The occasional nods towards the technical crowd, for example WSL & VSCode are distracting us from the very large elephant in the room.
Your operating system? This isn't Linux, this isn't a free and open system.
> Microsoft seem intent on having full control of your system, and they are in a position to take that control as and when they like.
This isn't your system any more than buying a CD makes the music yours. You're renting their system.
I really can't understand how people are ok with this. Now just with windows, but in general these days. Why are people ok with having things they don't really own after spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on them. If I buy a computer, it's my computer, I don't give a fuck what operating system is on it, what fine print amd or Intel throw in saying their management systems are their property, I don't care. I'll do whatever I want with my computer and if Microsoft or any other company has a problem with it they can come sue me for all I care.
I'm sympathetic to your viewpoint, but I think rent is a society-wide problem, not just a problem with computers, and computers are far from the most acute example.
You pretty much can, I don't understand why you're upset. Windows on the other hand is not your property.
Your laptop in this case is the CD, you own that. Windows is the music that you're renting.
Linux is not your operating system either. You are not the owner of Linux. Linux has a permissive open source license that don't give you ownership. If you were the owner you could change its license.
> it implies ability to control, as in control when and what gets updated as the OP is upset about.
Many routers run linux, the provider doesn't have to give you ability to control that OS, but in accordance with the copyright law they have to give you the code when you ask for it.
So in that case you own both the device and the code but you don't necessary fully control it (unless it's flashed with OpenWrt or similar).
So control and ownership are different things.
WSL is more sinister - it's a counter to "I want to run Linux on my desktop / laptop". It is a carrot to the stick of Secure Boot that's trying to make anything else than Windows impossible on PC.
Additionally, Microsoft cooperates with the Linux community to sign their keys. Most Linux distros these days can install with Secure Boot enabled, and still offer ways for users who need to do things like compile kernel modules to do that without having to disable Secure Boot.
The situation is different for some devices like (I think) Windows RT devices based on ARM, and maybe cheaper x86/x64 netbooks now that the Secure Boot certification requirements have changed. In these cases they often do restrict you to only what MS is willing to sign, with no opt-out. I won't defend that in the slightest, but it's not true for much of and probably most of the PC market.
It's sad that Windows itself has become bloatware...
I love the guy trying to infer Microsoft's ad profit centers by trying to read between the lines of marketing copy. Entertaining stuff. But let's not confuse this for grown up analysis.
Microsoft releases their financials, like every publicly traded corporation. Bing search ads are a small part of revenu, about 5% of what Azure earns, and stable. Desktop ads are a vanishingly small line item. Microsoft's strategy is based on platform sales — you know, the part of their business whose revenue is doubling every quarter. Google's strategy is based on "collect it all" data hoarding and ad sales.
But the punchline is really the best part. "Apple has lit the torch." Siri and Cortana are analogous products, and they are the motivation for both their companies' data collection.
Actually a voice assistant gives a company a ton of power, but it can be used for different purposes. Alexa doesn't exist for ad revenue, it exists to push more sales through Amazon. Cortana exists to push Azure platform integrated features in Windows, effectively doubling down the value of the platform investment. Siri exists to push Apple integrated features and to guard the gates of their walled garden.
The only valid part if the article is that it's hard to believe that anyone really wants a voice assistant.
Furthermore, whether ad business is a 1/20th of Microsoft’s revenue, is by itself not an indicator. It’s still a 7 billion dollar business. That’s larger than a lot of successful companies. Apple’s services business has grown rapidly from 0% to the second largest source of revenue.
Microsoft, Adobe, etc are all aggressively trying to penetrate the ad market. Microsoft has failed to capitalize on IE/Edge or Bing, as much as it tried. Now, they’re hostile to privacy and have permeated their ad strategy to operating system level.
I don’t agree with you about Siri and Cortana. I was trying to say that Apple is leading the path, “lit the torch”, to become a privacy centric business. And they’re openly advertising their products with Privacy motifs. That’s what I see. It wasn’t about Cortana or Siri.
