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[News] Convicted Abuser Microsoft Finally Working to Make GNU/Linux Popular

  • Subject: [News] Convicted Abuser Microsoft Finally Working to Make GNU/Linux Popular
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 10:23:22 +0000
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Microsoft Cracks Down On Windows Piracy In China... So
Pirating Group Offers Up Ubuntu That Looks Like XP

,----[ Quote ]
| Even Bill Gates has famously said:
|     "And as long as they're going to steal it, 
|     we want them to steal ours. They'll get 
|     sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow 
|     figure out how to collect sometime in the 
|     next decade." 
| Except... of course, Microsoft has been pushing 
| hard to "stop" that kind of "piracy" in China, 
| and it may be having an unintended effect. 
| Slashdot points us to the news that a group 
| that had been offering pirated copies of 
| Windows is now offering a copy of Ubuntu Linux, 
| designed to look just like Windows XP.



Microsoft Talks China Outsourcing

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) has outsourced more
| than $100 million of business to China in
| 2009, qq.com reported December 3 citing Wang
| Ying, Senior Director of Microsoft China R&D
| Group's China Outsourcing Center.


Boycott Microsoft Bing

,----[ Quote ]
| If you search a term on Bing that is
| politically sensitive in China, in English
| the results are legitimate. Search
| âTiananmenâ and youâll find out about the
| army firing on pro-democracy protesters in
| 1989. Search Dalai Lama, Falun Gong and you
| also get credible results. Conduct the
| search in complex Chinese characters (the
| kind used in Taiwan and Hong Kong) and on
| the whole you still get authentic results.
| But conduct the search with the simplified
| characters used in mainland China, then you
| get sanitized pro-Communist results. This is
| especially true of image searches. Magic! No
| Tiananmen Square massacre. The Dalai Lama
| becomes an oppressor. Falun Gong believers
| are villains, not victims.


NYT's Kristof: Boycott Bing

,----[ Quote ]
| Kristof's objection, outlined in a blog post
| this afternoon, centers around his
| observation that searches conducted using
| simplified Chinese characters in Bing return
| "sanitized pro-Communist results" not just
| in China but around the world. He questions
| Microsoft's claim that the results are
| determined by search algorithms, not its
| corporate policy. Here's an excerpt from his
| post.


Bing Censoring All Simplified Chinese Language Queries


Bing Search Tainted by Pro-Microsoft Results

,----[ Quote ]
| The first of the search results about the Microsoft Word question linked to a
| page about how expensive Manhattan is (Is Microsoft competing with Manhattan
| now?). The top responses to the "Is Microsoft Evil?" question were, get this,
| a link to a New York Times story about whether or not Google is considered
| evil, a link about proxy servers, and a link to a story about Microsoft being
| charitable. Wow.

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