* Posts by fung0

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Windows 10 market share jumps two per cent

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Re: Upgrade ? Not really.

Boothy: The only thing I've found that seems to be a genuine 'upgrade' is DirectX 12. But that's only really relevant to gamer's.

The excitement about DirectX 12 must surely be waning, given that, almost a full year after launch, there are still no significant, fully-commercial games that support it.

In the olden days, Microsoft had games rolling out Day One to support and promote its latest DX platform. As I've pointed out previously, it just might be significant that the guy in charge of gaming at Microsoft calls himself the "Head of Xbox"...

It also might be relevant that when Bethesda recently showed its new Doom running at 200fps on the latest GPU, they were using a version based on Vulkan, not DX12. Vulkan will allow developers to target every version of Windows, plus Linux, plus (eventually) the Mac. DX12 hits only that sliver of Windows 10 adopters. Which API makes the most sense at this point?

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Re: The other columns

Gartner recently reported that in Q1 2015, Microsoft’s share of the global smartphone market was about 2.5%. In Q1 of this year, it had dropped to 0.7%. Clearly, everyone is really excited about this Windows 10 ‘universal platform’ thingy…

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Re: PC upgrades were compelling...

Microsoft lost faith in the PC, even though they were exactly the one company that should have been supporting it. They previously did the same with the tablet and the handheld.

Today, we're seeing a huge chance for revitalizing PC demand - VR - which just happens to be yet another paradigm-shifting technology that Microsoft has somehow managed to completely avoid! Instead, we hear rumors of a VR-capable Xbox One (maybe two years from now), indicating that instead of accepting a free gift to the PC - its core product - Microsoft continues to follow some demented corporate roadmap of its own.

Intel is clearly doing its best, but it's an uphill battle without a proper software partner. Valve has had the right idea, not because everyone is eager for Linux games, but because the PC world really needs an exit strategy from Microsoft's padded cell.

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

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Fortunately, most of us are not "too cheap to pay." Netflix, for example, is doing extremely well, even up against so-called "free" (i.e. ad-supported) TV. So are HBO and a bunch of other premium-priced distribution systems.

On the Web, having direct payment as a widely-available alternative would totally change the balance of power, and force advertisers to rethink their current assumption that the universe orbits around them.

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Re: Ah well.

It's a possibility, in this limited instance. But who will they sue when all users install ad blocking on their own devices?

Mobile is already the advertisers' last refuge, because ad blocking is not as easy to implement on closed platforms as it is on the desktop. But it's starting to happen.

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Re: Landgrab?

This would be heinous, indeed. But there's no evidence of such a plan in the article. Might as well reserve the condemnation until Three actually makes some move in this direction.

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Re: move will "revolutionise" mobile advertising

GavinC: "Then be prepared to get the credit card out and pay a membership fee for every site you use."

Credit card at the ready! To paraphrase: "What's so bad about... actually paying for what you want?" Seriously: you don't walk into a store and look at brainwashing tapes to get a discount on a pair of shoes.

Have you looked at what Flattr and Flattr Plus are doing? You allocate a fixed sum per month, as little or as much as you like. At the end of the month, the money gets divided among the sites you use most (provided they also subscribe to Flattr). Today, regular visitors generate on the order of 1 Euro per month in ad revenue for their favorite sites. So even a 10 Euro monthly budget could be enough to eliminate all advertising forever. (There's no reason other providers couldn't offer competing monetization schemes.)

Would I pay that much to restore the direct connection between content creators and users, and take deceitful, money-grubbing, intrusive, entitled advertisers entirely out of the loop? In a nanosecond, I would.

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

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Re: Just a question:

Has Microsoft done ANYTHING original (other than Bob and Clippy)?

A few examples do come to mind:

* drag and drop

* the taskbar, the toolbar

* ClearType

* scroll-wheel mice

* SideWinder Dual Strike, SideWinder Freestyle Pro (not successful, but definitely original)

* Surface (the original one, not the laptop)

* DirectX

More-recent innovations like the Ribbon or the Tiled UI have also been original, but it's so much easier to do something no one else has done if you don't mind it being abysmally bad.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

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Re: I dumped AdBlock

"Then look for blocked call back scripts, etc and just unblock those very specific URLs...."

