Just a quick extra post in regards to fun and games by our very naughty shill posters. You may have read the article here where the shillers seem to moved towards homophobia as a way to peddle their wares/opinions. I wonder which firms pay for this type of shilling service?
Gary Hobbs was not finished though, and little did I know that after his, IMO homophobic little post, he’s also slipped up.
If anyone was in any doubt that Gary Hobbs (and that will not be his real name) posts under numerous handles, the evidence can be read here where Gary appears to forget that he’s posting as Gary Hobbs and refers to that name as another person. Its a slip up only the truly slow and desperate could make, and he’s done it for all of us to see.
So whilst Gary is probably sitting in front of his computer with his head in his hands thinking “doh”, we can all laugh at the shill poster who really isnt offering value for money to the company that employs him.
Better luck next time Gary.
Of course, this is a light hearted look at a serious topic, however I think the point being is that you must be very careful about “facts” you read on the net. There are odious individuals around, like the poster behind Gary Hobbs who have no morals, no sense of decency and no problem using whatever means they can in order to promote whatever it is that they have sold their integrity for. The shame for the shiller is, just as I became involved in actively writing about open source/proprietary issues because I saw others insulted, there are a few people who will produce their own sites because of mine.
I have received a number of emails from individuals who want to do the same thing, they want to challenge the underhanded techniques and they want to ensure that people are aware of alternatives and not some 1 dimensional piece of propaganda that a shiller will put forward. This is the way we will challenge these shill posters, by presenting the facts by countering their lies and by spreading our experiences of Linux/Open source to others.
In a last minute development another post has appeared and this time from Hary Hobbs. (Coincidence eh?) anyway he is claiming to be working on a team for Microsoft, so, I would like to put this question out to anyone who may work for the company in a senior position. Is Gary Hobbs posts the Microsoft line? Are you happy to have him post in this way? or are you saying you do not employ this individual?
I am guessing we wont get a response. From past experience, difficult questions simply get ignored when they cant be fudged away with silly facts.