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Microsoft Pushing Vista 10 with Nasty New Trick
A BBC report said that the company had now changed the functionality of the pop-up that was used to encourage users to upgrade to Windows 10. The red X at the right-hand top corner is normally used to close the pop-up, but the BBC said now clicking there activated the upgrade, rather than closing the pop-up.

#windows   #windows10   #malware  
Microsoft is essentially taking over people's PCs and installing on them a large piece of malware, complete with keyloggers, against the will of these PCs' owners
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Examining and destroying theist fallacy dogma one case at a time.
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About Microsoft in Iowa  The company gains more power over US elections.  Bill Gates gets to choose who's elected through voting machines.  Now he's choosing who stands for elections.  We might as well have Microsoft choose our government rather than bother with elections.  
It is apparently acceptable to put a convinced serial abuser in charge of the country, simply because it frames this as volunteering
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All text typed on Windows 10 on the keyboard is sent to:
oca.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
pre.footprintpredict.com
reports.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
More info at:
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/even-when-told-not-to-windows-10-just-cant-stop-talking-to-microsoft/
and more ugly details at:
http://localghost.org/posts/a-traffic-analysis-of-windows-10
Also, all you say in a microphone is sent to Microsoft telemetry sites, even if Cortana is turned off. In fact, the instructions to turn off telemetry you may find on some sites do not work!
Does that bother you? It does, me.  It also bothers me that I have little control over when Windows 10 will reboot. Finally, the Start tree can have only 512 entries, which is actually quite limiting - I have more entries than that on my home computer right now (that's not 512 software packages but all the leaf entries, like links to manuals, add-on programs etc.).
For these reasons I decided, being the crazy horse I am, to never upgrade to Windows 10. I have a few strategies how to accomplish that. How about you?
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The Year of Science and Technology in Review: Cartoon Style
the best New Yorker cartoons from 2015

Three of my favourite things - science, art, and humour - come together in this compilation of #STEM cartoons from the hyper-talented artists at +The New Yorker

From +Google+ Glass, to hitchBOT. From vaccines (or a lack thereof) to climate change. From brain training to Pluto. No topics are off limits, and all will give you a chuckle and/or make you think.

#ScienceSunday

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Microsoft should not be used in critical applications like medical equipment. It does not matter that the OEM told doctors how to configure their anti-virus software. Only Microsoft needs such garbage in the first place, mistakes are inevitable, and configuration control is just about impossible.. Only the power of monopoly and marketing can explain why medical equipment makers would even consider an OS with such a bad reputation.

Shame on the FDA for letting the equipment maker off the hook. Using Windows is IT malpractice.
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Microsoft, Google, and "Bundling" It’s funny how Microsoft has recycled their PR about Netscape to suite their present anti-competitive behavior. “Bundling” was a gross and dishonest euphemism for the blatant technical sabotage they waged against Netscape. At the time, they managed to present it as Microsoft being in trouble for giving people free software. Now they have turned around and accused Google of actually doing that as if it were evil.

I’m not sure how Microsoft will make any kind of market abuse case when Android is free software. What are they going to tell the judge, that no one wants a Microsoft branded Android because Microsoft services suck so hard? No court is going to listen to a case about “bundling” as the Microsoft PR people created in public perception.
#vista10 not only does obscene bundling of #microsoft (spyware included) but is also proprietary, has no derivatives, unlike #android #aosp
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Meanwhile, Linux Loving Microsoft is up to their usual attacks, but they are ever more outrageous and obvious.  Last month they forced Acer and about 40 other Android OEMs to preinstall Microsoft "apps" on cell phones.  Now they have claiming ownership of all "convergence" ideas and have strong armed two more companies into bogus "deals."  

Rakuten, a $4.6 billion Japanese e commerce company,  Somehow, Microsoft extorted them over Android.   
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakuten 

Wistron is a 60,000 person Taiwanese design company that was spun out of Acer in 2000.  They design notebook PCs, desktop PCs, servers, storage, LCD TVs, and handheld devices for other companies to brand and sell.  They were extorted into deals with Microsoft and Microsoft's patent troll, Intellectual Ventures, back in 2011.  They have recently been forced to renew that "agreement" over Android. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wistron_Corporation

This practice is called "patent stacking."  Microsoft stacks patent expenses on competitors, which both makes money for Microsoft while forcing competitors costs up.  This is the only way Microsoft can sell their buggy and expensive software.  

Do you feel the love?  

It's nothing new.  Software owners have always lived by the rule, "What's our is ours and what's yours is ours."  
Microsoft loves Linux enough to strangle it to death with patents while the media isn't paying attention and instead telling us that Microsoft is now a buddy or pal of GNU/Linux
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Microsoft loves open source? Only when it's convenient (and more as a parasitic host than as a community)
Even as it embraces open source, Microsoft is shaking down the Android and Linux communities for patent licenses. Will the real Microsoft please stand up?
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Microsoft is watching the photos you open on Windows 10.
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More Microsoft cooperation with oppressive governments.  Facebook is also a problem in various ways.  
“The prosecutors love Microsoft as they give them all the information they ask for” http://www.telecomasia.net/content/thailands-netizens-are-living-climate-fear #microsoft as a rat
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