05.29.21

IBM Layoffs/Redundancies Rumours (2021)

Posted in IBM, Red Hat, Rumour at 12:28 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: The above video took a lot of research time to prepare (about 200 visits to the forums over the past month); companies are rarely upfront about layoffs/cost-saving plans and growing corporate/staff unrest, so in order to gain insight regarding the situation at IBM we spent dozen of hours studying discussions and today we finally summarise some of the findings

OVER the past month or so we’ve watched very closely (about a dozen times per day) the IBM anonymous forum (or IBM layoffs board) not just because of rumours about staff cuts but all sorts of inside stories, including some about patents, low morale, and Red Hat’s future. Threads such as this one (hundreds of them) offer some insight. One can see, based on a fast assessment, that many posters there are current or former insiders (not all; in fact, there’s suspicion that IBM HR people troll or AstroTurf those pages as well, maybe to discredit and ruin them).

“We need to understand the context of such misguided policies.”In the video above I take stock of some of the latest (today’s) posts and assemble a bunch of insights gathered over the past month. It certainly looks like there’s little or no future to IBM. In recent months they liaised with Microsoft while attacking the FSF as if another struggling company can somehow save them. Some of the most tactless moves (e.g. abandoning CentOS) seem like short-sighted money-grabbing moves. We need to understand the context of such misguided policies. As far as software freedom is concerned, IBM gradually turns from ally (of convenience) into foe.

10.26.20

Jonathan Wiltshire and Debian, Falsified Harassment Claims, Tiger Computing and GCHQ

Posted in Debian, Deception, GNU/Linux, Rumour at 12:13 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Reprinted with permission from Debian Community News

Jonathan Wiltshire, jmw, Debian, GCHQ, DAM, blackmail

With the Special Boat Service (SBS), cousins of the SAS, storming a ship in the English channel, we feel it is a good time to finally have a look at another DAM blackmailer and Debian’s potential connections to GCHQ.

Jonathan Wiltshire (jmw) works for a small IT firm, Tiger Computing in Monmouth, one of those small unremarkable towns in the Welsh countryside that most of us have never heard of.

We can see that abusive messages have been sent to Debian volunteers during UK business hours and Debian is promoted on the Tiger Computing staff profile. Debian itself is not incorporated. Therefore, we feel that it is relevant to consider both Wiltshire and his employer.

Britain is known to have a tough stance on defamation and any volunteer who has been subject to false accusations would have a strong case under UK law against both Wiltshire and Tiger Computing. Companies House provides full details of the legal address for service.

If Wiltshire and his DAMs intrude upon your family’s Christmas, as they did to two volunteers in 2018, you can contact Wiltshire’s boss directly. We obtained the following names and address from the public company records:

Keith Andrew Edmunds and Dr Anna Cecilia Lindberg, Woodlands, Staunton, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8NU

We don’t normally publish addresses in Debian Community News but in this case, there is a significant public interest factor. Gloucestershire is the home of GCHQ. Various people have expressed concerns about GCHQ PsyOps in Debian and open source software. Each time somebody mentions this, they are censored from Planet sites and mailing lists. Jacob Appelbaum had explicitly warned about GCHQ infiltration on the debian-private (leaked) gossip network. In a way, Appelbaum was forecasting his own death, or in this case, the character assassination plot spreading falsified accusations of harassment.

appelbaum

We’ve produced a convenient map showing the proximity of Tiger Computing to both Hereford, the SAS headquarters and Cheltenham, the GCHQ headquarters.

tiger computing

It is worth looking again at the email from Wiltshire’s DAM buddy, Enrico Zini, fiercely decrying any possibility of a GCHQ infiltration.


Subject: On coverage of Abbelbaum being “banned” from Debian

Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:34:50 +0200

From: Enrico Zini <enrico@enricozini.org>

To: andrew.matler@itwire.com

Dear Editor in Chief of iTWire,

you may want to do something about this article by Sam Varghese on
Debian revoking membership of Jacop Appelbaum:

http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/open-source/73441-appelbaum-banned-from-debian-events-after-sexual-misconduct-charges.html

While the first part is factually correct in its DPL quote, the article
ends with baseless hints of Debian and Tor having fallen victims to
manipulations by GCHQ psyops.

