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The successful modbombing of this account shows both the strength and futility of astroturfing. The troll community has dedicated dozens of accounts and several people's worth of full time effort to harass, smear and downmod me.

The troll community. Yes. Right. Whatever you say, twitter.

It's amazing how one person can so easily tie up the resources of one of the world's wealthiest and most powerful companies.

OK, twitter, let's play this one for laughs: what evidence do you have that any negative reaction to your posts is orchestrated by Microsoft, and is not simply a response to you talking unfounded bullshit about things you have absolutely no usable knowledge of? Do you have any evidence of that? You don't, do you? Because you're pulling it out of your ass, isn't that right?

Bruce Perens is one of the leading lights in not only the Debian developer community, but the F/OSS community as a whole. He posts on Slashdot about free software, a field he is closely associated with, and somehow manages to escape what you so charmingly call "M$ astroturfing". Why is this so? Maybe it's because he can present opinions rationally without resorting to namecalling, and in such a way that they are at least a worthwhile contribution to debates whether you agree with them or not.

You do none of these things. You bluster in, regardless of the debate, start with "M$ sucks" and work backwards from there to make the rest of your comment. Put simply, you talk utter bollocks half the time, about things you have no idea about. And then, the icing on the paranoia cake, you not only believe but regularly claim that anyone who disagrees with this bizarre method of posting is somehow being bribed by Microsoft to harass you.

Distilled down: if someone who has made numerous material contributions to free software and is one of its most valuable figures isn't the target of an "M$" "campaign", why on earth would someone who has little to no influence on anything be the subject of their attentions? Can you give a coherent reason for that? I think not.

Do what you're doing now. Quit while you're ahead. You've preached to the choir, and the choir told you to fuck off. Do so.

Even if they could discover all of my accounts by asking my ISP, I could always create new ones and continue saying what I think.

Um... yeah. Asking your ISP. Right.

It's obvious someone does not like the things I think and the way I express myself, but they are powerless to do anything about it. People who offer to "clean" the web are selling snake oil.

There's very little wrong with what you think, really, however it's the way you express yourself that people don't like. Calm down, quit with the "M$ Windoze" shit and people might take you a little more seriously.

The real answer is to quit doing things that are wrong, that make people angry and need to be covered up with massive lie campaigns

Yeah, you should give that a go.

Valve Says Choice to Make DX10 Vista-Only Hurt PC Gaming 463

Erris writes "Valve's President Gabe Newell is calling Microsoft's choice to make DirectX 10 Vista-only a 'terrible mistake' that has harmed gaming. His company's latest hardware study shows the strategy has not moved gamers onto Vista. The result is that almost no one is using the newest version of DirectX, and companies are shying away from creating new input devices that support it. Nine months after release, after Christmas, after graduation, and with school mostly back in session, still only 8% of gamers are using it." Update: 08/27 21:09 GMT by Z : An AC points out that these numbers may be framed poorly given uptake numbers for XP's release.

Run Mac OS X Apps On Linux? 497

I have the urge to commit my 24" Core 2 Duo iMac to a single Linux operating system, thus giving up the goodness of my beloved Mac OS X. I am not a stranger to Linux, but I am a stranger to running Mac apps on Linux. On my PowerPC I can use SheepShaver to run Classic apps. The Mac-on-Linux project can run OS X apps, but it requires a PowerPC, not an x86. Virtualizing and emulating are inefficient, especially given the wonderful results the WINE project has had in getting Windows apps to run on Linux. What I would like is an equivalent: a software compatibility layer that will allow Linux to run Mac OS X apps at native performance. I believe there is some additional complexity in accomplishing this. Mac OS X apps aren't just Mac OS X apps. They are Carbon. They are Cocoa. They are universal binaries. They are PPC code with Altivec. Does such a project exist yet? If not, why not?
The Internet

Death Threats In the Blogosphere 487

Several readers have written in about the death threats and threats of sexual harm that have been directed at tech blogger Kathy Sierra. She is the author of a number of books about Java and a popular speaker at conferences. She has now stopped blogging and cancelled her appearance at eTech. She names the names of four prominent bloggers who are backers of two sites on which the threats were posted. Others in the blogosphere like Robert Scoble and Tim Bray have posted publicly in support of Sierra. Scoble in particular emphasizes the streak of misogyny that is still all too evident in the tech world. The Washington Post is also grappling with the issue of vile comment posts that flirt with illegality. One commenter on Bray's post summed it up: "The Internet used to be a university. Then it became a shopping mall. But now, it's a war zone."
The Courts

Submission + - Supreme Court to Hear 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' Monday

theodp writes: "In 2002, 18-year-old Joseph Frederick held up a 14-foot banner saying 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' as the Olympic torch passed by his Juneau high school, sparking a feud with the principal that heads to the Supreme Court on Monday. Legal experts say Morse v. Frederick could be the most significant case on student free speech since the days of Vietnam War protests."