I’m glad I was able to entertain!
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The items you list at the top are just part of the normal telemetry subsystem and have nothing to do with advertising. Windows has an separate system for advertising and it's completely isolated from telemetry data unless users opt-in to "Tailored experiences" within the privacy settings. (See: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4468236/diagnostics...)
Ad tracking within windows is limited to the windows store apps you open and what you search for in the start menu if web-searches with Bing are enabled, which is entire gist of the "Microsoft Search Network".
Opting-out from "Advertising ID" during install/in privacy settings, or disabling personalised ads globally @ choice.microsoft.com stops this behaviour entirely.
Instead of making assumptions about Cortana, you could've just checked the privacy guide:
I quote: "Cortana does not use the data you share to target ads to you. Ads may accompany search results that Cortana delivers, just as they do when you search on Bing.com. Even if Cortana does the searching for you, your web search queries will be treated as described in the Bing section of the Microsoft Privacy Statement."
Using Cortana doesn't give Microsoft any more ad money over someone just doing a plain Bing search.
I am cynical of any company that is trying to impede user's ability to turn privacy related settings off. They go out of their way to make it difficult. There are no more than 2 dozen privacy related switches in Control Panel. Everything is checked on by default. This whole thing reeks of insiduous tracking, spying and surveillance, despite of what the privacy guide says. I am very, very cynical.
Assuming benevolent actions from the company collecting data, whether it is for "telemetry" purposes or for ad tracking, has the risk of being hacked. I presume Microsoft has taken enough steps to anonymize personally identifiable information or as they call it PII in the circles.
The plug needs to be pulled from the point of origin of the data, if it is not collected, it is not going to be misused.
Questions that I would like to ask Microsoft:
- Why make it difficult for user to opt-out of privacy related settings?
- Why employ dark patterns to trick users into submitting their data?
- Why push Cortana across the board from "Home" to "Enterprise" editions, where no one has asked for it, no one uses it and it is impossible to get rid of?
- Why not make it an opt-in process as opposed to opting out?
> Everything is checked on by default. They go out of their way to make it difficult.
During install of recent versions of W10, there's a privacy settings dialog that comes up and allows you disable the majority of the privacy settings before installation. (https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/03/06/windo...)
> There are no more than 2 dozen privacy related switches in Control Panel.
There's a lot of different settings because that's what people asked for. When W10 released, a lot of privacy options were bundled under a handful of toggles and it wasn't very clear what each of them did. Now it's explicit and far easier to understand for people that actually go looking for them.
> This whole thing reeks of insiduous tracking, spying and surveillance, despite of what the privacy guide says.
I'd honestly suggest spending some time on the Microsoft Privacy portal and related pages. They go into quite a lot of detail of what each individual setting does and what the data is used for, as well as Microsoft's internal policies for data management.
These two pages are targeted towards IT peeps and I think provide the best summary if you have some time:
Your theory also doesn't make sense considering Microsoft's current market strategy as a cloud services company. Its advertisement business is barely a blip on the radar.
> ...has the risk of being hacked. I presume Microsoft has taken enough steps to anonymize personally identifiable information or as they call it PII in the circles.
Per the above link: "The principle of least privileged access guides access to diagnostic data. [...] We strive to gather only the info we need and to store it only for as long as it’s needed to provide a service or for analysis. Much of the info about how Windows and apps are functioning is deleted within 30 days"
PII might be contained within full crash dumps, however access to potentially PII-containing telemetry requires internal approval:
"If a device experiences problems that are difficult to identify or repeat using Microsoft’s internal testing, additional data becomes necessary. This data can include any user content that might have triggered the problem and is gathered from a small sample of devices that have both opted into the Full diagnostic data level and have exhibited the problem.
However, before more data is gathered, Microsoft’s privacy governance team, including privacy and other subject matter experts, must approve the diagnostics request made by a Microsoft engineer."
> Why make it difficult for user to opt-out of privacy related settings?
