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Comment Re:Hmmmm (Score 1) 314

Looks like you're talking about the Cortana features. You can turn them off and all those items listed (in the article) and much of the Microsoft list will stop.

No one has actually proven that it records typing into Password boxes, though.

In any case, most of these behaviors are already present in other software, like web browsers, and people do not seem to mind. Prefetching and auto-complete are pretty much the same as the Cortana "telemetry" mentioned.

If you are really paranoid, I am sure someone has produced a hosts file you can use to stop all of them, including Microsoft, Google, etc.

Comment Re:Hmmmm (Score 1) 314

You realize you need to explicitly sign yourself into a Microsoft account using Windows 10 to have the recovery keys transmitted?

You simply can't see the similarities at all? Neither action is required and both lead to privacy endangering outcomes.

On the one hand, you can turn your computer off, pull the hard drive out, store it securely, etc., and the fact you had the recovery keys copied means nothing. Hell, you could even remove the Microsoft Account, force the recovery keys to be recreated and you'll be safe. On the other hand, your account passwords have been sitting on someone's server on the Internet for months, accessed by any number of unknown people/systems, backed up to multiple locations and yet the moment someone grabs them there is nothing you can do to stop them from accessing any said accounts unless you know beforehand.

Comment Tired of the YOU DIE UNLESS YOU DO THIS news (Score 3, Interesting) 77

They just recently had a rather large study over 16 years prove sitting has no impact.

Just getting tired of all the fearmongering. Medical science told everyone fat was evil, so everyone swapped to using sugar instead and started an obesity epidemic. Decades later, studies find that fat was fine and had no ill effects. Eggs, milk, gluten, all the same trends repeating themselves.

There comes a point when you can't trust any medical study on diets or broad behaviors impacting mortality.

Comment Re:Not Understanding (Score 3, Interesting) 78

Hasn't really declined much for desktop market share, it's the inclusion of mobile stats that make it seem like it is declining quickly.

And that's mostly because most Android users just use the default Chrome installed and do not know any better or just don't care.

You will notice Safari usage increasing as well during the increase of mobile usage.

Comment Re:Comparison (Score 1) 38

More likely that the Mac version of Chrome is optimized for Intel graphics chipsets (since most Macs have them), whereas the Chrome version for Windows has very little optimizations specific to a video chipset(which is a shame).

I'd be curious to see the benchmark run on Windows 10 using the built-in Intel video chipset instead of the Nvidia and see if Chrome runs faster.

Also, keep in mind Firefox and Unity have collaborated in the past to optimize the engine in the browser.

Comment Re:Another example (Score 1) 728

I think many people need to realize that religions are not specifically theistic. You can hold atheistic beliefs and still be a religious fanatic.

Religions are a core set of beliefs, dogma and sometimes cultural symbols. They do not require a God or supernatural aspect to be consider a religion.

Comment Re:In line with current US thinking (Score 1) 190

No offense, but that is a very naive view. There was a time when organized crime elements rig town elections and get their members elected to office to profit their organizations (and hurt others). Felony disenfranchisement was a big part in combating it.

In modern days, I personally believe many white collar crimes should be considered felonies for disenfranchisement since the type of people we need to worry about the most these days seem to have gone up the food chain.

As far as citation, Supreme court rulings on challenges to disenfranchisement (voting and fire arms) should have some of the explanation. I cannot remember any in particular, have read a lot in my day.

Comment Re:In line with current US thinking (Score 4, Insightful) 190

No, people do not stop being US Citizens or human beings simply because they are incarcerated. Some might have their voting rights revoked for felonies (to stop them from supporting the legalization of their crime, which was a serious problem in the distant past), but they are still afforded almost every other right of their fellow citizens.

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