05.06.21

Europe’s Second-Largest Institution Corrupting the Media and Buying Expensive Puff Pieces

Posted in Deception, Europe, Marketing, Patents at 7:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: As annual reports reveal, the EPO wastes an extraordinary amount of money on reputation laundering campaigns and it pollutes the signal by paying publishers; we examine this issue using the new ‘reports’ shown in the video above

TWO days ago the EPO was kicking off the media manipulation campaigns for European Inventor Award (first wave of several, 6 weeks upfront!) — means by which Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos interject themselves into media puff pieces that portray them as some sort of champions (of science). It’s either laughable or enraging, depends on an examiner’s mood at the time of reading. People who do none of the actual work (neither examination nor discovery) take credit for it all. They serve monopolists and even Microsoft’s patent trolls (e.g. Intellectual Ventures, which is reportedly shaking down European companies with patents like EP 16 94 020, as reported a short while ago).

Is this innovation? As in “European Inventor Award”? Their finalist who was a huge fraud is responsible for patents that are used for trolling French companies looking for solutions to COVID-19. How’s that for “European Inventor Award”?

“It’s nothing to do with celebrating science or promoting science. It’s hardly about patents, either.”We’ve continued observing the ridiculous puff pieces and who’s doing them. Last night we found this press release [1] and several puff pieces [2,3], even outside Europe [4,5], sometimes localised for different audiences/languages.

Surely there’s more to come, with 1.5 months left between now and the webstreams they dub “event” (or other misleading words for grandeur). All that fluff in the media is costing a lot of money and it distracts from corruption; it’s the real reason/motivation. It’s nothing to do with celebrating science or promoting science. It’s hardly about patents, either.

URLs/articles from the video (in order of appearance)

  1. Honoring a Pioneer in Tissue Engineering: Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic Named European Inventor Award 2021 Finalist
  2. London-based entrepreneur who created leather alternative from pineapple leaves nominated for top award
  3. Dublin designer invents pineapple leaf alternative to leather
  4. The European Patent Office Announces Boston-based Microbiologists Kim Lewis and Slava S. Epstein as European Inventor Award 2021 Finalists
  5. EPO announces Indian-American chemist Sumita Mitra as European Inventor Award 2021 finalist

04.09.21

News Sites That Talk About Patents Have Become Shameless Self-Promotion ‘Plugs’ by Law Firms (and Sometimes Outright ‘Spam’ for Litigation)

Posted in Deception, Marketing, Patents at 9:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The sources of news about patent affairs have dried up; sites that actually used to investigate and report facts have since then shut down or defected to the Public Relations/marketing industry

THE PAST 20 years I’ve spent a lot of time reading news sites, with growing focus on patents over time, especially 15 years ago. I grew up on the Web, which was there when I was a teenager. In the early days of the Web (before and during the Netscape days) we’d go to sites like Download.com and News.com (some might know the history of these domains and the ill fate of CNET). There used to be a “golden era” of transition from newspapers to “online news”, except the classifieds sections weren’t quite there, so business models needed to urgently change. In the late 90s and well into the start of the millennium there was still investment (capital) in online news, but with Web monopolies and social control media (over a decade ago) many news sites languished and ebbed away. They never truly came back. IP Kat and Watchtroll were early at the scene, but they too have languished and the founders of both are no longer there. They’re like ‘satellite’ sites with fluff and sometimes clickbait…

Litigation firms now sponsor Patently-O. It even admitted so openly a few weeks ago.

IP Kat and Watchtroll were early at the scene, but they too have languished and the founders of both are no longer there.”It’s saddening to me, it really is…

What works in our favour is that we don’t have a ‘business model’ and we don’t need one. We’re all volunteers fighting the good fight, even in the face of smears and discreditisation campaigns (corporations have attempted to ‘cancel’ us since the site was months old).

The video above is a rant about the lack of media participation in covering EPO abuses. EPO insiders are smart enough to know why this is happening (in the Benoît Battistelli days there was still some media left and some of that same media defected and became a lapdog/censor of António Campinos).

