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Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 266

I think like you but, sadly, we're a minority. I'd buy a version of Win 7 with the updated internals of Windows 10 but with nothing of the spying crap, forced integration of MS's services and metro/mobile apps and UIs in a heartbeat, and I'd pay good money for it, but they're just not interested in that.

Comment Re:Wot no Eink? (Score 2) 31

I'm sure you're aware of larger eink based ereaders. There're some with 9,7 inch screens and those are pretty nice for information-dense PDFs. They're something like 1200x800 in resolution, and their size it's still too small to read dense A4 PDFs, but they're certainly much better than the 6 inch readers.
I have an Onyx M92 and it supports a nice number of formats (EPUB, PDF, cbz, even Excel and Word) but that's old and I'm sure there're much better models by now.

Comment Re:Not just MS Office (Score 1) 138

It does not, but certainly it wouldn't surprise me if that comes to pass in the next release. Microsoft has done so many things to Windows (most of them decidedly anti consumer) I never thought that could happen that this one wouldn't surprise me at all.
I fear the day will come where users will be prevented from doing many things now take for granted on our own computers for "our own good" or some stupid excuse.

Comment Re:Profit now depends on abusing customers. (Score 1) 205

Windows 10 may be unattractive to us geeks but regular joes don't seem to care much about all the things we dislike so, sadly, I don't expect Microsoft to change direction.
I also agree that most software is good enough by now but that's one of the reasons they're trying to move to selling subscriptions (Office 365, extra space on OneDrive, etc.). Also, we can't keep using Win 7 forever because eventually new hardware and software will stop being compatible with it. A new version of Win 7 is exactly what I want but doesn't seem very likely.

Comment Re:Any ideas about Microsoft management? (Score 1) 205

I would mod you up if I hadn't commented already. I also think Microsoft is trying to become Google. Windows 10 is heavy on user tracking, and it also pushes hard Microsoft's services (Using a local account is made hard on purpose to get you to use a Microsoft account, Bing, Cortana, OneDrive (can't be uninstalled), Skype, Windows Store ...) and it's also an obvious attempt of pushing their mobile ecosystem.
I wouldn't mind so much if all of this was optional, but must things aren't. I would be fine is they offered Windows in 2 versions: - A spying and ad sponsored version - A paid-for version which would work like Win 7 with regards to integration of Ms services (i.e.: none) and spying. I'd chose option two and be happy but for some reason they won't do that.
I understand their reasons: The PC has stopped being the primary computing device of most people meaning that if they don't make it big on the mobile front they'll be irrelevant in the long run. But that's a reason to create the number one version I talked about above not to not make the option 2.
I see myself using Linux in the short run

Comment Re:Other bugs (Score 1) 410

It's bad enough that Android is essentially a spying device for Google but Windows has gone from the classic (and fair) model of money in exchange for software which does what's supposed to (and gets out of the way) to a device to push Microsoft's services and their mobile ecosystem.
I wouldn't be so pissed off if they had a "good" version of Windows which you had to pay for. I'd totally go for that.
The games are the only software tying me to Windows, I might have to start playing Linux-compatible titles only.

Comment Google does the same... (Score 1) 117

...if you upload your pictures to the Photos service.
Their AI is so good it can recognize landmarks and objects in the pictures which you can search through later without having to bother to tag them. Of course, Google also gets to know even more about you.
I miss the old days when, in addition to sell your data for free service you also had the option of paying for things with actual money. Even Windows seems to be that way now.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist