Corruption

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Microsoft Sells Out America

Lou Dobbs Tonight

More H-1B visas?

CNN's Louise Schiavone reports on the push from billionaire Bill Gates to allow more workers into the U.S. on H-1B visas.

Fawning members of congress fail to challenge Bill Gates, as he sells out America for cheap foreign labour.

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Microsoft Bribes Professors to Peddle the Vole's Warez

Another new low for the Redmond gangsters.

The Chronicle: Information Technology: 04/24/98

Microsoft is "trying to make them advertising agents of their wares," says Albert Borgman, a philosophy professor at the University of Montana at Missoula who has written about technology and its effect on society. "This is going beyond the pale."

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Microsoft: still a bunch of gangsters

PlexNex: Microsoft Concedes They've Been Cheeting All Along

Joe Wilcox hits it hard -- all good wood -- in his spot on assessment of the shadow interoperability measures just announced which were supposed to rock our world ...

Ozzie said that the information disclosure demonstrates "our
commitment to an open and level playing field." I find the statement

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Gnome Accelerates Poisoning of Free Software

Mono = Microsoft Monopoly
It seems like my morbid predictions that Free Software will be fatally poisoned by Mono, are becoming more and more true by the day. The next victim, apparently, is D-Bus:

::: Planète Béranger :::

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Free Software Set To Be Further Poisoned With Mono?

You may recall that I posted an article last year, voicing my concerns that Fedora (and indeed most distros) was being slowly poisoned by Microsoft's encumbered C# technology, in the  form of Mono. Well now it seems that Beagle (Novell/Gnome search tool) developer, Debajyoti Bera, wants to extend that infestation even further, by converting Beagle's support libraries to Mono too.

d-Tech-t: Open letter to OpenSUSE users

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Apple Kill QuickTime With DRM, Then Censor Complaints

Oh dear, the MacHeads are not happy bunnies...

Looks like a recent update to QuickTime has introduced some kind of DRM enforcement, that effectively renders it useless (pun intended).

Worse still, complaints about this update are being censored on Apple's support forums.

Apple - Support - Discussions - After QT7.4, AE error-you do not have ...

It seems that Apple has deleted (again) one part of this discussion...

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US Federal Emergency Management Agency used fake reporters

FEMA sorry for fake news briefing -- chicagotribune.com

WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency's No. 2 official apologized Friday for leading a staged news conference Tuesday in which FEMA employees posed as reporters while real reporters listened on a telephone conference line and were barred from asking questions.

"We are reviewing our press procedures and will make the changes necessary to ensure that all of our communications are straight forward and transparent," Vice Adm. Harvey E. Johnson Jr., FEMA's deputy administrator, said in a four-paragraph statement.

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FUD: "Linux Still Doesn't Make it On Desktop"

A response to that FUD piece, "Linux Still Doesn't Make it On Desktop", from Microsoft Shill, Michael Gartenberg

Michael Gartenberg MugshotThis piece is so heavily encrypted into FUD, that it's necessary to provide a full translation, as follows:

Even Unix workstation vendors had thoughts of moving beyond scientific and engineering applications to mainstream knowledge worker desktops.

Translation: He arrogantly presumed, and continues to assume, that *nix solutions will never be useful to anyone but geeks, despite the fact that there is nothing that can be done on Windows that cannot also be done on *nix, perhaps with the exception of being part of a spam bot-net ... and frequently crashing (thus losing productivity).

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Dubya - the Worst Political Leader in History

Dubya Bin LadenI'm not an American, in fact I've never even been there (and frankly I don't think I ever will), but like most people I am completely appalled by the tenure in office of Mr. George "Dubya" Bush - a man who makes the most notorious dictators in history look tame by comparison.

I thought I knew quite a bit about how corrupt and evil Dubya was, until I came across a Blog called Monkey Lunch, which recites a litany of scandals against El Presidente several miles long.

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Novell's Hollow Gesture

Photo of Hovsepian selling his soul to the devil

When Hovsepian signed a pact with Ballmer, it was tantamount to an admission of guilt over IP infringements, and thus put every other GNU/Linux distributor in a compromising position, putting pressure on those distributors to also make that "confession" and join that protection racket. This further undermined the perceived integrity of GNU/Linux - forcing companies to re-evaluate their positions on Open Source - and decide between either abandoning their GNU/Linux adoption plans, or stick with the "safe" Novell distribution. Pity it didn't quite work out the way Microsoft hoped but nevertheless, the intention was malicious, and Novell was complicit. I hope they enjoy their 30 pieces of silver, and don't spend it all at once.

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