Given the privacy dialog shown on install, and the ability to opt-out of personalised targeting globally via a single page, what part is difficult?
> Why push Cortana across the board from "Home" to "Enterprise" editions, where no one has asked for it, no one uses it and it is impossible to get rid of?
Search was actually separated from Cortana in a recent update. It was completely integrated at some point in an effort to compete with Apple/Google but is slowly being pulled apart and hidden away in the OS as, like you said, barely anyone uses it. Fun fact, if you never pick a language for Cortana it never enables. I just have a plain search box.
> Why employ dark patterns to trick users into submitting their data? Why not make it an opt-in process as opposed to opting out?
Both of these questions are effectively asking the same thing. Because nobody would go out of their way to enable it. The data Microsoft would receive would just be a mix of "Technically competent people that would like to send Microsoft diagnostic & usage data" and "People who enabled it accidentally". Your average joe isn't going to read the descriptions of 10 toggle boxes and go to enable them. Not a great dataset when you're looking for a niche driver problems affecting 0.005% of users.
Because advertising is . . . trustworthy? Advertising copy is meant to sell products. Apple sees a niche market where people are calling out the invasive tactics of tech companies, so they want to aim for that market. Not that they actually have to provide a fully privacy-focused product; they just need to deliver an appealing message. All they really "have" to do (scare quotes because they don't really HAVE to do anything) to live up to this claim is implement some privacy-focused element to their products. At the same time, they can also implement very privacy-invasive elements. As long as they are less privacy-invasive as their competition, they can reasonably assert their claim as a privacy-focused company. That's still a very far cry from being a privacy-CENTRIC company. Bonus privacy invasive element is to pay some genius to text customers' nude photos to themselves.
I think voice assistance shines on mobile devices because of clumsy UI.
Here's an elaborate example: When I finish a dentist appointment I negotiate a follow up with the receptionist after paying my bill. I can then dictate to siri to schedule the next appointment rather than clumsily typing it all in.
A more obvious example: hands-free operation when operating a vehicle, e.g. "Siri read me the last message I received (from Alice)".
Unless you're completely inept with your computer there's really no reason to use the voice interface. I think we already learned this lesson otherwise Dragon Dictate would've taken off decades ago.
I must be completely inept because I find saying "Hey Cortana, remind me to abc at xyz" right when something occurs to me a lot more convenient than opening my web-based calender and going through the rigmarole of setting up a reminder.
"You will see for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations productivity and enterprise focused applications in place of consumer applications and games. This was one of the top feedback shared with us by our partners and users and we're delivering this in our next update"
Last time I tried it, it still tried to install candy crush and such, but somehow failed, resulting in a glitchy start menu. That was a while ago, though.
This means there will still be spam in the start menu, just a different kind of it? Wow.
What I found was that Windows Server seems to cut most of the features I do not want in Windows (Cortana, Windows Store and Microsoft accounts, OneDrive...) while still being purchasable on Amazon (although at 3-6 times the price). There are several issues (drivers and application compatibility, various settings have to be changed to match the "regular" Windows behavior), but so far I prefer it a lot to regular Windows 10.
This is getting ridiculous!
Story time. I know a small business owner who uses WordPerfect, FileMaker (database), and who needs a Java web applet that interfaces with a hardware device and backends into a government database in order to do their job. Now, I would 100% be thrilled to move them from WordPerfect to LibreOffice, but they have 20-year-old macros that we'd have to port. Then FileMaker: I guess something could be done with sqlite? But now we're talking custom software solutions to replace something that a non-developer could drive before. And the Java applet... well, that's gonna hurt regardless, but it talks to hardware which means that it'll need drivers, and the government isn't going to support anything but the bare minimum, so that may never move.
In my experience, 90% of software is totally possible to port or replace. Unfortunately, that last 10% (games, drivers, business-critical app written for MS-DOS 6.22) tends to be what makes or breaks the migration.
What do you need to say in your interview to be assigned to the latter team?
I'm saying that employees of a company probably don't antagonize the others like that.
