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Friday, 31 July 2015

IMPORTANT… PLEASE NOTE Windows 10 Spies on Almost Everything You Do, Unless You Opt Out

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 spies on nearly everything its users do, and anyone who agrees to the operating system’s new terms of service consents to surveillance, whether knowingly or otherwise. Included in Microsoft’s new 12,000-word service agreement, which goes into effect August 1, is the following excerpt from the privacy policy:

We will access, disclose, and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications, or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to.

Whilst Microsoft does allow Windows 10 users to opt out of all the features that one might consider invasions of privacy, users are opted in by default. Rock, Paper, Shotgun explains the opt-out process step-by-step. Windows 10 will sync settings and data by default with its servers. That includes browser history, favourites, and currently open web pages, as well as saved app, website, and mobile hotspot passwords and Wi-Fi network names and passwords. Activate Cortana, Microsoft’s personal virtual assistant, and you’re also turning on a host of data sharing, as Microsoft’s new privacy statement points out:

To enable Cortana to provide personalised experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browse and Bing search history, and more.

The updated terms also state that Microsoft will collect information “from you and your devices, including for example ‘app use data for apps that run on Windows’ and ‘data about the networks you connect to'”. Windows 10 generates by default a unique advertising ID for each user on each device. Developers can use that and advertising networks to profile you and serve commercial content.

31 July 2015

Sputnik International



Geekly friends of mine give the advice, “Do NOT enable Cortona under any circumstance. You don’t need it… it’s a crude tracking device”. DISABLE CORTONA WHEN YOU INSTALL Windows 10. That’s especially relevant to leftist and pro-Russian users. Do you want Langley spying on you? DISABLE CORTONA… you’ll be glad that you did.



Wednesday, 10 December 2014

10 December 2014. The Cabinet Weighs In On Windows 8

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My computer was showing some signs of age, so I broke down and picked up a new computer around the Thanksgiving holidays, to be ready in case of a complete system failure. I bought a new HP machine with Windows 7… my computer geeks all told me to avoid Windows 8. Of course, now that I got the new one, my old computer started working just fine. However, I figure that I didn’t waste my money. I’ll just keep my new one in the box until the old one crashes (which it will). Since Windows 7 is harder and harder to find, I think I did the right thing. If my present machine lasts another year, there probably won’t be any more computers with Windows 7 out there by that time. I don’t know anything about computers. I’m just going by what my geeks told me, and I found that Windows 7 is easy to operate for a computer moron like myself!


My Cabinet is UNANIMOUS… everybody (including me) HATES Windows 8. It has all the problems of early Vista… plus some more, for good measure. Remember what Windows 7 is… it’s a revamped and debugged Vista, but they had to call it something else as its early fuckups utterly trashed the Vista brand’s street rep. The buzz has it that the new OS coming out is to Windows 8 what Windows 7 was to Vista… that is, a debugged version that had to have a new name as the old marque is irretrievably in the shitter. Not boring, is it? Pass the jug…


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