Here's my Top 10 Windows 10 Ha Ha's
10) Windows Hello -- Allows your computer to scan your face to login, or use a fingerprint for the same purpose. Information which is, of course, beamed right over to MS's servers, so that they can hand THAT to the government along with the rest of your personal information.
9) A 21% adoption rate at the end of the free upgrade period -- They gave away Windows 10 FOR FREE for a year, it's shipped on all new PCs for that same period, AND Microsoft forced the upgrade on people against their wishes, and yet Win10 only has an install base that is twice that of Win XP -- an OS that came out 15 years ago and has not been supported by MS for more than two years.
Cortana -- Those folks at MS are a real cutup. This armpit of a "virtual personal assistant" can tell you a joke or the weather, but that's about it. Why isn't it up to speed with Siri or Google Now? Maybe because it's real purpose is to report personal information about you to MS, whether you use it or not
, and not because they wanted to provide, you know, a virtual personal assistant
. For extra fun, the Anniversary Update (which you can NOT avoid) turns on Cortana by default. That's right, MS is stripping out the privacy controls, just like I predicted they would.
7) Windows 10 breaches French law by collecting too much personal information from users -- The French National Data Protection Commission claims that, among other violations, MS "tracked its customers without permission, setting and activating an advertising ID when Windows 10 was installed that allowed apps to target advertising to users. It also put advertising cookies on the computers without giving users a chance to opt out first." Other countries in Europe are studying Win 10 and are expected to reach similar findings.
6) Snooping code in Visual Studio 2015 -- Those zany engineers at MS surreptitiously stuck telemetry code into VS-2015. By "surreptitiously" I don't mean they failed to inform the users. I mean they failed to inform the fucking developers
. Naturally, the users can't opt out of this spying. When they got caught with their pants down, they claimed that they did it (wait for it) to improve the user experience
5) Forced advertising -- Ads are all over the place on Windows 10. On the lock screen; on the start menu; through tiles on the desktop. Starting Aug. 2, system admins will not be able to keep Microsoft from pushing advertising onto Win10 Pro PCs on their networks because certain Group Policies will be deactivated. There is NO option to avoid this advertising; those who paid for GPEdit (group policy edit) will wake up to find that their ability to control this, and other settings has been eliminated.
4) Windows Store has nothing but shit for apps -- Companies are running away from Windows Store. Amazon, Tumblr and PayPal all recently pulled there apps. Apparently they don't want to piss away resources writing apps for Win 10 when their money is better spent with Google or Apple.
3) Three screens of switches protects your privacy -- Not according to Microsoft. Here's a link (https://technet.microsoft.com/itpro/windows/manage/manage-connections-from-windows-operating-system-components-to-microsoft-services#bkmk-priv-feedback
) -- FROM MICROSOFT -- that shows the list of all the things you need to configure to maximize your protection from personal information stealing. Note that I didn't say, "block" information stealing. Take a look at the SIZE of that motherfucker! There are 23 main categories,
and even more
2) MS will not meet its goal of 1 billion installs by mid-2018 -- ...they said in a press release. They blame this on slow sales of Microsoft phones, because...well, because they couldn't very well come out and admit that people don't want to install spyware on their computers, can they?
1) The upgrade scandal -- The Win 10 dialogue screen insisting that you upgrade was something out of the old Soviet Union. There was only an option to accept -- not to decline. The only way around this was to click on the little X in the right corner of the screen to close it. Then MS figured out that was what everyone was doing, so what did they do? They defied decades of convention and their own fucking design guidelines
to reprogram the X so that it ACCEPTED THE UPGRADE PROMPT -- without informing the user of the difference in function. THAT is the morality and ethics of the company that is raping your Win 10-enabled computer for your personal information. Feel safer now with Win 10?