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Message 1907767 - Posted: 17 Dec 2017, 21:31:31 UTC - in response to Message 1907748.  

I have divorced myself from as many M$ apps as possible. I prefer Open Office, Firefox and other software over anything the girls and boys in Redmond offer.

Amazed here at how much better FF 57 is over previous FF 56, and any version FF beats M$ browsers.
As for Open Office, it's ok, though Calc is pretty weak and clunky compared to Excel for power users. Half the stuff I used to do on Excel either can't be done or take twice the effort on Calc. Talking specifically about the setup and formatting tools, and their ease of use.
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Message 1907775 - Posted: 17 Dec 2017, 22:28:46 UTC - in response to Message 1907748.  

I have divorced myself from as many M$ apps as possible. I prefer Open Office, Firefox and other software over anything the girls and boys in Redmond offer.

Yep!

My only M$ software is the OS: Win7 Pro 64bit. That's only because it's a pain in the you-know-what to try to get Windoze programs to run in Wine on Linux.

I swear by Firefox. Started using it when it first came out and haven't looked back. Oh, I have tried others: Opera, Chrome (hate it with a passion), that browser put out by Apple (cannot remember it's name), and when I tried Win10 I tried Edge. Back to Win7 and Firefox I went.

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Windows 10 can be tamed into submission!

Microsoft wants us to "Imagine life without walls"...
I say, "If there are no walls, who needs Windows?"
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Message 1907800 - Posted: 18 Dec 2017, 1:19:44 UTC

Agree, FF latest is a vast improvement in speed and a world above Exploder. My desktops both run Window$ 8.1 with little problem except 'Mail', what a useless P.O.S. I have to log into Outlook to save or send images and half the time I get a "XXX@msn is currently unavailable" when I'm just dumping my junk mail. I also have email through Gmail and Xfinity but each have other problems.

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Message 1911351 - Posted: 7 Jan 2018, 0:43:29 UTC

And the latest and greatest 'Creator$ Update' has rendered the stylus on my $urface Tablet inoperative in Firefox.
Probably another wrench thrown into the workings of Mozilla by the boy$ and girl$ in Redmond.....
ALL HAIL MICRO$OFT!

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Message 1911464 - Posted: 7 Jan 2018, 11:53:56 UTC - in response to Message 1911351.  

And the latest and greatest 'Creator$ Update' has rendered the stylus on my $urface Tablet inoperative in Firefox.
Probably another wrench thrown into the workings of Mozilla by the boy$ and girl$ in Redmond.....
ALL HAIL MICRO$OFT!

Hey JE,

Don't you know? Micro$oft can do as they damn well please since they are answerable to no one. Contrary to them putting out security updates, they don't care about us little people. They are above ALL on this ball of rock called Earth. Window$ 10 and their revised EULA, taking away our freedom to use Class Actions, did that for them.

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Message 1914838 - Posted: 24 Jan 2018, 14:58:30 UTC
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Is this something long and old that is newly coming into prominence?

Why this special article just now?...


How To Fix The 'Page Fault In Nonpaged Area' Error In Windows 10

The Windows 10 error "Page Fault In Nonpaged Area" usually results in a BSOD and can be quite frustrating to troubleshoot. The error is caused by Windows not finding a file within memory that it expects to find. If you need to fix this error, well, this is how to do it...



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Message 1915144 - Posted: 25 Jan 2018, 20:57:57 UTC

Windows 10: Now you can see every bit of data Microsoft harvests from your PC

The Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer was made available yesterday to those testing early builds of Windows 10 under the Windows Insider program.

The Diagnostic Data Viewer includes the following information:


  • Common Data
  • * The Operating System's name, the Version, Device ID, Device Class, Diagnostic level selection and so on.

  • Device Connectivity and Configuration
  • * Device properties and capabilities, preferences and settings, peripherals, and device network information.

  • Product and Service Performance
  • * Device health, performance and reliability data, movie consumption functionality on the device and device file queries. Microsoft stresses this is "not intended to capture user viewing or, listening habits".

  • Product and Service Usage
  • * Details about the usage of the device, operating system, applications, and services.

  • Software Setup and Inventory
  • * Installed applications and install history, device update information.

  • Browsing History data

  • Inking, Typing, and Speech Utterance data


The viewer can filter data by the categories above, and also lets users search for specific terms.

