Bill Gates

Real reasons not to like Bill Gates

or Microsoft

{Addendum:  Gates and his Chinese Cohorts have done a pretty good job of clearing files from the internet, including mine.  Anything I didn't save to disk is now gone.  Time hasn't slowed gates and his dirty deals down.  I don't know how long this link will last but XX No, this one is gone too XX it is. } 

I read a speech made to a high school credited to Bill Gates: "Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!" It is so easy to espouse such edicts, dictators and tyrants have told their ‘subjects’ much the same thing for hundreds of years. It is no coincidence that the guy with no or little money, some 95% of the people that do the actual work have never said, "yeah, my life is tough but I'll get used to it."

I don't begrudge the man because he had some good luck and the foresight to follow up on a great situation, but think about this. Not only did he take advantage a situation, he did (and still does) everything in his power to Monopolize the market. Bill Clinton had the federal government pressing a anti-trust case against Microsoft for being a Monopoly and the case had proceeded far enough for them to admit they did have special code in their operating systems to favor 'their' own products. However,  it was just a stall waiting for elections. Microsoft/Gates made a donation to the Republicans/ Bush and when Bush won the election, the law suit was called off. That is the way politics work. Now, since the admission of wrong doing was done in court under some sort of legal status, when the suit was called off, the admission no longer exists for legal purposes in any other legal proceedings. Hence Bill Gates is getting away with monopolizing the computer industry. So when you 'got it all,' it is real easy to be smug and say, "life isn't fair." The son-of-a-bitch should be in prison.

The list of things that Microsoft does that are anti-competitive in just this one program is to long to list here, and that is not the point of this message. He is and they are, is all you need to know.

In the late 1800's the United States government took the DuPont corporation to court for having a monopoly of the explosives market, DuPont had over 60% of the market. DuPont was forced to diverse almost half of it's explosives holdings to settle the dispute. In the 1960's the government sued Xerox for having a monopoly of the copier market, roughly 80%, and it too, was forced to open its copy technology to the world. In the 70's AT&T having approximately 90% of the communications market, was forced to release its grip on the communications market. Microsoft has over 95% of the internet market yet when the Bush administration came in to office, the suit against Microsoft was called off despite their admission of guilt. Atta-boy, their Bush!

Gates has made over 50 billion dollars and has essentially given peanuts back. e.g. for every $100 he has made, he has given back a few pennies and by far the majority of the money he has given back, has gone to other countries. He has moved the majority of Microsoft operations to China to increase his profits. Yeah, he is a real generous SOB.

What he has spent it on has been "feel good, look good" stuff in my opinion. What you and I do to help our fellow man is just that, we give to charity, and/or help someone out of a tough spot, if we can. Bill Gates does pretty much the same thing but here is the difference. You or I might give one or two or five or ten percent of our income to help someone or at least try to help others out. Gates gives one hundred million to somebody and that sounds like a lot of money but it is 0.002% of fifty Billion. Besides, once you have a billion dollars, just how much more do you need, and Gates is trying hard to increase his wealth and power. It is giving what you are able rather than the quantity that matters.

Gates is in a position to make some fundamental changes in the world, changes that would help all humanity for all time. Instead, Gates is doing the same thing I do except on scale one hundred times no a thousand times less, relative to income, relative to ability. Feeding the hungry is great, but they will be hungry tomorrow still, nothing gets fixed. You can even find a cure for a disease but there will still be another one. Do you see what I'm getting at? Bill Gates isn't fixing anything, he is still doing little things. He is working on his image, sprinklings a few hundred million bucks around to look good and feel good about himself. Bill Gates could literally give away a million dollars easier than I could a dollar. A person in his position should take on a problem relative to his ability and forget the eye-wash shit. I believe history will show that Bill Gates what he really is, a really greedy little man.

I know a little bit about computers and you don't have to know much to know somebody is regularly accessing your (my) computer and reading and changing files.  (See section below on Windows 10) Microsoft gets away with it because It seems a normal thing to do, keep the latest and greatest for "free," except of course, it is not ‘free,' you pay for it. Bill Gates wants to know if you have paid him 'his' due, every time you log into the internet. So what is the big deal? I'm not a computer geek but you know there is a "log" a history of every WEB sites visited and this information is shared with microsoft, like it or not. Windows update? Do a little searching on the WEB and you will find where lots of other people have found many such files & "spy ware" so to speak, lurking in the Windows software. Be careful though, Microsoft is aware of it. They will be notified next time you log on to the WEB.