I consider that to be psycological violence[1] against the various well
known people who came out to report abuse, and I wish that news coverage
about this situation could rather contribute to creating a community
that encourages victims of abuse to speak up.

Quoting the DPL again, “In reaching their decision, the Debian Account
Managers took into account the public disclosures from members of the
Tor project and others, and first-hand accounts from members of the
Debian community
.”

We are not talking about vague rumors spread by a couple of
infiltrators, we are talking about first-person accounts provided by
well known and respected members of both communities, with a track
record of contributions of many years.

These people who had the guts to speak up deserve credit and respect,
and the article published on your site gives them none.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslighting

Regards,

Enrico

The first-hand accounts were nothing but hearsay. On the other hand, the GCHQ connection is no conspiracy theory: it is matter of fact, if you are running one of the world’s most well funded spy outfits and you hadn’t infiltrated Debian, you wouldn’t be doing your job properly.

British domestic police forces had been caught in similar games, infiltrating environment groups and making women pregnant.

The SAS and SBS do some pretty incredible work. Even the Australian commandos have chosen to use the name SAS because it has such a good reputation.

Nonetheless, like any organization, there are some bad apples. A recently published book tells the story of former SAS heroes becoming mercenaries and dropping grenades onto civilians from a helicopter. It is gruesome stuff. From the article:

Yet the victims were often women, children and the elderly — innocent civilians caught up in a brutal civil war that raged across the Indian Ocean state during the final decades of the 20th century.

Now take a moment and compare this to the behaviour of Wiltshire and the Debian Account Managers, creating false accusations about volunteers and circulating them to over a thousand developers on the debian-private (leaked) gossip network. In one case, Wiltshire, Zini and Jaspert threw one of these grenades at a volunteer and his family on Christmas eve.

It took the SBS less than 10 minutes to seize control of the ship in unpleasant weather on a Sunday afternoon. Some of them even went back home in time to give their kids a bedtime story. Would it really be any more difficult than that for GCHQ to infiltrate a free software project?

sbs ship

08.02.20

Microsoft Lays Off Many More Workers in the Advertising Division/s and Terminates Products While the Press is Distracted by TikTok Rumours

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Rumour at 4:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

WARN Act
“Might be an idea to look at WARN Act [1, 2] stuff,” Ryan noted today (in #techrights IRC). “Of course, Microsoft can just keep it coming in small chunks to get around the WARN Act.”

Summary: Microsoft is laying off a huge number of workers without properly reporting these and whilst exploring ways to divert attention away from those layoffs

Cortana’s many deaths were hardly covered in the media over this past week, maybe half a week or so (we saw some Microsoft-connected sites issuing face-saving spin about that, e.g. The Verge and GeekWire). There’s something potentially big going on there, but nobody is researching and properly reporting on it, as it is instead derived from Microsoft’s own statements. Don’t they have time to actually study what is really going on? An associate of ours blames the TikTok media storm (about 2 days old now), which grooms Microsoft while ignoring the severe issues it has been having. So we’ve examined what Microsoft insiders are writing anonymously in thelayoff.com. The findings are very telling.

Ryan and I have been looking closely, equipped with knowledge about prior layoffs, at anonymous posts. We examined things mostly so as to investigate whether layoffs are involved (or, in other words, whether Cortana workers were reassigned to another project/department). Since Microsoft propaganda sites belittle the whole thing (Microsoft has apparently killed it off completely, across everything, just like its stores) and there’s no indication that these developers will stay onboard, are we looking at yet another wave of layoffs? We lack contacts with people in these divisions so we can’t think of a way to find out if they’re sacked. But earlier today we heard about other units and it doesn’t look/sound too good. Microsoft sounds like a company that’s collapsing while lying to shareholders.

“There’s no way they’ll make any large layoffs abruptly as they’ve done in the past and they’ve already been cutting folks ~slowly~ since May,” says this message. “According to this guy,” Ryan noted, “Microsoft rarely, if ever, allows anyone working there to reach 55 and have their pension become vested.”

“Trickling layoffs out over time allows them to remain free of any potential bad press from contributing to the unemployment problem in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis,” says another message. Those are insiders from Microsoft, some of whom saw or suffered layoffs.

