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Anti-U.S. Hackers Infiltrate Army Servers

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A known computer hacking clan with anti-American leanings has successfully broken into at least two sensitive Web servers maintained by the U.S. Army, InformationWeek has learned exclusively.

Department of Defense and other investigators are currently probing the breaches, which have not been publicly disclosed.
The hackers, who collectively go by the name “m0sted” and are based in Turkey, penetrated servers at the Army’s McAlester Ammunition Plant in McAlester, Okla., and at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Transatlantic Center in Winchester, Va.
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Uncategorized May 29th 2009

Microsoft Makes Itself at Home in Transylvania

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In what is perhaps a sign of desperation, Microsoft is really pushing governments around the world to sign up to el cheapo mega-deals that they think they can’t refuse. The FSFE’s Georg Greve points out to me in an email that there’s an interesting angle to this story in Romania:

It seems ironic that the European Commission has to fine Microsoft repeatedly over sustained monopoly abuse, then transfers part of that money to Romania, which enjoyed the highest level of financial support ever granted to a candidate country in the history of the European Union, and the Romanian government then decides to return part of that money to Microsoft with close to no tangible benefit for Romania.

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Uncategorized May 27th 2009

Bill Gates Uses Malaria to Attack GNU/Linux

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IN TWO previous posts [1, 2], we wrote about the unfolding of disturbing events in Spain, where Microsoft had plans of turning children into its customers and vassals.

The predictions are now confirmed. To Bill Gates, a major lobbyist these days [1, 2, 3, 4], the whole charity gig [1, 2, 3] is a convenient excuse and a tool for political power struggles. He uses that power to ensure that countries sell their entire population and public sector to Microsoft. With it, the commercial sector must follow (Microsoft ensures interoperability is a no-go).

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Uncategorized May 27th 2009

Can the United Kingdom and Hungary Still be Sued for Excluding Free Software?

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YESTERDAY we wrote about an almost-unprecedented lawsuit that had been initiated in Switzerland because of Microsoft corruption in procurement. There was a similar lawsuit in Canada last year, but the latest one in Europe could open the floodgate to more such lawsuits in the areas. How about the corruption in Hungary [1, 2, 3, 4] for example? Here is a new short article from ZDNet UK

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Uncategorized May 27th 2009

Microsoft Patent: More Money for Less Functions

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With U.S. Patent 7,536,726, Microsoft has been granted a patent with which they hope to make a successful business model out of a potentially severely restricted operating system.

Under the title “Restricted software and hardware usage on a computer,” the U.S. Patent Office granted Microsoft innovative invention status on May 19, 2009 for their resourceful business idea. Microsoft had filed the patent in 2005 and now the ideas of its coworkers Joachim Kempin, Carl Gulledge, Edward Stubbs and others were finally considered worthy. The patent text, in all its arcane language, gets to the bottom line of a concept not totally unfamiliar to Microsoft: make selected portions and functionality of the operating system unavailable to users or limit their ability to add software applications or device drivers until an Click here to read more.. »

Uncategorized May 26th 2009

Microsoft Antitrust Hearing in Europe Canceled

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Microsoft and the European Commission have canceled the only hearing planned in an antitrust investigation into the company’s Internet browser because of a dispute over the attendance of European regulators serving as advisers.

As a result, the commission, which began its inquiry after a complaint by Opera, a small browser maker in Norway, will reach its decision and levy a fine based on written statements from Microsoft and its adversaries. Microsoft decided not to give oral evidence in the case after it was unable to persuade the commission to move the meeting, scheduled for June 3 through 5, so that it did not conflict with a global antitrust conference in Zurich that draws European antitrust regulators.

Dave Heiner, a Microsoft vice president and deputy general counsel, said the conflict would have prevented some regulators from attending the hearings as observers and advisers.

Read more at The New York Times

Uncategorized May 26th 2009

Can Microsoft’s core business adapt to the new economy?

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In late April, two weeks before Microsoft announced the biggest batch of layoffs in its history, the company experienced a lesser-noticed milestone that may have signaled even more about the state of its business.

For the first time in Microsoft’s history, revenue in its Server & Tools division — which makes behind-the-scenes corporate systems and programming software — surpassed revenue in its Windows Client division, which makes the PC operating system responsible for much of the company’s past success. Click here to read more.. »

Uncategorized May 26th 2009

Microsoft’s ODF support is broken, says alliance

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The OpenDocument Format (ODF) Alliance says that “serious deficiencies” in Microsoft’s support for ODF need to be addressed to ensure greater interoperability with other ODF-supporting software.

ODF Alliance managing director Marino Marcich said in a press statement this week that “support for ODF represents an important and ongoing test of Microsoft’s commitment to real-world interoperability. Unfortunately, serious shortcomings have been identified in Microsoft’s support for ODF. Putting potentially millions of ODF files into circulation that are non-interoperable and incompatible with the ODF support provided by other vendors is a recipe for fragmentation.”
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Uncategorized May 23rd 2009

Ex-Microsoftie says free software will kill Redmond

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Bill Gates probably will not sing the praises of Keith Curtis, a programmer with Microsoft for 11 years who’s now left the fold and written a book about why the Redmond way will fail. Oh yeah, Curtis is not afraid to speak his mind as a Linux guru, either.

The mantra Curtis repeats throughout his book After the Software Wars: proprietary software is holding us back as a society.

In the book, Curtis says that while proprietary software made Microsoft one of the most successful companies of all time, it’s a model destined to fail because it doesn’t let software programmers cooperate and contribute, and thus stifles innovation.
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Uncategorized May 23rd 2009

Dell: Windows 7 More Expensive Than Vista, XP

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Can Microsoft really afford to raise prices in a down economy? That’s the question facing the software giant as it prepares to launch Windows 7 later this year. According to remarks attributed to a Dell marketing executive, Microsoft’s planned Windows 7 prices are generally higher than price points for Windows Vista and Windows XP releases.

Hey, The VAR Guy is all for free enterprise. Microsoft certainly should sell Windows 7 at prices that the market is willing to pay. And yes, software companies — closed source, open source, whatever source — deserve to seek profits from their hard work.

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Uncategorized May 19th 2009