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Comment Re:Why on Earth? (Score 1) 88

I wonder why they didn't just program browsers to prompt the user to allow the server to see their battery status similarly to how they did it with location services. I deny location services to web sites all the time that have no need to know my location.

If I log onto a web site that uses geolocation to help me find something, of course I will share my location. If I log onto a web site to read news and it wants to know my location, I deny that every time. Why shouldn't it be the same with the battery API?

Comment Re:It didn't have an off switch before (Score 1) 369

Yeah, a logical, but underhanded way of forcing their spyware would be to make it work with servers that you would otherwise need to work with, such as a server that hosts Azure services or something. I imagine that they have US intelligence agencies have given them a "plato o plomo" proposition to harvest all this data. It sounds like it's been a disaster for them.

Comment Re:It didn't have an off switch before (Score 0) 369

You block them. They will set up new servers and Windows Update will tell your computer to chat with them. You will block those, and they will set up new ones.

I absolutely refuse to install Windows 10 on my home computer because I don't want to look after my computer like a child who is getting "programmed" by a spiteful ex-spouse.

Comment Re:Always (Score 1) 765

It's great if a company wants to treat their employees like family.

However... One thing that I've run into a handful of times that really creeps me out is when a manager says up-front at an interview that they want to hire someone who will think of the team as family. It's fine for the team to get along, but I think it's just creepy for someone to ask me to consider someone I've never met as family. And besides, I *have* a family. I go to an interview because I need *work*.

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