“Same publisher, different agenda.”In part 13 of the current series we’ll show the sorts of puff pieces produced by JUVE for ‘access’ to EPO management. They just never expose EPO abuses anymore. Same publisher, different agenda. The video shows two ‘reports’ from this morning; one from Konstanze Richter and another from Christina Schulze, who once upon a time wrote and even exposed EPO scandals. Now, as we noted in the latest Daily Links, we cannot say anything without insulting or offending both of them. Because this isn’t journalism, it just isn’t. We’ve been filing many more examples in Daily Links (not meriting a whole article about them; there’s really not that much to say) and it’s concerning to see JUVE becoming just another IAM. Will the fate be the same as IPWatch and IPPro Patents? I’ve not seen Barney Dixon online since last year* (some British publisher) and it’s a shame because he actually did some good work and he gave a voice to EPO staff, just like the original ‘Kats’ at IP Kat.
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* To quote this page: “Recent news related to Asset Servicing Times, Captive Insurance Times, Securities Lending Times, IPPro Magazine (Closed December 2019) or IPPro Patents (Closed January 2019)” (all the articles were lost, too).

03.21.21

Almost 100 Pages of Self-Congratulatory Marketing Isn’t a Case of Informing the Administrative Council of the EPO But Misleading It Using Fluff and Buzzwords

Posted in Deception, Europe, Marketing, Microsoft, Patents at 5:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

And pictures like the one below:

EPO IT report

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Summary: The video above quickly runs through nearly 100 pages of self-promotional fluff; the Administrative Council of the EPO, which meets in a few days, is being misled or shamelessly lied to by the Office

YESTERDAY we showed that it is notoriously hard to find documents associated with meetings of the Administrative Council of the EPO, so we’ve made available here a recent document and this addendum (CA/40/20 and CA/40/20 Add. 5, respectively).

“What’s worth noting (and seeing; it’s covered hurriedly in the video above) is how the Office exploits “diversity” (which it is patently lacking) and greenwashing tactics to paint itself as ethical, still pretending to have a real dialogue with the union (SUEPO), misleading about “quality”, and bragging about bribing the media for lots of puff pieces and TV ‘air time’…”They’re both PDF files, outlined as followed:

CA/40/20
Munich, 12.06.2020
SUBJECT: Annual Review 2019
SUBMITTED BY: President of the European Patent Office
ADDRESSEES: Administrative Council (for information)

CA/40/20 Add. 5
Munich, 12.06.2020
SUBJECT: IT Report 2019 – Driving digital transformation
SUBMITTED BY: President of the European Patent Office
ADDRESSEES: Administrative Council (for information)

One can find the original at https://www.epo.org/about-us/annual-reports-statistics/annual-report/2019/deeper-look/it.html but it takes some efforts to locate because the search facility at epo.org is mostly broken (we demonstrated this in a video one day ago). “Some other interesting EPO documents,” as a source noted to us, show just how little the Administrative Council of the EPO is being told about the real situation at the Office. “Two more interesting EPO documents which are publicly available are these ones which contain information about the ongoing “digital transformation” for the information of the Administrative Council…”

Let’s take a look at the part about “IT” (a direct link to “Deeper look at: IT – driving digital transformation” (warning: epo.org link) is possible to reach through navigation menus).

“These documents were submitted to the Administrative Council “for information” in June 2020 by the Office Administration,” a source said. “The “IT Report 2019 – Driving digital transformation” is full of buzzwords like “fasttrack digitalisation”, “IT delivery highway”, “Kubernetes” and “migrating to cloud-native architectures”.”

In the video above (towards the end) we examine key pages.

Page 3 of 19 says:

Accelerating delivery via a new highway
Based on a new reference architecture (Kubernetes), we launched a technical platform for streamlined continuous delivery (an IT delivery “highway”). After building cross-functional teams and improving co-operation with all areas of the EPO, we began to prepare several pilots and create product teams. These initiatives were designed to pave the way for fasttrack digitalisation and paperless solutions for the patent granting process (PGP).

PGP would typically be associated with encryption, but not at the EPO.

Page 4 of 19 says:

Migrating to cloud-native architectures
One of our goals is to simplify our overly-complex application landscape, replacing it with a harmonised, open source IT architecture. We embarked upon this journey in 2019 by beginning to decommission obsolete hardware and software, and roll out state-of-the-art alternatives. Going forward, we intend to decouple from our legacy systems and migrate to cloud-native architectures. This will positively impact information security, lower operating costs and ensure that our key applications are future-ready.

We’ve looked at nearly 100 pages and didn’t see Microsoft mentioned except in relation to Vista 10 and OOXML. The report is long and full of pictures/charts. “But there doesn’t seem to be anything about the issue of GDPR compliance or any attempt to address the potential risks in outsourcing data processing to US-based multinationals like Microsoft,” our source emphasised. “Also the annual audit reports from the Board of Auditors don’t appear to contain any meaningful analysis of these issues. So it seems that the Administrative Council is not being properly briefed about what is happening to the EPO’s infrastructure.”