When I found my empty file (this file) [the file wasn't deleted just emptied] but they forgot their computer added a little note that said "Deleated by Microsoft". True story. Now were thay that careless or were they sending me a message?

I changed ISP's in the 90's as my old one was actually causing errors and were making no attempt to correct them only to learn that after I had committed myself I was actually signing up on the MSN network. Well, it would have been real messy to back out & cost prohibitivitive so I stayed with it. When I loaded "MSN premium", my Quicken files were deleted, all the Word Perfect TSR's were deleted and more.

A little update here. At one time I had two computers hooked to the internet and a third one not. Things changed on the computers hooked to the internet, things I didn't want changed and of course, the one that is not, didn't and I don't just mean updates.

I have run across several sites/offers that only work on I/E and there is no reason for that. Some special code written that won’t let it work on anything else. If this isn’t being anti-competitive, I don’t know what is.

Try this link; "http://www.vanwensveen.nl/rants/microsoft/IhateMS.html." In it is a pretty good discussion of what is wrong with one person monopolizing the internet with links to further articles, if it is still there.


↓Back-up copy, I was hacked, 10 digit random password, they really wanted to get rid of this bad. The first part is a bit redundent redundent.↓


I read a speech made to a high school credited to Bill Gates: "Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!" It is so easy to espouse such edicts, dictators and tyrants have told their ‘subjects’ much the same thing for years. It is no coincidence that the guy on the other end, some 95% of the people that do the actual work have never said, "yeah, my life is tough but I'll get used to it." I don't begrudge the man because he had some good luck and the foresight to follow up on a great situation. But think about this. Not only did he take advantage a situation, he did (and does) everything in his power to Monopolize the market, legaly or otherwise and he does so to this very day.

Bill Clinton had the federal government pressing a anti-trust case against Gates and Microsoft for being a Monopoly and the case had gone far enough for them to admit they did have special code in their operating systems to favor 'their' products. Microsoft/Gates made a donation to the Republicans and when the Bush administration came along they called off the law suit. Coincidence you think? Now, since the admission of wrong doing was done in court under some sort of legal status when the suit was called off, the admission is not valid in any other legal proceedings, hence Bill Gates is getting away with monopolizing the computer industry. So when you; 'got it all,' it is real easy to be smug and say, "life isn't fair."

 The richest man in the world shouldn't be saying "life isn't fair," a person such as Gates shouldn't be telling someone less fortunate life is tough and it is too bad he doesn't have enough money to eat. The list of things that Microsoft does that are anti-competitive in just this one program is to long to list here, and that is not the point of this message. He is and they are, is all you need to know.

In the late 1800's the United States government took the DuPont corporation to court for having a monopoly of the explosives market, Dupont had over 70% of the market. DuPont was forced to diverse almost half of it's explosives holdings to settle the dispute. In the 1960's the government sued Xerox for having a monopoly of the copier market, roughly 80%, and it too, was forced to open its copy technology to the world. In the 70's AT&T having approximately 90% of the communications market, was forced to release its grip on the communications market. Microsoft has over 95% of the internet market yet when the Bush administration came in to office, the suit against Microsoft was called off despite their admission of guilt. Atta-boy, their Bush! Gates has made over 50 billion dollars and has essentially given peanuts back. e.g. for every $100 he has made, he has given back pennies and by far the majority of the money he has given back, has gone to other countries. Yeah, he is a real generous SOB <sic>. What he has spent it on has been "feel good, look good" stuff in my opinion. What you and I do to help our fellow man is just that, we give to charity, and/or help someone out of a tough spot, if we can. Bill Gates does pretty much the same thing but here is the difference. You or I might give one or two or five or ten percent of our income to help someone or at least try to help others out. Gates gives one-hundred-million to somebody and that sounds like a lot of money but it is 0.002% of fifty Billion. Besides, once you have a billion dollars, just how much more do you need, and Gates is trying hard to increase his wealth. It is giving what you are able rather than the quantity that matters. Gates is in a position to make some fundamental changes in the world, changes that would help all humanity for all time. Instead, Gates is doing one hundred times no a thousand times less, relative to income, relative to ability. Feeding the hungry is great, but they will be hungry tomorrow still, nothing gets fixed. You can even find a cure for a disease but there will still be another one.

