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Comment Re:Are you being simple? (Score 1) 14

I guess you could say, in a positive sense, that the Anglo-Saxon idea of "equality before the law" is an example of "moral equivalence".
However, it is a typical perversion to say that "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God"; therefore: pecca fortiter.
The former approach, you see, builds society. The latter, which you seem to cheerfully embrace, destroys it.
But I anticipate that you'll pat yourself on the back as a "societal transition advocate" in any case.

Comment Re:Are you being simple? (Score 1) 14

Two reasons to doubt this are:
(a) Draconian legal penalties
(b) General concern that betrayal of the country can be the sort of thing that might inform a Benghazi-style debacle*
I do think that Her Majesty is a pathological liar, and don't believe a godforsaken utterance of The Royal Lip, or that of any minions.

*Allow me to fall explicitly short of stating that I think there is a direct connection between Her Majesty's reckless, systemic and flagrant disregard for mortal rules, regulations, and common sense; for all such a hypothetical revelation would unleash my Shocked Face.

Comment Re:That isn't trustful. (Score 3, Insightful) 324

I think being open about what is being transmitted would help. I concede that in modern operating environments, there's a lot of checking for updates and patches, and while we do run a Windows Update Server at the main office (mainly to save some bandwidth and give us more granular control over updates), many of our road warriors and people at the branch offices still have their computers being updated directly by Windows own update services. That means data on software installed is going to Microsoft's servers, but the trade off is we keep our systems up to date.

However, we have a number of government contracts that require safe storage of data, including assuring that no confidential data is transmitted to unauthorized third parties or out of the country. At that point it gets iffy, and I'm trying to put my head around whether "telemetry" data puts us at risk in the breach of contract department. Particularly now as we just got a three year extension on contract which will take us through 2019, we are preparing for large scale upgrades. We've already updated our Windows servers to 2012 R2, and are now in the process of deciding whether to go through the irritation of Windows 7 licenses, or just jump to Windows 10, which has been working fairly well in our test environment.

Microsoft needs to come clean here, and explain what exactly is being sent to their servers.

Comment Re:Are you being simple? (Score 1) 14

Your thesis seems to be that everyone else set up their own private email servers and trafficked in the most sensitive information outside of proper channels.
Could be time to give the whole system an enema and figure out if these theses are full of feces.
The supposition that I care fig #1 for any of these idiots is grossly in error: hang 'em all good and high.

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