I don't understand why Microsoft is doing this. There's basically zero effort involved in setting up a credit card payment form that gives out product keys, and there'd be at least some demand for it.
AFAIK you can get around that requirement by buying a bunch of cheap CALs.
I don't get it. How does popularity have anything to do with how much effort is needed to backport updates? Those editions already exist, so they're already committed to supplying updates. Might as well make some extra money by selling it for $300+ retail.
At that price point you might as well get the LTSC version instead, which has none of that and has 10 years of security patches without needing to install feature updates.
Google services are (mostly) free. Advertisements come with the territory. As for 'pushing', I'm using the search and youtube daily and I don't even have a google account.
Windows 10 Pro is 200$. In what world is that acceptable to bundle spyware, crapware and advertisements with it?
>And I think it's really bad practice to use scripts that break standard behavior of windows and nothing that should be encouraged to non technical people
"Don't ask questions, just consume the product". Keep enabling that shit, and in a few decades it will be illegal to tinker with your own fucking computer.
It's just a little tile that shows a Microsoft product.
I run Windows 10 out-of-the-box on all my machines. I don't run any special "cracks" to remove features, but I may have turned off a few things from Control Panel; I don't remember.
It's a very good operating system. Rock solid. Runs 64- and 32- bit Windows programs, Linux Programs, and anything I want in a VM.
I don't mind the OneDrive and Office ads as much (though I still turn them off).
Unpopular opinion but, is opt-outtable telemetry that bad?
Of course using tracked behaviors for add targeting is bad (which is why my opinion is irrelevant to the article) but using telemetry to do AB-tests, UX-tests, finding bugs, etc... what’s really bad about it?
Every comment about telemetry in HN reads something like ‘Telemetry with opt-out is bad, so GitLab is bad, VSCode is bad, brew is bad, etc...’ but personally I really can’t see the problem.
For people who can’t believe the company enough for processing one’s data can turn off telemetry right? The fact that one is using the application from one company (for example, VSCode) implies that they trust the company (in this case, MS). If one doesn’t, one can manually turn it off.
To improve your software, there are other means than mass surveillance of your users (e.g. lab-tests). And if you really need a lot of data, ask who wants to participate and also offer a solution that lets them participate for a limited amount of time.
In my experience, you can find a lot of problems with lab tests and when your team disagrees about some findings, quantitative tests can help you find the correct answer. But tracking all your users constantly isn't necessary to reach a good user experience.
> AB-tests, UX-tests
I don't want to be a lab rat. If you are testing things then please make it clear and let me see both options and I will happily give feedback.
> finding bugs
What if the software crashes while processing confidential data and part of that data is contained in the core dump that you just sent off because you don't respect your users enough to ask them?
In its current incarnation, yes.
From what I've seen, telemetry has simply replaced quality assurance and proper design, and I don't like it.
It's hard to put it into words, exactly, but I'm old enough now to realise that using primarily statistics to drive high-level decisions inevitably leads to a general crapification of everything. It naturally leads to dark patterns, to gamification, to making things addictive... sorry... "engaging". It sneaks in prejudices, and ossifies the status quo. Worst of all, it tends to drag everything down to the lowest common denominator, to the left side of the bell curve. Mass appeal is appeal to the average and below-average person.
This type of viewer-feedback design is why every Hollywood movie is now so formulaic. Must have orange-blue contrast poster. Must have a love story. Must have uplifting moment. Must have plucky ethnic characters. It has become revolting slop for the masses to consume in bulk.
Software design is no different. I want quality, I want inspired software that is cohesive, fit for purpose, and will teach me something. Instead it is being purposefully lowered to the level of the average, computer-illiterate person in order to be more "accessible".
As a random example, I was infuriated when Microsoft announced that they're deprecating the Windows 7 version of the backup tool from a future Windows 10 release because their telemetry shows that most home users don't use it much.
Who. Gives. A. Fuck. what some grandma does or doesn't do with their worthless PC and its virus-riddled hard drive with no valuable data on it?
