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Microsoft has released Build 10532 of Windows 10 as an “Insider” preview. Windows Insider is an opt-in public preview which enables Microsoft to test updates with a sizeable user base before general release. The latest build is unexciting, with tweaks to menu styles to make them more consistent and a new sharing feature in …

  1. DJV Silver badge
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    Ah, Microsoft pretending to listen to its customers again.

    Also, trusting Microsoft (or any large corporation) with your personal data is a can of worms waiting to be opened. It's never IF it will ever get opened, it's always WHEN.

    1. Ragarath

      May I ask what the difference is with small corporations compared to large? I have found they are most likely to slurp data given the chance.

      1. Black Betty

        Initial intent and possible damage (potential or realised).

        With a small company, the most likely reason for someone to randomly paw through a client's data is boredom and simple curiosity. Someone who does do it systematically with malicious intent, is also likely to only ever hurt a handful of people, even if they are never caught. Even a solicitor directly managing the financials of their clients is somewhat limited in the amount of damage they can cause.

        With a large company, the intent from the get go is to extract the greatest amount value it can from the information it possesses or can obtain about its customers. All neatly collated, tagged and packaged for bulk slurping and misuse in the wrong hands. When in those wrong hands, it's not individuals, but thousands or even millions who's economic (and possibly social) lives are turned upside down.

        When the local Pizzeria gets compromised, a handful of people are out their credit card details, and in all likelihood will be fully reimbursed. When a site like Ashley Madison (or heavens forbid Facebook) is breached, there is generally more than enough detail to carry out total identity theft and completely destroy a person's life. AND rinse and repeat ad infinitum.

        Furthermore, Mom and Pop's piddling 1000 usernames and plaintext passwords are of little value to someone seeking to use those compromised credentials as part of a broader attack front against multiple web sites. Whilst on the other hand, as has been demonstrated recently with the Ashley Madison database, that even decent encryption is near on completely useless when people insist on using really, really crappy passwords.

        It doesn't matter how solid the encryption is, if the algorithm AND the final hashes it produces are known quantities, given a large enough attack front. A 1000 word dictionary attack on a million password database will yield a significant list of usernames associated with those passwords, which can then in turn be used in front door attacks on other websites.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      >Also, trusting Microsoft (or any large corporation) with your personal data

      I am sure the usual fanboi will pipe up well if you follow the 16 minute long youtube video you can set everything so it at least publicly doesn't siphon your personal data.

  2. Malcolm 1

    Chrome 64bit

    The Chrome issue seems to be fixed in the Chrome Beta channel as of yesterday, so if you don't want to stray too far from the stable build that's now an option. To be fair to Microsoft in this particular instance the issue is very much with Chrome relying on the instruction layout of a particular part of the kernel never changing which is somewhat dubious from a coding perspective (although potentially justifiable from a security standpoint).

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Facepalm

    Q: What is MS doing about top feature requests and bug reports?

    A: Nothing. Who expected anything different?

  4. Barry Tabrah

    They can't even update their own Knowledge Base

    I had 2 cumulative updates yesterday with the vague 'they fix stuff' as the description and to look up more details on the Knowledge Base. After some futile searching, I decided to try talking to the Microsoft Answers chap. His advice was to 'Search BING' and click on one of the results. I did as he suggested and it was basically an article on how Microsoft haven't posted any information on the updates. I think he was a bit red-faced on the other end.

    1. asdf Silver badge

      Re: They can't even update their own Knowledge Base

      >I think he was a bit red-faced on the other end.

      But moved on and called you an ahole as your were the third one to call him out that day.

  5. JP19

    Data

    "Microsoft does with your data is here and you will find similar statements from the likes of Facebook, Google and Apple. Microsoft"

    Seriously stop making excuses pretending that what Microsoft is doing is OK because it isn't much worse than what other shits are doing.

    I have never had a Facebook account, the sum of my interaction with Apple is having itunes installed on one of my PCs several years ago for the hour or so it took to see what an obnoxious pile of shit it was. I have 4 android devices and the appalling lack of privacy and security Google offers means I have never and won't ever put my real name or any valid personal information into any of them.