“I’m a PM [Program Manager] in windows COSINE D&I,” says this message, and “my job got eliminated yesterday. This was business driven and is not performance related. So, yes, layoffs are happening…”

“According to this,” Ryan noted, “Microsoft was twice as likely to lay you off if you were over 40.”

This is typical across many companies other than Microsoft. But it now seems like there’s another layoffs round at Microsoft (sixth this summer!), though we need to know the numbers. We have a associate who thinks they use TikTok to just (or mostly) bury this news even if the TikTok thing is made-up or superficial nonsense… just to provide ‘cover’ through it’ll never materialise.

“Layoffs in the Windows division according to this guy,” Ryan has found (Azure also, definitely!). “Didn’t say how many, but he was a Program Manager (their title for a supervisor that directly oversees an entire project, usually with 50-100 people reporting to them).” Ryan used to be a Microsoft MVP, so he knows a thing or two about the company.

“D&I is Data and Intelligence,” Ryan said. “That would be the people doing the data collection that Windows 10 performs on the user in the background in order to “optimize” advertising. Across Windows Store, Bing, Edge, and Skype. It’s interesting that they’re firing firing their adtech people, if true. Are they trying to pivot away from advertising?”

The real news at Microsoft right now is nothing related to TikTok (not anything related to mergers and/or acquisitions) but covert layoffs of large magnitude/scale. Ryan continued: “He describes working there as a descent into “paranoia” about quarterly performance reviews and if you’ll even have a job soon.”

“Another [Microsoft] poster said when he was close to becoming vested (2 years short), he started getting negative performance reviews out of nowhere and they eventually showed him the door.”

Earlier today I learned (on the phone) about people there being being denied “senior” roles for ages. This is unconventional by GAFAM standards.

Only about a month after Bill Gates had more or less “officially” left Microsoft (except as shareholder) they may have tested the response to Microsoft layoffs with that bogus spin about replacing “a few” workers with “AI”; since then about 5,000 layoffs have gone under the radar.

“Cortana is an analytics and telemetry app that data mines people while pretending to be a digital assistant,” Ryan remarked. “They built it directly into the Windows shell and turned it on by default (wasting a lot of panel space) to lure people into using it. I just don’t think they got the return on investment they were hoping for as an adtech.”

The more we learn about Microsoft layoffs, the more likely it seems that the TikTok rumours serve to distract from the layoffs, and likely by design/intention. If that was the plan, it worked!

“Cortana would likely be in COSINE D&I,” Ryan said. They’ve fired even the managers there. Microsoft is in a bad state if not a state of collapse, but it’ll do anything to distract from that. It even lies to its own shareholders, as Microsoft insiders have told us repeatedly. If that’s not sinister enough (that insiders know Microsoft fakes its performance), we don’t know what is…

01.07.20

The EPO’s Mrs. UPC is Rumoured to Have Retired Just Like the UPC

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents, Rumour at 10:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Recent: 13 Years of UPC Promises

Margot Fröhlinger for UPC
Margot Fröhlinger, the Unified Patent Court (UPC) booster of the EPO. Last year she was virtually invisible, unlike 2018. The above is her 2017 puff piece.

Summary: Like other notable figures of Team UPC suddenly retiring (e.g. Bristows staff), Fröhlinger is said to have retired in disgrace (after years of endless lies) and our source believes she did so silently so as to save face (for the UPC ’cause’)

11.20.19

Justice Peter Huber of the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) Calls ‘Bullshit’ a Rumour Nobody Really Spreads

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents, Rumour at 11:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Why are judges even speaking to Team UPC?! They’re lobbying by picking on judges and spreading falsehoods.

Justice Peter Huber of the German Federal Constitutional Court

Summary: A sort of ‘trial by media’ (by Team UPC) compromises the integrity of the case (constitutional complaint) and can be interpreted as judges succumbing to lobbying/pressure from those who conspire to violate many constitutions across Europe for personal/financial gain

P

ROVOCATION tactics seem to have worked for Team UPC, which together with Campinos and Battistelli at the European Patent Office (EPO) lobby hard for the UPC in the open and behind the scenes.