In the next part (tomorrow) we shall look at more internal documents. What’s worth noting (and seeing; it’s covered hurriedly in the video above) is how the Office exploits “diversity” (which it is patently lacking) and greenwashing tactics to paint itself as ethical, still pretending to have a real dialogue with the union (SUEPO), misleading about “quality”, and bragging about bribing the media for lots of puff pieces and TV ‘air time’…

02.13.21

More Than a Fortnight After Installing Microsoft Surveillance and Keys on Millions of Computers Without Users’ Consent the Spin Comes From the Raspberry Pi Company (via Microsoft)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Marketing, Microsoft at 11:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The Raspberry Pi’s official blog spreads Microsoft lies (openwashing) and marketing propaganda, composed not by Raspberry Pi staff but Microsoft staff; this is a severe crisis of confidence, seeing what was done to the Linux Foundation and OSI (infiltration tactics appear to have paid off, undermining the core mission so as to promote proprietary software and Microsoft monopoly)

The Raspberry Pi people have lost their tongues; they’re now shilling Microsoft’s proprietary software using Microsoft lies, composed by Microsoft itself. If this is their best response after covertly installing Microsoft malware on millions of computers without asking their owners, then they’re destined to become a failure like OLPC, infiltrated by a cult. The video makes me sound louder than I intended to be. A better microphone may be used soon.

02.10.21

The Current Approach Isn’t Working (If the Goal is to Encourage Diversity Rather Than Corporate Public Relations Stunts)

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, Marketing at 9:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Why the current approach of monetary intervention (top-down) has not, in my experience, contributed to greater diversity in Free software communities

THE idea that money will solve every problem overlooks realities long suppressed by those claiming to help (for corporate Public Relations purposes rather than out of real concern). They’re attentive to way to way they seem or look to the public, not racial or gender equality.

“The CoC is a very top-down approach that mostly empowers those at the top — i.e. those who are already in positions of too much power. They seek to make it a taboo subject (too scary to even sceptically debate), using the very same instruments of control they do not wish to be questioned.”Daniel Pocock has just touched this rather sensitive subject and I’ve decided to respond or interject with my personal views, separately, in the form of a video. We previously wrote or published (sometimes on behalf of anonymous ladies) several articles about the lesser-explored aspects of Outreachy [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. My views are largely shared by my wife, who worked hard to graduate with a Computer Science degree, uses GNU/Linux (Debian with KDE), and works in the profession that she studies not because of corporate sponsorship but because of all the hard work.

People in power are still white and male. They don’t intend to let go or loosen their power any time soon, they just use “tokens”…

Biden McCain: Power Defends PowerMy personal view is that many who tutor in Outreachy are good and well-meaning people, but in order to really increase diversity we need to explore other ways. As Pocock rightly notes, the CoC isn’t the way. In my experience, it mostly fosters censorship by large corporations, not women’s participation. Misogyny is a real issue and it exists in both corporations and communities. The CoC is a very top-down approach that mostly empowers those at the top — i.e. those who are already in positions of too much power. They seek to make it a taboo subject (too scary to even sceptically debate), using the very same instruments of control they do not wish to be questioned.

02.09.21

The Foundation of Shame

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Marketing, Microsoft at 7:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Jim Zemlin in tuxedo
Photo credit: The Linux Foundation

Summary: The term “foundation” is being corrupted to the point where ‘non-profit’ (but actually for-profit) entities promote bad practices, monopolies, and openwashing of truly awful and oppressive things

THE sister site of ZDNet, TechRepublic, not only spreads Microsoft propaganda about the Raspberry Pi Foundation this week (yesterday). It employs longtime Microsoft moles and constantly spreads Microsoft propaganda and Linux Foundation propaganda, which is in turn linked to Microsoft’s. There’s just a marketing company behind it; it’s not a news site! But this rant isn’t about TechRepublic itself.

