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Thursday, June 05, 2003

Visit a web site, lose control of your computer
If this hadn't happened countless times before, I wouldn't believe it. However, Microsoft has, yet again, written software which allows a website to take control of your computer. Who writes this shit? What kind of bullshit OS can be taken down like this? There has NEVER been a unix based system that allows html code to completely take control of a computer. Fucking unbelieveable. Yes...microsoft software sucks!

Thursday, May 29, 2003

Microsoft down and out in Munich (from the Reg)
Munich will dump 14,000 PCs running Windows and install Linux instead in what is one of the biggest moves away from Redmond to date. The importance of the deal prompted Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to make a last minute pitch and reportedly to undercut an offer from IBM and SuSE.

Ballmer's efforts failed.

The complete details.
Microshit's "Strategic Objective" to crush Java
An internal MS document entitled "Strategic Objective" had this to say about Java: "[Lets] Kill cross-platform Java by growing the polluted Java market." (see previous posts)
The Halloween Documents: MS states goals to crush linux and open source sofware
Read the MS documents here.
Gates email directing microsoft to sabotage competing software
"Make sure it [DR DOS] has problems running our software in the future."
A nice tidbit about Microsoft: Virtually every successful Microsoft product was either purchased from another company, or a direct copy of an existing company's successful product. (see previous post)
LindowsCEO hands out Fact Sheets about Gates and his company at his speach at UCSD.
The 'Fact Sheet' can be found here.
The Reg describes it: "...it represents a useful reminder of Microsoft's inglorious and largely innovation-free history, reprising the buy-ins, the breakware and the dirty tricks..."

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Opps
Microsoft issues a 'patch' that, surprise, breaks XP. Typical. Apparently, it "cripples" XP's internet connection.
Links here and here.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

A nice history of Microsloth's deliberate effort to break other's software
http://www.kickassgear.com/Articles/Microsoft.htm

Microsoft Documents to be Shredded (by SCO)
It's interesting that MS just paid 10-20 MILLION dollars to SCO. SCO controls these documents.

Background: "The Caldera antitrust lawsuit included some of the most damning evidence of Microsoft misconduct; breakware, black propaganda, all was there, the potential embarrassment being such that there was good reason for Microsoft to settle, then try to pretend it never happened."

From teh Reg: http://theregister.co.uk/content/4/30821.html

Also note that Caldera use to post much of the damming evidence on their website...now it's gone. All it takes is a few million, i guess. *sigh*

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

*Gasp* Yet another virus that only affects Windoz

Check out: http://theregister.co.uk/content/56/30751.html

From the article: "...as usual Mac and Linux users are immune from infection."

Buhahahahaha!

Congress Critters owned by M$
Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash, Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Fla., are again trying to allow copyright holders to control/shutdown computers used in p2p networks...of course we know how good the RIAA, MPAA and the Microdorks are at identifying copyright infringment.... this guys are also supported by the MPAA and RIAA...who also SUCK!

....and, while I'm on the subject, I'd like to send out a big FUCK YOU! to Hillary Rosen of the RIAA.

It seems now all it takes to get a law passed is a pile of money. *sigh*

Monday, May 19, 2003

Microsoft Windows Update Sucks Your Bandwidth
From Brett Glass on /.: "As we reviewed the cache statistics for our small ISP today, we noted that the traffic generated by Microsoft's Windows Update feature constituted 45% -- no, that's not a misprint -- of our total throughput. Because so many computers on the Internet run Windows, this massive resource drain occurs whenever Microsoft announces major security holes (as it did this week). The traffic could be greatly reduced, and service to users much improved, if the updates were cacheable at the ISP. But Microsoft has set up the service in such a way that the data can't be cached."
Microsoft Sued for Defective Software
The 'People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy' is sueing M$ for defective software. Finally..someone steps to the plate.


The Costs of Patching
Craig Fiebig, general manager of Microsoft's security business unit, is quoted as saying "In dollar terms, patching is the most expensive security measures and keeping your antivirus descriptions up to date is the least." That seems like an important statement coming from a company who's patches are possibly responsible for 45% of traffic on some networks.


Corporations Suffer Microsoft Activation Bug
See: http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/30301.html


Compare the GPL to MS's latest EULA: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/04/24/1050777342086.html
The bottom line: "The study also found that the majority of the EULA appears to protect Microsoft while a major portion of the GPL is geared towards apportioning rights to users."
Security Vulnerability in Microsoft .NET Passport

As you know, the MS "Psssport" holds all sorts of personal information of it's users: SSN, credit card info, date of birth, address...everything needed to steal seomone's identity. MS was warned numerous times about security problem with this system. Now it comes back to bit users. See: http://securitytracker.com/alerts/2003/May/1006728.html

Note: Muhammad Faisal Rauf Danka posted a note to the Full-Disclosure security e-mail list after multiple unsuccessful attempts to contact Microsoft [about this problem]."
Longhorn finally catches up with Apple's 2001 OS

MS announces the highlights of it's next bloated, POS, OS, Longhorn. Of course, Apple execs are now having a laugh of their own over how Longhorn, 'Microsoft's 2005 version of its Windows operating system, apes features that have been in Apple's OS X operating system since 2001.'"
For Microsoft, market dominance doesn't seem enough

Here's a link to a 'Microsoft Confidential' memo address to to senior managers laying out a strategy to dissuade governments across the globe from choosing cheaper alternatives to the ubiquitous Windows operating system.
Ballmer's take on DRM

Of course, Ballmer is Bill Gates as the Iraqi Info Minister, Mohamed Saeed Al-Sahhaf, is to Saddam Hussein
Digital Rights Management

'nough said. More on this later while my microsoft induced nausea settles.
"Stop Linux at any price!"

M$'s further attempts to crush it's competition: An email from MS's head of worldwide sales.
OK...we're just going to jump right in. Today's first addistion deals with Microsloth's licecensing SCO's IP: According to a M$ spoksman, Microsoft "will license SCO's Unix patents and the source code." There are a couple of reasons for this.

1. MS may be backing the SCO vs IBM lawsuit in an effort to hurt Linux.
2. MS may want to aquire SCO (again to hurt linux).
3. MS products contain unix source code. *Ding Ding* We have a winner!

Since IP licenseing is the standard way of dealing with IP claims, I'm betting on #3.

Everyone knows that Microsoft has "borrowed" Unix source code.: compression libraries and the BSD TCP stack come to mind.

Friday, May 16, 2003

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