Oh wow, this guy is a real gem. There's a lot of classical lying techniques he's using (and it's heightened by the fact he's not a technical user). You know; I administrative environments, program applications and software, solder fresh components in computer hardware, deal with many types of operating systems and problems. These guys are journalists, so... all they can do is make up statements, or respond with *inappropriate content*.
With that said, I'll show you how Adrian Kingsley-Hughes sorely contradicts himself and shows he has a limited understanding of computer software:
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes wrote:And those who accuse Microsoft of spying have also not been able to produce any evidence. Their "evidence" consists of misunderstandings, half-truths, and outright fabrications. It's the sort of "proof" that would feel perfectly at home in a late night documentary about UFOs or Bigfoot.
Yes, it's true that Windows 10 collects and sends a lot of data to Microsoft, ranging from recordings of your voice when you talk to Cortana, to crash data when the wheels fall off your PC, but this data collection happens in order to make things work or to help things work better in the future, not because you're being spied on.
And you can turn off most of this off if you feel so inclined.
While it's true that the collection of telemetry data that's collected cannot be turned off (at least not by the average user, enterprise users do have that option), there's nothing underhanded going on. In fact, Microsoft's been doing this since the days of Windows XP.
#1 He says there's no evidence of Microsoft's spying (with insulting us by INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT not related to the subject using "UFOs" and "bigfoot"), BUT THEN SPINS AROUND and admits Microsoft is harvesting voice recordings and application exception data. Uhhh either Adrian doesn't know the English definition of spying, is willfully ignorant, or a lying journalist.This is a classic example of someone who can't defend the actual information regarding the spying processes, and only has VAIN INSULTS.
#2 He ADMITS you cannot turn off *ALL* of the information harvesting services. Well, that's spying and malicious if the user cannot command full control of their machine (if my computer is doing things I'm not telling it to or want it to do, that's hostile). Especially since Microsoft isn't even telling us whether or not they're pulling system serial numbers or MAC addresses when sending data to vortex-win.data.microsoft.com. WHY DIDN'T HE BRING THAT UP?
Ah, he probably hasn't even heard vortex-win.data.microsoft.com, all he can do is say we believe in UFOs. Useless, his article is useless
In fact, infoworld has an article on the vortex-win server here which is FIVE BILLION miles more informative than Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
:http://www.infoworld.com/article/297905 ... osoft.html
Here's a good snippet from said article, Fahmida came to the same conclusion that I did (and guess what, SHE WAS AN I.T. ADMINISTRATOR):
Fahmida Y. Rashid wrote:The biggest issue with the CEIP and the new Diagnostic and Telemetry Tracking service being pushed onto older operating systems is the fact that it’s still not clear exactly what is being collected and sent. There are concerns that despite opting out of CEIP, the service continues to send data.
Yep, communication with vortex-win remains constant.
#3 He attempts to COVER telemetry and other spying software by LYING and saying it was in XP (to make people think they've always been using it). Nope. XP did have prompts when a program failed as an option to send the data to microsoft (and that's fine). But XP had no capabilities for sending audio data and other stuff to Microsoft. And, XP still allowed fine tuning of everything. Finally, telemetry was *not* present in XP, or any of the location tracking functionalities of it either. AND, WHY DID WINDOWS 7 & 8 REQUIRE SEPARATE UPDATES FOR TELEMETRY? If telemetry was never present in Win7 & 8, it sure the hell wasn't in XP SP1.
See, you have to be fairly stupid to compare an operating system that old with software and technologies now in windows 10, which is nearly fourteen years later. A lot changes.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes wrote:when the wheels fall off your PC
I had to re-read that and laugh to myself. Obviously his intended audience isn't aimed at a fully fledged I.T. administrator who'd NEVER use that sort of vocabulary to define an error within an application or operating system. We're not fooled
HAHAHA... wheels falling off your PC, wow. USELESS content, USELESS statements, useless.