Do advertisers think there's any scenario in which I agree to run their malware-laden software on my computer? If JavaScript were not ubiquitous, the Web would actually be a safe place. Even in some dream world where I was willing to give up uBlock Origin, NoScript would remain firmly in place.

In any case, I've been saying for literally decades (since the beginning of the Web, in fact) that advertisers need an ironclad Code of Conduct, for their own protection. The backlash has been a long time coming, but it's not going to be postponed much longer.

Advertisers have been spoiled by decades of TV and radio, where they play to a captive audience, and enjoy the luxury of forcibly shoving their stinking pile of dog feces in users' faces. Now the shoe is on the other foot: users have the control. Advertisers need to grow up, realize their old business model is obsolete - and decide whether they want to become obsolete with it.

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Re: They don't understand

Proxomitron! Does that bring back memories... Wonderful little piece of software, provided almost too much control.

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Re: Catchup

heyrick: "The reason I still use ABP is because it has a really simple element hiding extension that can get rid of such overlays."

With uBlock Origin, the 'element hiding helper' is built in, and far more convenient. uBlock Origin also offers a detailed page log, allowing you to easily identify what the site is trying to load, what is being blocked, and, potentially, what might need to be whitelisted. uBO is a huge leap beyond ABP.

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In this Facebook and Google-owned world, it's time to rethink privacy

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Nobody has mentioned the obvious alternative to Facebook, which has been advocated by Max Schrems: forcing Zuckerberg & company to open their data formats, allowing compatible competing services to interoperate with Facebook.

Open standards are the solution we've favored historically - with most of our mass media (telephone, radio, TV), and even with many physical systems (snail-mail, railroads, air traffic control). In the case of social media, MyBook.com could offer a paid service that would maintain privacy, yet allow posts to interoperate with those on Facebook (subject to whatever degree of granular user control). CheapBook could offer less privacy, at lower cost. FancyBook could offer a nicer UI. Etc. GoogleBook could even allow Google to compete, something they've been unable to do so far.

Facebook is not the leader because it's so utterly fabulous; it's the leader because it's been allowed to turn a useful public service into a de facto monopoly, with ironclad user lock-in. That's not Facebook's choice to make - it's ours. And we can change our mind any time we like.

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Microsoft: Yes, we are going to kill off Enterprise Agreements

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Re: Does this mean no Windows installations will be free from forced updates?

Chika: "Microsoft are in the business to make money. Nothing more than that, nothing less."

Alas, if only that were true. Like most modern corporations, Microsoft is in business to maximize its quarterly stock valuation. Nothing more, nothing less - and nothing longer-term. This pretty much explains most of the company's disastrous policies going back to when Gates left.

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Microsoft Windows: The Next 30 Years

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Re: Half truths

"...windows is not the beginning or the end of operating systems, just the more popular commercial platform to run 3rd party software on personal computers."

You hit the nail on the head. Microsoft disparagingly refers to "legacy support," forgetting that this (Win32) legacy is the only thing that makes Windows dominant. On a purely technical basis, both Linux and Mac OS are at least as good.

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Re: It isn't last 30/next 30. It's 15/15/15.

"... the basic PC market has matured to the point that most replace the OS when they replace hardware...

@a_yank_lurker - Microsoft certainly believes what you're saying, but it's a self-fulfilling view. People don't upgrade because they can't afford disruption, not because they don't want more functionality. Everyone I know would happily pay Microsoft $100 or more per year, to get nice, non-disruptive feature updates to Windows 7. (Everything worthwhile in Windows 10 could have easily been delivered that way.) Multiply that by over a billion users, and it's a pretty good business model. Release a 'lite' upgrade for Windows XP, and you can add hundreds of millions more.

Take all that revenue and invest it in newer growth markets, by all means - but don't f**k with the goose that lays platinum eggs. That was the key mistake that IBM made - the company thought it was smarter than the market. It forgot that the PC was strong not by virtue of technical superiority, by solely based on market momentum. Interrupt that momentum at your peril.

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Re: Very interesting article.

The obvious solution for Microsoft would have been to evolve Windows CE/Windows Mobile, and adding a touch-friendly UI. That OS already had huge support - the library of third-party software was enormous, and my old iPAQ can still do things my Android devices can't. (I also don't recall it ever crashing... or spying on me.)

