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[–] Bainshie 145 points 125 points (+270|-145) ago 

FFS, seriously how fucking technically retarded is this site? All of this is perfectly understandable and is NOTHING t do with 1984.

Image 1: Device statistics is basically a universal data gathering tool for working out whether your shit breaks users shit.

Image 2: Well duh. It needs information about your contacts so that things like "Call XYZ" actually works. Fucking dumbass.

Image 3: Optional feature that I can see being useful.

Image 4: See image 1

Image 5: It's turned back on so that various programs can't keep it turned off.

Image 6: Turning off windows updates shouldn't happen if a device is connected to the internet: That's why we fucking have botnets, because of dumb russians with Zero day exploits going on

Image 7: Microsoft will follow the law. Duh?

Image 8: OH NO TEH CLOUD!!!!!1

The rest of the images are just the above copied a bunch of times. Seriously do none of you actually know how computers work and just spend your time shouting at the magic flashy wizard box? Everyone who upvoated this post please donate your computers to charity; You're too dumb to fucking own one.


[–] EckyThump 8 points 157 points (+165|-8) ago 

You aren't at least slightly suspicious of all of the data they're mining? I mean if they've got access to it....


[–] Spirits_ 3 points 119 points (+122|-3) ago 

So you are not concerned that they can read the CONTENTS of your messages, e-mails, etc? Or how you cannot turn off the data mining unless you are running enterprise or a server?


[–] p0ssum 5 points 31 points (+36|-5) ago 

Everyone who upvoated this post please donate your computers to charity; You're too dumb to fucking own one.

LOL fanboi much? If that level of intrusion on your computer doesn't bother you, then perhaps YOU are the one that should donate your computer.


[–] umilmi81 2 points 20 points (+22|-2) ago 

The anti-windows 10 stuff is largely hyperbole. but you are way too dismissive of real threats to privacy. We already know that the NSA has compromised the backbone of the Internet. If you send something over the Internet, the NSA grabs it, catalogs it, and stores it.

The fact that your encryption key is being stored on the cloud is literally just handing your encryption key to the NSA. So what? Tell that to the next Edward Snowden. If this were the 90's it may not have been a problem because the US government was still following the constitution. Since the patriot act they aren't following the constitution. They are using self written warrants to present evidence to secret courts. It's been a big ol' "fuck you" to the constitution and due process.

And that's just the people who are claiming to protect you, let alone the criminals who are actively trying to steal your data. You're tripling their chances of success by sending it over the internet and storing it on a remote server.

Using your browsing habits and data to target ads to you is also unsavory. I remember searching for jock itch remedies and getting targeted for jock itch cream in the side panel of articles I was viewing. That's embarrassing especially if someone who knows how targeted ads work sees the ads. A coworker and I were looking up magic cards online and he got targeted ads for plus sized lingerie... he's male and single. He turned red and closed the window really quickly because he knows that I know how targeted ads work.

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[–] IAmYourDad 2 points 15 points (+17|-2) ago 

Double plus bend over


[–] Nietzsche__ 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Can you not use a firewall to block the connection to MS servers outbound ?


[–] sparkybear 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I posted this yesterday, but with everyone freaking out about this stuff I figured I should post it again. With a caveat that, every company that uses data is doing this same thing, Microsoft is just the first one to directly outline where and how they are using the collection. Remember when Google got busted for using your WiFi to generate location data and not telling you?

Any system that has any sort of predictive behavior (leave for your meeting at Joe's by 11:55) will have privacy implications. Microsoft will have access to most of your data on any **new ** Windows platform. But that doesn't mean your security is at risk. It means that some of your data is sent to their servers in order to offer you a 'better user experience'. If that's not something you're interested in or if you just don't believe them or if you just don't believe that anyone can be trusted with your data, then that's your choice to not use their products.

The reality is that you're probably fine, and unless you are committing a felony through your computer, and the Feds go to Microsoft to request your data. In general, it's not in Microsoft's interest to use the data they acquire in any other way than to make their products better for their users. If they sell it, someone will find out and the people that mind will jump ship.

Total anonymity is not practical in this world. You can and probably should change your privacy settings with any new installation or product before you put any sensitive information into it.