Do you see what I'm getting at? Bill Gates isn't fixing anything. He is working on his image, sprinklings a few hundred million bucks around to look good and feed his narcissism. Bill Gates could literally give away a million no 10 million dollars easier than I could a dollar. A person in his position should take on a problem relative to his ability and forget the eye-wash shit. I believe history will show that Bill Gates what he really is, a really greedy little man unless of course, he publishes the history books.

I know a little bit about computers but I have been unable to turn off the "Windows Update" function on my computer. I have tried to "not" turn it on, but failed. Microsoft gets away with it because It seems a normal thing to do, keep the latest and greatest for "free," except of course, it is not ‘free,' you paid for it. Bill Gates wants to know if you have paid him 'his' due, every time you log into the internet. So what is the big deal? I'm not a computer geek but  a "log" of WEB sites I had visited in the windows software and I'm not talking about the log associated with the browser is something Microsoft accesses at will. There is only one explanation for such a log. It gets accessed and downloaded. Windows update? Do a little searching on the WEB and you will find where lots of other people have found many such files "spy ware" so to speak, lurking in the Windows software. Be careful though, Microsoft is aware of it. They will be notified next time you log on to the WEB.

I changed ISP's in the 90's for good reason only to learn after I had committed myself that I was actually signing up on the MSN network. Well, it would have been real messy to back out & probably cost me so I tried to stayed with it. Try this link; "http://www.vanwensveen.nl/rants/microsoft/IhateMS.html." In it is a pretty good discussion of what is wrong with one person monopolizing the internet with links to further discussions.

On the 5th of February we got DSL through Quest which I didn’t realize at the time was one of Microsoft's stooges. I was supplied with a CD containing MSN Premium as part of the installation. MSN certainly wasn’t my choice but I let it go at the time. I used it about 3 weeks. If you don’t know what MSN Premium is, I’ll tell you. Everything is loaded at once and focused on promoting Microsoft. It takes awhile to load, maybe 5 minutes. I’m running a computer at 3 Ghz and it takes 5 minutes to load my mail? Well, like I said, I tried it for a while and everything I did took me to or through something Microsoft and the computer was always loading and unloading files making everything ran slow. I got tired of that and I really resent Microsoft trying to assert itself on everything. I never used IE , some other, Windows Live,” thing always seemed to come up I didn’t like it at all. I still used Firefox. But mail, I am stuck with, because Microsoft uses a HTTP interface rather than a POP and only Microsoft mail is configurable to work with that.. So now I’m really pissed. This morning after getting my mail, I did a ‘System Restore’ to before I had MSN. It took quite some time but hopefully it completely rid my computer of MSN Premium. Unfortunately it also got rid of virus & firewall protection that was part of my package and what I had before I agreed to go with MSN was deleted in preparation. Now I didn’t even have a connection to the internet. I’m sitting here looking at the router and the lights are indicating; ‘I’m not here.’ Well, I’m sure I’m here, I just need to know how to get there. I called the Qwest help line which switches me over to the MSN help line which is in the Philippines. I explained what I was doing and what needed to happen and I always get. “ sure, we can do that.” I’ve worked with MSN Philipino ‘help’ before and after some floundering around finally struck out on my own to restore the connection.

As of today 6-2-2015 I note that most of the good links to real damming evidence is now gone.  It was there, I should have copied more to my computer..

Forbes Magazine

Windows 10 Worst Secret Spins Out Of Control




Update: Microsoft has contacted me to announce it will be improving the controls it provides to users over data tracking in Windows 10. Full story here and an update on the findings below. 

Back in November Microsoft confirmed Windows 10’s worst kept secret: its extensive telemetry (or ‘spying’ as it has been labelled) cannot be stopped. What no-one realized until now, however, is just how staggering the extent of this tracking really is…  

Blowing the lid on it this week is Voat user CheesusCrust whose extensive investigation claims Windows 10 contacts Microsoft to report data thousands of times per day. And the kicker? This happens after choosing a custom Windows 10 installation and disabling all three pages of tracking options which are all enabled by default.

The raw numbers come out as follows: in an eight hour period Windows 10 tried to send data back to 51 different Microsoft IP addresses over 5500 times. After 30 hours of use, Windows 10 expanded that data reporting to 113 non-private IP addresses. Being non-private means there is the potential for hackers to intercept this data.