It took about 10 years of persistence to make Windows a success on the desktop; if Microsoft had stuck with WinCE that long, the mobile world today probably wouldn't belong to Apple and Google.

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Re: @fung0

The comparison to the iPad is not mine, it's Microsoft's. And a lot of pundits are going with it. Even 'tablet' stats are now starting to include Windows 'convertibles.' (Quite wrongly, I would contend.)

I do agree that the Surface is a good laptop.

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Re: Hammer that code

"The fact that they do not have to develop two UIs should mean that the phone gets any new feature or fix more promptly."

If Microsoft is only going to develop one UI, it should be the Windows UI, not some hastily-concocted tablet UI. The Windows UI has a 30-year legacy to support. Switching one or two billion users just to make a few phone users happy is insanity.

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The strategy of stupid

Microsoft has repeatedly demonstrated the right way to move into the future: make the big paradigm shifts optional, and allow users to adopt them at their own pace.

They did it with the shift from command-line DOS to GUI Windows. The latter ran on top of the former (quite nicely) for a decade or more, allowing users to use both modes as they needed. Even when the DOS underpinning was removed, the DOS box maintained backward compatibility elegantly and conveniently.

They did it again with the shift from the Win 9x codebase to the far more sophisticated NT codebase. The two versions of Windows coexisted happily for nearly a decade. (We've recently discovered that Windows 3.x is still doing its job out in the field, in some pretty major applications. That kind of longevity is a good thing, except maybe to corporate bean-counters.)

But Ballmer and Nadella forgot those brilliant examples. They decided, quite wrongly, that the way to embrace mobile was to mutate the core OS and bludgeon users into coming along. Even Apple wasn't that arrogant. This strategy will fail, not because users hate it (which they do), but because it's not technically feasible. It's one of those software feats that looks workable, but in practice breaks down for a million small reasons.

For example, Microsoft may be able to squeeze Windows 10 onto mobile devices, but those devices will never be as mobile as those running a dedicated mobile OS. It's like Achilles and the Tortoise: by the time the Surface is as thin as an iPad, the iPad will be as thin as a sheet of paper. An awkward hybrid, Windows 10.x is guaranteed to always be second-best. Not to mention buggy, unusable and un-maintainable. (Linux is already vastly easier to install and service, and the gap is widening, not shrinking.)

Microsoft has become IBM. It seemed inconceivable in the early 1990s that there could ever be a microcomputer world without IBM as a significant force in it. But all it took was a few bad strategic choices - choices that were probably not as dumb as those Microsoft is making today.

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Samsung Gear VR is good. So good 2016 could be year virtual reality finally makes it

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Re: Film makers?

"I have to confess to being a bit skeptic regarding immersive VR films as an art medium (and I use that term in the broad Hollywood sense)."

VR will be a great medium for storytelling, but it will be an entirely new medium, that will need to evolve new ways of telling those stories. Comparisons to film are misleading at best.

Having spent some time in various VR systems, I suspect that we don't really have a clue what the ultimate mix of applications will be. Just as when HDTV came out, all the talk was about movies. But what really changed were talk shows, concerts and above all nature documentaries. There are now whole channels consisting of people pointing a camera (often from a helicopter) at something interesting. HD enabled a whole new 'window on the world' type of entertainment. VR is a bigger paradigm shift, and it will bring bigger surprises.

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Re: VR makes me want to hurl

"There will still be the discontinuity between what my body/inner ear is doing and what my eyes see."

A lot of this is circumstantial. My first try with an Oculus Rift, I immediately started to get queasy. Then I realized I was spinning around like a Dervish, doing things I'd never do in the real world. Once you adjust your behavior to be more 'normal' - making more deliberate movements - most of the problem goes away.

Content developers will also need to take this into account, of course. They can control the experience in various ways, to minimize problems. Also, what we loosely call 'VR' encompasses a huge range of experiences. I suspect there will be some that anyone can enjoy, and others that will be more... challenging.

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Mozilla annual report shows risky Google dependency now risky Yahoo! dependency

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Re: The problem

"FF42 is using 1.3G and it gets worse and worse as you keep browsing."

