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Comment I'm not so sure you're right (Score 1) 289

what's normal is what's defined in society. I remember a story about some Africans who migrated to the US to escape persecution. They were used to very little privacy because of their living conditions. When they moved to the US they suddenly had lots of the stuff. So much they had mental problems from the disconnect with people.

A lot of American obsession with privacy is brought on by puritan style shaming. E.g. we do have stuff we want to hide, even if we don't really need to. Yeah, there are really good examples where our privacy can be infringed (the stuff their doing with license plate readers is downright scary) but you can definitely take it too far, and there's a case to be made that America has.

Comment Re:That isn't trustful. (Score 1) 289

The enterprise edition of 10 doesn't do this.

The reason for these connections were if you go to PC Settings there are options to sync up favorites, tiles, apps, email, office 365 stuff, azure settings, wallpaper, etc. The guy in the article then dropped all connections on his router and tried to log in as a new user which ran the OOBE out of box experience and which looked for all these things on the profile.

Scary as it sounds I did find it useful on my Surface with my Office365 and work account. I got all my stuff synced up with my desktop and OneDrive as just a regular user.

Comment Re: Surprised? (Score 1) 289

Alright let's stop and just look what you wrote?

Now imagine what Joe Six pack owned in 2006? Probably a 1 core Pentium 4 with 512 megs of ram. Maybe a geek would own 1 gig and an athlonxp for a high end system middle 2000s as that is what I owned. I was helping an exgf reimage her laptop yesterday which was an AMD a4 1250 APU ssslllloooowww 1 gig netbook 1/3 the speed of an atom.

No kidding. But here is the kicker I sent to cpuboss.com to see how slow that thing was if 3 of them are as fast as a cell phone. The Pentium IV was slower. Literally opening a webpage took 100 cpu and 20 seconds to load if it had ajax. Outlook com is what slowed it.

That my friend was what people experienced Vista on??! Also the kernels got smaller and lighter since. 7 to 8 ran better.

Needless to say I put gwx control panel to block 10 and put 8.1 with classic start. I told her not to upgrade as her identity was stolen once and 10 was more bloated for such limited hardware.

Windows 7 was a much better OS and could sleep properly with only using 2 gigs instead of 4.

Comment Re:Decades of makware (Score 1) 28

Some could. Amigas (and Macs too I believe?) would automatically pop up an icon for floppies when they were inserted, without needing to do anything else.

While those absolutely are technically "personal computers", everyone understands "PC" to mean "IBM PC or compatible". And yes, both Amigas and Macs had floppy detect. Actually, it was technically possible to do it on the PC as well, and ISTR some programs actually doing it. The solution to the training problem is pathetically obvious (as evinced by the fact that I figured it out while reading TFA which I just google'd) which is to train the system the first time the user successfully reads a floppy disk, and thus you know that there's a disk in the drive. But... Microsoft

Comment Re:That isn't trustful. (Score 3, Insightful) 289

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.

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