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Comment Re:What is really happening (Score 1) 318

They should also provide a way to disable ALL communication with Microsoft's servers.
It's bad enough that Google tracks my every move with the help of my cell phone, I don't need Microsoft doing it on my pc too

I disagree with that. Think of all the zillions of zombified, infested old PC's out there, which their operators never updated, as part of botnets wreaking havoc on the 'Net, attacking other computers and spewing out huge amounts of spam.

There definitely should and in fact must be some communication between PC's and the mothership for the sake of security.

But then Microsoft needs to explain what really is essential for security and what is not. What part of "telemetry" is just data-collecting for purposes of making profit and what is not? This needs to be made clear and in fact the appropriate government regulatory agencies need to make sure that there is a very clear distinction between these two.

Unfortunately I think no major OS/cloud vendors have a perfect track record with respect to not leveraging in things into their products which are intended to capitalize on some niche or other that the marketing people are salivating over by tying them to "essential" or new "features" of their products.

Comment What is really happening (Score 5, Insightful) 318

From a meta point of view, what is really happening? If nothing else, there is some kind of breakdown between reasonable expectations of people who use Windows and the actions of Microsoft. Aside from particulars of what exactly is being or not being collected, Microsoft handled this poorly by not anticipating that many people are rightfully highly sensitive to data collection/telemetry/tracking issues, and the fact that it is being disclosed only via EULA legalese doublespeak only damages the situation by orders of magnitude.

Microsoft needs to have a press conference and set up a special page for users concerned about privacy and who want to know more about telemetry/tracking. You do not address users' concerns by blowing them off, but by engaging them.

In this day and age it is reasonable to expect that a complex system such as an OS actually needs to communicate with central servers for reasons related to routine the operation of the system. But what are those routine things?

All we get from EULA's is BS.

Comment Re:Shitty article (Score 1) 89

I couldn't find any other news sites that had published anything about this. Also, NHK has shortened the article for some reason since I first saw it.

However another good source of info is:

How to Remove Lenovo's Alleged 'Bootkit' Software

and also:

Windows 10 Privacy Checklist mentions this issue

Submission + - Yet another comprimising preinstalled "glitch" with Lenovo laptops

execthis writes: Japanese broadcaster NHK is reporting that yet another privacy/security-compromising "glitch" has been found to exist in preinstalled software on Lenovo laptops. The article states that the glitch was found in Spring and that in late July Lenovo began releasing a program to uninstall the difficult-to-remove software.

The article does not specify, but it could be referring to a BIOS utility called Lenovo Service Engine (LSE) for which Lenovo has released a security advisory with links to removal tools for various models.

Submission + - Yet another comprimising preinstalled "glitch" with Lenovo laptops

execthis writes: Japanese broadcaster NHK is reporting that yet another privacy/security-compromising "glitch" has been found to exist in preinstalled software on Lenovo laptops. The article states that the glitch was found in Spring and that in late July Lenovo began releasing a program to uninstall the difficult-to-remove software.

Comment Re:Windows 8 is suddenly looking good .. (Score 1) 316

The interface for Windows 10 is also unbelievably ugly. Its so bad that it honestly seems like they are showing some kind of contempt for users, like we paeans don't deserve anything more than the most bare interface with as few moving parts as possible to minimize any potential headaches to them.

Comment Re:Windows 8 is suddenly looking good .. (Score 1) 316

That is brilliant didn't know about this - have uninstalled all on the list that were installed (a couple were not installed).

Beyond all this, I'm inching much much closer to moving back to Linux permanently or else finding some hacked OS that can run win apps without all the violations.

Comment Re:You don't get it, do you? (Score 1) 161

All of this is reminding me of this guy. I cannot help ROFL when I see these videos. The are so hilarious and I consider them to be among the best works of art of our time.

If I ever happen to see this guy in public filming me I will simply say "I love you! You are awesome! I'm so glad you are filming me!"

With regard to the stores tracking people: I know its a serious issue, but it is also a potentially hilarious one. I can imagine the myriad ways that you could completely fuck with their analytics by engaging in various activities.

They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.

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