I just checked Process Explorer, and what do you know - 1.1GB. That sounds pretty bad, but bear in mind I have 2 Firefox windows open with several hundred tabs (though only a small subset are loaded). I wonder if Mozilla is trying to boost performance by using more RAM?

"It's almost like the modern versions of FF act like old Windows 98, using all all available RAM and getting slower and slower until you have to restart it to get it running fast again."

Using all 'available' RAM is not in itself a bad strategy - empty RAM is wasted RAM. Also, RAM gets cheaper all the time. I have 16GB in my current system, so if Firefox could run like the blazes by using 1, 2 or 3GB, that might be a pretty good deal.

But the real question is efficiency, of both code execution and memory use. Unfortunately, I suspect Firefox (like most browsers, including Edge) is being optimized to deliver blistering benchmarks when loading a single page. There's probably room for huge improvements in handling multiple tabs and multiple extensions.

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Re: The problem

When as functional as Firefox Edge becomes, run as fast it will not.

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

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Re: people's unique advertising ID numbers

If everyone could be expected to turn it off, would Microsoft have bothered building it in? (Instead of, say, using those development resources to create features that people might actually want...)

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UN privacy head slams 'worse than scary' UK surveillance bill

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Re: The UK surveillance bill...

"Taking part in any democratic process requires the option of anonymity."

Excellent point! Without the secret ballot, democracy cannot exist. And the odd thing about democracy is that it actually does work - when it's truly allowed to.

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Re: The more I think about all this

"How can you square away the need for privacy with the need to protect the State from all threats?"

It would be idiotic to even try. Any civilized society must accept a certain minimal level of personal risk. By far the most effective way to minimize that risk, to "prevent crime," is to remove the root causes - feed the poor, heal the sick, shelter the homeless, educate the ignorant. And above all, stop making vicious, needless war, raining death down on entire nations in some insane effort to punish a tiny minority of radicals.

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"Where do you think all the intelligence used for targeting missile strikes at specific people comes from?"

It's been well-established that US drone targeting info comes mainly from cell phone metadata. It's a big reason these "surgical" strikes create so much collateral damage.

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Re: For-profit privacy invasion

"Who does Vince Cerf work for now?"

Cerf's 'logic' shapes itself rather well to his own convenience. In fact, Google proves conclusively that privacy is a thing, and that it's extremely valuable. Otherwise, how could this huge corporation build a vastly profitable business model on the idea of selling it?

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Windows 10 is an antique (and you might be too) says Google man

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Re: Awful

The fact that application installation in Windows is a Byzantine procedure hardly seems like a strong defense of Windows.

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Re: FTFY

GNU/Linux is vastly important for reasons other than numerical adoption rates. It is, in fact, our only hope of keeping commercial OS vendors even marginally honest. Putting it down is thus only cutting your own throat, regardless of which OS you're rooting for.

Linux also happens to be a nicer OS right now than any of the commercial OSes, in most ways. That has to count for something, even if the great mass of users remains shackled to commercial OSes - chiefly as a consequence of those OSes' massive software applications support, not their technical superiority.

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Re: Sherlock

I got a Surface Pro exactly because I didn't want to buy both a tablet and a laptop, nor bring around both. And run anyway the same software with no limitations.

"No limitations"...? A device that's both a tablet and a laptop is like a Swiss Army Knife. Most people, most of the time, would rather have a proper knife, fork and screwdriver. Nobody eats supper with a spork unless they absolutely have to.

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Re: Revisionist

It's true that XP did have a goofy look out of the box. But the Fisher Price dressing was entirely optional, and fully configurable. In 'Classic' mode, XP looked just like W2K, and a lot like Win9x. More importantly, in any view XP worked much the same as Win9x - all the controls were instantly familiar. You could even open up an Explorer window to work like Program Manager - the transition was painless.

Improvements in XP were not immediately obvious. I initially switched from W2K because there was really no reason NOT to. But XP totally won me over within a month or two, as I found one nagging problem after another that had been fixed, one task after another that had been streamlined. XP was like a refined version of W2K - subtly better in many ways, worse in NONE.

