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Comment Just let it go (Score 1) 288

I think you've misread the article you're linking to. All the article said is that it download ~5gb into a folder as part of the update. And leaves it there. Does nothing with it unless the user specifically chooses to click the "upgrade" button.

Your family aren't being guinea pigs. The worst they'll get is ~5gb less space on their hard disks. Heck, they've probably got more than that in their recycle bin and system restore points and so on. Totally not worth investing your time to prevent this.

Comment Re:Good but... (Score 1) 39

Telemetry which isn't explicitly chosen by the user is completely indistinguishable from malware.

So back to my question: how do you think telemetry helps Microsoft other than by helping it help end-users better?

Maybe you didn't answer because, as per your quote above, you think it's irrelevant. Partly I agree with you, and I never like data taken without my explicit consent. On the other hand if you only get telemetry through opt-in then you're dooming yourself to unrepresentative data.

Comment Re:Good but... (Score 1) 39

So much of their updates are sneaking in telemetry, user experience tracking, and other shit entirely designed to benefit Microsoft

I can imagine lots of ways that telemetry will help Microsoft -- by helping them understand their users better, and direct their efforts to better help users.

Disclaimer: I work at Microsoft. Not on Windows10 - instead I'm on the C#/VB language design team. I look at telemetry every day. We put in an easy-to-use "send-a-smile/frown" button in the menubar of Visual Studio so it's easier for people to send feedback. We put a lot of effort into making that send-a-frown feature able to diagnose hung processes or crash-dumps so it could give us more actionable bug reports with minimal end-user effort. I spend a lot of time working with end-users -- listening to them at conferences, in studies, in forums, in all kinds of ways, to get anecdotes. I collate those anecdotes with telemetry data to see whether they're representative, and to guide us on where to seek out additional anecdotes to flesh out intriguing telemetry data. We don't currently gather telemetry from developers on how they're using new experimental language features in C#/VB, but I've often wanted that so we can see how those proposed language features are working out in practice (because once you add a language feature it's nigh-on impossible to remove it). I use telemetry every single week to make a product that's better for end-users.

Comment Unable to give a "broader explanation" of a clock (Score 1) 956

There's an interesting quote from an earlier version of the BBC News article on this story (since replaced)...

Police spokesman James McLellan said that, throughout the interview, Ahmed had maintained that he built only a clock, but said the boy was unable to give a "broader explanation" as to what it would be used for.

I can imagine how it went down...

Ahmed: It's a clock

Police: But what would it be used for?

Ahmed: What do you mean? It's a clock

Police: And what kind of things would you use a clock for?

Ahmed: I tell you, it's a clock! What do you think you do with a clock?

Police: You tell me

Ahmed: It's a clock! It tells the time! It's a clock!

Police: Ah, so you admit it's a clock. Now what would you use it for?

Comment Credit for reading slashdot (Score 1) 102

All the time I spend reading Slashdot articles at work is really part of my "in-service training, continuing education and professional development" for my job as a software engineer. Good to know!

(can't write more for this comment -- got to run and read Ars Technica as well. All this on-the-job training takes a lot of time.)

Comment Re: So what? (Score 1) 146

Who uses Wikipedia as a trusted source? I do! If I'm with friends from around the world and we need to convert between Celsius and Fahrenheit, I look for the formula in Wikipedia and no further. Yesterday we wanted to know if a kettle really reached 100âC. Wikipedia again? You bet? Or idly reading about WW2 battles maybe triggered by a contemporary reference? Wikipedia again AND NO INTEREST IN OTHER SOURCES, as always.

I think a big part of the trust is I can trust a search result that points me to Wikipedia, but every other search result might just be an advertising sink, or other people asking the same question with no reliable answers, or other junk.

Comment Re: Search engines search. It's what they do. (Score 2) 179

Read the damn article. It said that google is fine to continue indexing the list, and to show it in search results.

What isn't fine, according to the EU, is if a search for "Mr X" continues to list search results that relate to incorrect or inaccurate information about him.

It's fine for a search about censorship or "right-to-be-forgotten" to turn up the censor list. It's just not okay for a search about "Mr X".

This seems really pretty darn reasonable!

Comment Re: Can it self restart? (Score 1) 278

My solution was to buy an Apple Airport Extreme base station. That's given me rock solid reliability, and it auti-updates.

Now I dislike Apple stuff in general. Will never have an iPhone. Only grudgingly bought a MacBook because I wanted to learn the Swift programming language. Used a Buffalo router with Tomato firmware.

Nevertheless, the Airport Extreme base station has never once failed. My old Tomato would sometimes crap out when too many people were doing Skype or RemoteDesktop or VPN or torrent or something. But the airport has never failed once in over two years.

I think that Airport is the Cisco reliability for normal consumers.

PS. I still use Tomato for routing since it allows loop back http. I just use the airport for wifi.

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