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  1. [News] [Rival] Microsoft Embeds "Lie Patches" in Windows Vista

    Vista SP1 to lie about RAM usage. Deliberately!

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | If you right click on "My Computer" and go to properties, it will show the
    | amount of RAM that your computer can see. This is perfectly fine, but
    | sometimes the ignorant consumer buys 4GB of RAM, and thinks there is a
    | problem when their OS only reports 3GB.
    | So, what does the richest company in the world do about it?
    | Fix the problem at the core?
    | Enforce manufacturers to use 64bit?
    | nope. They just have their OS lie about it.
    `----

    http://www.antonywilliams.com/2007/1...ram-usage.html

    Lying is OK at Microsoft. Examples below (from OOXML).


    Recent:

    Legacy format FUD

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | From CyberTech Rambler (and Slashdot) comes the news that the Office 2003
    | Service Pack #3 disables (blocks) access to a number of legacy document
    | formats. Details are in this MS support article. Formats so blocked include
    | legacy Lotus 1-2-3 and Corel Quattro Pro formats. Why? According to the
    | Microsoft support article, "By default, these file formats are blocked
    | because they are less secure. They may pose a risk to you.".
    |
    | [...]
    |
    | Now it may be entirely possible that these old import filters in Excel are
    | poorly written and poorly maintained and that Microsoft may be trying to
    | reduce the overall security exposure of MS Office by ditching old code that
    | is not strategic for them. But call it that. The MS Office code has the
    | problem. Don't malign the formats. Don't make up some untenable story that
    | DIF format is "less secure" and "may pose a risk for you".
    `----

    http://www.robweir.com/blog/2008/01/...ormat-fud.html


    Bait and Switch

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | Promises have been made. Assurances have been given. Commitments have been
    | proffered. But far less has been delivered.
    |
    | [...]
    |
    | So what Ecma is offering SC34 is nothing close to what was promised. Ecma is
    | really seeking to transfer to SC34 the responsibility of spending the next 5
    | years fixing errors in OOXML 1.0, while future versions of OOXML ("technical
    | revisions") are controlled by Microsoft, in Ecma, in a process without
    | transparency, and as should now be obvious to all, without sufficient quality
    | controls. * *
    `----

    http://www.robweir.com/blog/2007/12/...nd-switch.html


    Microsoft won't commit to the open document standard it's pushing so hard

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | Now consider this from Brian Jones, a Microsoft manager who has worked on
    | OOXML for six years. In July, Jones was asked on his blog whether Microsoft
    | would actually commit to conform to an officially standardised OOXML. His
    | response: *
    |
    | ?It?s hard for Microsoft to commit to what comes out of Ecma [the European
    | standards group that has already OK?d OOXML] in the coming years, because we
    | don?t know what direction they will take the formats. We?ll of course stay
    | active and propose changes based on where we want to go with Office 14. At
    | the end of the day, though, the other Ecma members could decide to take the
    | spec in a completely different direction. ... Since it?s not guaranteed, it
    | would be hard for us to make any sort of official statement.? * * *
    |
    | Now that?s cynical. After all this work to make OOXML a formal, independent
    | standard ? a standard created and promoted by Microsoft, remember ? Microsoft
    | won?t agree to follow it. *
    `----

    http://www.techworld.com/storage/fea...85&pagtype=all


    Evidence of Microsoft Influencing OOXML Votes in Nordic States

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | "This is how a standard is bought," Bosson wrote later. "I left the meeting
    | in protest - pissed off."
    `----

    http://www.betanews.com/article/Evid...tes/1188335569


    They just can't stop lying.

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | Of course, Microsoft already knows all this, and no doubt that is why they
    | are working so hard to urge NB's to vote "Approval, with comments" with
    | promises that their comments will be addressed at the BRM, a BRM that might
    | not even occur. In fact, if everyone listened to Microsoft and followed their
    | advice then that would almost guarantee that no BRM would be held and no NB's
    | comments would be adopted. * *
    `----

    http://www.robweir.com/blog/2007/08/ooxml-brm.html


    MSOOXML: Third Party Support - Apple iWork '08

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | When Apple released iWork '08, the Microsoft bloggers immediately jumped in
    | to comment on how this is proof that MSOOXML is easily implementable by third
    | parties. First of all, we need to realise that Apple sits in the Technical
    | Committee at Ecma which "developed" this so called standard. So we should not
    | be surprised at all if they have support of this file format in their
    | upcoming products including the iPhone.
    |
    | What is not said however, and I have been waiting for days for a response
    | from Microsoft's Stephen McGibbon, is why Apple does NOT really support
    | MSOOXML....
    |
    | And it gets more interesting. The Cybertech Rambler has taken some time out
    | to review the file formats in iWork '08. ...He also confirms what the
    | Microsofties refuse to confirm: "on closer reading of iWorks website and
    | documentation, it appears that iWorks can only read OOXML file but cannot
    | write it. That’s a pity."
    `----

    http://www.openmalaysiablog.com/2007...l-third-p.html


    Correcting false statements by Microsoft

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | I think it is important to correct the false - or maybe misquoted -
    | statements by Vijay Kapoor, national technology officer of Microsoft India
    | that I found in this interview under the question "Why does Microsoft want
    | another standard, what's the rationale?". Microsoft starts the reply
    | with "There are at least 4 good reasons why:" and then states the first
    | reason.
    |
    | [...]
    |
    | Thus, all in all, the arguments provided by Microsoft in the interview don't
    | seem to be valid.
    `----

    http://blogs.sun.com/dancer/entry/co...s_by_microsoft


    [OOXML:] e to the power of hype

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | Exponential growth is quite a claim. But what is the evidence? Microsoft
    | provides this chart further down on the page, showing the growth in
    | their "community": *
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    http://www.robweir.com/blog/2007/08/...r-of-hype.html