Do you? I don't. Microsoft shouldn't.
But oh no, their telemetry says Grandpa and Grandma don't use VHDX-based image backup enough, so it's go to go.
I use it regularly because it can back create disk-image backups of a running machine at a button press. It reads the source disk linearly block-by-block, and hence I can use it to back up -- or restore -- the 450 GB of tiny source code files on my work laptop in just 15 minutes! If my laptop dies, I can just attach the backup disk to another computer with Hyper-V and directly boot the latest image file. No need to even restore.
This is amazing engineering! It reuses the built-in Volume Shadow Service (VSS) engine to take the backup, so it's practically free code for Microsoft, but... nope. Sorry. The "people" have spoken. Less than 0.1% of the user base clicked this icon in the last 12 months, so clearly I'm wrong and the masses are right.
MS might properly anonymize it, CandyCrash as well, then antivirus company also does it properly, but when it's all combined nothing says it won't be properly de-anonymized, specially if the data is sensitive and valuable.
I note that Macs have an unremovable Siri, but nobody here is upset about that.
Word processing, commercial compilers, cloud computing etc. Next up is digital assistants and advertising.
What is the alternative for average consumers ? Chrome books ?
Any mainstream beginner friendly GNU/Linux distribution like Linux Mint or Ubuntu will be descent enough for average consumers. Unless you are heavily dependent on Adobe softwares(even then, you can consider dual boot), they are now much more elegant than windows. Getting quality support from forums is actually much easier with GNU/Linux. Last time when I had a problem with Windows 10, where everything saved to C:/ would disappear after restart, I was unable to get any useful support from their forums. On the other had, most problems I encounter while using a linux distribution is just a search away!
I'm currently using Arch linux(before that I used Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora etc...), and my less technically inclined family uses Elementary OS.
Try a linux distribution like Linux Mint or Kubuntu. It's worth the time!
Please post any examples of those to the evince project as a bug report.
I have used Okular many times for PDFs with embedded forms (no apparent special name). I think you should notify the originator of the unusable PDFs that they should redo the file with regular embedded forms so that they work in most PDF readers.
The problem with positioning Linux as an alternative to Windows/MacOS is that there is a very real alternative (and has been for some time) of just not having a Desktop OS at all; do everything mobile. It might be strange for some people here, but Mobile-only is a very common and real choice made nowadays, and Android/iOS make this a pretty darn comfortable option. While the advertising and telemetry and crapware is even worse on Mobile, this leads to the other part of the issue where, based on my experience, the average user is completely attuned to and just accepts the advertising without question. 10 second ads randomly played as part of an App is just seen as normal; the barrage of randomly placed animated banners, auto-play videos that scroll with you, over-zealous sign-up requirements are absolutely the norm now as the big players have made this a reality, and many people just do not think twice about such practices. Youtube, popular news sites, and other such things have normalized these practices and now it's not even a concern for many people.
I've had this conversation with many people even directly in IT/Development related fields and I'm sure I come off as a Stallmanite-esque nutcase when I voice my frustrations about Google, for example. I purposefully avoid Chrome because of its awful auto-updater tactics on MacOS which basically took pages from malware authors on how to ensure the service is always alive and present on your OS. When I explained this decision to colleagues, the response was confusion more than anything, and wondering why I even wanted to stop this. (Neverminding their frustration with Google when it changed the login handling for its services)
Linux as an alternative __does__ exist, but this is only if you care enough to want to seek an alternative in the first place. Putting aside the monstrous mountain of issues with the non-Linux OSes, it's never been a better time to be a Windows/MacOS/iOS/Android user. The OSes are stable as heck, cross-compatibility is very good for virtually whatever program/application you want, the OSes run great on virtually all hardware with no configuration. The only consideration most of the time is tiny personal preferences. And best of all, for 3 of 4 of the OSes above, you don't pay a single cent (directly) for any of them. Windows holds out, but I cannot imagine this lasting much longer either.
