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Comment Re:Do they really want more people living on welfa (Score 1) 227

Some people would argue that there are reasons other than employment to be educated. When pursuing my master's degree in mathematics, I took a music class for my personal enjoyment. Did I waste my time because the music class had nothing to do with any job I applied for?

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.

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