* Posts by CompUser

55 posts • joined 22 Jan 2015


HP Inc strips off, rolls around as Windows 10 money pours down


The HP systems being sold on our local shopping channel don't specify the OS (Windows 10) anymore - they always used to.

It seems sales go better when Windows 10 isn't mentioned.

Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush


Re: What is the Cost, and any Telemetry ?

Telemetry can't be turned off according to Microsoft management.

Microsoft states that it can access any file on your system if it believes there is a breach of some law so the remote access is a definite.

Its obvious that Windows 10 has been set up as a major spyware system. The telemetry includes your IP address, the IP address of any VPN's that you are using and massive amounts of other data.

The USA government is advising people not to use Huawei smart phones because they can be used to spy on their citizens. The USA government came to that certain conclusion because it has been do the same thing to the technology under its control for many years.

No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway


Re: MS is not the one to worry here

"It is necessary to find electronics and computer parts businesses that will supply and assemble bare machines."

Computer businesses will have several systems per-assembled and ready for sale that can be easily varied on request.

Been buying systems without OS's for may years, never been the slightest problem buying them and much cheaper. They also come with OEM Windows on request because the computer business makes the systems (out of parts).

Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue


Re: Spyware

Microsoft uses such VAGUE language. On one privacy page, the one with the picture of Satya on top, it stated that user browser search history was collected without any mention of Cloud services. It stated that the user browser history was used for page prediction. This privacy page stated that USER browser history was collected and didn't make the simple statement that identifying information was removed.

Now it seems that Microsoft is stating that browser history is collected and then mentions the Cloud in the next paragraph with the HOPE that people will ASSUME that the previous paragraph was related to Cloud services which actually hasn't been stated in any way.

It would be a very simple matter for Microsoft to make a clear statements about what they are not collecting and this isn't being done.

New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max


Re: Is this a technical site or a hack political fake news site?

The quote is correct. All this information can be accessed by the NSA at any time.

The Patriot Act gives the NSA the right to bulk data collection without any legal process. The NSA has direct links to the tech companies so it can access this information at any time. This the law in the USA. It is not opinion.


Re: Information we collect

Microsoft will know everything about you from your email usage. They don't need a Microsoft account for identification or to run the telemetry/spyware.

Microsoft can read everything on your computer system and send it anywhere it likes. The Microsoft account just makes it EASIER to identify you.


Microsoft makes numerous millions from telemetry by improving their software products and then selling them for an increased value (no one would buy a buggy software product) - so how much more would a non-buggy software product be worth.

Microsoft has also closed its testing division which would probably be adding hundreds of millions of dollars to Microsoft's profits. This would have been impossible without the use of the telemetry.

The fact that Microsoft does use telemetry to make money has been lost because of the focus on selling the telemetry directly for money which at present doesn't happen.

The Windows 7 telemetry/spyware features were installed only if you let them be installed which many users did not.

Using a local account does nothing, absolutely nothing for stopping the telemetry/spyware operating on your computer. They know exactly who and where you are and don't need you to log on to a Microsoft account. They can read everything from your computer. The only way to stop this is not to allow your computer to communicate with the internet.

According to Microsoft management, there is no way to stop the 'telemetry' from leaving your computer. If this is true, this means there is a back door in the OS which no third party software can touch. It would be interesting to monitor all network traffic from a computer running these software products (it has to be monitored using another computer which has the traffic routed through it - and preferably not a Windows machine).


And 'clearing' the data probably means hiding and definitely not deleting the data.


Re: bah

"I'm sure Microsoft does indeed work hard to protect their users from malware and hackers, but who protect us against Microsoft?"



Re: Rule number 0

Using Windows 7 in Virtualbox on LInux Mint Cinnamon. Great system. Just like using a remote desktop.


Re: Thank you Microsoft

Same here. For the first time in over 10 years, no new hardware because of Windows 10, nothing worthwhile to upgrade to. Just keeping the current systems going, upgrading RAM and drives where possible and looking for compatible second hand gear. I've got 14 systems, zero new hardware for the last year.

Any hardware manufacturer which supports Microsoft's controlling tactics will be written off as a bad joke and placed in the same category of 'avoid at all costs'.


Absolutely agree, the damage has been severely done. What Microsoft has ADMITTED to is just the tip of the iceberg.

Everyone running Windows 10 has a computer system open to who knows. A user's browsing history may contain embarrassments which could be used against them at a later date. Of course, 'clearing' the collected data means that the data is probably hidden and not deleted.

The NSA must be very grateful for the browser history - I can understand the NSA needing to collect data but it shouldn't be done at the expense of everyone's privacy.


Re: I never realised the snooping was THIS bad

Same here. Windows 10 is a DUD OS.

Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse


Re: We disable...

Microsoft management have stated that the telemetry can't be turned off.

The only way this could be done is to install a back door into the OS. Microsoft will collect the information it wants from your computer and there is no stopping it (unless you isolate the system with an external firewall with no connection to the internet whatsoever).

