware from Microsoft”?

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Microsoft, Patents at 3:48 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 3989adeb01d4fd669f2448c85ece8e94
Microsoft Proxies in Belarus?
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: As we’re beginning to see, the EPO’s connections to rogue companies (or shells/proxies/satellites) operating under rogue regimes (like the EPO’s own) lead us to Microsoft, as usual (Microsoft is the world's champion of crime)

THE VIDEO above was recorded just before it became very noisy outside (the match is still going on at the time of writing this post). It’s meant to explain a bunch of things about the latest part in the ongoing series (see Part I, Part II, Part II, and Part IV) because tomorrow, in Part V, we’ll look even more closely at the firm which the EPO outsources work to (rumours suggest this is why the EPO sent its data to Microsoft).

“Microsoft is as reliant today as it was back there on cheating, corruption, infiltration, blackmail, and graft.”The crisis of the EPO is a crisis of corruption. With corrupt officials like Benoît Battistelli and a culture of overt nepotism (António Campinos is a part of that) one can expect cover-up and perpetual deflection. The EPO will never repair itself; outside intervention is urgently and desperately needed, but the media has been complicit in its silence.

When we started covering the EPO so closely (looking deep inside the belly of the beast since 2014) we didn’t realise we’d stumble upon quite so many Microsoft scandals. As pointed out in the video above, Microsoft was always been a subject of interest to us, as it signed a patent collusion (“deal”) with Novell way back in 2006. Microsoft is as reliant today as it was back then on cheating, corruption, infiltration, blackmail, and graft.

Check out this new article This too is corruption. Biden is in effect giving Microsoft a bailout (at taxpayers’ expense). Just like Trump did several times…

From Belarus With Love — Part IV: “Software from Minsk” via Gilching and Rijswijk

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 12:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. From Belarus With Love — Part I: Schizophrenic EPO Policy
  2. From Belarus With Love — Part II: “Techwashing” an Autocratic Regime?
  3. From Belarus With Love — Part III: Apps From the Dictatorship
  4. YOU ARE HERE“Software from Minsk” via Gilching and Rijswijk

Organisational structure of SaM Group
The organisational structure of the SaM group.

Summary: The story of how EPO ‘hooked up’ with Belarus (Team Battistelli arranged for contracts through shadowy proxies), later resulting in the illegal outsourcing of EPO operations to Microsoft, which relies on a lot of corruption going unnoticed and/or unpunished

As we mentioned in the opening article of this series, SaM stands for “Software aus Minsk”, a German moniker meaning “Software from Minsk”.

But as one of the company’s founders, Andrej Bakhirev, told Wirtschaftswoche back in 2011:

“It’s important to our customers that they work with a German company rather than a Belarusian one.”

Management of SaM Group
The management of the SaM group led by Chairman Andrei Bakhirev and CEO Pavel Khovrenkov.

“Despite being officially headquartered in Gilching in Bavaria most of the company’s employees actually work at the company’s main “delivery center”, located at 15 Filimonova Street in Minsk, close to the Belarus High Technologies Park (HTP).”So it is not surprising that the “corporate headquarters” of the SaM group is in Gilching, a provincial Bavarian village, located within the functional urban area of Munich.

The current address of the company’s HQ is listed on its website as Römerstrasse 32 in Gilching.

According to the company register in Germany, SaM Holding GmbH was previously registered under the number HRB 118260 with the following address:

Am Bahnhof 4a, 82205 München – West (Gilching).

Gilching's SaM group
The corporate HQ of the SaM group used to be located in a building beside the train station in Gilching, near the Bavarian capital Munich. The HQ recently relocated to a new address in Gilching at Römerstrasse 32.

Despite being officially headquartered in Gilching in Bavaria most of the company’s employees actually work at the company’s main “delivery center”, located at 15 Filimonova Street in Minsk, close to the Belarus High Technologies Park (HTP).

SaM Solutions in Minsk
SaM Solutions “delivery center” at 15 Filimonova Street in Minsk.

Although SaM’s “delivery center” is not directly located on the grounds of the HTP, the company has been registered as a “HTP resident” since 2006 and consequently it benefits from the HTP’s special “exterritorial” tax regime.

“Although SaM’s “delivery center” is not directly located on the grounds of the HTP, the company has been registered as a “HTP resident” since 2006 and consequently it benefits from the HTP’s special “exterritorial” tax regime.”Because the EPO’s core in-house data processing facilities are mostly located in its Netherlands branch office in Rijswijk, SaM’s Dutch subsidiary – SaM Solutions BV – has played a key role in the group’s EPO-related business.

As far as is known, project manager responsible for this area of SaM’s activities is a guy by the name of Alexander Khval.