However, despite Microsoft's intention to make the viewer available to all users, the information the viewer shows is unlikely to be intelligible to everyone.



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Message 1915145 - Posted: 25 Jan 2018, 21:07:45 UTC - in response to Message 1915144.  
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Windows 10: Now you can see every bit of data Microsoft harvests from your PC

The Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer was made available yesterday to those testing early builds of Windows 10 under the Windows Insider program.

The Diagnostic Data Viewer includes the following information:

[*** Creepy list ***]

The viewer can filter data by the categories above, and also lets users search for specific terms.

However, despite Microsoft's intention to make the viewer available to all users, the information the viewer shows is unlikely to be intelligible to everyone.

That is also detailed by The Register:

Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness

Diagnostic Data Viewer gives users a peek into what Redmond gathers from your PC...


For the normal form for The Register, that article is rather subdued... All far too obvious to need risking their legal budget/insurance? Instead, the comments there are somewhat illuminating as is too often the case...


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Message 1915260 - Posted: 26 Jan 2018, 11:34:21 UTC - in response to Message 1915145.  

Windows 10: Now you can see every bit of data Microsoft harvests from your PC

The Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer was made available yesterday to those testing early builds of Windows 10 under the Windows Insider program.

[*** Creepy list ***]

That is also detailed by The Register:

Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness

Diagnostic Data Viewer gives users a peek into what Redmond gathers from your PC...


For the normal form for The Register, that article is rather subdued... All far too obvious to need risking their legal budget/insurance? Instead, the comments there are somewhat illuminating as is too often the case...

Tom's Hardware has picked up on the story also:

Microsoft Introduces New Privacy Tools For Windows Insiders

... Microsoft has already been threatened by Data Protection Authorities in the EU in regards to how it collects data on users in Windows 10. With the much stricter General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect later this spring, we’re starting to see many companies, large and small, offer users more control over the data that is collected on them as a way to become compliant with the new data protection regulation.


Note: Those user-friendly regulations do not include the rest of the world such as the great "US of A"...


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Message 1915272 - Posted: 26 Jan 2018, 13:52:56 UTC

Ah, but when Kaspersky sends back information about the version of AV that's installed on your system, it's bad, and everyone needs to know how bad it is, and that it's Russian - purportedly Kremlin run - and that you should not ever install it again on any of your systems. When Microsoft does it, it's "let's install this on all our computers in the Pentagon!".
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Message 1915281 - Posted: 26 Jan 2018, 15:11:06 UTC - in response to Message 1915272.  

Ah, but when Kaspersky sends back information about the version of AV that's installed on your system, it's bad, and everyone needs to know how bad it is, and that it's Russian - purportedly Kremlin run - and that you should not ever install it again on any of your systems. When Microsoft does it, it's "let's install this on all our computers in the Pentagon!".

Which is why I would NEVER let Kaspersky within a thousand yards of my equipment. I know, McAfee, Norton and probably every other AV program(and most Apps), also 'report back' to their masters, but those masters are not former heads of the KGB..............

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Message 1915301 - Posted: 26 Jan 2018, 18:23:33 UTC - in response to Message 1915281.  

I've just renewed my license with them. They're better than frickin' Bitdefender which stills keeps asking me to reboot once, twice a week, else it can't update. 20 more days before it's going off and Kaspersky is going onto that system as well.

As for the CEO of Kaspersky having graduated from The Technical Faculty of the KGB Higher School and then served the Soviet military intelligence service as a software engineer, that's how schooling with follow-up work was done in the USSR before the Wall came down. I doubt you'll find anyone there of our age that wasn't taught in some intelligence school and didn't serve in the navy, air force or military. I'm sure that if the Wall hadn't come down, it was still going on like that.

But leave it to the Americans to be scared by absolutely nothing at all, and only because it's a Russian product, it's outlawed. Next stuff from China will be bad. Followed by anyone or anything coming from Europe.
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Message 1915302 - Posted: 26 Jan 2018, 18:26:16 UTC - in response to Message 1915301.  
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But leave it to the Americans to be scared by absolutely nothing at all, and only because it's a Russian product, it's outlawed. Next stuff from China will be bad. Followed by anyone or anything coming from Europe.

The difference is that any backdoors in US products are there for the US intellgence services, where as the ones in Chinese & Russian products are for their intelligence services.
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Message 1915315 - Posted: 26 Jan 2018, 19:57:32 UTC - in response to Message 1915302.  