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Sysadmins can forget PC management skills, says Microsoft

fung0

MS are trying to kill the traditional idea of desktops and managing and deploying applications, not because that paradigm is broken but because they would rather sell a different style of service.

You've nailed it beautifully.

Call me ungrateful, but I'm reluctant to define my future according to Microsoft's self-interest.

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Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10

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Agreed. I have a Z10 that I wouldn't give up for the world. By FAR the nicest UI of any mobile device I've used - slicker and more logical than either Android or iOS. As far as apps, I've never found BB10 to be lacking. It still has better apps in most categories than WinPhone does.

What killed BlackBerry 10 was not the quality of the OS - it was simple loss of market momentum. RIM waited too long to advance it's platform. They eventually did a great job, but it was too late to catch up.

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Lawrence Lessig's White House tilt hits crowdfunding goal

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Re: So let me get this straight.

You're missing the fact that Lessig's money came from individual voters, not from huge corporations, large banks and arrogant oligarchs.

Also the fact that $1 million from a huge number of donors barely qualifies as "money," in a campaign to which just two individual donors (the Koch brothers) have pledged $1 billion.

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Return of the Pocket PC: Acer shows off Jade Primo PC Phone

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In Praise of Pocket PC

Some Pocket PC devices featured a clamshell design with a keyboard. Despite these attractions, the limited capabilities and general usability failings of these devices means they are remembered with little affection.

I get really tired of this retroactive dissing of Pocket PC (a.k.a. Windows Mobile). I owned several Pocket PCs, including the early HP Jornada and the later iPAQ. For their time, these were absolutely fantastic devices. Yes, the UI was a little clunky, but the open Windows-like OS was perfectly amenable to add-ons akin to today's Classic Desktop.

The point is, you could do anything with a Pocket PC, just as you could with a desktop. It multitasked nicely when nothing else did, and had a great ecosystem of applications - not 'apps,' real applications. Including both excellent free stuff and high-quality commercial products.

Pocket PC was a brilliant attempt at putting a PC in your pocket. Win10 is a half-assed attempt at turning every desktop PC into a smartphone.

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Re: Behave like a PC

Frankly, these attempts to confuse "Windows RT" with Windows are annoying to say the least. Windows RT is not a PC OS, dammit.

How do you make a phone that can run PC software? Easy: redefine "PC software" to mean "smartphone apps," then downgrade every PC in the world to that level.

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Boffins laugh at Play Store bonehead security with instant app checker

fung0

I think this is missing the point. The study finds that the tide of quick-and-dirty malware is increasing to the point where a bulk-analysis approach becomes worthwhile, probably as an adjunct to conventional anti-malware techniques. The study doesn't show that Google is screwing up - more that the playing field has shifted, and Google needs to broaden its approach accordingly.

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Read the PDF. The researchers have done quite a bit of analysis on this exact topic. I'm not qualified to evaluate their statistical math, but it looks pretty reasonable.

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Win10 Insider build 10532: Avoid if you run Chrome 64-bit

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Re: Trust

Well put, P. Lee.

Privacy violations are particularly egregious in the case of Windows. If I don't trust Facebook, I don't use Facebook. If I don't trust my smartphone, I use my PC. But if I can't trust my PC... where do i go? (Yes, Linux. But it's a painful transition, and not realistic for many of the billions of users who've relied on Windows for decades.)

Facebook has been Facebook right from the start. Suddenly altering the world's most ubiquitous OS from being (reasonably) trustworthy into a data-gobbling 'service' like Facebook is a sell-out of historic proportions.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Re: Mediocrity and poor secutiy are Windows middle names

Windows 7 is actually a pretty reasonable system. There are faults, but they're well-known and manageable. Most importantly, it has a library of software unmatched by any other platform. Including applications that many of us came to rely upon, decades before GNU/Linux came close to being a viable alternative. Sure, I'm working more and more in Linux Mint. But if Linux were a perfect solution, I'd have abandoned Windows even before Windows 10 descended upon us.

I do agree that Valve offers a ray of hope. Gabe Newell foresaw the coming win-pocalypse, and did the only thing he could: started to build a viable alternative. SteamOS could be a turning point. Microsoft continues to undervalue PC gaming. If a significant fraction of PC gamers moves to SteamOS, it will do more to validate Linux as a platform than anyone expects.