We previously took note of the "Attack on the Independence of the European Judges (Which Had) Apparently Expanded to the German Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht/FCC)" (taking note of a conflict of interest at the FCC).

“We previously took note of the “Attack on the Independence of the European Judges [Which Had] Apparently Expanded to the German Constitutional Court…”Why are FCC judges even speaking to Team UPC lobbyists like the litigation ‘industry’ stenographer Patrick Wingrove? Even Team UPC seems surprised. As one of them put it: “As for journalistic standards, it wd be helpful to be told when & why Prof. Huber agreed to interview (a rare occurrence, though this seems to be limited to the inner workings of the Court) & when, how (including in which language) and by whom it was conducted.”

This seemed unnecessary. Managing IP is a longtime UPC lobbying front. It bragged in Twitter: “Breaking: #UPC case to be decided in early 2020. In an exclusive interview, Justice Huber of the German Federal Constitutional Court gives @ManagingIP a timeline for the case and says suggestions that Brexit has stalled the decision are “bullshit”…”

“Why are FCC judges even speaking to Team UPC lobbyists like the litigation ‘industry’ stenographer Patrick Wingrove?”Why even give them clues?

“Apparently,” as one person noted, “no oral hearing foreseen by DE Constitutional Court” (are they rushing this?)

The FCC should not be bullied by Team UPC; they’re the major component of this anti-democratic, unconstitutional behaviour. They’re the sort of thing this complaint is about. From the said article: “The case holding up the Unified Patent Court will be decided in the first quarter of 2020, according to the judge at the German Federal Constitutional Court who is in charge of the matter.”

“The coverage from Team UPC keeps repeating the word “bullshit” (not a decent word for a judge/justice to be using anyway), but who even/ever claimed that Brexit was the cause of this delay?”Further down he’s quoted: “I don’t want to delay [the decision] but there are some other cases at hand that also have to be dealt with…”

The coverage from Team UPC keeps repeating the word “bullshit” (not a decent word for a judge/justice to be using anyway), but who even/ever claimed that Brexit was the cause of this delay? Certainly not us. It deals with a claim that perhaps nobody even made.

“Kluwer Patent blogger” (likely Bristows) accepts that there’s no UPC decision by FCC this year. In 2018 they insisted it would be done by year’s end (2018). They’re chronic liars. They just hoped to pressure judges. Here’s what they wrote some hours ago:

The constitutional complaint holding up the start of the Unified Patent Court will be decided upon in the first quarter of next year. Justice Peter Huber of the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC), who is overseeing case 2 BvR 739/17, has said this in an exclusive interview with Managing IP.

Huber added that the time frame will depend on the time it takes for him and other judges at the FCC to deliberate on the case. “It is quite a detailed process that we follow because we have to look at every detail of how we formulate and word the [ruling],” he said according to the interview of Managing IP. “But it is likely that we will get along with it.”

In the interview, Huber denied that the FCC has been delaying its decision because of the Brexit. According to Managing IP, he described the allegation as “bullshit”.

[...]

If the complaint is dismissed, this doesn’t necessarily mean Germany will immediately complete the ratification procedure…

Rose Hughes (Team UPC) again plays ball for UPC with some spin. At IP Kat she wrote: “In the interview to Managing-IP, Justice Huber also confirms that he intends to decide the case in the first quarter of next year. Brexit is currently scheduled for the end of January 2020. It may therefore be touch-and-go whether the UPC comes into force (following German ratification) before Brexit. On the other hand, it has also been reported that, even if the constitutional complaint is overcome, the German Parliament may still delay ratification whilst the outcome of Brexit is unclear. Another false rumour?”

The false rumours are Team UPC’s. They did that lots of times before.

“The bottom line is, Team UPC seems to be entrapping and pressuring judges into issuing a decision prematurely, based on unrealistic deadlines and before oral statements can be made/heard.”IP Kat was also boosting Watchtroll around that same time (this time Lucy Isaev). What has happened to the ‘Kats’? Litigation fanatics now? AstraZeneca’s legal team?

The bottom line is, Team UPC seems to be entrapping and pressuring judges into issuing a decision prematurely, based on unrealistic deadlines and before oral statements can be made/heard. They also speak to fake press which is actually a pressure group of Team UPC. Follow the money and study their track record.

