Tuesday, November 03, 2015

What Privacy?


Not that it'll matter to the "Alger Hiss is innocent" crowd

Antarctica is actually gaining ice, says NASA. Is global warming over?
cuzzin ricky

Recruiting Commies

Listen as Hede Massing, the archetypal soviet recruiter, explains that it's "almost impossible to recruit the working class." 

The intellectual, however ... .

Behind every door ...

Police State USA

Not interested in installing Windows 10 on your computer after reading news reports indicating Microsoft will track your online behavior and save your search queries, private emails and contents of private folders, including photos?

... a report from Newsweek (FWTW) warned:
“From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers’ basic information – name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics.”

“But it also digs a bit deeper,” the report says. “Other information Microsoft saves includes Bing search queries and conversations with the new digital personal assistant Cortana; contents of private communications such as email; websites and apps visited (including features accessed and length of time used); and contents of private folders,” the warning explains. “Furthermore, ‘your typed and handwritten words’ are collected.’”
Too bad. You may not be given much of a choice.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 is preparing to automatically download onto computers currently installed with Windows 7 or 8 – without the computer users’ knowledge, London’s Guardian reported.

According to the report, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will become a “recommended update” in 2016, and anyone who has automatic updates activated will have the new program installed automatically on their PC.

After it has downloaded, the Windows 10 installer will begin. At that point, users will need to actively cancel Windows 10.

That is, if they aren’t in the habit of just hitting “OK” when presented with a prompt, as many users often do.

In the meantime, until 2016, the Windows 10 upgrade will be considered “optional” and could still be downloaded if a user has the computer set to install automatic updates, which can be disabled.

“If you choose to upgrade (our recommendation!), then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous version if you don’t love it,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group.

Just weeks ago, Forbes reported Microsoft claimed an “accident” caused the downloads to begin installing on many computers without user permission.


As an aside:
They had to skip Windows 9 because there already has been a Windows 9; or two Windows 9s really. Du0e to the close compatibility of Windows 95 and Windows 98 developers wrote programs to recognize them as Windows 9(x); obviously Windows 9 would pass the test and be recognized as Window 95/98 which would be ... undesirable. Microsoft decided to avoid any potential issues with this by skipping from 8 to 10. Or so the story goes. - 54Bryan Shouse 2 months ago

We've had two gummint blimps overhead for the past few months; the NSA just 12 miles away; drones;  government tracking chips installed in newer cars, spy cams at every intersection; and now this.  What?  Me Worry? Bet your ass.