With all of the above considered, the question just becomes "why would any of the mythical 'average consumer' even want to consider Linux in the first place?" As depressing as this may sound (and defeatist), as long as it gets them to Facebook and Youtube (and Instagram/whatever other social media they want), why would they care what does it and/or what that OS is doing?
I've noticed that on Windows as soon as Chrome appeared: they implemented a lot of malware-like concepts for the installation and updates even then. It never seemed right to me. And I still avoid Chrome as much as I can.
> the question just becomes "why would any of the mythical 'average consumer' even want to consider Linux in the first place?" As depressing as this may sound (and defeatist), as long as it gets them to Facebook and Youtube (and Instagram/whatever other social media they want), why would they care what does it and/or what that OS is doing?
My own issues: as much as I like Linux for programming, whenever I try to use Linux "just" to play videos on some non-gaming machine (and I've never bought gaming-only computers, and I'm sure an "average" user doesn't too), I still see significant problems compared with using Windows for the same task on the same machine. For various reasons it seems this joke still holds, even when removing "flash":
And my experience was even that those windowing environments promoted as "less demanding" aren't showing the videos better: they re maybe less demanding in some other aspects... but the videos which play smoothly on cheaper hardware is still a goal that is somehow hard to reach. My experience is similar to those I've had with music playing on Linuxes some decades ago, where every peace of the setup then worked against me simply being able to play (yes I've even tried modifying and rebuilding the drivers at these times...)
Thank you for telling, how would anyone know otherwise.
The only alternative is Apple; they’re not perfect and have done some scummy things (see the right to repair, etc) but their whole marketing has been based around privacy and I can’t see them screwing that up as it’s pretty much the only advantage they’ve got at this point (their other qualities have faded away - UX is worse and worse, hardware is subpar, etc).
"Advertising in Apple Apps: View the information used by Apple to deliver more relevant ads to you in Apple News, Stocks and the iOS App Store. Your personal data is not provided to third parties."
Apparently, you will see ads in their newest apps: News and Stocks apps (and ads for other apps in App Store).
Do you? I know the iOS setup wizard asks for analytics, but I don't recall it ever asking whether you want to turn on "limit ad tracking".
I'm personally also ok with tracking provided there is a reasonable regulatory framework e.g. GDPR. But I do sympathize with people uncomfortable with all forms of tracking.
Apple products are expensive and will only become more so if everyone tries to buy it.
I want my operating system and other critical tools to work for me by saving me time, not against me by wasting my time so I get the opportunity to see more ads.
Imagine if you were a plumber, would you use a wrench that has a built-in screen and makes you watch a 30-second ad before it actually allows you to unscrew a pipe? And then periodically beeps while in your toolbox so that you have to take it out and stay "engaged"? No - any sane person would say "this is crap" and throw it in the garbage. Why should it be any different for IT tools?
The GDPR has yet to do anything regarding tracking because it's not being enforced at all - Google and Facebook's entire business models are based on violating the GDPR and yet they are still around. The regulation has some good ideas including around consent and dark patterns (tracking must be opt-in, should not be misleading, etc) but it has yet to be enforced despite there being millions of sites blatantly violating it.
> Apple products are expensive and will only become more so if everyone tries to buy it.
That would be the market at work. Maybe when the prices rise even more Microsoft will realise just how much money they're leaving on the table and go back to making good software?
The answer is obvious if you care about what the article is about. It's Linux. ChromeBooks are controlled by Google whose entire business is ads, so they can't be trusted either.
This is a classic example of how a company with a monopoly position in one product uses that power to create a monopoly position in other products.
It's sad that besides Linux, there arent that many options anymore...
Imagine the tracking that happens on phone, compared to desktop.
Correct. It is selling use of PC usage data.
In other words the stuff is compiled together and offered to specific businesses with specific needs, if and when they come up with it. It won't be publicly available at first. I will be customized to each industry. Once they figure out how to scale it, everyone will have access to streamlined telemetry.
