Microsoft is the Problem, Not the Solution

Posted in Deception, FUD, Microsoft, Security at 2:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Microsoft Concern-Trolling on Security
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Summary: The media is doing anything it can to suppress discussion about the national or international security crisis caused by Microsoft; instead, some publishers go as far as lionising Microsoft, portraying it as the ‘Jesus’ of computer security

THE VIDEO above concerns the concern-trolling by Microsoft et al, including Jim Zemlin (Linux Foundation) idolising the practices of the NSA's back doors partner as if Microsoft and security can be uttered in the same sentence (with a straight face). Microsoft and security are polar opposites and there’s ample literature explaining why.

Under the guise of “national security” Microsoft lobbyists are pursuing legislation that marginalises Free software in the US and EU. This is no laughing matter, it’s just regrettable that what’s left of “the media” does not pay attention and instead participates in the FUD campaign (with misleading and loaded terms like "supply chain").

“Microsoft and security are polar opposites and there’s ample literature explaining why.”The video shows the typical chorus from SANS (as of late), weaponising very old news (almost 12 months old!) to divert attention away from the biggest culprits, including back doors, ransomware, and so on (predominantly Windows issues).

As of this week, the Microsoft-connected media has the typical audacity to also portray Microsoft as a security expert when in fact dealing with antiquated software. As an associate of ours explains, “a) Boa was discontinued in 2005, the problem is not “open source software” b) [it's ludicrous that] Microsoft [is] posing as an authority on anything” (including security and “open source”).

The video above goes through these stories and ends with one from our latest Daily Links that said:

Although the Boa web server has been discontinued back in 2005, a lot of businesses still continue to use the same. Companies continue to use Boa web servers as it is bundled in the software development kit (SDKs) of a product. However, according to the latest report from Microsoft, Boa web server comes with potential risks and it is easy for [attackers] to [breach] these services. More importantly, Microsoft’s research showed that Indian power companies have faced several attacks because of the web server.

Do we need “Microsoft’s research” to know that running software discontinued more than 17 years ago is not a good idea? This is a symptom of undermined if not deeply corrupted media.

GNU Emacs Pointing to Microsoft Servers With Microsoft Ads (Spying) and Other Brainwash

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 12:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Emacs and Microsoft Issue
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Summary: An attempt to study another Gemini client resulted in a disturbing revelation; Unless something went very wrong, it seems like GNU Emacs doesn’t exercise caution with users’ privacy; it leaks out information to Microsoft in its Web browser mode

IT WOULD BE lovely to be proven wrong and nothing would please me more than realising I had done something wrong (before I recorded this video), but on the face of it DuckDuckGo is wired into Debian’s build of GNU Emacs. Well, maybe specific to this distro and version of it, but maybe the settings come from the ‘upstream’ package, just like qutebrowser in Debian 10. Does GNU not understand that DuckDuckGo means Microsoft servers serving Microsoft “results” (censorship) and ads while leaking users’ data to Microsoft? That’s what has been happening for over a decade; it’s hardly news that DuckDuckGo is a de facto Microsoft proxy.

“GNU Emacs is like the crown jewel of GNU or at least of Richard Stallman (it predates the GNU Project).”The video above concerns Elpher, which I still study for an impending review. It’s just that I lost interest in Emacs the moment I saw Microsoft in it.

GNU Emacs is like the crown jewel of GNU or at least of Richard Stallman (it predates the GNU Project). Sending users’ activity to Microsoft is very antithetical, hence a breach of trust. I first used Emacs more than 20 years ago (for coding); back then it didn’t attempt to integrate a Web browser.

gopher/gemini client in gnu emacs in debian 11
Does not respect your privacy

Legislating Against Free Software in the United States and in Europe, Thanks to Lobbying by Microsoft et al

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, Law, Microsoft, Security at 12:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Microsoft Lobbying Against Software Freedom
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Summary: There’s legislation that would discriminate against Free software, boosted by Microsoft and its creeping interests, which include the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation (a force of corporate occupation against the GNU/Linux community and its collective interests*)

About a year ago Dr. Andy Farnell explained how companies like Microsoft had worked to privatise the Commons, e.g. hoarding Free software in sites like GitHub (proprietary) and then censoring, plagiarising etc. in the interests of “core infrastructure” etc. They tell us they’re protecting us while stealing from us and denying basic freedom in the digital realm. They tell us we must give up control in the interest of “security” and let ‘responsible’ companies like Microsoft manage us. Noticing a recurring theme here?

Remember this is the company that uses crimes to impose proprietary software on people — software that already has (partly-hidden) back doors in it — ones that cannot be detected easily or removed. Microsoft is not people’s boss, but it might feel like it can boss politicians, even outside the United States. Hence this legislation in the US, which can now be seen (similar shades) in the EU.

Yesterday this new episode of “Enterprise Linux Security” was published to say: “Supply chain attacks in open source software projects are a real possibility. In fact, we’ve covered actual incidents in previous episodes of this podcast. In this episode, Jay and Joao discuss developing legislation that will require the components within open source projects to be a part of a bill of materials (among other requirements).”

But the malware is sent from Microsoft (GitHub/NPM) most of the time. Shouldn’t this "supply chain" be taken out of the hands of Microsoft and the NSA?

Meanwhile, here in Europe the NLnet Labs team is warning that “the proposed Cyber Resilience Act” would work against Free software (which NLnet supports). This refers to this old (15 September 2022) proposal which claims it “bolsters cybersecurity rules to ensure more secure hardware and software products.”

The consultation is now closed and the very top shows a Microsoft front group, “ACT | The App Association (Belgium)” [sic] under “Public consultation … Feedback and consultation period 16 March 2022 – 25 May 2022″ (finished half a year ago).

