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Comment Re:Doesn't make sense (Score 1) 421

If they wanted to see what applications are being used and for how long, it would be FAR easier, reliable, and less risky to Microsoft's reputation to just have the operating system record and report that data. Having to rely on users to be running applications that just happened to be compiled with this version of the compiler seems hugely unreliable. Not to mention that it would only report on those specific apps, not apps built by other means.

I'm more apt to chalk this one up to something that got left over from development and testing than something inserted maliciously. I mean, if you are going to do something that risky, at least make the reward something more valuable that a half-assed list of apps being run.

Comment Re:Permissions (Score 1) 278

If you deny the app permission to read contacts it will throw an exception (or get some kind of access denied status) when trying to read them. If you fake a blank contact list, or one full of random data, then the app how no idea. The theory being that some apps would detect the block and refuse to work or degrade their functionality. It would be useful for things like "flashlight" that have no business reading your contact list.

Comment Re:Overpriced fad gadgets turn out to be crap (Score 1) 146

Right... Companies shouldn't be held accountable just because they made a crap product that advertises functionality that it doesn't have. It's all those idiot users' fault for believing that consumer protection laws should require a product to do what is advertised.

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