11.24.21

3.5 Years Later the ‘Master’ of Fedora is Still Microsoft and IBM Cannot Be Bothered to Alter Git Branch Names (Refuting or Ignoring Its Very Own Directive About Supposedly Racially-Insensitive Terms)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat at 7:56 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Older: 2 Years After Microsoft Hijacked GitHub for Monopoly Fedora Still Has Well Over 100 Projects in Microsoft’s GitHub (Not Even Counting Red Hat’s and Systemd)

Fedora Infrastructure at GitHub

Summary: Today we demonstrate the hypocrisy of IBM; years after telling us that we should shun the term “master” and repeatedly insisting it had a racist connotation at least 65 Fedora repositories, still controlled by Microsoft, still use “master”

A YEAR and a half ago we published the post above along with the screenshot above. The point that we made back then was, IBM/Red Hat clearly didn’t mind proprietary software lock-in, even if it had become controlled by Microsoft, a sworn enemy of copyleft and of the law in general.

Earlier this week I noticed that SUSE/OpenSUSE and many other high-profile companies/projects you’d expect to have moved away from “master” as a branch name (because they themselves insisted that it was racially insensitive) not doing so themselves, in effect shaming the community and exercising immense hypocrisy (or double standards). If a company with the manpower/resources of IBM cannot be bothered to change branch names (this may complicate or break many scripts, workflows etc.), then why should we? IBM along with Microsoft and Intel were probably were most vocal about this thing, creating endless commotion to distract from their own racism, which they did for profit. Racism pays them! Being racist means profit to those companies!

Today we took a quick look at all the repositories of Fedora. It’s the project that used to have a community but mostly has IBM staff left; the CentOS ‘dick moves’ drove away what was left of a non-IBM component in Fedora, not to mention IBM's Trumpian ban of Fedora contributors based on their nationality, which is abundantly racist in its own right (they even did this for Biden, not Trump). Yes, those projects or repositories are still controlled by Microsoft and IBM couldn’t be bothered to change branch names to something like “main”. About half of all projects are still saying “master” and we’ve taken 65 screenshots (for separate projects) to prove it and document it. See below (all of them say “master”).

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Fedora at Microsoft

[Meme] Jimmy Zemlin Loves Microsoft

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 1:11 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Laughter video: Zemlin love/Microsoft 'loves' Linux

Summary: It’s funny, isn’t it? Lying for a living and sucking up to the liars pays off; you get to plunder actual Linux users while leaving Linux morally and financially bankrupt

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.

Microsoft-Led Misinformation Campaign About Germany and Munich Reminds Us That Microsoft Hates and Actively Undermines GNU/Linux Adoption

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 7:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft loves Linux
Microsoft loves Linux… as a “niche”

2019: Former Mayor (Christian Ude) of Munich Explains How Microsoft Hates Linux

List of current media coverage in English, actively updated: German state planning to switch 25,000 PCs to LibreOffice and GNU/Linux (there’s a lot more in German, but we’re an English-speaking site; links to coverage in German can be found in our IRC logs)

Regarding the latest moves (or plans to move) to GNU/Linux in Germany we have 3 points to make:

1) It’s good news, there’s no caveat.

2) Microsoft ‘news’ sites already hijack the news to mob the initiators or play the move down with “Munich” misinformation and revisionism (see the list above, or recent Daily Links which contain the same)

3) Munich did NOT fail with GNU/Linux but was bribed and mobbed by the thugs from Microsoft Deutschland, HP, Accenture, and Gartner (we’ve meticulously covered their role at the time).

To give just a tiny gist of a years-old saga (endless mobbing was required to accomplish this), Accenture was just one of those fake “consultants”/”contractors” assigned to act like marketing/lobbying agencies with the veneer of professionalism [1, 2]. In the case of HP [1, 2, 3], it’s another example of a company pretending to work for your interests while covertly working for Microsoft’s interests. In Gartner’s case, we’ve had leaks and whistleblowers [1, 2]. It’s not even a technical battle. Microsoft has turned it into politics and bribery, as usual. This is the only way Microsoft can “win”. The purpose of the attack was, create a stigma about GNU/Linux and constantly say that Munich ‘failed’ with GNU/Linux. They keep beating a dead horse — a horse killed by Microsoft (by means of intensive and pervasive corruption).

