Sure they do. All the time. The only reason we don't notice (especially on Windows) is because people don't start using the newer APIs unless enough people are actually using the newer version to make it worth the effort. For e.g.. DX11/DirectCompute (Vista+) - Better texture decompression, Core Audio (VIsta+) - lower audio latency , WSAPoll - (Vista+) allowed Windows sockets to work more like UNIX ones making cross platform networking software a bit easier to write. Anyway, anyone interested can go spend their own time and find a list longer than I care to type.
Because developers choose to use newer features that are by-definition unavailable on previous versions.
Why should I waste my time with Windows 10?
Why? Well, if you want to run Windows Applications
And it's Windows 7, I haven't even looked at Windows 8.
Short Answer: No, you should not upgrade.
Long Answer: If you're interested in kernel side stuff, like most OS releases kernel changes are incremental. Here are a few
0) Secure Boot - With a chained OS boot you can be sure (well, its microsoft
1) Client side Hyper-V runs all OSs, including host OS on a thin hypervisor with minimal performance impact (Intels SLAT tech)
2) Native USB 3.0 , I've found that on Windows 7 third party usb 3.0 drivers are a hit/miss in terms of maximum performance.
3) Stricter LFH (Low fragmentation heap) Internals (guard pages, less determinism, etc) -Result - You're better guarded against buggy drivers and potentially malicious kernel mode components.
4) Newer API for driver mem alloc (NonPagedPoolNx) - IIRC windows kernel components have switched to using this. Result - Stability boost, Security boost - all kernel memory objects are in non excutable mem, etc
5) Uses Intels new-ish RDRAND instruction for a higher quality random number gen as the basis for ASLR
So don't install the update?
Or, Apple should allow downgrades. If I update to a newer iOS and later find out that it consumes too much storage, or that its too slow, I should be able to downgrade to what I had.
After the update, apple locks my phone OS version to the newer OS without giving me an option to restore my phone to the state I purchased it in. Frankly, I find that ridiculous.
(No, jailbreaking doesn't help because the downgrade is blocked at the bootrom level. And even if it did, I don't want to rely on exploiting security bugs on my phone for a 'feature' that the device maker should be giving me as standard)
Nobody is putting a gun to your head and telling you to upgrade.
The language in the update's release notes pertaining to security bugs could easily be interpreted by a layman as an "update, or else" threat.
I could reset it back to out-of-box,
Unless you mean that you just want to reset the settings and continue using your existing OS, No, you couldn't.
There is no bootrom exploit available for the 4s. Apple has changed the way they secure the firmware. Pre-saved SHSH blobs are useless now. You can jailbreak newer firmware but you're unable to downgrade to any OS other than the one they sign. (which is iOS 8 at present)
If you think mentioning it once in a casual comment amounts to "harping" on it, then you should consider buying a dictionary. Secondly, I'm perfectly capable of deciding whether I "benefit" from analytics or not. Your opinion on what is and isn't useful to me is irrelevant.
I wonder what kidn of web we would end up with if adblockers were installed by default on every system. Certainly.. PC vendors would reduce support costs. The user would be shielded from malware java/flash ads and useless resource-hogging "analytics" scripts. Yelp-type parasitic companies that make money by just taking content other people have created and layering a shit-ton of ads on top would disappear overnight. I think that a virtual tip-jar that people can anonymously give to would be a great way to finance the real content creators..
.in fact it has been reducing it for some time.
Yes, only 90+% of their revenue is from advertising.
I wouldn't call "It's somewhere inside this multi-million line code base" as pinpointing the problem.
You're claiming that Google is purposely breaking their own ability to data mine your email? I somehow highly doubt that. I'm happy to be proven wrong on this.
Its certainly not encrypted when Google receives it. Encrypted data is useless to Google.
Remember that awkward interview with Zuckerberg where he was asked why some of t he FB privacy stuff was opt-out instead of opt-in.. ? I think a lot of companies have learnt from that exchange. Other than nerds, the average person won't care about this as well. Hell 7 years ago all of us would be highly suspicious of software that downloaded unverifiable executables and could update them behind your back like Chrome does now. In the same way where you don't have control over the UI experience of a website, soon any program will be able to modify itself at-will removing control from the user. I remember people being outraged by cookies in the early 00s. The frog has been in the water too long...
So, your privacy hinges on the fact that Google programmers remain incompetent?
You can temporarily fix it by disabling and re-enabling hardware acceleration from the settings. (no restart needed)
Microcode has nothing to with any how you interact with the CPU though. ACPI However *is* the actual Interface. Hes saying lets label all the roads in this town and you're saying Mr. Smith never lets us play inside his yard.