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Comment Re:This is a big bitchslap to Mozilla (Score 1) 273

I am glad I am not the only one who likes this feature.

Sometimes, when I see a mass transition to a way of doing things across different vendors, I get the impression that some kind of new revelation struck everyone at once. Like "OMG this is so much better and we should have been doing it this way from the beginning! Don't you think? Well? DON'T YOU?!"

I sometimes wonder if I somehow got thrown out of the human continuum and am witnessing the collective dream state / mass delusion from afar.

Comment Re:Yawn... (Score 1) 140

Except that early on, if you used the Intel storage drivers on Windows 7 with an Intel SSD, the drive would end up burning out faster than an OCZ.

I spent so much time with Intel support on this and the final resolution was for them to tell me to use the stock Windows storage driver.

So my experience with Intel SSDs are almost as bad as OCZ.

Comment Re: LOL ... (Score 1) 140

This ... so much this..

As mentioned above, I bought 256K sticks for my 286... 1 at a time over months as I saved up lawn mowing money... then it turned out it was really just throwing money down the drain as the 286 couldn't really utilize it (except as a RAM drive... which is what I ended up using it for).

Comment Re:Wait a mintue (Score 1) 273

Chrome on the other hand has been on the rise for some time and is the leader in both markets therefore it's a likely target.

Yeah, wonder why that is? Google was more aggressive about pushing Chrome than MS ever was about pushing Windows 10.

Now that everyone has taken the bait and installed Chrome and see that it works well with their investment in Google services... of course they are going to justify its use.

Comment Re:This is a big bitchslap to Mozilla (Score 1) 273

Yeah, I use NoScript but I am very attuned to going through every new page I visit and temporarily allowing 1 thing at a time (and sometimes having to resubmit forms over and over) until the page works well enough to use. I don't mind doing this at all.

I know that most people will never do this.

I have tried installing NoScript for some people who liked the idea of being more secure in this way. Then later was horrified that any time they ran into any problem they just permanently allowed all on the page or even just globally allowed all... completely defeating the purpose.

Comment Re:The Reality of the Situation (Score 2) 259

FYI, in a corporate environment, if you are running Windows 10 Enterprise, you have more control (via GP) to disable telemetry.

In anything other than Enterprise, setting the telemetry to "0 - don't send telemetry" is equivalent to setting it to "1 - Send limited telemetry".

But even still, in a corporate environment, there are other ways to block this kind of thing. I am thinking ACL's on the firewall or layer 7 (application) rules in the firewall. But you could also maintain internal DNS that loops back certain MS domains.

I wouldn't be surprised if someone came up with a DNS service at some point that does this.

Comment Re:What kind of telemetry (Score 1) 259

You are making an assumption that this is a tit-for-tat arrangement.

Smart business moves are rarely this.

To say that if they give up money here, they HAVE to make it up there is not necessarily true.

We don't know exactly what MS's end game is, but this could just be a strategic move in a much larger game.

The fact is, MS's major money makers right now are Azure (which is giving AWS a huge run for its money) and Office 365. They may be willing to take a loss in what was once a major money maker so that they can push other services (like O365).

MS is not a one trick pony, they don't need to sell your information to advertisers to make a buck so it seems unlikely that is what they are doing. I think it is more likely that what they are doing is leveraging their cloud platform to improve the overall experience of Windows.

Believe it or not, cloud computing is here to stay, it only makes sense that a Microsoft, a company that operates the #2 cloud platform, will take advantage of that platform and, gasp, make a lot of network connections to do it.

You are completely within your right to not use this operating system. There are a lot more players in this arena than there used to be, however, if you look at any of them, they are all doing basically the same thing (leveraging cloud computing to enhance the customer experience).

One of the "value added" (to Microsoft or Google or Amazon or Apple) of sending information to the cloud is they also get invaluable information on how their products are being used. Like it or not, this is the way we are headed.

This kind of thing definitely is scary but it is not going away... as a matter of fact, I think that a lot of people find that the more their company of choice knows about them the more they like it because it becomes a more personalized experience.

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