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Comment Re:Handy guide to operating systems (Score 1) 467

Windows 10..... Better known as "Windows NSA Edition"... or I guess you could also call it a "CTD", a Computer-Transmitted Disease... About 9 months, I had a period where I was curious about Windows10 so I used the Windows 7 OEM product key that came with my Dell laptop to get Windows 10. despite me being MS-free since 2010. I installed it in a "castrated" manner, local acct only, disabled Cortana, and a bunch of other privacy-protecting tweaks.. I ran it on the laptop for about a week, until finally I yearned for the simplicity of Ubuntu, so the hard drive containing Windows 10 got put on the shelf.. Fast forward to yesterday, wanted to try out the latest release of Slackware (where I started my Linux adventure back in 1994), and found I didn't have a spare drive, so with not a care in the world, installed Slackware over Windows 10.... After reading all of the bullshit MS is putting into Windows 10, I can see I did the right thing in wiping the drive vs going to Frys and buying another drive... In case nobody has said it recently .... FUCK YOU MICROSOFT!!

Comment Re:A no-brainer... (Score 3, Interesting) 467

MY "hardware driver requirements" are VERY specific.. Such that NO MS product will EVER touch MY hardware ever again.. I supported/used MS products from 1991 to 2010, at which time I retired.. At that time, all of my home systems were moved to Linux.. and thats where they'll stay...

Comment Re:It didn't have an off switch before (Score 1) 354

In my book, something that deliberately goes around a firewall is malware. I don't care what benefit it claims to give, as that has just given another attack vector for the "real" malware.

I'd expect that to be in ANYbody's "book", somebody who is NOT a mindless MS "can_do_no_wrong" fanboi.. I used to use/support Windows during my working career, but now that I'm retired, its Linux 100% ... FUCK MS... (you *know* you're thinking it....)

Comment Re:It didn't have an off switch before (Score 1) 354

Yeah.. I can see it now.. Its gonna like playing "Whack-a-mole" bypassing all of the malware aspects of Windows NSA Edition.. Do you get the feeling that theres *some* government agency behind this, egging MS on to keep "tightening the screws" on Windows? If you think I'm a conspiracy nut, you are ASLEEP.....

Comment Re:Does MS have any idea what they are doing? (Score 1) 354

heh I took a cruise thru Frys Electronics the other day.. They had one of those tablets with a foldout keyboard running Windows 10 for $79 with a whopping ONE GIGABYTE of ram... Asked the salesdroid if they'd sold any, he said they were selling like hotcakes.. (shudders) The salesdroid kind of admitted to me that the store was likely to see a LOT of returns on THAT item... Was normally $120, but on sale for $79...

Comment Re:It didn't have an off switch before (Score 1, Troll) 354

Back before I came to the conclusion that Windows 10 should actually be called a CTD (Computer-Transmitted Disease) I took two laptops with 10 Pro on them. One, with the install in an --alledgedly-- castrated state, local acct only, cortana disabled, and a bunch of other gpedit,msc tweaks,and one with a default (MS "recommended") install and then indivdually allowed them to "talk" on my network, which had a remote packet capture daemon running on the router, I used Wireshark to capture/examine the packet captures, and captures that ran for 8 hours each, showed BOTH systems spent the whole time yakking at the same urls... My conclusion is: you're getting fucked either way if you use Windows NSA Edition... Thankfully, I'm now Windows-Free to 100% Linux...

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