From DiscoStu's journal, Penguinboy says:TL;DR at the end
MS are just aggressively pushing their new product so they can try to monetise using their app store and Microsoft account integration, plus they want to avoid people getting "stuck" on an ancient version, like what happened with XP. Take off the tinfoil hat, or just switch to Linux already and stop with the paranoid conspiracy theories.
Have you seen a recent movie, Kingsman Secret Service? (spoilers alert!!)
Of course, that is a comedy, but there Valentine offers a free service to all users, which is actually a disguise for a weapon of mass murder with the intent of saving the Earth...
Similarly, a story with the Genisys in the new Terminator movie. An operating system that everyone is hyped about but it's actually malicious.
That is clearly fiction, but how fast can parts of this satire become a fact? Since things that are programmed evolve much quicker than laws can be passed to put in place some reasonable privacy limits, one has to be more prudent with these things. Consider the fact that most of the privacy violating processes happen behind the scene, thus are technicalities which outwit most users.
People tend to reside in on of two opposite opinion camps: the paranoid, and the accepting. I believe we need to analyze the situation on a more profound level, and try to understand the consequences.
What is the consequence of having a corporation creep inside your digital home, little by little? No harms are apparent in the present, but what can it lead to?
I deeply understand that the future only represents an even more connected world, that the dawn of IoT
means that devices we couldn't think of having a digital utility will in the near future connect to the internet. Windows might evolve into being a truly universal operating system by then, a digital hub for all of your house( this is quite plausible, they have a stripped down Windows 10 OS for prototyping platforms such as Intel Galileo).
In such a world, you'd be crazy to live by the standards of your grandparents. Companies offering modern services know this, and although humans build corporations, I always had the impression that in a capitalist world they don't give a shit about being human. They will chase profit by any means.
Having at the tip of your finger as much informations and statistics as possible of people will grant future companies the power of fine-tuning their products to a plethora of target audiences. This possible future is an attractor
, and people managing big companies will surely gravitate towards ideas, concepts and actions which will increase the profits.
As far as I'm concerned, Windows 10 is a good operating system as long as I disable all the privacy violating crap. You really don't need an OS that creeps so much into your digital home. There are specialized services which can do that for you, such as Facebook. But that is a CHOICE! Operating systems are a necessity, but we see it become a service before our eyes. And if that's how the future is supposed to be, then at least we should know EXACTLY what data is transmitted between our digital home and a corporation.
Windows 10 is probably a great OS. What is bad is its philosophy of hiding from the unwitting the information it collects and transmits. The user should have complete control and know EXACTLY of what leaves and enters his digital home.