Profile overview for roboticon.
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This user has mostly submitted to the following subverses (showing top 5):

9 submissions to LifeProTips

5 submissions to SanFrancisco

4 submissions to VKS

4 submissions to roboticon

3 submissions to subverserequest

This user has so far shared a total of 35 links, started a total of 29 discussions and submitted a total of 456 comments.

Voting habits

Submissions: This user has upvoted 202 and downvoted 53 submissions.

Comments: This user has upvoted 538 and downvoted 66 comments.

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5 lowest rated submissions:

TIL that Moore's Law, which states that computing power doubles every year, no longer applies today, submitted: 8/14/2015 6:35:39 AM, -1 points (+4|-5)

What sound does a downvoat make?, submitted: 7/19/2015 11:12:16 PM, 0 points (+1|-1)

Subscribe to /v/SanFrancisco instead!, submitted: 7/21/2015 7:01:58 AM, 1 points (+1|-0)

protip: if you delete all the posts here, this subverse will delete itself in ~24 hours, submitted: 7/26/2015 4:56:05 AM, 1 points (+1|-0)

LPT: To peel back a roll of packing tape, start a corner with your fingernail, then use the pad of your finger to roll back the tape., submitted: 8/8/2015 10:04:32 PM, 1 points (+1|-0)

Comment ratings

3 highest rated comments:

Voat, what is the best riddle you've ever heard? submitted by Gotes to AskVoat

roboticon 0 points 39 points (+39|-0) ago

This is the hardest one here. I'm not even sure what it's asking.

Windows 10s privacy policy is the new normal submitted by ChillyHellion to technology

roboticon 1 points 32 points (+33|-1) ago

in b4 pitchforks

This is a well-written article that adequately lays out the pros and cons of the various data collection mechanisms built into WIndows 10 and other operating systems. The title is not arstechnica saying "Windows 10's privacy policy is great and let's all adopt it". Of course Linux doesn't follow this "new normal". The point of the article is basically this:

It's probably fair to say that Windows 10 goes further in this kind of thing than previous operating systems. But it does so not as an outlier or some major break from past behaviors, but as a next step in a continuous process of making operating systems more connected, and to make data collection and analysis more extensive.

It then goes on to analyze the reasons behind this collection as well as the dangers of it.

That's what the article means by "the new normal": Windows is pushing the baseline, but only incrementally. Yes, Linux is very far from this baseline, but Linux isn't the baseline the article is talking about. Hopefully people read the article before attempting to refute it, because the facts of the article are correct and I think we could have a useful discussion about it if we try.

deleted by user submitted by deleted to technology

roboticon 33 points 31 points (+64|-33) ago

Fear-mongering doesn't contribute to the conversation.

"These services share your browsing history and keystrokes with Microsoft to help improve products and services."

All of these services can be disabled, but let's take a look at them:

1. Show search suggestions as I type

I hope it's not surprising that this feature requires sends keystrokes to Microsoft servers to search on those keystrokes and return suggestions. Like you type "cn" and it suggests "cnn.com" even if you haven't visited that site before. Hardly evil, but if you don't trust it, just turn it off (I don't know what the defaults are).

2. Use page prediction to speed up browsing and improve reading view

OK, so they send the page you're visiting and the page you came from ("browsing history") to Microsoft to consider which page you might visit next (e.g., if you visit Bing and search for "horses", maybe it prefetches the first result for "horses").

Reading view: think something like Readability. Send the URL to Microsoft, they send back a more readable formatted version.

3. Help protect me from malicious sites and downloads with SmartScreen Filter.

This one is simple: you send Microsoft the URL, and they check its hash against a database of sites known to contain malware.

4. Have Cortana assist me in Project Spartan.

I'm not sure exactly what this means, but basically in the Spartan browser Cortana can see what you're typing or what page you're visiting. IDK how they use that info but presumably they do stuff like anticipate tasks, handle requests, etc. Again, if you don't want it or trust it... turn it off.


If you still have doubts, that's fine. Do some research. Consider what Microsoft has to gain by stealing your keystrokes for nefarious purposes -- and what they have to lose (notice in particular how averse Microsoft is to being prosecuted these days).

3 lowest rated comments:

I'm Seth Ferranti. Just finished a 21 year sentence for LSD distribution. submitted by gorillaconvict to IAMA

roboticon 18 points -17 points (+1|-18) ago

Can you provide any verification?

"Yes."

Also, what's the best and/or worst true crime story you have?

"This one time, I conned Voat into thinking I was an ex-convict."

ELI5: How is it legal for microsoft to spy on it's windows 7/8/10 users? submitted by perfectpencil to ELI5

roboticon 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago

or you can turn off 99% of the sharing settings via the built-in privacy controls. Then look at what the 1% consists of (e.g. crash reports) and decide whether that's considered spying.

Where does their privacy policy say that they sell data? Is the data aggregated and anonymized?

I Feel Like I'm Taking Crazy Pills: Why Is Everyone So Cool With Windows 10's Security Crap? submitted by GearBrain to AskVoat

roboticon 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago

Dude, you can't just assume everyone who disagrees with you is a paid "shill". I happen to like using Windows and, having read through the privacy agreement, don't see anything nefarious going on here.

I don't really care what opinions others form for themselves, but I do downvote highly misleading, alarmist posts in /v/technology because taking quotes out of context and pasting pictures from Half-Life 2 don't contribute to the discussion. If that sort of common sense and actual research makes me a "shill" in your eyes, then so be it.