The problem is that too much shitware was changing the browser defaults out from under users. You'd install some piece of crapware and they'd hide a checkbox telling you it was bundled with Chrome or Mozilla or whatever and you'd end up with a new browser you didn't want.
So to stop that, now only the user can change the default browser. Mozilla shouldn't be blaming Microsoft for improving the user experience, they should be blaming the assholes they allowed to bundle Mozilla for money.
While that in itself may be commendable (I've fixed hijacked computers before, it's a pain) that still doesn't excuse MS for changing the already set preferences of the user during the upgrade. It should very simple for the upgrade to leave that registry key essentially untouched, or export/import it as needed.
What concerns them more, I think, is how mere bloggers - ostensibly average people who wouldn't normally have that kind of professional spying capability- found out about their plans. If common bloggers can dig up secret government stuff, then they're probably worried that their national security is very vulnerable, and maybe suspecting that they have a mole or something dramatic.
I agree with you on the other aspects though. Buy a house because you want it.
I simply said homeownership is a better investment than renting a house, and by far most people agree, your linked editorial notwithstanding. You're the one, not I, who thinks of himself as super business saavy with all your exaggerated RRSP investments (which don't even apply in my country, genius). But now we're off-topic.
You piss your money away on interest to the bank on your mortgage. City tax. School tax. Water tax. Insurance.
Your landlord is just passing those costs on to you in your rent. Utilities, as well.
And I'm not proffering "financial" advice nor being "smug", just the common sense tenet that a solid house is generally a good investment, and something you can sell or pass on to your kids. The only renters I know rent only because they have to, they can't afford a down payment. They live hand to mouth, and it's sad because they're friends. Also, I'm talking about houses with property, not condos.
So, please, spare me your financial ignorance and robotic pride to be a non-thinking herd animal, parroting your easily-refuted points.
Thanks for the laugh and fulfilling the stereotype of an obnoxious french-canadian.
And for those who move once in a while, renting makes more sense there.. but once you settle down for good, I think buying is the best option, as houses tend to increase in value. At least I'll have something to leave to my kid too.