Now on to some bashing, we'll start with force updates that everyone complains the most about. Sorry, but this is a necessary evil,
Sorry, but you have no right to force people to update. It's their choice. More importantly normalizing constant updates provides extremely perverse incentives to software vendors. It signals they can get away with crappy QA using customers as beta testers and endless streams of security vulnerabilities at no cost to them.
leaving them vulnerable and they just don't give a flying f. The only way to address this needless insecurity is to force updates.
Most consumer desktop users are behind a stealth mode firewall where their external exposure is mediated by the security of their browsers and other network connected software. From publically available web statistics majority of Windows users don't even run a Microsoft web browser.
The overwhelming majority events that cause people to get hacked have nothing to do with operating system bugs. Social engineering and associated lapses in judgment account for upwards of 90% of compromises.
Insecure computers connected to the internet AFFECT ALL OF US, and since that includes way too many non-technical (aka muggles) people, who refuse to update when asked to, we have to force you, to protect ALL OF US from YOUR insecure system.
The Internet had better be engineered to fend for itself. Requiring permission or license or certification affects ALL OF US far worse than any unpatched desktops. Look at what the brilliant 1337us3rs who run the Internet are doing. Nobody is taking fixing DNS amplification seriously. SMTP email continues to be deemed an acceptable form of communication and every website on the Internet is using adhoc user authentication forms driven by plaintext over HTTP encrypted or not. The basis of trust on the Internet is a series of redundant CA's several of which are run by "unfriendly" governments and most of which perform completely automatic signing based on completely INSECURE protocols. If all windows vulnerabilities were completely fixed tomorrow and everyone updated their computers **NOTHING** would change. I think it is rich in the extreme to start dictating anything to users.
Next: Spying. Telemetry. Malware. So much accusations. Has anyone actually taken apart the packets being sent to M$ to see what the hell is being sent? I didn't think so, I haven't seen any reporting on precisely what is being sent.
My characterization of Windows 10 as malware is informed simply by reading Microsoft's own documentation on the subject.
At the enhanced level of reporting (which you can turn off) it also supposedly sends info on what applications you're using, and how long they're running. Again
List of software on device and uptime of applications are also sent for the lowest level (BASIC).
But I have a pretty good educated guess. Usage statistics, performance markers, errors that occur, those are the basic things that're sent home. Probably shoved into a giant database along with every other computer that reports back.
I don't care why they use the data. I don't care what they do with it. It's none of their business. I don't want them to have mine. If you don't agree you are welcomed to your view. It's irrelevant to me.
I highly doubt anyone can successfully take telemetry data out of this database and tie it back to some individual. So who cares?
I was most comforted to learn the NSA telephone database is just numbers not names and addresses.
Do you really think you're so important that someone actually cares what you're doing with your PC? Again, probably all shoved into a DB and used to better understand what users do with their computers, not to spy on you. You're not that important, sorry.
Speaking for myself I simply don't give a flying fick. I don't care how the data is used. It's none of their business and I refuse to let them have it. Nobody has any idea what is going on and what they are doing. There is no transparency and no reason to trust a vendor with a proven track record of taking willfully premeditated action to intentionally deceive it's customers.
Telemetry isn't exclusive to Microsoft. Debian Linux has been doing telemetry since, uh, well since I started using it, in 1999 or 2000. True, it's completely optional and it asks you during installation if you'd like to participate. But somehow, because you can optout easily, its ok that Linux does Telemetry. Talk about double standard.
So as far as I can tell you really just did seriously compare OPTIONAL OPT-IN data collection with what Microsoft is currently doing in Windows 10?
Just a wild guess some people busy erecting firewall rules and taking a sledge hammer to the SCM would probably be willing to contribute if they had a choice and some oversight in terms of what was sent.
About the only legitimate complaint about Windows 10 I can agree with is already over with...the overly aggressive upgrade campaign with some underhanded UI choices to trick people into upgrading. That was bad and uncalled for, but it's also over now, so can't really bitch about this anymore.
Microsoft has by it's own actions and culture eroded **TRUST** in itself among it's paying customers. Trust is critical. Trust isn't something you can just push out a forced update for and get back. If Microsoft is willing to act in this manner what else are they capable of? What else are they doing behind my back? How was this allowed to happen? What has changed to prevent recurrence?