We can imagine that the complainant will have something to say about that.

10.31.19

Purism’s Problems Purely Boil Down to Trust and False Promises

Posted in FSF, GNOME, GNU/Linux, Hardware, KDE, Rumour at 1:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

PureOS sounds promising, just like OpenMoko, but we all want (and likely expect) to see results

Business silhouette

Summary: A promising, potentially exciting, freedom-respecting set of products would be easier to talk about than actually deliver; we take a look at what goes on at Purism

THIS is a particularly difficult subject for me to write about, having spent a number of years cheering for Librem (in its various forms or form factors) and by extension its parent company, Purism, whose goals I believe to be well-intentioned. They’re a sort of privacy-first, freedom-at-the-forefront company (freedom as in Software Freedom as well as hardware freedom — to the limited extent presently possible).

Lately I have been reading negative things about Purism. I also received messages and mail about it. I am committed to Software Freedom, but I am also deeply committed to truth, so let’s put right there on the table the knowns, unknowns, and what’s in desperate need of verification. Because transparency is needed for true trust; otherwise it’s fantasy. Here in Techrights we’re as transparent as possible with IRC logs that serve to reveal operations (behind the scenes too). We’re balancing privacy and transparency, e.g. in the name of source protection. We redact some things, usually to protect identities only. But those who lurk in IRC (or read our logs) can get a pretty good idea of what’s going on.

“Many companies operate at a loss and/or have massive debt. They don’t like to talk about those things.”Purism is different. The company isn’t always upfront. Sometimes it’s not even honest and some would say “misleading”. I’d like to believe they’re not intentionally misleading people, but over the past month there was more evidence to that effect. Are they dishonest for “the greater good”? I don’t know. Some companies pretend to do better than they really do, hoping for a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy effect — inertia built atop an illusion. I get that. I don’t respect that, but I totally get that. It’s quite common and many large companies — including Microsoft — do this. Many companies operate at a loss and/or have massive debt. They don’t like to talk about those things. It might scare away those who subsidise/invest in them. Sometimes they’re bank(er)s, sometimes they’re so-called ‘angels’, sometimes they’re the public or prospective buyers who raise funds for projects/products.

One person asked me yesterday: “Have you heard anything about Purism? Or Librem? Being a complete and utter failure/scam?”

“Well,” she said, “from what I heard…”

She shared some discussions about this and even new memes. Moments ago someone pointed out to me this recent article that I had read days ago. It’s titled “The Sad Saga of Purism and the Librem 5″ and there are 3 parts to it.

“Their laptop campaign had over 65% return rate, I heard closer to 70%.”
      –Anonymous
“And no comments from @purism to that,” I was told, so “seems like a really sad story to me.”

Going back to that first person, “2 years ago,” she said, “over 1.5 million — I heard close to 2.5… was raised.”

“But they cannot deliver on the units,” she added.

“Their laptop campaign had over 65% return rate, I heard closer to 70%.”

“When employees went to San Diego to the fulfillment center, they noted all the concerns – return rate, quality, etc. They wanted to work with Weaver for improvement. He would not meet F2F from what I heard but online. During that session, he went around to see what concerns people had. Quickly, 5 were fired. Another quit within a week or so.”

But apparently it gets yet worse. This is the part which is mostly speculative. “From what I heard,” she said, “Purism money is now going to Forbes and social media campaigns without the transparency of what is really happening. Phoronix is one of their media outlets.”

I can believe the part about Forbes, knowing how they’re manipulated. But I’m not sure about Phoronix.

“Media manipulation is possible,” I responded, “but I won’t vouch for it. Michael Larabel isn’t perfect, I often wonder what he does with hardware shipped to him (among other things), but there’s no evidence they pay him or are in cahoots, so that seems unfair. Please dig further with your contacts. Eventually I will write about this.”

“When employees went to San Diego to the fulfillment center, they noted all the concerns – return rate, quality, etc.”
      –Anonymous
For the sake of accuracy let’s just assume — at least for now — that Phoronix covers Purism stuff because Phoronix readers care about it. That seems a lot more plausible to me

“As we already are pretty certain,” she said, that “Forbes takes money – I mean, just even looking at the content Forbes puts out about certain tech is telling. Phoronix was a question, but is looking more and more like a media outlet that takes money too based on the Purism story.”

