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Comment Re:Is this any different from Google or Apple? (Score 1) 287 287

These are my computers, not Microsoft's. I paid money for them and I own them outright. I do not run my computers either at or for Microsoft's pleasure. I will not pay Microsoft or anyone else a monthly fee, whether that fee is in dollars or in collection of my personal data, to use my own computers. Ever, full stop.

This. This. And again, this.

Comment Re:RTFA? (Score 1) 287 287

It's really unfortunate that you chose to be so antagonistic, because your post actually contains some useful info.

But that info's widely available already, and there's no call for you to be a dick and attack the site's moderators willy-nilly in an effort to stoke your martyr complex. I am frequently one of those, and I am no Microsoft stooge.

So I agree with the Flamebait mod. We don't need "advocates" like you, AC.

Comment Re:RTFA? (Score 1) 287 287

I don't know who this "us" is, but I quit using Windows 10+ years ago. Since then, I've been using your "operating system that gives us everything we want via functionality and interface, without any of Microsoft's control and invasion" and nobody's ever "bullied" me for it.

Please don't confuse your personal/social identity issues with the matter at hand, because it sounds like this is what you're doing.

Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 287 287

And you can't just drop a Ford motor into a Chevy and expect to drive it away, either.

You're the one dwelling on complexity, not the average user, to whom a computer is a thing that you turn on, it shows you little pictures on a screen and you click on one or more of these in order to view web pages or email, write an office doc, make a Skype call, etc. Whether the logo on the case is a little window, a little apple, a little penguin, or the likeness of Kim Jong-Un, it's still a computer, and this is what computers do. End of story.

Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 287 287

The average consumer hasn't had a Windows virus?

Alas, the average consumer thinks he's had a "computer virus" because that's the phrase used in the mass media.

Whenever someone asks me about "computer viruses", my response is always along the lines of, "Do you mean *Windows* viruses? Well, I don't use Windows, so I never have to worry about those..."

"Pok pok pok, P'kok!" -- Superchicken