Last night I saw a worrying TechRepublic puff piece by someone whose name I never saw before, openwashing autocratic tools (‘vaccine passports’) devised by patent profiteers to blackmail people into buying their experimental prototypes (products), threatening punishment or retaliation in spite of variants/strains that make such “passports” nowhere as meaningful as actual tests (as is already done at airports). The title was “Open source ‘vaccine passports:’ Linux Foundation Public Health talks development, security, and digitally restoring trust”. My wife and I are pro-vaccination, but this infuriated both of us (myself last night and her this morning) for two reason: 1) the Linux Foundation is clearly misusing the name “Linux”. 2) those “passports” aren’t the solution and they mostly help Microsoft’s co-founder. In my wife’s view, this is another way Microsoft advances its agenda through the Linux Foundation (it has long been stated in the news that Microsoft wants to manage those “passports”) and the “contact-tracing” tools the Linux Foundation put its name behind had been outsourced to Microsoft’s proprietary software trap (GitHub). Not to even mention Gates’ stake in patents on vaccines [1, 2, 3].

“In my wife’s view, this is another way Microsoft advances its agenda through the Linux Foundation (it has long been stated in the news that Microsoft wants to manage those “passports”) and the “contact-tracing” tools the Linux Foundation put its name behind had been outsourced to Microsoft’s proprietary software trap (GitHub).”Whether you support those “passports” or not (what next? A “passport” to enter a building? A store? “Passports” for leaving one’s own apartment?), Linux as a brand has no place in “passports”. It’s bad enough that in the name of “Linux” they’re monopolising Web site trust and outsourcing both their own Web site and the project code to proprietary software of Microsoft [1, 2].

This institution has become "Stalin's dream" and people like my wife, who were only introduced to “Linux” one decade ago, already resent the brand, or at least the foundation (Torvalds’ employer).

Microsoft recently did similar things at the Raspberry Pi Foundation and since we’ve mentioned attempts to interject Rust (GitHub-controlled, not only for code) into Linux how about news from yesterday about a new thing called the Rust Foundation [1-4]? It was announced by Daniel Nazer from the EFF (where he used to combat “bad” patents such as software patents). He left the EFF to join Mozilla some 1-2 years ago and he does not mention that Microsoft is in the Board of the Rust Foundation [1]. The official announcement [4] calls Microsoft a “Founding member company,” reaffirming our suspicion about the direction of Rust.

“There are meanwhile more dodgy foundations being formed, where Microsoft sits on the board and all the code — not to mention newsletters and meeting minutes — are being outsourced entirely to Microsoft’s proprietary software monopoly.”So, in short, the “Linux” brand is now being used for privacy-violating (and pointless) contact-tracing, which we now know was grossly misused, mishandled and put in the hands of bad actors in direct violation of promises made to those choosing to participate (there were many press reports about it). That same “Linux” brand is also used for openwashing of so-called ‘vaccine passports’, painting with the “Linux” (or “ethical”) brush a threat to a decent society, never mind if such ‘vaccine passports’ are pretty useless anyway (there’s still hardly any data about efficacy of such vaccines).

There are meanwhile more dodgy foundations being formed, where Microsoft sits on the board and all the code — not to mention newsletters and meeting minutes — are being outsourced entirely to Microsoft’s proprietary software monopoly. You need to sign up with Microsoft to participate. Be sure to check who leads OpenJS, which is also linked to OSI and the Linux Foundation. This is how full-time Microsoft employees become the bosses of Torvalds.

Maybe all those foundation will end up just as corrupt as the Gates Foundation.

References (Rust Foundation):

  1. Mozilla Welcomes the Rust Foundation

    Today Mozilla is thrilled to join the Rust community in announcing the formation of the Rust Foundation. The Rust Foundation will be the home of the popular Rust programming language that began within Mozilla. Rust has long been bigger than just a Mozilla project and today’s announcement is the culmination of many years of community building and collaboration. Mozilla is pleased to be a founding Platinum Sponsor of the Rust Foundation and looks forward to working with it to help Rust continue to grow and prosper.

    Rust is an open-source programming language focused on safety, speed and concurrency. It started life as a side project in Mozilla Research. Back in 2010, Graydon Hoare presented work on something he hoped would become a “slightly less annoying” programming language that could deliver better memory safety and more concurrency. Within a few years, Rust had grown into a project with an independent governance structure and contributions from inside and outside Mozilla. In 2015, the Rust project announced the first stable release, Rust 1.0.

  2. The Rust language gets a foundation

    The newly formed Rust Foundation has announced its existence.

  3. Rust Foundation Established To Steward The Rust Programming Language

    Mozilla has been sponsoring the Rust programming language for more than a decade while in 2020 as part of Mozilla’s big round of layoffs most of the Rust team was let go along with dropping the Servo web engine team. Following that plans were drafted to create the Rust Foundation as an independent entity.

