Who controls your technology? Intel.
For many years, Andrew Tannenbaum (the author of the MINIX operating system) was not aware that that his creation had been secretly snuck into millions of Intel processors. Click here to view the "open letter" which he wrote to Intel after finding out about it.
Some readers of Slashdot, a popular tech news website, also had some interesting comments about this story:
Who controls your technology? AMD.
The corporate logos of other major chip-makers also signal their true identities:
Who controls your technology? Alphabet.
That's what I call ...
... or, in other words,
Meaningful private competition will not be permitted, when the state is in control:
At the same time, extreme "leftist" organizations are complaining that Google is censoring them as well:
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They'll censor anyone, especialy activists, who are a thorn in their side. "Left-wing" or "right-wing" labels don't matter and are themselves disinformation concepts in a very real way.
The whole point of this article is to suggest that Google shouldn't be censoring anyone, since it is in every meaningful way an arm of the state. It's legal status as a "private corporation" is simply a smokescreen designed to conceal this fact from the general public. I suggest that the citizenry needs to be made to catch on and raise a huge ruckus about this sort of thing.
It warms my heart to see how Google and Moscow are walking hand-in-hand when it comes to "delisting" websites so that nobody can find out about them any more. The right of all people to free speech and communication must yield to the rights of state-controlled megacorporations to lock down the communications infrastructure so that we only have access to officially-sanctioned content, mostly in the form of brain-dead "entertainment" and "news" programs.
We are told that we need to fight "piracy" (a scary word, conjuring up images of mauraders on the high seas) and the only way to do that is by shutting down (and deleting any references to) these evil "pirate" websites. What they're not telling you is that the free and open technogical systems that make so-called "piracy" possible are the same ones that enable people to communicate freely over the internet, sharing mass amounts of data, without being shepherded into using state-controlled -- and censored -- platforms such as Google and YouTube.
Who controls your technology? Microsoft.
Many years ago, I came across an article that discussed how Windows XP (the extremely-popular operating system released by Microsoft in August 2001) was designed from the ground up to spread user data all over the hard disk drive, and in numerous ways to generate all kinds of forensic evidence about what a user had done with their computer. If anyone can find a copy of that article, please send it over to me using the "Contact" link at the top of the page.
Will the free software movement (e.g. GNU/Linux) set us free?
"Don't count on it!"
During the last decade or two, a small (but significant) number of people, particularly those with greater-than-average computer skills, abandoned their expensive Macs and/or the in-your-face spying of Microsoft Windows 10, and began switching to the various "distributions" of the freely available Linux computer operating system. The licensing structure of this "free software" movement tends towards the creation of a vast culture of free software from which more and more people over time can benefit -- at least in theory. Obviously, this is something that powerful interests have worked from behind the scenes to keep under control:
Personally, I'm hoping that those Italian guys behind the Devuan project (a version of Linux without the "systemd" problem discussed in the preceding news clippings) find success, but I'm not holding my breath.
The freedom made possible by free software poses a threat to political powers that seek to control civilian populations. They, in response, predictably will oppose its use, and today seek to do so by convincing the public that freedom is evil and that, at least when it comes to technology, the only people who would want to use free and open software systems are communists and terrorists! To further this objective, loyal collaborator-minions have been placed into key positions throughout the free software movement and have already begun to dutifully carry out this important agenda. For example, the Mozilla Foundation -- a key bastion of the free software movement and maker of the popular Firefox web browser -- is already working to sabatoge the movement from within by literally associating itself with communist- and terrorist-associated organizations:
When the general public begins to hear more and more stories like this one, they will be ever-more-strongly convinced that they ought to keep using the proprietary (but familiar) computing systems from the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Apple. Which all spy on you 100% on the time, ostensibly "legally" -- because your mere use of their software indicates your "consent" to such monitoring.
Mozilla is also hoping you'll place your trust in them to identify "misinformation" on the web:
As I said above, however (in the context of Google doing the same thing), I say again: consider the source. Who, exactly, is so concerned nowadays about "helping" the general public to "fight misinformation?" What we are witnessing is the covert takeover by the state of all private entities who have any meaningful influence.
In December 2017, Mozilla began automatically slipping new plug-in software into newer versions of its Firefox browser, which users would automatically receive when the browser updated. One observer on a tech-focused discussion forum commented:
The existential reality here is that you don't have a meaningful choice when it comes to technology (or media, for that matter, as is covered elewhere on this site). They're all covertly controlled by the state, and they have a de facto monopoly. The appearance of our having a few "choices" (i.e., Google vs. Firefox -- or Apple vs. Microsoft -- or CNN vs. MSNBC) are simply illusions designed to lead the civilian population into believing that they still live in a "democracy" or other such nonsense, where meaningful freedom of choice and private competition still exists in these key areas.
The maintenance of such a facade is an age-old tactic used by military forces to pacify conquered populations. As Machiavelli wrote over five centuries ago in The Prince, "[w]henever those states which have been acquired [...] have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom [..., then continue to] permit them to live under their own laws, drawing a tribute, and establishing within it an oligarchy which will keep it friendly to you." In the modern-day conquered western world, they maintain the appearance of allowing us to continue to live not only "under our own laws," but also to have freedom of choice when it comes to media and technology. But it's all the same sort of lie ... the same sort of magic trick illusion. Today, it's just done on such a grand scale that most people cannot fathom what is in fact happening.
Dr. Richard Stallman, one of the founders of the free software movement, made the following remarks about the vanishing state of privacy in the modern world:
Official promo video for Dashlane password management service shows user with "007" e-mail address:
You think you're dealing with "private" parties, but everywhere you turn nowadays, there is more covert state action.
October 2018: Facebook censoring foreign disinformation
That's great news! I'm so glad that Facebook is protecting me from seeing the disinformation sponsored by Iran. But I'm even more looking forward to the day when they start censoring the disinformation sponsored by my OWN government. lMaybe they'll get around to that soon. Nah ...
The following article is also required reading:
A wise comment on the nature of the internet: