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Douglas M. Goodyear and the DCI Microsoft connection

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| In Europe DCI runs a network of think tanks and it took responsibility for
| the weird journo-lobbying website TechCentralStation that spread hate
| propaganda against the French government, the EU, Muslims and also issued
| offensive slanderous communication against the FFII, the community that backs
| OOXML and sided against Microsoft in its EU software patents lobby
| campaign.
| [...]
| DCI's many clients over the years have included General Motors, Exxon Mobil,
| Verizon and Morgan Stanley, according to federal disclosure forms. The firm
| is expert in targeting voters and persuading them to contact their elected
| officials, a mechanism called grass-roots lobbying. But it has also lobbied
| lawmakers directly and has registered to lobby for a long list of clients at
| the federal level.


Piece by piece, the way Mafiasoft operates will be further exposed. Thanks to
the Internet.

Microsoft is a political phenomenon. It's hardly about technology these days.


Dual_EC_DRBG Added to Windows Vista

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| Microsoft has added the random-number generator Dual_EC-DRBG to Windows
| Vista, as part of SP1. Yes, this is the same RNG that could have an NSA
| backdoor. *
| It's not enabled by default, and my advice is to never enable it. Ever.


Microsoft confirms that XP contains random number generator bug

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| As recently as last Friday, Microsoft hedged in answering questions about
| whether XP and Vista could be attacked in the same way, saying only that
| later versions of Windows "contain various changes and enhancements to the
| random number generator."



Change of the guard

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| You don't have to convince press speakers and hired guns. But can you imagine
| that Jan 'the answer is always the same, you are well paid, shut up' van den
| Belt was hired for the comptia lobby after leaving as an ecma international
| general secretary? What an upgrade for the person to which the ISO jtc1 *
| rewrite was dedicated. Will standards people also let his collegue Mr.
| Lueders rewrite the essentials of international standardisation? Or could the
| Dutch nihilist provide some technical assistance? Fast-track Lueders
| interpretations to the ISO directives? * * *


Embrace the Reality and Logic of Choice

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| Another neo-colonialist press release from Microsoft's CompTIA lobbying arm,
| this time inveighing against South Africa's adoption of ODF as a national
| standard. One way to point out the absurdity of their logic is to replace the
| reference to ODF with references to any other useful standard that a
| government might adopt, like electrical standards. * *


Multiple Standards according to ECMA

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| On a Microsoft event in Portugal, called TechDays 2008, ex-ECMA and now
| CompTIA (Microsoft lobbyst group) member, Jan van den Beld explains how
| multiple standards come to be on ECMA *
| [...]
| What does Jan van den Beld - former Secretary General of ECMA - have to say
| about multiple standards? He seems to be puzzled himself!
| Quote from his presentation:
| Q: Why do you want to have 5 [DVD related] formats? Do you still call that
| standardization?
| A: You are well paid. Shut up
| Check out the video at 4:10 and amaze yourself!
| This was on Microsoft Techdays 2008, in Portugal.


The commercial value of ISO privileged access

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| Jan van den Beld 'sents love letters' to the ISO system and leaches out
| against parties who want to appeal.


Return of the Living Dead - Brainless Attack on MoSTI - Part Deux!!!

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| I dont know what the attraction is, but somehow we all love the morbid
| fascination of Zombies in action. First, Microsoft^H^H^H^H^HCompTIA hires Mr
| Jan van der Beld, Ex-Ecma Secretary General, to fly all the way here in KL,
| for an event supposedly about "good multiple standards". *There he challenges
| us to find a better way to Fast Track large, immature vendor dependent
| specifications. The answer is of course: "Don't do it." Later on that same
| day, like a man possessed, he turns up at a PIKOM meeting only to rant and
| thump tables. * * *
| Then today, in our fantastic broadsheet turned tabloid "The New Straits
| Times" features a "Comment" by our so called "cooler head" Datuk Dr Mohd
| Ariffin Aton entitled "Walking the Talk on neutrality policy". If you've
| forgotten about him, you may be forgiven, but he is or rather WAS the CEO if
| SIRIM Bhd. * *


Former ECMA Sec. Gen challenges ISO/BRM critics to create a better process

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| "If people say this whole ISO process is lousy, out of date and doesn't work
| anymore or is broken, I challenge anybody to make a new worldwide process,"
| van den Beld told PC World while in Australia working for the Computing
| Technology Industry Association. * *

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