  4. Hello World!

    Today, on behalf of the Rust Core team, I’m excited to announce the Rust Foundation, a new independent non-profit organization to steward the Rust programming language and ecosystem, with a unique focus on supporting the set of maintainers that govern and develop the project. The Rust Foundation will hold its first board meeting tomorrow, February 9th, at 4pm CT. The board of directors is composed of 5 directors from our Founding member companies, AWS, Huawei, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla, as well as 5 directors from project leadership, 2 representing the Core Team, as well as 3 project areas: Reliability, Quality, and Collaboration.

02.07.21

Hey Hi (AI) is Pure Hype and It Deserves Scorn, Even Outright Ridicule, When Media and Patent Offices Misuse the Buzzwords

Posted in Deception, Europe, Marketing, Patents at 8:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The above video got cut midway due to a software crash (rare, albeit an ongoing problem); but it talks about my experience with so-called ‘Hey Hi’… decades before it became a media/PR darling (and then a propaganda term to be misused by patent offices to grant software patents)

THE media keeps talking about ‘Hey Hi’ as if some “revolution” (or “4IR”, basically yet another buzzword) suddenly occurred a few years ago, despite hardware development slowing down in terms of computer capacity increases on a relative scale (the law called after Mr. Moore is outdated if not altogether dead, unlike him).

“There are no “AI patents”; there are just software patents.”Seeing that the media hype or the 'bubble' (akin to Clown Computing) is being misused to attack the software profession (in the patent realm and beyond) I’ve come to the conclusion that ridicule and humour are needed to stifle the propagandists.

Gordon MooreThe video got chopped and ruined. I could not salvage it. It talks about my old experiences with ‘Hey Hi’ before any of us called it that (the patent maximalists moreover adopted buzzwords like "life science/s" years later, sometimes in order to sneakily push for patents on life and nature). Research I did back then revolved around what media would nowadays (but not back then) call “Hey Hi” (AI). Why should we tolerate unscientific autocrats like Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos at the EPO name-dropping these nonsensical (if not utterly meaningless) phrases to justify granting patents on just about everything conceivable? There are no “AI patents”; there are just software patents.

Photo credit (photograph of Gordon Moore): Work by Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA – Moore Fish, CC BY 2.0.

01.25.21

The Linux Foundation, With Over 124 Million Dollars in Annual Revenue, is in Trouble Because of the Pandemic, So It’s Trying to Reinvent Itself as Training and Certifications Outfit

Posted in Finance, Marketing at 2:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Sometimes leveraging ethnic minorities for marketing

Linux Foundation $124,492,699 in revenue

Summary: With mountains of cash and a Public Relations (PR) or marketing business model the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation became reliant on travel, lodging, booths and speeches on sale; COVID-19 is a great risk to that business model

THE Linux Foundation operated at a loss in 2018 because it had been paying out outrageous salaries, exceeding what revenue permitted. The revenue was nearly $100 million at the time and as the screenshot above shows it grew to $124,492,699 in revenue the following year (IRS filing not easy to fetch yet).

Back when we studied the latest available filing we saw this:

Linux Foundation conferences

Here’s the bit about overspending to the point of being cashflow negative 2 years ago:

Linux Foundation losses

Aside from corporate bribes (even from the likes of Microsoft), the Foundation raises a lot of money from the marketing activities, which include events. But COVID-19 has pretty much grounded all that activity, which means that some people at the Foundation no longer have a job (or barely have anything to do, except maybe sign up for some Zoom account). This is really hurting the Foundation, which is why it’s turning Linux.com into a marketing/spam site of its training/certifications business. Yes, business. It was never really a non-profit…

“Given that this is the sort of thing that the Foundation increasingly does (running Windows sites and using “Macs” for reports about Linux), it would not be too devastating to lose the Foundation, only to see it replaced by something (hopefully) better.”It seems possible that many inside the Foundation will need to take a considerable paycut for 2020. The Foundation still has a mountain of money in the bank, but it cannot carry on losing money forever.

For those who haven’t paid enough attention, the Foundation does not really support Linux. It supports surveillance and openwashing; it supports whatever agenda corporations pay it to promote, even proprietary software. Yesterday Phoronix said that the Foundation has a new “mentorship” programme. If you try to apply for this mentorship you are asked to log in with one of: 1) Microsoft (GitHub) 2) Microsoft (LinkedIn) 3) Google 4) Facebook. Given that this is the sort of thing that the Foundation increasingly does (running Windows sites and using "Macs" for reports about Linux), it would not be too devastating to lose the Foundation, only to see it replaced by something (hopefully) better.

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