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____/ Linonut on Monday 12 May 2008 17:17 : \____
> * Roy Schestowitz peremptorily fired off this memo:
>> Did Bill Gates Invent Linux and Has He Erased the Evidence?
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>>| On October 1, 2004, at an appearance at the Computer History Museum in
>>| northern California, someone asked Bill Gates about a possible threat from
>>| Linux and Gates replied: "Microsoft has had competitors in the past. It's a
>>| good thing we have museums to document this stuff."
>> Microsoft has already done some job wiping evidence of OOXML crimes, so
>> everything is possible.
> Microsoft's fierce competitive nature has alienated everybody in the
> industry to the point where voluntary supporters are virtually
> nonexistent. For quite some time Microsoft has resorted to buying
> public endorsements and there have been documented incidents of
> Microsoft employees posing as normal software users in public
> settings without revealing their true identities. And these are just
> the incidents that the public has found out about - who knows how
> many cases have never been exposed for the false endorsements that
> they actually are? So when you see that rare instance of Microsoft
> support you need to seriously question whether it is genuine.
> Microsoft's recent "astroturf" campaign fortunately blew up in its
> face. The astroturf campaign was Microsoft's attempt to create a
> grassroots movement in its legal battle against the DOJ by paying
> people to show public support. It was referred to as astroturf rather
> than grassroots because the support was completely fake.
> Side note from the funny guy at RoughlyDrafted:
> After establishing its brand name among consumers as a synonym for
> failure and the butt of many jokes, Microsoft retreated to more
> familiar territory in attempting to establish the product through
> business deals rather than effectively selling it to individuals.
> Just as with its previous PlaysForSure failure, that meant lining up
> egregious DRM deals that promised music labels the opportunity to
> round up consumers and lock them up in a policed corral to be milked
> of their money.
> Microsoft's main differentiation over iTunes and the iPod has
> been more restrictions on content use and a greater willingness to
> follow the RIAA rather than to challenge it as Apple has.
If Apple alienates the MPAA/RIAA, then it misses out a vector of lobbying.
Microsoft sidles with the same exploiters who can later on be used to promote
Microsoft's agenda, e.g. discriminating against GNU/Linux users. There's also
the push for changes in law that they can both collaborate on.
Microsoft participates (public knowledge) in groups that involve the MPAA/RIAA
and conspire against consumers in a variety of ways. Vista's DRM cage is just
one among several examples.
~~ Best of wishes
Roy S. Schestowitz | make install -not war
http://Schestowitz.com | RHAT GNU/Linux | PGP-Key: 0x74572E8E
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