I ran it for about 2 weeks on a laptop at home used for general browsing, but watching the logs on my firewall were crazy. I couldn't manage to track down all the different *-edge.net domains or other CDN endpoints they were using to relentlessly connect. You basically have to switch to whitelisting. My hosts block file picked up dozens of entries, but after realizing it'd be a never ending cat & mouse game I reverted back to Win7...Unless they stop this crap in a soon to be released patch we'll go back to being a Windows free home when win7 gets bothersome.
Just use this: https://github.com/10se1ucgo/D... Along with some easily googlable additions to your HOSTS file. I've manged to get it down to just one site client.wns.windows.com (IIRC) it will try randomly the entire time but HOSTS seems to deal with it as well as it can be dealt with.
gHacks notes that ”these four updates ignore existing user preferences stored in Windows 7 and Windows 8 (including any edits made to the Hosts file) and immediately starts exchanging user data with vortex-win.data.microsoft.com and settings-win.data.microsoft.com. These, and maybe others, appear to be hardcoded which means that the Hosts file is bypassed automatically”
Anyone with a clue doesn't use a site whose sole purpose is to datamine your ass. When will people begin to understand that Facebook is the enemy?
Here, we have the nanny state stepping in, and Facebook cooperates fully. Facebook does nothing to block trackers, in fact, they ENCOURAGE trackers! I'm sure that Facebook is getting some kind of financial incentive for cooperating. If government doesn't offer incentives directly, then the companies like Snaptrends is passing it on.
Well some of us live in the real world and can't just hide under a rock because, ya know, we need to interact with people for personal and professional reasons via popular social media sites.
"When was the last time you used a piece of chalk to express yourself?"
How about every day? Every time I walk passed a collection of minerals me and my young daughter collect throughout southwestern Idaho I grab a piece of found chalk and do a little sketch, just to show hey dad like's to be creative maybe you should be too. There is something to be said for your hands laying upon a myriad of physical objects and interacting with the world via them. The digital world is great but it is only a small part of the vast world we inhabit.
Bell Labs Unix -- Reach out and grep someone.