Phoronix recently did a story that’s actually an interview with Purism folks. But nothing suggested that it was promotional. Nothing that I could see.

“I believe Purism is starting other services/campaigns in hopes to raise enough to fulfill those previous orders,” she continued, “but it didn’t work out… (social media, tablet)

“That’s all the info I have on this.”

From what I can gather, Purism is struggling. Also, at this stage, workers are leaving (or get fired). This is not good.

Is there something malicious going on? Probably not, but people who fund-raised for this company are being left in the dark and it’s not fair to them.

The subject line of the above message was, “purism – where’s the hw?” [hardware] which to me says it all.

To me at least. There’s a story behind it. It’s an old story.

Half a decade (probably less) ago they said they’d ship a review unit for me to write about (just on loan, for me to pass on to the next person once done). I’d never buy their overpriced laptops, but they wanted me to assess. It’s them who suggested this to me; they had approached me. But it soon became apparent that they were inconsistent, unorganised, and unprofessional.

Did they ever ship?

No.

Never.

Just wasted my time.

Again and again.

Then the person was removed. The person who spoke to me. The one who approached me. The one who wasted my time.

Always excuses. Hardly any apologies.

“From what I heard Purism money is now going to Forbes and social media campaigns without the transparency of what is really happening.”
      –Anonymous
I posted online about that (at the time). Repeatedly even. It was a sort of warning. They seemed a tad suspicious to me. Trust was eroded and ever since then I never looked at them the same way. But the press carried on, then the FSF (endorsement), not to mention fund-raising for Librem 5.

At one point they said they’d connect me for an interview (to publish on my site) with the founder of Qubes OS. Did that ever happen? No.

You bet! Another round of false promises; a total waste of time.

So, in summary I view them as bad on communications, big on promises, never delivering anything. Anything. Later they make up a bunch of excuses.

And going back to the question, “where’s the hw?”

I wondered that many years ago, almost 5 years ago. I’ve lost count.

The dreams they put forth are dreams. KDE, GNOME…. on a small device. Nice, but will that be delivered? I heard they scattered around some units recently. Then I heard about technical issues. Now I hear about staff leaving.

Deep inside I hope they succeed, but I remain sceptical based on my personal experience.

Purism needs to speak out and be frank about what’s happening. I’ve been nothing but courteous towards them (I didn’t even name the person who let me down; maybe she quit, maybe she got fired), but courtesy should be a two-way street/bridge. The very fact that a project about “freedom” does not even offer “openness” is not compatible with the spirit upon which it managed to raise millions of dollars in funds, thanks in part to endorsements/promotions from FSF, GNOME, KDE and so on. Not to mention volunteer writers like myself who have mentioned them over a thousand times over the years.

Moments ago figosdev told me: “ive always been neutral/curious about these guys, particularly with the fsf endorsement. im very curious what oliva thinks.

“I believe Purism is starting other services/campaigns in hopes to raise enough to fulfill those previous orders…”
      –Anonymous
“but with all thats happened to people trying to create real freedom lately, is it possible this is another attack, rather than a real revelation? (i dont know how i can prove im neutral, this is just my reaction.)”

Tom Grz wrote: “I’ve always been suspicious, primarily because their products are high-priced, and if they really wanted to make a difference they should move down the population curve. Also, the president is a jerk.”

Some memes do target the president’s personality; I don’t know him personally. There’s a link there to a talk from him. “Todd Weaver has more to say about himself than the advertised subject matter,” Grz added later.

09.29.19

FSF May Not be Trustworthy Anymore, It’s Believed/Said to Have Just Defaced Richard Stallman’s Personal Web Site (Updated)

Posted in FSF, GNU/Linux, Rumour at 5:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Update (01/10/2019): Stallman has told us that “stallman.org has not moved. It has been hosted by the same company for many years. It was never hosted by the FSF. On the contrary, I started it to keep it separate from the FSF.” Corrected text below.

Update (03/10/2019): Richard Stallman has since then stated he wants people to support the FSF.

