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[News] Microsoft "Hires Astroturfers" to Combat Linux "Cancer"

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Now Hiring - Astroturfer, apply at Microsoft

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| Evidently, a "Senior Marketing Manager" has the responsibility of:
|     * "assisting in defining and driving core marketing initiatives – most 
|     specifically online & offline community-building" 
|     * "further the dialogue on the value of the Microsoft platform to open 
|     source audiences" 
|     * "be a cornerstone for a global thought leadership website and will be 
|     regularly featured in industry press around the world" 
|     * "act as a visible external evangelist for Microsoft"
| Wow! That's all direct quotes from the job description. It is so blatant, I'm 
| beginning to wonder if it's some kind of joke. Particularly the 'evangelist' 
| line.  
| Kind of like the famous Halloween documents, this posting really tips 
| Microsoft's hand and shows us exactly what they're thinking. After all the 
| smoke and mirrors over the deals with Linux distros Suse, Linspire, Xandross, 
| and Turbo Linux, this shows that those distros were in fact acquired in order 
| to be killed. It's not Linux that Microsoft wants, it's the customers.    



Microsoft Pays $200 for Mentioning Its Tools

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| If you're a professor and you mention Microsoft programming tools in a 
| scholarly presentation -- in fact, even if you just use the tools -- 
| Microsoft will send you a check for $200.  



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| As you see, it's in French but it is short and sweet.  It refers to an
| article published in the Swiss newspaper Le Temps on Monday (available for a
| payment of 2.50 Swiss francs.)  But I find the Le Monde article
| sufficient and can offer a translation:
|      1,445: number of students in the world paid by Microsoft to
|      promote favourable speech in their universities
|      "How Microsoft has infiltrated the Swiss universities" was the
|      title of the Monday Le Temps.  The Genevean newspaper pointed to
|      these students charged with "forging links with their peers and
|      the professors" to improve the image of Bill Gates' firm in the
|      universities.  The program "Microsoft Student Partners" is not at
|      all clandestine, it has an official Website at
|      "http://student-partners.com";.  It is no longer at all local: the
|      1,445 students at the service of Microsoft are active in 102
|      countries.  In France, more than 100 students carry the title MSP
|      and correspond with the Microsoft teams during their whole time in
|      school.  These French students have actively participated in the
|      launch of the Vista operating system, organising 87 conferences
|      and stands, leading 17 training sessions and moderating 42 blogs.
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