Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Law makers subservient to corporations to extort cash from people


Some people (Aussies too) may be under the impression that they have elected a Member of Parliament in order to administer 'peace, order and good governance' for the people(?), and can now rest on their laurels and watch their favourite footy shows with plenty of beer on tap.

The reality cannot be further from the farce described above.

The people in government do not have the best interests of the general population in mind but rather are subservient to their corporate brethren where they 'govern' (restrict) the freedoms and movements of the general population.

This is done via something called consent, where your silence is acquiescence.

In this example let's look at how Microsoft runs the 'show',

from an article in stallman.org under the headline:

Reasons not to use Microsoft

  • Microsoft is running a patent protection racket, threatening to sue users of free software.
  • Microsoft's principal wrong is distributing a nonfree operating system, Microsoft Windows.
    That system is jam-packed with malicious functionalities, including surveillance of users, DRM, censorship and a universal back door.
  • Microsoft tricked users into "upgrading" to Windows 10.
  • Microsoft Windows 10 forced software changes can sabotage the user terribly if Microsoft chooses an inconvenient time to do them. Since the article is in the mainstream media, it suggests only to buy another computer that serves a master that doesn't do this particular form of nastiness. It completely ignores the possibility of installing a free operating system in the PC—which doesn't even require buying a new computer.
  • Microsoft tablets and phones impose censorship of applications.
  • Microsoft's chatbot in China threatens people who communicate using prohibited words.
  • Microsoft forced a ridiculous "open" standard, OOXML (used in DOCX files), through the International Standards Organization by corrupting most of the national standards organizations that voted.
    The specifications document was so long that it would be difficult for anyone else to implement it properly. When the proposed standard was submitted through the usual track, experienced evaluators rejected it for many good reasons.
    Microsoft responded using a special override procedure in which its money buy the support of many of the voting countries, thus bypassing proper evaluation and demonstrating that ISO can be bought.
  • Microsoft pressured nearly all manufacturers of PCs to pay for a Windows license for every machine sold, thus charging every purchaser for a Windows license.
    This is referred to sardonically as the "Microsoft tax".
    (Wherever that page says "Linux" it actually means the GNU/Linux operating system rather than Linux proper.)
    The fee doesn't force you to run Windows on your PC, but it is an injustice nonetheless. One way to avoid it is to buy hardware that is never sold with Windows.
    Some countries have laws under which users have sued for the right to get a reimbursement for the Windows license. Exercising that right is a hassle, but doing so is useful as it puts pressure on the system Microsoft has set up. However, the existence of an inconvenient escape path, limited to a few countries, has no effect on the judgment that Microsoft's practices are an injustice and deserve condemnation.

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