Here’s an infographic — a concise and factual visual presentation — shared among many including the President of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) at the time. That’s Simon Phipps before he sold out to Microsoft (he accepted a payment, leading up to a change of mission at the OSI; then the change of leadership following resignation by all staff):

Simon Phipps on Munich

11.22.21

Microsoft’s GitHub is Hugely Toxic and It Censors Critics of Corporations or People Sceptical of Those in Power

Posted in Deception, Microsoft at 1:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 1fb2818cbcfeff3ef77819f9ea3d8302

Summary: Sociopaths have taken over GitHub and control over GitHub (by Microsoft) is being shamelessly misused, just as we’ve warned all along; GitHub is social control media/network for code, asserting control over projects and developers by means of censorship and other sanctions

THE above video highlights the abrasive nature of GitHub, where Microsoft can engage in overt racism without any consequences, wheres the powerless millions are being censored for merely mentioning a name.

Most the above video, however, discusses what we posted this morning [1, 2]. GitHub is an awful place socially; it is run by sociopaths and people who must never have any form of power over communities.

Incidentally, the Rust moderators have just resigned (all of them). They posted this statement 4 hours ago to say:

The entire moderation team resigns, effective immediately. This resignation is done in protest of the Core Team placing themselves unaccountable to anyone but themselves.

As a result of such structural unaccountability, we have been unable to enforce the Rust Code of Conduct to the standards the community expects of us and to the standards we hold ourselves to. To leave under these circumstances deeply pains us, and we apologize to all of those that we have let down. In recognition that we are out of options from the perspective of Rust Governance, we feel as though we have no course remaining to us but to step down and make this statement.

In so doing, we would offer a few suggestions to the community writ large:

- We suggest that Rust Team Members come to a consensus on a process for oversight over the Core Team. Currently, they are answerable only to themselves, which is a property unique to them in contrast to all other Rust teams.

- In the interest of not perpetuating unaccountability, we recommend that the replacement for the Mod Team be made by Rust Team Members not on the Core Team.

- We suggest that the future Mod Team, with advice from Rust Team Members, proactively decide how best to handle and discover unhealthy conflict among Rust Team Members. We suggest that the Mod Team work with the Foundation in obtaining resources for professional mediation.

- Additionally, while not related to this issue, based on our experience in moderation over the years, we suggest that the future Mod Team take special care to keep the team of a healthy size and diversity, to the extent possible. It is a thankless task, and we did not do our best to recruit new members. In this message, we have avoided airing specific grievances beyond unaccountability. We’ve chosen to maintain discretion and confidentiality. We recommend that the broader Rust community and the future Mod Team exercise extreme skepticism of any statements by the Core Team (or members thereof) claiming to illuminate the situation.

We are open to being contacted by Rust Team Members for advice or clarification.

Sincerely,
The Rust Moderation Team (Andre, Andrew and Matthieu)

To repeat the key point: “The entire moderation team resigns, effective immediately. This resignation is done in protest of the Core Team placing themselves unaccountable to anyone but themselves.”

There’s that issue we’ve long warned about when it comes to Codes of Conduct (all of them). Maybe all that will be left of Rust is Microsoft/GAFAM, judging by the creeping wave of entryism we saw in the project over the past couple of years (prior to that we had supported Rust).

[Teaser] Nat Friedman and Alex Graveley “Best Friends”

Posted in Microsoft at 5:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Miguel de Icaza on Alex Graveley

Summary: With “many others confirming his connections to Nat,” our source notes, and “pictures of them together on Flickr,” it will be hard to deny the strong connection (the above messages by Miguel de Icaza confirm this goes a long way back)

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.

11.21.21

[Meme] They Send Linus Torvalds to Therapists While Microsoft Pays Their Full Salary

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 1:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Mr. Linzem, none of us knows what Linux actually is

They think I use Linux?!

Microsoft in Linux Foundation management

Microsoft in Linux Foundation board

Linus Torvalds spanked

Summary: Many people aren’t aware that aside from the seemingly forced ‘apology’ Linus Torvalds was compelled to see therapists as if he was mentally ill; this is how the Linux Foundation treats the person who holds the trademark (“Linux”) it’s called after

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