Alexander Khval
Alexander Khval, reputed to be the project manager responsible for SaM’s EPO-related activities in the Netherlands

According to the company register in the Netherlands SaM Solutions BV is registered under the number 34350956 with an address at Pauwhof 135 in a residential area of the municipality of Rijswijk, adjacent to the Hague. Postcode: 2289 BL

SaM's Dutch subsidiary
SaM’s Dutch subsidiary is located at Pauwhof 135 in a residential area of Rijswijk.

SaM Solutions has been a certified Microsoft partner since 2002 and more recently it has been heavily involved in promoting cloud-based “solutions”. It is rumoured to have played a key role in the EPO’s recent controversial "cloud migration" project overseen by Vice-President Steve Rowan.

SaM Solutions as Microsoft partner
SaM Solutions has been a certified Microsoft partner since 2002 and is rumoured to have played a key role in the EPO’s recent controversial "cloud migration" project.

In the next part, we shall see how the founders of the SaM group received significant assistance from Germany during the company’s start-up phase.

Belarus and EPO
Belarus and EPO: Not as distanced as António Campinos wants you to believe… and possibly a conduit of Microsoft corruption/illegal activities in Europe

04.02.22

Microsoft Crime: A Week Later No Investigation Launched, No Microsoft Executives Prosecuted, Nobody Phoned the Police, Not Even a Slap on the Wrist

Posted in Fraud, Microsoft at 8:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Will Smith slaps Nadella

Microsoft crime

Microsoft crime

Microsoft crime

Microsoft crime

Microsoft crime

Microsoft crime

Summary: In the so-called ‘free market’, Microsoft crime simply pays off and there's an incentive to engage in corruption (even in the future)

03.31.22

[Meme] In Just a Few Years António Campinos is Undoing Decades of His Father’s Legacy

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Patents at 8:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Corruption, nepotism, imperialism. Jorge must turn in his grave.

I am the president; Of the EPO? No, that's for racist corrupt officials
António Campinos is no president; he wasn't even elected, he just cheated

Summary: Frenchman Campinos perpetuates a legacy of colonialism; if his father Jorge was still alive, António would likely be yelled at

Diversity?????
Campinos has already begun pursuing extension of his term. See how diverse the EPO is? Almost 40 nations, French presidents for a quarter of a century.

03.25.22

Microsoft Still Run by Criminals, as It Fundamentally Relies on Crimes

Posted in Fraud, Microsoft at 8:33 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Corruption at Microsoft
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Microsoft knows no way other than crime; or, as I put it hours ago, “Microsoft [is] Run by Criminals, Who Expel Those Who Don’t Participate in the Crimes”

Is Microsoft just organised crime in “software” clothing? In my experience, it is something close to that. Consider the company's roots.

The reports from the video above can be found here (there will likely be followups/additions in this page) and they come almost exactly a year after the series about Microsoft’s EPO contract, which was likely as corrupt as the EPO itself. Notice how, inside the media, they pretend it has nothing to do with them! They trot out shamless liars who speak to the media; it’s their job to lie and reports suggest that even the SEC is complicit. It has spent decades turning a blind eye to Microsoft corruption. They rarely get fined, so it pays off for them to carry on with the crime. By bribing the media (e.g. advertising money for publishers) they discourage reporting on the matter; so the reputation/perceptual harm is also minimal.

“By bribing the media (e.g. advertising money for publishers) they discourage reporting on the matter; so the reputation/perceptual harm is also minimal.”Since we have some Microsoft whistleblowers speaking to us (and occasionally writing here) we can understand some of them going to Microsoft ‘by mistake’. They don’t know what they’re getting into, so there’s ‘culture shock’ for those who are accustomed to basic ethics. They either leave of get expelled for not blending in with the culture of corruption.

We previously saw Microsoft corruption undermining a GNU/Linux contract in Nigeria, OEMs’ adoption of GNU/Linux in netbooks, Walmart's GNU/Linux, and so much more…

Microsoft is moreover bribing to silence critics, so the criminals who run Microsoft operate no better than the Mafia. They’re even AstroTurfing to demonise their critics and censor them to the extent feasible (e.g. in GitHub). Jim Zemlin (Linux Foundation), OSI and all those Microsoft apologists are partners in crime. They participate in the crime by bagging money to keep quiet and/or help Microsoft.

“One can only hope it’ll become widespread knowledge that Microsoft does this; one can at best pray that governments will actually start prosecuting Microsoft executives. If none of them is ever sentenced to prison, that’s a green light for them to carry on.”Generally speaking, Microsoft has always been organised crime. Nothing has ever changed. The cover-up became more extensive (even the SEC itself isn’t intervening), so it’s easy to forget what’s really going on behind the scenes. Bill Gates himself bribes so much of the media and spikes negative stories about Microsoft and about himself.

One can only hope it’ll become widespread knowledge that Microsoft does this; one can at best pray that governments will actually start prosecuting Microsoft executives. If none of them is ever sentenced to prison, that’s a green light for them to carry on.

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