So, making the laptops vulnerable and undesirable is a valid way to move the negative margins into the positive? That is, of course, until it all goes boom and the backlash hits.
That has to be up their with other historic pathetic excuse making.
And now for the tin foil hat moment:
Is it the Ads that are making them the money that takes the margins into the black, or is it the back pocket NSA (or disliked agency/country of choice) funding to gimp the machines security that lines the pockets.
Still, bad form. I've never trusted pre-installed bloatware (and thusly removed it) and now I'm vindicated more than ever.
Probably a fair number of commenters here feeling the same.