EPO Corruption Impacts Everybody, Even Those Uncaring About Patents and Those Outside Europe

Posted in Europe, Patents, Quote at 12:43 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.' —'Letter from Birmingham Jail,' April 16, 1963

Summary: It seems fair to say that the incredible deficit or lack of justice at the EPO poses a threat not only to justice in Europe and the EU, even well outside the area of patents. They are normalising lawlessness and kangaroo courts, behind closed doors and with diplomatic immunity too.


[Meme] Making Patents Sane Again

Posted in Europe, Patents, Quote at 12:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Staff at the European Patent Office went on strike accusing the organization of corruption: specifically, stretching the standards for patents in order to make more money. One of the ways that the EPO has done this is by issuing software patents in defiance of the treaty that set it up.” -Richard Stallman, 2008

Summary: An old but relevant quote regarding software patents in Europe now that there’s an EPO strike (today)


[Humour] Getting Fired for Outsourcing to Microsoft

Posted in Microsoft, Protocol, Quote at 7:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“I consider GitHub useless for these kinds of things. It’s fine for hosting, but the pull requests and the online commit editing, are just pure garbage.”Linus Torvalds, founder of the Git project

Three Panel Telephone Couple Blank: Git it? No, Microsoft. Delete Github. Now.

Summary: Git is not GitHub; GitHub is a proprietary ‘extension’ (as in E.E.E.) of Git and doing development on GitHub is working for Microsoft’s monopoly


[Humour] Microsoft’s Jokers Tell Us They Love Linux…

Posted in Antitrust, Bill Gates, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Quote at 6:24 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Two Jokers: What we are trying to do is use our server control to do new protocols and lock out Sun and Oracle specifically - Bill Gates

Summary: Humour? Maybe. But those are all genuine, authentic quotes from inside Microsoft’s leadership (speaking of “Linux” as though it’s a cockroach and Windows a drug).


Freedom Is Not Possible Without Privacy

Posted in Quote at 4:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we’re doing nothing wrong at the time of surveillance.”

Bruce Schneier


Summary: Privacy was the subject of today's feature article; let’s not forget how essential a concept it is to guard against encroachments, no matter the given excuses


Being Rich Does Not Imply Being Smart (Especially When One is Born Into Wealth)

Posted in Bill Gates, Quote at 10:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ruthlessness is not brilliance

'I see little commercial potential for the internet for the next 10 years,' 1994 and '[E-mail] spam will be a thing of the past in two years' time,' 2004

Summary: Presenting the ‘genius’ (college dropout, but that does not matter when the yardstick of wisdom is wealth alone), with his own predictions overlaid on top of his photo from the show of Bloomberg (another ‘genius’ whose supposed brilliance is measured using money alone)


‘Cancel Culture’ as ‘Thoughtpolice’ Creep

Posted in GNU/Linux, Quote at 6:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Cancel culture

Summary: Richard Stallman spoke about an important aspect of censorship more than 2 decades ago (before “Open Source” even existed); it was published in Datamation (“Censoring My Software”) 23 years before a campaign of defamation on the Internet was used to remove him from MIT and FSF (censoring or ‘canceling’ Stallman himself)

Note: I used to be a writer at Datamation, but I stopped after they had been removing parts of my articles (especially those critical of Microsoft, which was a sponsor). I’ve since then written only in Techrights.


Dangerous Thinker

Posted in Quote at 12:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Writing non-free software is not an ethically legitimate activity, so if people who do this run into trouble, that's good! All businesses based on non-free software ought to fail, and the sooner the better.

Summary: Society oughtn’t be alarmed by people who say unusual things; it should be wary and sceptical of those corporations ever so eager to silence such people

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