No installed program can stop all of the telemetry.


Re: @Lee D

There are businesses which run Linux as their main OS so running Linux in a business environment is possible depending on the software requirements (more than the office applications).

There are also flavors of enterprise Linux desktop that have been around for many years which are designed and suitable for businesses.

Businesses have more than 3 years to migrate in full or in part. That's a long time.


Re: Re : Windows10? What is it?

A lot of users didn't let the telemetry/spyware be installed in the first place on Windows 7 and 8, so it wasn't back ported for these users.

On Windows 7 and 8, you can uninstall the telemetry/spyware quite easily, so you don't have to be stuck with Microsoft's data collection efforts.

On Windows 10, users have compulsory telemetry/spyware.

Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends


Re: As long as Win10 continues to be a piece of spyware...@Jess

Run AUTOCAD in a virtual Windows on Virtualbox. It runs Visual Studio with no issues and Adobe products fine. Games aren't well supported because of the virtual graphics card (not good enough).

No surprise: Microsoft seeks Windows Update boss with 'ability to reduce chaos, stress'


Re: Microsoft attempting to hire someone competent?

Yeah, its like advertising for a ship hull repair expert and then giving them the Titanic.

Its not the Window's Update Boss that will fix the problem, its removing the CEO and starting again to produce an OS that the majority of users want.

Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8


Re: Now lets hope...

"The Windows 10 telemetry feature was forced into Windows 7 & 8 months ago."

Only if you let it be installed in Windows 7, 8.

If you don't want it on your Windows 7, 8, then uninstall it.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.


Re: MS is in decline, but Linux will never replace it

For someone who works in IT, you sure don't know much about Linux.

The desktop version of Linux Mint doesn't come with developer tools, they can be installed from the available packages, but they aren't there when you first install. Most of the different versions of Linux I've installed give you the option of choosing which packages you want on your system. There are plenty of Linux users with heaps of experience. You ain't one of them.

Were you part of the insiders program maybe, and still trying to push the Microsoft propaganda?


Try Linux Mint. I just used it to install Windows XP to VirtualBox and it ran quite well. I'll be trying Widnows 7 on VirtualBox next to see how that goes.

I haven't tried large programs on it but office seemed to run well on it.

Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate


Re: /home partition @CompUser

It will not create a seperate partition for the /home directory.

I've used Linux a fair bit but I'm not an expert.

I install Linux to a different hard drive. I create the partitions under Windows using one of the free partition managers (MiniTool Partition Wizard is decent). Makes life easy. Recommended swap partition size is 2-4GB. On a small hard drive (say 160GB, you could allocate the OS to 50GB, the /home partition to 100GB and make a swap partition at the end). Linux isn't resource hungry so it doesn't need masses amounts of space to work. For larger hard drives, just increase the proportions, whatever meets your needs (OS 100GB max). Linux can actually be installed on much smaller hard drives.

During the installation of LInux, do not allow the auto creation of partitions because you will get a single large partition with the OS (including /home) and a Linux Swap Partition.

Do the partition selection/creation manually. If already created, just mount the partitions by selecting the partition and then entering the mount point (eg '/' and '/home') and the file system type (eg ext4). If you want to create the partitions with the Linux installer, just play around with it a little. You know the sizes that you want (eg 50GB for '/' and 100GB for '/home' and 4GB for the swap partition - just specify the file system type (ext4) and the mount points ('/' and '/home'). You wont have to specify the file system for the swap partition.

If you already have information that you don't want to loose in the /home partition, make sure you don't format this partition for obvious reasons.

If you make a mistake or are unsure, just restart the install process and have another go. Its a good way to learn. That's what I do.

Before you do anything, backup your important data (documents, photos, software, everything). If you will install Linux to a different hard drive, disconnect the other hard drives so that they cannot be changed during the Linux installation. I would take a copy of your hard drive so you can restore it if necessary without losing anything at all. Norton's ghost is a decent program. If you use Windows backup, create a system image, make sure you select everything on the hard drive so it can be restored completely.

There are many Linux users out there with masses of experience who will give advice freely.


Re: Linux system upgrade may not be much better

The installation doesn't suggest it.

People do it because they don't want everything lost if a newer or different version of linux is installed. It just makes life easier.

I usually create 3 partitions, one for the OS, one for /home (in my case I mount it to /working and leave home alone) and one for a swap partition which linux uses.

Mount the OS partition to / (which is called the root) and the other partition to /home. The swap partition will be automatically identified and used during the installation.


Re: Linux system upgrade may not be much better

I prefer to create a /working directory on another partition and make sure I back up everything to that partition (including email, browser, installed software, howto, programming, references).

I just put a symbolic link to /working on the desktop.

Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018


You are wrong. This time time Microsoft has gone too far.


Would you trust Microsoft with anything in the future?

Brand damage has been substantial.


Your analysis of the CEO and management style is spot-on.


