Reply to post: Hard-coded?

Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

Mark Allen

Hard-coded?

The notes explain that diagnostic telemetry data is sent to settings-win.data.microsoft.com. Privacy advocates note that this is hard-coded, so blocking access via the hosts doesn't work.

So what does that mean? Are they saying the IP Address is hard coded? Usually I block this kind of stuff in the DNS not the hosts file. I'm assuming that they are not doing a lookup and going direct to the IP Address. If that is the case, why don't these articles list the relevant IP Addresses to be blocked by a firewall?

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