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fung0

Re: Instructions on how to increase privacy in Windows 10

Nuke it from orbit - it's the only way to be sure.

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Re: The more I read about 10 the less I want it.

Sooner or later I'll likely "upgrade" my secondary operating system, Windows 8.1 to 10; but it looks very much like it will remain my secondary OS behind Linux Mint.

I'm starting to feel the same way. Linux Mint is looking better all the time. Reminds me of what I used to like about Windows. The tragic thing is, I was a huge fan of Microsoft through the 1990s and early 2000s. Now, Microsoft is literally driving me away, as hard as they can.

The blame has to be shared by those nothing-to-hide sheeple who downloaded Windows 10 even before they knew if it was any good. And those who continued downloading it, even as it became apparent that it was the Spawn of Hell, a Trojan aimed at destroying the very concept of individual privacy. And especially those who, even now, continue to make apologies for what Windows 10 is doing, as if it was unimportant, inconsequential, nothing to be upset about. (In between gushing about how wonderful DirectX 12 is - despite the absence of any games that actually use it.)

It's astounding what some people value... and what they don't.

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Re: Ka Blam! There goes the other foot.

And this data slurping "it's not your machine" stuff started a while back...

The first inkling I recall, that things were going bad, was when Microsoft infested Windows XP with Windows Genuine Advantage DRM via Windows Update. (I never trusted them again.) The next big milestone was video DRM baked-in to Vista. After that it's hard to pick out individual instances.

Clearly, the moral decay is accelerating on some kind of exponential curve.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Re: I wonder....

I pay in privacy for the use of a service. Generally I think I am getting a good deal.

You may not have noticed, but (contrary to Microsoft's contention), Windows is not "a service." It's a desktop operating system. We accepted tracking on the Web. We accepted endless privacy shenanigans on Facebook. We accept that the use of debit cards and loyalty cards lets corporations and the government track our every move, our every thought. And on top of all that, we've seen governments and corporations starting to use that mass of data in truly despicable, totalitarian ways.

When, might I ask, were you planning to get worried?

Windows is on over a billion devices around the world. If it's allowed to be just as riddled with privacy holes as Facebook, then we have no refuge left. Our work, our most private thoughts and activities are no longer private. Essentially, there's no privacy left other than locking yourself in an unlit broom closet and hoping that there's no IR camera in there with you.

Windows 10 offers almost nothing of any value. A few miserable and badly-implemented new features. Is it excessive to suggest that maybe we could be just worried enough to resist giving up a huge chunk of our remaining privacy, in exchange for so little?

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Re: I wonder....

I dont like the massive invasion of privacy, but there is little I can do, or really want to do tbh im too lazy

There is a lot you can do, and all it requires is that you be just a bit lazier than you already are. JUST DON'T INSTALL WINDOWS 10. Pretty simple, huh? Be just lazy enough to not jump when Microsoft tells you to, and a year from now, the world will be a better place.

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Re: Some steps

Excellent list. Thanks!

However:

But with some adjustments, you can reclaim your own computer.

I'd say this statement is premature, unproven and astoundingly optimistic. At this point, we have no idea what may lurk in the closed source of Windows 10, nor how persistent Microsoft's (forced) auto-updates will be in (re)opening privacy holes.

What we do know is that by accepting Windows 10, in exchange for a few miserable new features, you are giving Microsoft carte blanche - you're happily volunteering to accept Redmond's electronic anal probe. The only real solution is to avoid installing this nightmare, and uninstall it immediately if you've already made a horrible mistake. JUST SAY NO to Windows 10. If you're not willing to tell Microsoft right now that its behavior is unacceptable, you are part of the problem, and you guarantee that things will continue to get worse.

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Re: not so free

I'm no fan of the Mac UI, and I find iOS unusable. But you have to at least give Apple credit for creating a separate OS for its mobile toys. Mac OS X remains respectful of a UI tradition that goes back 30 years, and charges users up-front, instead of trying to surreptitiously 'monetize' them.

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Re: Guess I'll stick to 7 until 2020...

I know a guy called Linus who did just that...

You're probably thinking of Richard Stallman. Linus wrote a kernel.

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