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____/ High Plains Thumper on Friday 04 September 2009 11:09 : \____
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Terry Porter on Thursday:
>>> 7 wrote:
>>>> As discussed in our PR meeting this morning. David & I
>>>> have spoken with Maureen O'Gara (based on go ahead from
>>>> BrianV) and planted the story. She has agreed to not
>>>> attribute the story to us.
>>> <snip> We all suspected that O'Gara was just a Microsoft
>>> plant for her anti Linux articles. Now everyone will know,
>>> and her reputation is history.
>> She's not alone. How many 'reporters' has Microsoft already
>> bribed to praise Microsoft products?
>> Bribing Bloggers
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>> It's a bribe. Period. You say nice things about us, you get
>>> nice things from us. Heck, just say neutral things about
>>> us-we'll give you a killer new laptop and we know that
>>> you'll be inclined to say better things about us.
>> Needless to say, some of the same bribed folks also vilify
>> Linux in public.
> In the article you quoted, the following caught my eye:
> There is an illusion out there that bloggers are somehow better,
> more honest, closer to what's real than traditional journalists.
> Oh, please.
> In my business, if you accept "gifts" like this, you'd shortly be
> looking for another job, far, far away from journalism.
> We're not saints, and I'm sure some of us break the rules. But,
> at least we have rules! [...]
> When you read any blog saying how wonderful Vista is, or how to
> make Vista do something really special, just keep in mind that
> the person might be writing it on a brand-spanking-new Acer
> Ferrari supplied by their new best friend, Microsoft.
> Rather sad that a company must astroturf the Internet rather than
> let the quality of its own products and sincere user experiences
> speak for itself.
There's this 'writer' called Andrew Thomas whom Microsoft worked with (Sheesh!
We're not supposed to know this) and right now he's using TG Daily to attack,
Firefox, Linux and all sorts of other Microsoft rivals.
"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
~~ Best of wishes
Any product designed to lure those who would not normally use it is guaranteed
to be a total wanker of a product. -- Lamont Lucas
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