In the world of Microsoft Windows the more things “change” the more they stay the same.
The latest release , Windows 10, is accompanied by the same hyperbole as accompanied Vista, 7, and 8.
Internet shills and “tech experts” are repeating the same trite mantra and gushing on about how this is the one, that Windows has nailed it this time and users will traverse the yellow brick road of internet nirvana much as they did with their previous statements following the advent of each new OS – but give them a little time and they’ll be railing about the “shortcomings” just as they have in the past.
If the past is prologue Windows 10 will be even more invasive and cumbersome than it’s predecessors – the inability to opt out of “updates”, which on the surface at least appear to take place in stealth mode, speaks to a variety of things.
If you haven’t the ability to approve or deny these “updates” coupled with the data mining and voyeurism of Microsoft Command Central then the reality is the appearance of owning your computer or device is purely illusionary….you’re no longer a customer but an asset to be exploited.
Those who believe the ability to control what Microsoft accesses as described in the linked article might want to consider revelations from a couple of years ago that Microsoft informed the NSA of system vulnerabilities that could be exploited and took their sweet time repairing them, thus putting every user at risk of being hacked and should lead you to ponder a couple of additional questions….what exactly is Microsoft adding in those automatic updates, how trustworthy are they, and what is that vacuuming sound you hear when logging in?
You are not viewed in the context of a loyal customer – you represent dollar signs from the moment you login.
I always thought loyalty had a reciprocal quality to it, guess I was seriously wrong.
I used to wonder at the nature of greed and ask myself “how much is enough?”
I’ve come to understand that for some enough isn’t part of their vocabulary when it comes to corporate gluttony.
That for some voyeurism is considered natural, legally and morally acceptable.
That for some the right of privacy applies only to them.
Interesting to me that other countries have privacy standards in place that throttle the invasive nature of Windows and Goggle, yet this country has elected to give them free rein…you can thank your pandering politicians and “court” rulings for that.
Apple isn’t much different, they have variations of the theme but in the end want you tethered and locked in.
So much so they don’t even have an sd slot on their tablets – but ever benevolent through a circuitous route employing a dongle they just happen to market they will allow you to load photos from a source other than one of your tethered “i” products.
By default you are tethered to their “store”, by default the laughable Photos gloms onto every photo you introduce, you can change the “store” default in preferences but Apple knowing what’s “best” for you will automatically undo your preference in thirty days.
You can also slap Photos on the wrist in the preferences but then it seems to go into something of a pout.
Why shouldn’t you be asked from the start instead, and once having made your selection have it honored it until such a time as YOU elect to change it?
So obviously I’m not a raving Apple fan boy merely on the basis of preferring their OS over that of Windows….but one thing I know for a certainty is Windows has yet to “get it right”.
As to Google a well know internet security company has sent newsletters warning of the rampantly intrusive practices of Google and FB – the question for me is if one knows this they all do, so why they don’t they identify these intrusions as the malware they are and block them?
Options and opting out have become a euphemism for not so fast, where do you think you’re going? Internet users a modern version of sharecroppers who enjoy little of the harvest.