Submission + - High School Student Builds Fusion Reactor

deblau writes: "In 2006 Thiago Olson joined the extremely sparse ranks of amateurs worldwide who have achieved nuclear fusion with a home apparatus. In other words, he built the business end of a hydrogen bomb in his basement. A bright plasma "star in a jar" demonstrated his success. "The temperature of the plasma is around 200 million degrees," Olson says modestly, "several times hotter than the core of the sun.""

Microsoft to Pay $1.52 Billion in Patent Suit Damages 170

An anonymous reader writes "A U.S. federal jury found that Microsoft Corp. infringed audio patents held by Alcatel-Lucent and should pay $1.52 billion in damages, Microsoft said Thursday. The news comes after reports that U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed doubts about whether Microsoft Corp. should be liable for infringing AT&T Inc. patents in Windows software sold overseas."
The Internet

Submission + - Microsoft Vista-Live Combo Impacts Google

ReadWriteWeb writes: "Windows Vista is finally out and along with that Microsoft seems to have kick-started its Vista-Live joint initiative. Which means that Microsoft makes its Windows Live web properties the default in Windows Vista PCs, where possible — for example Live Search is the default search engine in IE7 on new Vista machines. Stats from Alexa show that after Vista's release, traffic on and MSN rose sharply. And interestingly, both tangents have the same slope: Live's slope is 0.79 and MSN's is 0.76. On the other hand, Google's Alexa chart shows the reverse trend. There is a significant fall in Google's traffic after Vista was released and Google's slope is a negative 0.5. Is this an early indication that new Vista users are happy with what is given as the default — that for example Live Search is 'good enough' compared to Google search?"

Submission + - Firewall Recommendations

anomalous cohort writes: "The company that I work for is looking at upgrading to a proper firewall (sadly, we use only the MS-ISA server now). Our I.T. guy is ready to recommend Fortigate [45]00a. Ours is a small company with about a dozen employees and about 400 customers. Does anybody have any experiences, good or bad, with these two products or with the Fortinet company? Are there any recommended firewalls (outside of Cisco's) that we should seriously look at?"

IT Departments Fear Growing Expertise of Users 499

flatfilsoc recommends a long article in CIO magazine on users who know too much and the IT leaders who fear them. Dubbing the universe of consumer technology the "shadow IT department," the article highlights the extent to which the boundary between users' workplace and home have broken down. It notes the increasing clash — familiar to anyone who works in a company with an IT department — between users' home-grown productivity boosters and IT's mandate to protect corporate data. The inherent tendency of the IT department to want to crack down and control technology that it doesn't supply should be resisted at all costs, according to CIO. The article outlines strategies for co-existence. It just might persuade some desperate CIO somewhere not to embark on a career-limiting path of decreeing against gmail and IM.

Zune Won't Play Old DRM Infected Files 463

Spritzer writes "According to the EFF, the new Zune portable media player from Microsoft won't play files infected with the old Microsoft DRM. It seems that all of the 'PlaysforSure' media that has been sold and is currently being sold will not play on the Zune. In addition, Microsoft has now advocated violating the DMCA in order to transfer files to the player. Microsoft Zune architect J Allard was quoted as saying there's 'Lots of DVD ripping software out there that encodes to those formats, so the most popular formats out there, whether it's MPEG-4 or H.264, we'll support those.'" ZDNet offers up additional commentary on this revelation.

Your Garbage Can Could Be Spying On You 228

macs4all writes "Garbage cans all over England are under surveillance tonight. And not by sleepy, fallible humans. This article in Live Science claims that at least 500,000 'wheelie bins' are now using RFID technology." Though that doesn't sound very dire, the article points out the ease with which your consumer spending habits could be tracked. "Although this is frankly a story that is difficult to take seriously, please note the following. You should remember that many of the articles you buy (and sooner or later throw away) are now also equipped with passive RFID tags that detail the item's brand name and product name. If it's possible to scan the tag on the trash can with an ID, it's possible to use similar equipment to quickly scan your can to uncover your purchasing habits."

Freenode Network Hijacked, Passwords Compromised? 414

tmandry writes "The world's largest FOSS IRC network, FreeNode, was hijacked (for lack of a better term) by someone who somehow got a hold of the privileges of Robert Levin, AKA lilo, the head honcho of FreeNode and its parent organization, PDPC. To make matters worse, the passwords of many users may have been compromised by someone posing as NickServ, the service that most clients are configured to send a password to upon connecting, while they reconnected to the servers that hadn't been killed. Of course, if someone was able to nab lilo's password, every user password may have been ripe for the taking. The details are still unknown, but these events raise scary questions about the actual security of FreeNode and other organizations like it."

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