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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Unleashes Shills to Attack Linux

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Unleashes Shills to Attack Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2007 11:28:43 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Latest cr*p-smearing from the Lyons shill (the "freetards" stereotype man), a
close friend of the Enderle shill ("zealot" and "terrorism" man) and Didio
("hippie" woman)


Boy, Microsoft must be feeling the pressure. This one comes from Barron's
(another Microsoft shill).


Some proof of past shilling below.


"Fake Steve Jobs" is Daniel Lyons, in case anyone wants to sue

,----[ Quote ]
| Maybe we should be, since this is the man who wrote about the "evils" of 
| anonymous blogging in  "Attack of the Blogs", where he said that blogs 
| are “the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing 
| lies, libel and invective.”   
| Um. Dude. Talk about world class hypocrisy. 



More on Troy Wolverton, the Street, and Apple Scandal

,----[ Quote ]
| MediaNews did buy the Mercury News with a loan from Bill Gates' foundation, 
| and is in the process of paying back that loan by publishing information 
| without much journalistic or technical integrity.  
| Specifically, I wrote “One might think that the San Jose Mercury News, being 
| located in Apple's backyard, would tend to trumpet the company's success. One 
| would be wrong... Apple's corporate proximity to San Jose is trumped by the 
| Mercury News’ need to publish low cost, highly sensational news to make 
| enough money to pay back Bill Gates for the favor of his humanitarian loan.”     


Barron's Battle Goes Another Round

,----[ Quote ]
| The contretemps between The Business Press Maven and Barron's turned a bit 
| ugly in recent days, even degenerating into a Barron's reporter putting a hex 
| on Alex Rodriguez as I headed toward what I hoped to be his 500th home run. 
| The hex, I'm sorry to report, worked.   


Stop the Barron's Microsoft Series

,----[ Quote ]
|  That particular story about how Microsoft was still a growth stock was dated 
|  July 26, 2004. Between then and now, it bears mentioning, Microsoft's stock 
|  price has been stuck in the mud, barely budging in a market that has flown 
|  to the heavens.   
| But a horrid call, even made twice, is forgivable. What got me was that 
| somewhere else in my steel trap of a mind was the memory of yet a third big 
| bullish profile in Barron's by Savitz about how Microsoft was, uh -- hey, 
| you're really catching on here -- still a growth stock! That was 
| titled "Pointing Up," from a bit over a year ago, April 3, 2006.    
| The Business Press Maven has a couple of concerns here. These articles appear 
| written from the same template, without enough new information to merit such 
| repetition, especially this latest one.  
| Stop the presses! A company stated publicly that it was still relevant! It is 
| overkill, boosterism. Microsoft has a public relations department that takes 
| care of that; it does not need outside help.   



“There’s an interesting article in the April 2007 issue of Harper’s magazine
about panels, audits, and experts. It is called CTRL-ALT-DECEIT and is from
evidence in Comes v. Microsoft, a class action suit in Iowa. Here’s a
paragraph from a document admitted into evidence, called “Generalized
Evangelism Timeline,” about guerrilla or evangelical marketing:

Working behind the scenes to orchestrate “independent” praise of our technology
is a key evangelism function. “Independent” analysts’ reports should be
issued, praising your technology and damning the competitors (or ignoring
them). “Independent consultants should write articles, give conference
presentations, moderate stacked panels on our behalf, and set themselves up as
experts in the new technology, available for just $200/hour. “Independent”
academic sources should be cultivated and quoted (and granted research money).

They advise cultivating “experts” early and recommending that they not publish
anything pro-Microsoft, so that they can be viewed as “independent” later on,
when they’re needed. This type of evangelical or guerilla marketing is
apparently quite common in the high-tech fields, and seems to be used
liberally by open source developers.

The document admitted into evidence also says, “The key to stacking a panel is
being able to choose the moderator,” and explains how to find “pliable”
moderators–those who will sell out.

It is all a big money game. Most activists in any field know of
countless “hearings,” in which hundreds of citizens would testify before a
panel, only to be ignored in favor of two or three industry “experts.” When a
panel is chosen, the outcome seems to be a foregone conclusion. As with
elections, they don’t leave anything to chance.”

(a post from a Mark E. Smith about exhibit PX03096 “Evangelism is War” from
Comes v. Microsoft).

,----[ Quotes with annotation ]
| "(Microsoft manager:) I don't like the fact that the report show us losing 
| on TCO on webservers. I don't like the fact that the report show us losing 
| on availability (windows was down more than linux). And I don't like the 
| fact that the reports says nothing new is coming with windows .net server."
| [...]
| "I don't like it to be public on the doc that we sponsored it because I 
| don't think the outcome is as favorable as we had hoped. I just don't like 
| competitors using it as ammo against us. It is easier if it doesn't mention 
| that we sponsored it."


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