Feb 11, 2016 @ 06:30 AM 46,611 views    Forbs Magazine

Microsoft Upgrades Windows 10 Powers Of Control [Updated]

Update 15/02/2016: following discussions with Microsoft MSFT -0.15% and 3 Monkeys Zino (3MZ), Microsoft’s official press agency in the UK, 3MZ has confirmed it was at fault for the supply a misleading quote from Microsoft and that no Windows 10 updates have been announced for 2016 which will offer increased telemetry control.

The full quote 3MZ supplied formed the basis for this article and reads as follows: “Our enterprise feature updates later this year will enable enterprise customers the option to disable this telemetry, but we strongly recommend against this.”

3MZ confirms it extracted the quote from a longer 2015 Microsoft blog post and gave no indication it came from there or that the actions it describes as being in the future had already taken place in 2015. 3MZ has stressed Microsoft was not at fault for this and has asked to publicly relay the following apology which it issued to me in email correspondence: 

“Hi Gordon

We are sorry you feel this way. As we have explained, none of this was intentional and we apologize for not having been clear enough on the context around the statement we provided you. This was a mistake which clearly led you to write your article and for that we’re truly sorry.

Having read and re-read all the correspondence and reviewed all the facts and information we have access to, we stand by our apology.

To be crystal clear this is between 3MZ and you, and has nothing to do with Microsoft.

Angie

Angie Moxham, Chief Monkey and Founder, 3MZ”

Update 13/02/16: Microsoft has confirmed the statement issued to me came from a 2015 blog post and does not relate to plans for 2016. An update will be posted to this story following conclusion of talks.

Update: 11/02/16: I have been alerted to very similar wording Microsoft used in a September blog post (you’ll find it seven paragraphs in) also regarding stronger telemetry controls. The statement given to me was clear the context for the updates is 2016, so I’ve enquired whether the repetition of language is purely coincidental. The post will be updated.



Earlier this week a Voat thread started something. It detailed extensive Windows 10 background telemetry making thousands of connections every hour to Microsoft servers. It did this with every accessible tracking option disabled and even a third party telemetry blocker installed. I took this data to Microsoft and it declined to comment, but now the company has had a change of heart.  

Contacting me again a Microsoft spokesperson explained the company now wanted to speak about the issue. In short: Microsoft is taking action. It has decided to release updates “later this year” which will enable users to fully control all background telemetry and data tracking and, if desired, disable it completely. Microsoft also asked me to stress that disabling these background operations is something it would “strongly recommend against”.

So should we get out our party hats and cheer? Yes and no.

The big win here is a victory for choice. It is a move which gives users complete control over what their operating system does in the background – for better or worse – and that openness is to be applauded. So too is the company’s decision to go back and rethink its stance.

But it is also important to put this decision in full context. Not all background telemetry and data sharing is bad, far from it. This so called ‘phone home’ behaviour (conspiracy theories aside) is primarily about monitoring the health of your operating system and providing Microsoft with anonymised real time data to make ongoing improvements. I fully recognise Microsoft’s strong recommendation against disabling all of it.

Yet ‘No’ must mean No. As it stands giving users what appear to be pages of detailed telemetry control options only for them to find out numerous telemetry functions will still continue at pace does nothing to build confidence and trust in an operating system. This is especially true for many users who are still adjusting to Windows 10’s vise-like control over updates which comes as part of Microsoft’s pledge to move Windows to a SaaS (software as a service) model.

Other important takeaways from Microsoft’s telemetry alterations? While it may change in future, for now full control over telemetry is currently only being brought to Windows 10 Enterprise. This means users of Windows 10 Home and Pro, typically consumers and small businesses respectively, will still need to cede control. Whether you like it or not, Microsoft spells this out in the Windows 10 EULA – its house, its rules.

But regardless, Microsoft’s decision here has to be commended and it reminds me of the more open and collaborative way the company used to behave. Yes there remains a very long way to go but, fingers crossed, it’s a start…

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— Microsoft's new Windows 10 system offers more personalization than before, but it also collects more data than people might be used to on PCs, from contacts and appointments to their physical location and even Wi-Fi passwords.

The information is used by Cortana, Microsoft's voice-activated digital assistant, and other new features that try to be helpful by remembering a user's likes and habits. Apple and Google have developed similar services for smartphones in recent years. Microsoft's new features are a big part of its strategy to make Windows more relevant in a world where people use multiple devices throughout the day.

Most of these features get turned on when you set up Windows 10 with the “Get going fast” option. But you can take back control and disable features in the settings. Here are some examples:

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