    Windows 10 being no worse than android is reason enough to not use it.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Data

      Two simple points about your post

      1) why did you useJP19 (reference to a long forgotten JP-Lotus perhaps) and not AC for your post.

      don't you know that your little rant is a red rag to a bull for the likes of Google to track

      2) If you eschew Windows, Android and anything bearing a Fruity mark why are you even on the internet?

      Are you one of the few that uses Linux or even fewer somethig with BSD in its name?

      If you are, well good for you.

      Sadly, some of us mere earthlings has to use the [redacted] that comes out of Washington State to make a living. At the moment, I have a server 2012R2 build that (after a lot of customisation) approximates a mixture of XP and W7. It does what I want and there is no Modern/Metro/really? in sight.

      and we used to think toggling in a bootstrap loader through the front panel was hard work....

      1. asdf Silver badge

        Re: Data

        > At the moment, I have a server 2012R2 build that (after a lot of customisation) approximates a mixture of XP and W7. It does what I want and there is no Modern/Metro/really? in sight.

        Unless you are close to retirement hang in there a little longer and the bullshit will slide your way into the enterprise space as well.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Data (close to retirement)

          Three years and counting from getting my state pension from next Sunday coz it is my Birthday.

          If Microsoft put Metro/Tiles on their Server OS (when installed with a GUI) then IMHO they are digging their own grave in the Server space.

          The more crap the MS put out then the closer to pulling the plug I get.

          I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I really feel sorry for those who will have to live with this crap in the long term.

    2. Arctic fox
      Windows

      Re: Data

      You intend of course to immediately throw your android/iOS shiney down the khazi right now hmm?

    3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: Data

      "Seriously stop making excuses pretending that what Microsoft is doing is OK because it isn't much worse than what other shits are doing."

      I didn't read the article as making excuses by such comparisons, just pointing out that they're all in the same sewer.

      The really worrying thing about the privacy statement is what it doesn't say. For instance under credentials section if you're not reading critically you might think that it's obvious it needs to retain these, otherwise you wouldn't be able to log on to Microsoft services if it didn't have your ID and password for them. But look again, what it doesn't say is that this only applies to Microsoft services; it doesn't say, for instance, that it doesn't retain your bank logon details. Similar comments could be applied to other sections. Are we to believe that this whole statement was sloppily written or are we to believe that it was very carefully crafted?

    4. a_yank_lurker Silver badge

      Re: Data

      It should also be noted that services like Facebook are completely voluntary. No account then there is no ability for data slurps. Data slurps with any OS is a concern. With mobile OSes I will tolerate some location tracking for apps to be useful. Also, phone locations need to be tracked by the carrier so calls can be properly routed. Not thrilled but tolerable. Desktop OSes, however, are generally used in fix, predictable locations (for laptops) and none of the key features depend on knowing the location of the device. The only information the OS provider really needs is crash reports/logs. W10 has an overly broad EULA that appears to be a blanket EULA for all MS services without explicitly identifying which parts apply to what services. For this MS aka HooverSoft/MicroSlurp deserve all the negative publicity and hammering they have gotten and more.

  6. J J Carter Silver badge
    Childcatcher

    Another Windows 10 fiasco!

    Her indoors asked 'does my bum look big in this' and Cortana shouted 'Yes!'

    Rolling back to Windows XP.

    1. dogged

      Re: Another Windows 10 fiasco!

      But did her bum look big in that?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        @dogged

        If she has to ask, she knows it is.

        Anon obviously

  7. AMBxx Silver badge
    Stop

    Bleeding edge?

    64 bit browser plus a beta version of an OS? Just asking for trouble.

  8. jelabarre59 Silver badge

    And the difference is?

    > There are also some new issues, including Google Chrome 64-bit crashing on launch...

    And just what's the difference between running it on MSWin10 and any *OTHER* version of MSWindows? It crashes on ALL of them, no news there.

