the design of the things will encourage, if not require, Internet connectivity to work
And that's precisely the point at which one should vote with their pocketbook whether or not they want such features to be mandatory.
As consumers, hell, as human beings, we do have the power to protest things. We don't have to just lay down and say this type of "progress" can't be stopped. Otherwise, be prepared to buy antivirus software for your toaster, and have Google profiling how dark you like your toast.>/p>
"Threatens" is a pretty inflammatory way to describe it. I would say that "offers" WiFi connectivity is more like it. FFS, if you don't want some device on your WiFi, then don't enter your WiFi password on the device.
I had this happen to 1 machine at work, and did this to fix it:
netsh winsock reset catalog (Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults)
netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log (Reset IPv4 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults)
I had this happen to my machine, and did this to fix it:
I noticed just recently that my Windows 10 machine wasn't connecting to either the wired or wireless networks when I moved between home and office. IP addresses were defaulting to Microsoft's 169.254.0.0/16 range, as happens on Windows when DHCP attempt fails. Doing ipconfig
The problem seems to stem from "fast startup" being enabled under Control Panel -> Power Options -> Choose what the power buttons do. With this feature enabled, performing a shutdown doesn't really shutdown the computer, it basically just hibernates. I'm not terribly surprised that acquiring an IP address, hibernating the machine, then waking from hibernation on a different network might cause a networking issue, but for whatever reason this wasn't causing any problem until just recently.
I don't profess to have any crystal ball into the future, or even deep understanding of the ever-evolving world of economics, but I do understand that people need jobs. Despite the increasing capabilities of today's machines, we're a long way of from sitting back and letting technology take care of our needs.
I believe in trying to help in little ways. For example, I don't use self-checkout machines at the supermarket, even if it means I have to stand in line. I don't want to help eliminate someone's job. I have similar feelings about self-serve gas pumps, bank machines, and cleaning up my own table when leaving a fast-food restaurant.
Are my efforts misguided and futile? Perhaps. Nevertheless, I believe that just because a thing CAN be done, that doesn't mean it SHOULD be done. I don't want to see wider replacement of human workers unless something else develops to mitigate further impoverishment of the working class.
Let's just pause for a moment and reflect that we even have the ability to measure the position of a building within a centimeter or so using satellites orbiting the Earth.
I find it astonishing.
Now every man must come at times to the aid of the party through the general precept that ethical behavior demands support of the community. It is by reason of erroneous reasoning of this kind that we become unjust and in general evil, or worse, slytherins;
That's gold baby. GOLD!
or it didn't happen.
No, you are not a prostitute. You are an employee. To equate the two on a broad level is to completely belie the stigmatized, demeaning, and health-endangering servitude that prostitutes endure.
Don't try to suggest that your white-collar job is anywhere near as bad as having some fat, disgusting stranger put his unwashed dick in your mouth.
It is so tedious hearing people trot out this rationale. If a majority of people switched to "a variant on Unix", it would then BECOME the "largest virus attack vector".
And don't kid yourself that your OS of choice is intrinsically more secure simply because it's not Windows.
There are no games on this system.