Free Software Foundation History
Reference: Free Software Foundation History

Summary: The FSF is now actively ‘attacking’ its very own founder, whose Web site is said to have been defaced by FSF staff

“Stallman.org was defaced by an FSF employee,” I have just been told, “the deface has been reverted, and the domain appears to now be operating on non-FSF infrastructure…”

“The FSF must now issue a statement naming the culprit who defaced Stallman’s Web site,” I said. This is pretty serious. We heard rumours to that effect about 7 hours ago, but we were unable to verify and did not know who had done that. These rumours noted that other indicators of a defacement existed; “RMS’ site may have been tampered with,” somebody said in #techrights (IRC) at 4AM. “Some discussion elsewhere noted that the link to the “donate to the Free Software Foundation” leads to a youtube video as seen in this snapshot (it has since been fixed): https://archive.is/Yya6g . It might be a good idea to contact him regarding the two “step down” notices (one recent, other was his “remain” post edited) on his site to clear things up.”

“Something is going on and rumours suggest that large corporations play a role.”“Looks like code isn’t the only thing some people are deleting,” said the same person.

For those who have just woken up on a lazy Sunday, here’s some background. Earlier today we mentioned Richard Stallman's message (succinct site post) in which he said he had stepped down from GNU (just two days after saying the exact opposite). He has since then removed the post, causing a lot of confusion and unnecessary speculation that we won’t reproduce here because we don’t know all the facts (at least not yet). Something is going on and rumours suggest that large corporations play a role. The name “Saleforce” has been thrown around by several people, but there’s no ‘smoking gun’ evidence by which to prove a link. As far as we’re aware, Stallman has not responded to anyone to explain the withdrawal of his post about withdrawing from GNU. It’s a mystery, but the above update comes from a generally reliable source. We judge reliability based on connections and track record.

He later said “the deface was reverted [and] now stallman.org is not hosted on FSF servers (it was before). [And] given that stallman.org is basically 100% html, no php or whatever that means it pretty much had to be an inside job.”

08.16.19

Bill Gates and His Special Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein Still Stirring Speculations

Posted in Bill Gates, Microsoft, Rumour at 7:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Bill Gates reportedly offered to help a serial abuser of young girls (while knowing what he had done)

A church sculpture

Summary: Love of the “children” has long been a controversial subject for Microsoft; can Bill Gates and his connections to Jeffrey Epstein unearth some unsavoury secrets?

THIS IS a story more about crime than about software (very much like Microsoft, which owes its market position to crimes rather than technical merit). Bill Gates managed to use a fake ‘charity’ to push back against regulators, at times by bribing officials, bribing the media and so on. There’s also the perverted aspect, which we rarely touch as that tends to lead to “conspiracy theory” accusations.

“There’s also the perverted aspect, which we rarely touch as that tends to lead to “conspiracy theory” accusations.”In the past we mentioned Microsoft’s truly bizarre stance on pedophilia, even before Microsoft Peter was arrested for it (he's still in prison), as were people who worked in the home of Bill Gates. The subject merits further research as not much is known and we’ve seen some false rumours being spread too (several readers sent us links about it). Two of the links sent to us are below. One reader cited the Daily Mail, but we regard that to be an unreliable source.

The articles below seem to point to a reputation laundering effort. Some criminals buy themselves a new identity. Rich criminals just buy the media, as Bill Gates did, to ignore their crimes and instead paint them as “Saints”.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Bill Gates reportedly met with Jeffrey Epstein to ‘discuss philanthropy’ after the disgraced financier went to jail for sex crimes

    The meeting took place in New York in 2013, according to CNBC, and is further evidence of how Epstein was able to make connections in elite society — even after he became a convicted sex offender.

  2. Years after serving jail time, Jeffrey Epstein found a way to meet with Microsoft’s Bill Gates to discuss philanthropy

    After the meeting in New York six years ago, Gates flew on one of Epstein’s planes to meet with his family in Palm Beach, the people added. He did not, they noted, fly on the so-called “Lolita Express,” which was allegedly used to transport underage girls to Epstein’s home in the Virgin Islands. The Daily Mail first reported on Gates using the plane in March of that year, citing flight records.

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