  9. DrXym Silver badge

    Fix their rotten drivers

    I have a laptop and a tablet both brough low by absolutely lousy synaptics drivers. I've tried disabling driver updates. I've tried hiding the synaptics driver from windows update with a support tool. It still installs these sodding things over and over.

    To me it simply demonstrates that auto update simply cannot work. Microsoft won't do sufficient testing and nor with some of their partner vendors. People will just keep being saddled with shitty broken drivers over and over with little to fix them.

    Oh and Windows update in general stinks. If I'm to receive an update, even a mandatory one, it would be nice to state specifically what it's about. Not some vague knowledge base article saying it's an "update" but actually technical description right there in the dialog.

  10. Fred Dibnah
    Pint

    Corporates

    Sorry but I hate hate hate the word.

    Usually it's some business hack referring to 'corporates', meaning (I assume) corporations. But here we have "Corporates can understand and manage these settings", implying that a corporate can be a person as well. Or is it a new name for someone who is self employed?

    Rant over, I'm off to the pub.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Corporates

      Well here in the US where corporatism is our culture the corporates can even have their own religion now and deny employee rights. More rights than the individual without the pesky responsibilities.

    2. Richard 12 Silver badge

      Re: Corporates

      Corporations are legal persons, with many of the legal rights and responsibilities of actual persons.

      Some of that is a necessary legal fiction - if a corporation does something that harms you or your property, there has to be a way for you (or your loved ones) to sue the company and for the state to hold them to account.

      That's the cost of Limited Liability - in some cases no individual human can be held legally fully responsible, so the company is - and thus the company directors.

      For example, In corporate manslaughter cases, the company is prosecuted. I'm not sure what consequences lead from that though.

      1. arrbee

        Re: Corporates

        In the UK we've gone one better and also have Limited Liability Partnerships...

  11. Mikel

    Windows isn't done until [x] won't run

    The joy of being a Windows developer is that if you are successful, Microsoft will modify Windows so it won't run, and then steal your users with their clone app.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not Worried At Aul.

    "The latest build is unexciting, with tweaks to menu styles to make them more consistent and a new sharing feature in the feedback app, according to Microsoft’s Gabe Aul."

    I'm not worried at Aul because Aul's well that ends well.

  13. Howard Hanek Bronze badge

    Trust

    Conversation:

    Microsoft Governmental Affairs Mgr: "Yes Agent Smith, we can identify all Republican/Conservative users.....why?

    Agent Smith: We're anticipating their being included on our list of terrorist organizations........

    1. P. Lee Silver badge

      Re: Trust

      +1 Just because the powers that be might not be abusing things now, why would you tempt them with the capability?

      Let me rephrase that. Just because the powers that be aren't abusing you now, why would you give them the option or support a company/product which gives them the option?

      1. fung0

        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.

  14. md56

    Pot, kettle, black

    More to the point, can we first fix The Register 8.1 App, which STILL crashes when you try to look at comments on posts? Same happens on Win 10, but that's probably less critical for most of us.

    1. Drewc (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: Pot, kettle, black

      Hardly equivalent... very few are affected by our Windows app - a fraction of the numbers who use our Android and Apple apps. we are updating those - but have no intention of updating the Windows apps. Sorry, but time+ money just don't add up for us.

  15. Sebastian A
    Big Brother

    They can't change the privacy settings

    simply because that would be admitting they were wrong and that people have valid concerns.

    The most they'll do is clarify the terms and conditions, to narrow down what they will and won't do with the data they collect.

    Of course, this doesn't change anything about the real issue, which is the chance of them losing control of the data they've collected in the case of a serious breach, or more likely, the NSA winning a judgement in some shadow court that lets them look at anything with no reasonable suspicion. Even assuming that that isn't already the case.

  16. GWW

    Audio drivers still an issue

    Lots of people (me included) still having issues with 5.1 functionality missing when moving from 7, 8 or 8.1. Basic functionality seems to have been overlooked, in the interests of pushing their own store and systems monoculture.

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