I am not employed by the U.S. military or government. I have tried all the major and some minor AV programs or suites. Kaspersky is the least troublesome so far. So when renewal comes up again in a couple of months, I will renew again. I haven't seen any concrete evidence, only unverified accusations, that any personal information of mine is being shared with the Russian government.
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Message 1915334 - Posted: 26 Jan 2018, 21:23:46 UTC - in response to Message 1765085.  

I just started my tablet(which the upgrade service previously said was not eligible for the Win10 upgrade due to graphics hardware)and it immediately started into the 'updating your system' routine even though I have update turned off. I went into update history, sorted by date, which indicated nothing had been installed since 1/19/16.

Not believing the P.O.S. I ran the uninstall batch file and found that KB3058618 had been installed without authorization............as the Outer Limits lead in went....."you are no longer in control of your television, we control the horizontal, we control the vertical......"

":|]


A good example of what I am talking about

You have no control Welcome to "1986" Big brother is watching you !!!!!!!

So much for the Constitution's of the world ...
Umm.. that would be 1984...? lol

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Message 1920087 - Posted: 20 Feb 2018, 7:56:45 UTC
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One that ML1 won't like so much (and he surely already knows it, but he's been keeping it a secret for y'all, as it's about Linux... ;-)): Ubuntu will by default start sending back diagnostic data.

We would like to add a checkbox to the installer, exact wording TBD, but along the lines of “Send diagnostics information to help improve Ubuntu”.
This would be checked by default.

The result of having that box checked would be:

* Information from the installation would be sent over HTTPS to a service run by Canonical’s IS team. This would be saved to disk and sent on first boot once there is a network connection. The file containing this data would be available for the user to inspect.

That data would include:
* Ubuntu Flavour
* Ubuntu Version
* Network connectivity or not
* CPU family
* RAM
* Disk(s) size
* Screen(s) resolution
* GPU vendor and model
* OEM Manufacturer
* Location (based on the location selection made by the user at install). No IP information would be gathered
* Installation duration (time taken)
* Auto login enabled or not
* Disk layout selected
* Third party software selected or not
* Download updates during install or not
* LivePatch enabled or not

* Popcon would be installed. This will allow us to spot trends in package usage and help us to focus on the packages which are of most value to our users.

* Apport would be configured to automatically send anonymous crash reports without user interruption.

The results of this data would be made public. E.g. People would be able to see that X% of Ubuntu users are based in .de vs Y% in .za. Z% of our users run Dell hardware, and so on. The Ubuntu privacy policy would be updated to reflect this change.

Any user can simply opt out by unchecking the box, which triggers one simple POST stating, “diagnostics=false”.

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Message 1920113 - Posted: 21 Feb 2018, 0:22:37 UTC - in response to Message 1920087.  
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OK...

So about as advanced for user profiling as Microsoft was at about the turn of the millennia some 18 years ago...

Unfortunately, that does follow up on the Canonical people (Ubuntu) moving ever closer to being raped by an 'IPO'....

Thankfully, there are other Linux mainstream distros yet that will continue to protect your freedoms.


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Message 1923718 - Posted: 10 Mar 2018, 5:55:02 UTC

Here we go again with M$ FORCING UPDATES on unsuspecting Win10 users:

Microsoft forces Win10 1709 upgrades on PCs set to restrict telemetry
Howls of pain from Win10 1607 and 1703 users who were forced to upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today. No advanced warning. This is the third time some Win10 customers have been pushed onto Win10 1709.

Just when you thought Win10 Fall Creators Update was finally starting to look stable, Microsoft pulled another tone-deaf move. Reports have been pouring in from people who were forced to upgrade from Win10 1607 (the Anniversary Update) or Win10 1703 (the First Spring Creators Update) to the latest version of the last edition of Windows, Win10 1709.


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Message 1923721 - Posted: 10 Mar 2018, 6:03:48 UTC - in response to Message 1923718.  

Here we go again with M$ FORCING UPDATES on unsuspecting Win10 users:

Yep.
They're just like Android & Apple now.
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Message 1923752 - Posted: 10 Mar 2018, 13:47:37 UTC

"Don't attempt to adjust the vertical, don't attempt to adjust the horizontal.......and we will not return control of your PC to you............suck it up customers, you bought it and now we OWN you."

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