    Microsoft FUD Watch, 8-3-07

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | At first glance, Robertson's statement is fairly innocuous. He is referring
    | to Massachusetts' decision to support OOXML (Open Office XML) formats. The
    | best FUD isn't immediately obvious. Microsoft PR agency sent this statement
    | proactively, with lots of additional information. Usually, I have to pull out
    | information kicking and screaming; it doesn't come this easy. There is a
    | reason, and it's FUD.
    |
    | Microsoft is trying to fast track OOXML through ISO ratification, but there
    | has been resistance. Even the United States ISO representative committee has,
    | so far, failed to support OOXML standards ratification. Microsoft needed some
    | good news, and Massachusetts delivered some—and powerful, because the
    | Commonwealth had planned to dump Office altogether.
    |
    | Microsoft's Doug Mahugh and Jason Matusow piped in with blogs about the OOXML
    | support by Massachusetts, which was expected, by the way. It's all FUD
    | because the reasoning is this: If Massachusetts now considers OOXML open, it
    | must truly be open. The Commonwealth also considers Adobe's PDF as open, too.
    | It's not.
    `----

    http://www.microsoft-watch.com/conte...129TX1K0000535

  2. Re: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Embeds "Lie Patches" in Windows Vista

    Roy Schestowitz espoused:
    > Vista SP1 to lie about RAM usage. Deliberately!
    >
    > ,----[ Quote ]
    >| If you right click on "My Computer" and go to properties, it will show the
    >| amount of RAM that your computer can see. This is perfectly fine, but
    >| sometimes the ignorant consumer buys 4GB of RAM, and thinks there is a
    >| problem when their OS only reports 3GB.
    >| So, what does the richest company in the world do about it?
    >| Fix the problem at the core?
    >| Enforce manufacturers to use 64bit?
    >| nope. They just have their OS lie about it.
    > `----
    >
    > http://www.antonywilliams.com/2007/1...ram-usage.html
    >
    > Lying is OK at Microsoft. Examples below (from OOXML).
    >


    Inspection of the Windows 2k task manager shows that it lies about the
    memory usage of Microsoft Outlook. This overt dishonesty about resource
    usage has been going on for *at least* 8 years.

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  3. Re: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Embeds "Lie Patches" in Windows Vista

    ____/ Mark Kent on Sunday 06 January 2008 20:26 : \____

    > Roy Schestowitz espoused:
    >> Vista SP1 to lie about RAM usage. Deliberately!
    >>
    >> ,----[ Quote ]
    >>| If you right click on "My Computer" and go to properties, it will show the
    >>| amount of RAM that your computer can see. This is perfectly fine, but
    >>| sometimes the ignorant consumer buys 4GB of RAM, and thinks there is a
    >>| problem when their OS only reports 3GB.
    >>| So, what does the richest company in the world do about it?
    >>| Fix the problem at the core?
    >>| Enforce manufacturers to use 64bit?
    >>| nope. They just have their OS lie about it.
    >> `----
    >>
    >> http://www.antonywilliams.com/2007/1...ram-usage.html
    >>
    >> Lying is OK at Microsoft. Examples below (from OOXML).
    >>

    >
    > Inspection of the Windows 2k task manager shows that it lies about the
    > memory usage of Microsoft Outlook. This overt dishonesty about resource
    > usage has been going on for *at least* 8 years.


    Or 8 days....

    Legacy format FUD

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | From CyberTech Rambler (and Slashdot) comes the news that the Office 2003
    | Service Pack #3 disables (blocks) access to a number of legacy document
    | formats. Details are in this MS support article. Formats so blocked include
    | legacy Lotus 1-2-3 and Corel Quattro Pro formats. Why? According to the
    | Microsoft support article, "By default, these file formats are blocked
    | because they are less secure. They may pose a risk to you.". * *
    |
    | [...]
    |
    | Now it may be entirely possible that these old import filters in Excel are
    | poorly written and poorly maintained and that Microsoft may be trying to
    | reduce the overall security exposure of MS Office by ditching old code that
    | is not strategic for them. But call it that. The MS Office code has the
    | problem. Don't malign the formats. Don't make up some untenable story that
    | DIF format is "less secure" and "may pose a risk for you". * *
    `----

    http://www.robweir.com/blog/2008/01/...ormat-fud.html

    To a convicted criminal, lying is a business method rather than a problem.

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  4. Re: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Embeds "Lie Patches" in Windows Vista

    ____/ [H]omer on Friday 11 January 2008 04:40 : \____

    > Verily I say unto thee, that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
    >
    >> To a convicted criminal, lying is a business method rather than a
    >> problem.

    >
    > There really needs to be some kind of ombudsman for the software
    > industry, not just the DOJ or the EU commission, but an actual
    > regulator that takes immediate remedies against violators.


    Give Mr. Atlas a phonecall when he's done carrying Marocco on his back..

    "Microsoft's distorted perception of the computing industry, and of the
    world as a whole, is important because of a fact which Judge Jackson
    came to realize but, all too soon, commented on: Any conduct remedy
    which relies solely upon Microsoft's own ability to scrutinize,
    admonish, and improve itself through its own means, will be treated by
    Microsoft's executives with disrespect and contempt. It's like a
    parent ordering his wayward son to shape up. The executives of
    Microsoft are as unwilling to consider such an order as an adolescent
    boy, bottled up in his room, is willing to remove his headphones and
    listen to his dad for five seconds. They are likely to ignore such an
    order altogether. I say this with the utmost respect: They don't give
    a damn what you think."

    --Scott M. Fulton, III

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