Failed Creation Edition!
All I wanted was a Windows where I'm in control.
Not looking like it's gonna happen, think I'll sit this one out.
151 posts • joined 22 Oct 2007
All I wanted was a Windows where I'm in control.
Not looking like it's gonna happen, think I'll sit this one out.
A computing service that signifies you do not know where any outage is, who is responsible for it, who else but you or your organization accesses the data on it, but nobody wants to do without.
Complete Loss Of Uncontrollable Data ?!
(Currently) content Nexus 6 owner here, which was my first smartphone ... and it looks like it's also my last one as well.
Smartphones are a great convenience, but if I have to chuck out my perfectly good servicable phone every 2-3 years to boost their device sales bottom line, I'd rather spend a few tenners on a shitty feature phone with only 2-3 years life expectancy.
I knew MS was good at shooting themselves in the foot, and getting (a lot) better at it ever since W10 ...
...but this isn't just "accidentally" shooting yourself in the foot anymore, this is more akin to pulling pins from hand grenades and intentionally dropping them at your feet!
I can't even think of a better way for MS to lose the desktop market advantage they had - this might end up driving adoption of thin clients (and face it, a console or phone/tablet is really a (moderately smart but still very dependent) thin client connecting to a server farm elsewhere) so very hard.
"Nobody other than us gets to spy on our citizens!"
You can always go to the other locked down, no choices-but-their-choice computing device: the games console.
Because we don't need to use a smartphone running Goopple's OS to make a phone call - we just use them because they're convenient, plentiful and we don't really have an expectation of privacy or control over it - after all, the only real control you have on your phone is when you hang up (and remain connected to the network and be available) or turn it off and aren't - and remember you can pick up a cheapo feature phone and it'll connect to the network just fine, avoiding all the conveniences of data slurpage other than where you are (for obvious reasons) ... well for now at least. (I think I just heard a black helicopter)
With a computer it's different. We have expectation of privacy, being able to choose what we share, what we connect to and what we do; and an expectation of control: when we do our updates (if at all), what we install, what we keep, where we keep it and how.
MS just put a huge bomb under that with Win10, and given there's this really huge ruckus going on about privacy and exactly what control an end user has over that data he generates, that large corps profit from, resell and share (willingly or not) with whatever weird acronym agency just happens to be interested makes this a rather sticky point.
They have perfectly played the user inertia card (I honestly tried to get family/friends over on Openoffice but they all went back to MS' offering because reasons (school/work/buttons are different/don't want to learn) - whereas mentioned before, changing phones is a much more hassle-free experience.
Paying beta tester/advertising target market/gullible mark/other
Any or all of the above combined.
says Marisa Rogers, the Windows and Devices group privacy officer.
"The Windows 10 Creators Update is a significant step forward, but by no means the end of our journey," she said.
...where the "step forward" is into the abyss Wile E. Coyote style, and the end of this journey is being of course, to be relegated to the history books as soon possible.
Render down all the protesters.
"The problem was two-fold. First, people weren't always marking sensitive documents as private and non-public"
So the default settings for your own documents are "visible to all and sundry" unless you go to the (likely well obfuscated) privacy settings to restrict who can find them ??!
I'm not sure there's a facepalm in this universe big enough.
"I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you drive that."
I also wonder about the liability issues:
- Who is liable if data is lost/becomes unavailable
- Who is liable if (some of) this data turns out to be involved in criminal activity
- Who is liable if, god forbid, this turns into a data exfiltration method
- What's going to happen if this gets involved in a nation state secrets or "terrorist activity", and what implications does that have for the unknowing users storing bits and pieces of data, both within and outside said nation state ?
...and that's just off the top of my head.
But but, Win10 is better than Chrome, it routes EVEN MORE info through Microsoft!
...a new implementation of DWIM (Do What I Mean):
... and like the earlier implementation referenced, likely that a similar problem will have at least one user shout out this new implementation's name loudly ;-)
...because El Reg has its own resident fictional sysadmin in-house already!
Fear the BOFH's wrath when he discovers he's been overlooked!
Just so I understand:
Rather than download the app and run it local whenever you need it, you get to open a connection to a remote server in a jurisdiction not of your choice, with laws you might not agree to, to receive the data ... every time you need said application.
1) This might save you on wait time initially
2) This will not, in the end, save you on connection fees
3) This will remove control the user has over his own data (quelle surprise, this being google)
4) This puts more control at the remote endpoint (where/whover that is) to profile the user
5) And people think this is a great solution ?
Uhm, I have this wonderful bridge ...
The Koreans once claimed their KTX high speed train (which they bought from France) wouldn't derail in an earthquake like the Japanese Shinkansen.
The Japanese pointed out it takes an earthquake to derail a shinkansen.