One reader has asked, “where the fuck is the EFF on this?”

Well, EFF has been busy attacking the father of Free software, defaming him while promoting Microsoft's surveillance.
* The ‘Linux’ Foundation does not speak for GNU/Linux users but for antagonistic, sometimes outright hostile, corporations that look to undermine software freedom, promoting fake security that in effect means corporations control the community and hijack the narrative [1, 2].


France Shows Leadership in Banning Microsoft Office 360 and Gulag Workplace

Posted in Europe, Free/Libre Software, Google, Microsoft at 2:19 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Protecting Children From Foreign Espionage
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Summary: The French ministry responsible for education has come to accept that spying operations of the United States have no place in French schools, no matter the alleged “cost”

THE very large nation of France, one of the most economically potent countries in Europe, is rejecting what was supposed to be rejected right from the get-go. It’s a big blow for surveillance ambitions of the United States and one can hope France will prioritise Free software, not just something “domestic” (it can be both). Dr. Andy Farnell wrote about this weeks ago. He had witnessed the same problem (firsthand experience) in the UK.

Quite a few articles in English can be found about this, but a lot more are in French and some were included in our Daily Links several days ago. The short story is, Microsoft Office 365 and Google Workspace are banned for use in schools. Why stop there? Why only schools? The subject is discussed further in the above video.

Reddit is a Corporate Clique of Censorship and Perception Manipulation

Posted in BSD, Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 11:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Reddit Is Not What It Claims
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Summary: Reddit is mistaken by a lot of people for a “social” place where every ordinary person can share news and views; nothing could be further from the truth

THE issues associated with Reddit have been covered here many times before. Among them: last month's comment on censorship and deceit in Reddit, Microsoft AstroTurfers in Reddit, and covert censorship on Reddit even 7+ years ago.

Reddit isn’t an extension of reality but a filter. It actively suppresses certain points of view on behalf of paying clients such as Microsoft and Bill Gates. It also posthumously exploits Aaron Swartz by lying about him.

“Reddit isn’t an extension of reality but a filter.”Someone has noted that people oughtn’t “use Reddit for Linux or BSD related questions”. This was quite a few months ago and “[t]his is not unique to Reddit,” insists the author, “but it generally relates to many social [sic] places on the Internet, specifically those with point based voting. By the very nature by which these point based places work, they not only attract, but often nurture the most hollow and miserable people. Reddit and other places like it are often toxic and superfluous.”

Perception manipulation or Perception Management (pseudo-technical term) is what’s sooner or later becoming the business model.

All social control media is inherently toxic and undesirable. Later on today we’ll publish another article and video about the antisocial TikTok — a network of exploitation that took such things to new levels.


Open Source Initiative (OSI) Adds Mozilla and ‘Linux’ Foundation to Its Microsoft-Funded Attack on the GPL/Copyleft

Posted in Deception, GPL, Microsoft, OSI at 3:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Earlier this month: Open Source Initiative (OSI) Continues to Cover Up for Microsoft’s GPL Violation Machine (Spiced Up as ‘HI’)

Moments ago:

Sponsored by Microsoft, which uses 'AI' as a ploy to profit from GPL violations
And not too shockingly, OSI and ‘Linux’ Foundation nowadays get promoted by many of the same people who promote Microsoft. Not a coincidence at all. Follow the money.

Summary: The Linux Foundation (LF) has joined Microsoft’s anti-GPL agenda, yet again; As can be seen only hours ago in an LF- and Microsoft-aligned site of LPI, Microsoft-centric lobbying is everywhere, including Linux Foundation ‘Europe’; this is promoted by Frederic Lardinois, a longtime propagandist of Microsoft (about a decade already), in a site that amplified marketing/advocacy for GitHub just earlier this week; they all eat from the same palm (Microsoft) and promote proprietary software

Microsoft Still Desperate to Hijack the Linux Brand (People Forgot WSL Even Exists)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 2:22 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Pretending Windows is Actually Linux
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Summary: Microsoft is once again manufacturing fake “WSL” milestones (like adding another number or a small “g”) to inject Windows “content” into “Linux” sites and searches

EXACTLY one week ago we took note of the fact that Microsoft had been 'googlebombing' Linux as a brand and infiltrating Linux as a project. The Linux Foundation is complicit.

“We urge readers to speak to those authors who foolishly help promote WSL, which is in effect an attack on GNU/Linux.”In the case of WSL (Linux subsubsystem for Windows) it means two birds, one stone. It ruins the quality of code (in Mesa too), it undermines open standards, and it leads people astray, thinking that Microsoft Windows is somehow “Linux” or that “Linux” can also mean Windows. Nothing could be further from the truth!

The video above shows 5 new examples, three of them from the past 24 hours’ news. We call out the culprits and try to correct the record. We urge readers to speak to those authors who foolishly help promote WSL, which is in effect an attack on GNU/Linux. Almost nobody uses it anyway, so there’s no compelling reason to give it any publicity.

“Mind Control: To control mental output you have to control mental input. Take control of the channels by which developers receive information, then they can only think about the things you tell them. Thus, you control mindshare!”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]


Jim ‘FTX’ Zemlin: “My Wife Who is a Successful Technology Executive and Harvard MBA [and Fraudster Facing Class Action Lawsuit for Securities Fraud] Really Had an Obvious Look of Disappointment… When I Told Her I Worked at a Non-Profit” [sic]

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Videos at 2:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Mr. Zemlin promotes Microsoft's version or vision of (fake) security; he did this again last month in the talk above (he’s paid to relay these talking points by Microsoft and Snyk as Linux Foundation sponsors) and here’s what he said about Sheela Microsoft, his Microsoft-sponsored wife who had defrauded a lot of people [1, 2]

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