Re: The missed sales targets don't paint the full picture.

Absolutely correct. Microsoft management have stated that the telemetry can't be stopped.

Its easy for Microsoft to code a back door in Windows 10 that can be used to send telemetry. Installed third party software can't interfere with its collection in any way.


Re: @Ilsa Loving - Amazing

Yes, Microsoft has a plan to destroy its user base, create its own competition and piss as many people off as possible and so far its working to plan.

I think you are giving Microsoft way too much credit.


The 'obnoxious bits of W10' have only been backported if you have let them be installed.

Do a search for removing the telemetry/spyware updates and you will find a script that will remove all of these updates.


Re: Pulling dick moves has historically worked really well for Apple.

Apple doesn't do what Microsoft does.

I use mostly Windows and a few Apple machines and Apple has never done what Microsoft has done over the last year. Microsoft has tried every dirty trick to get people onto its new computing model while Apple makes most of its money from its hardware sales.

Micrsoft is to blame for its own conduct. Apple has nothing to do with it.

No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft


Re: What part of this is fucking rubbish?

the textfile on my desktop is "Microsoft Malware.txt" and has a related bat file to make sure no malware gets through.

Liberal MPs paid AU$2,500 a YEAR to donor for electoral software licences


Re: Who's behind it?

The Labor Party uses similar software but the company does not funnel the money paid from public funds back to the Labor Party.

Public funds should not be used as donations by any political party using some sort of 'slight of hand'.


More to it than the cost of the license

It may not be expensive but they are using public money, paying it to a company that donates it back to the liberal party.

Public money is effectively being channeled back into Liberal Party donations. This is highly unethical to say the least.

The Labor uses similar software but the company it uses doesn't donate it back to the Labor Party so they are paying for a service without the kickbacks.

Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year


The longest year...

Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image


Cut out the middle person and just install FreeBSD...


Re: Not sure if I should be happy

Microshaft screwing with an otherwise excellent Operating System.....

I think that says it all.

Microsoft warns of worm ransomware, finds fix in Windows 10 upgrade


Microsoft has tried every dirty trick they could to get people to upgrade to Windows 10.

Now they are trying to scare people into upgrading.

I suppose its implied that Microsoft intends to throw the users of all the earlier versions of Windows under the bus.

Microsoft is gettting more and more desperate.

Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY


Re: If proof is needed...

The world's most popular desktop operating system....

Windows 7 = 47%

Windows 10 = 15%.

The world's most rejected desktop operating system...

Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs


Well, just restarted my computer - had all the updates turned off previously. Just saw for an instant in the notification area 'Microsoft installed new updates' which disapeared in about half a second. Checked the automatic updates and all turned on and updates showing for installation.

What a joke MicroShaft is.

Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10


Re: Remember one thing

The spyware bypasses your host file.

It is possible to run programs that are hidden and cant be viewed by task manager. As a programmer, I've done it a few times.

Do you think microsoft will leave the spyware that is collecting all of your personal information visible in task manager?


Re: Worse than Google

Same here. I use android without using Google services and avoid any information collection.

Windows 10 is worse in the way they violate your privacy, its sort of an active process. Google collects information when you come to them. Microsoft hunts your information down. Passive versus active. The active is far worse.


Re: It's all about trust - and the lack of it.

I think there has always been a shady side to Microsoft but there was some sort of ethical treatment of the end user, some sort of concern for the end user experience so that the product would be accepted and used.

At least until Windows 8. Then things started going bad.

Now for Windows 10, the end user is the enemy to be monitored and controlled. Any treatment, no matter how unethical is allowable.



Not sure exactly what is sent back to microsoft but a microsoft representative has stated that you can't stop information leaving your computer.

What information they are slurping, well, take a guess.

Microsoft chief Satya drops an S bomb in Windows 10, cloud talk


Re: "we will ensure your data is private and under your control"

"Spyware on by default".

Microsoft says that there is no way you can stop the information leaving your computer. There is no 'off switch' for the data they want (except an external firewall) and turning off updates.

Any 'off switch' they provide is just to make the user feel like they have control. Good joke on the user.


Re: "we will ensure your data is private and under your control"

That's a bit harsh.

M$ has upped its disrespect towards users by about a factor of 50. I don't think they could be any more disrespectful if they tried (maybe they could).

Linux Mint is looking good for a private secure OS and I've got 11 windows systems that will never see windows 10. M$ will loose a lot of its customer base.


Re: Microsoft cares deeply about security and privacy. It is essential to their business.

They do care about the end users security and privacy - how to breach it and make sure you don't have any.

I think the people who come up with the slogans have a wicked sense of humor.


Re: Dear Mr. Nadella

You make perfect sense but it will fall on deaf ears.

Will Microsoft listen or just figure out more devious ways of forcing people onto Windows 10.

Microsoft's vision of the future is one of domination. They care not for anyone.


Re: The problem is not trust, but direction

The NSA needs more data?



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