Microsoft blocks free software site -

Software giant Microsoft appears to have gone on the offensive against the Free Software Federation.

The Volish "reputation" database apparently thinks that donate.fsf.org is a gambling site and if you give money to open saucers you are giving the cash for loose women, cards, and other things which are against the morals of a more puritan Redmond.

The Free Software Federation is an independently audited registered nonprofit public-interest charity founded almost 30 years ago. And the worst that its weirdie beardie members have ever done are ceremonially taking the Nintendo out of Microsoft at any opportunity.

Nevertheless it seems that Vole has blocked donate.fsf.org on its "network security" software and many people were unable to make donations.

According to the FSF site, the organisation has avoided attributing this error to malice just yet.

However a spokesman said that this reminded him of a several years ago, when BadVista campaign pages were conspicuously absent from Microsoft's live.com search results.

After several complaints that Vole was censoring posts the pages began appearing as one would expect.

If it is malice, then it might be seen as an own goal by Microsoft as it proves the FSF's point about the dangers of using proprietary "network security."

After all, if the user is not fundamentally in control of the software, the user has no security," the site points out.

"If Microsoft "reputation" database can't tell the difference between a gambling site and an independently audited registered nonprofit public-interest charity founded almost 30 years ago, it is certainly doing you and your business more harm than good," the FSF said.