For the KTX it just requires a curve. :)
...that the side with the simplest uniforms usually wins.
it could be suggested as a modern-day corollary that the side with the simplest servicable weapons has the better chance of victory too.
And since the only battle an F35 is likely to fight is the struggle to leave the ground - where the only clouds it is likeliest to see are composed of big data instead of big amounts of water vapor ... well ...
Ah, I see a correction is in order
And please, do dispense with doors, ducts, windows and other unnecessary openings.
"Only Imperial Stormtroopers are that precise" - Obi-Wan Kenobi
Merry Xmas :)
The best solution to the IoT pwnage problem is, of course, the humble hammer.
However, where to vigorously and repeatedly apply it is a point of debate, but here's a shortlist of targets to consider:
- the manufacturer, for baking fixed credentials
- the government, for twiddling thumbs
- the blokes running Mirai for obvious reasons
- the device class, for offering solutions to a problem nobody is having
- you, for falling for the IoT neofilia scam
Didn't Samsung have this superphone with a really amazing battery too ?
Rethink what a battery can do! :D
Obviously, totally in the spirit of the article and the proffered competition, adding a blockchain ledger to the poll to determine the eventual victor would be an absolute requirement.
1. Disallow/reject on network
2. Hunt devices with clawhammer if needed
3. Hunt (l)users bringing said devices with clawhammer if needed
4. Make this a signposted, less-than-zero-tolerance policy
5. Dispose of all evidence
6. (Id)IoT problem solved
"Reiner Kappenberger, global product manager at data security firm HPE Security, argued more guidance for IoT manufacturers was needed."
As far as I can see the best 'guidance' is steering whoever invents a new (id)IoT problem-in-search-of-a-solution device behind the shed .... and delivering a mercy bullet.
The goal here, said Prabhakar Raghavan, VP of engineering for Google Apps, is "to get away from the notion that content is owned by individuals."
All your content are belong to us (oh and any intelligence agencies that come knocking)
Did Microsoft just admit that oppressive government censorship is a good thing because it turned their chatbot sugary sweet and suggested it would 'fix' people the same way ?
Quote: At the time Microsoft reckoned the deal demonstrated its: “Commitment to delivering market leading mobile apps across the platforms and devices our customers use"
By simply exterminating the competition so the only choice people have ?
I see that's working out pretty well :D
"Rethink what an SSD can do!"
Maybe they should water down .... oh wait, I guess they tried that and it broke :D
I guess this news must have exploded Samsung into action.
Samsung: "Rethink what a phone can do!"
Joe Public: "Yeah I never expected the darn thing in my pocket to be a f**king incendiary device"
I'd be more inclined to label the entire F35 project as "not compatible with anything but a paper political specification", since it doesn't seem to be compatible with staying aloft, nor compatible with active service, nor compatible with anything but carefully scripted exercises, after which it must be tenderly coddled by specially-compatible technicians.
The only compatibility other than the paper spec seems related to large amounts of bacon ... or more precisely pork.
Regarding water: Flint, Michigan.
Land of the Free ... to move someplace where bigcorps offer you services rather than sue your council to take it away. :(
I guess they got some internet based 'penalty letters' thrown back at them.
You mean on April 1st ?
I can't see this as a successful mass market product .. but maybe in specialized/closed markets it might succeed - like a field service engineer's phone/diagnostics link, or issues as corporate phone with approved (ie no camera, no removable storage) modules ... and of course the inevitable hobbyist and tinkerer market
Basically it's a giant vacuum hamster tube and they expect people to trust their lives to it ?
Insecure Default Internet Of Things - also identifies what you ought to think of people promoting it :)
The problem is Microsoft is *NOT* "giving away" Windows 10 -- and having hinted at monetizing the move later and that (plus the "telemetry" and enforced patching regime) has people looking over their shoulder for the inevitable "bend over, pay up or lose your life's work" moment.
and 50 billion flies eat shit. Just because there's a lot of them doesn't mean they are right.
We're humans, not sheep - although MS would prefer to think we are, the better to herd us into their fenced and gated pasture, where every blade of dry grass comes with a price tag and tracker.
The biggest and most quuxically important question being to exactly which flavor Linux because VX .. .errr ... WX has proven to be an insidiuous piece of malware from day zero :)
...because they already acquired and took apart Nokia ... :D
"Your civil liberties have been suspended in order to garantuee them - but this decision has been made at a higher classification level than you are authorized for, Citizen. Now bend over."
"The USA, and any company with a presence in the USA, will be off the friends list for a long time - basically until the US government caves in and changes it's laws in ways it so far shows no interest in doing."
Unfortunately intelligence services have become very good in concealing scope, scale and depth of their activities from oversight - and if anyone believes that this Safe Harbor Mk2 will change anything to limit that, they are very much deceiving themselves.
It's not just laws that need changing ....
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