I'll take PayPal
Too bad this ends on this line. So you recommend trusting another corporation over Microsoft to be virtuous over the long term? The only OS you can truly control is well known, and it's Linux.
First Apple has significantly raised the profile of privacy concerns. Their resistance to illegal demands to compromise customer privacy has been widely reported, and their advertising on this issue is a constant reminder to consumers.
Apple has also showed that it is not inevitable that big corporations must sell out customer privacy in order to succeed. Without Apple the narrative is that Google, facebook, etc have no choice, because this is just the way the modern world is and freemium is too powerful to resist. No it isn't, the stance Apple has taken and their success proves this.
Now Apple aren't immune to compromise, their folding to Chinese government demands for access to user data in China shows that they aren't invulnerable. If laws are passed that demand they surrender user data, they have no choice but to comply. However their persistent messaging on this is a helpful reminder to voters in the free world to care about this issue.
I don’t think anyone said anything about the long-term; at the moment Apple is what I swear by for general-purpose computing; it’s the least terrible option. That of course can change depending on their actions and then I’ll re-evaluate my decision.
"Sign up for a Microsoft Advertising account to take advantage
of these tools or get in touch with an account representative.
If you already have a Microsoft Advertising account, log in or talk
to your account representative about how to be a High Performer"
which leads one to, as the author writes, the page with the first picture of
"a couple of dudes snooping on animals, taking pictures and analyzing them while on Safari."
I don't think the choice of the photo is irrelevant.
Is that a high powered hunting rifle hanging out the back of the vehicle?
> I don't think the choice of the photo is irrelevant.
Irrelevant. Safari isn't available on windows. Edge, Chrome or Firefox would be relevant.
"This article is about the type of overland journey. For the web browser, see Safari (web browser). For other uses, see Safari (disambiguation)."
"A safari /səˈfɑːri/ (Swahili: safari) is an overland journey, usually a trip by tourists in Africa. In the past, the trip was often a big-game hunt, but today, safaris are often to observe and photograph wildlife—or hiking and sightseeing, as well."
In this context the "dudes" with the binoculars are the clients of Microsoft who pay Microsoft organizing them the "safari" privilege to snoop the "normal users" ("animals") living their lives.
I'm generally against pervasive government regulation and oversight as a fellow tech enthusiast, but I fear where humanity is headed if these companies are left unchecked to their own devices, in an era where echo-chamber outrage amplifying newsfeed algorithms are subverting democracy as we know it.
My computer doesn't have a mike. Or a camera. Or speakers.
Because it's hacked, it's crashy (and also his "rig" is overclocked and badly integrated.) And of course, he blames "Windows" for being so crashy.
Everyone has a right to privacy, not just the people you think are being watched.
BW Meter is closer to Little Snitch than Glasswire. And it's very light on resources.
... "GlassWire 2.0 comes with a free 7 day trial so you can try out all its paid Basic, Pro, Elite features. After 7 days GlassWire will revert to its free version."
Doesn’t help that there are dozens of competing desktop environments so a lot of effort is duplicated and wasted.
What repo? What extra package? None of that is needed.
I’m suspecting the package can’t be preinstalled for licensing reasons (even though I ticked the non-free software box during install) but in this case why not replace the library with a shim that displays a notification to the user and allows them to install the package through a GUI?
1) Learning nano/vim
2) Understanding what X window manager is and does
3) Understanding how config files work
4) Editing the appropriate config file to change DPI. Be careful not to do something wrong or you'll mess your system up
So easy my grandma could do it.
If it’s not, you’re welcome to actually point out the configuration files I need to edit. I tried many “solutions”, even edited boot parameters to no avail. According to sources I read, someone without an Nvidia graphics card might have an easier time.
xrandr --output HDMI-1 --scale 0.75x0.75 --mode 4096x2160
I'm not denying it's a pain and Windows/MacOS are miles ahead, but this is how you can get by on Linux with X. I use it daily for work and media, on a variety of monitors.
Edit: Maybe you meant using a native 2x scale paired with downscaling. Interesting, sounds promising.
Most people I know with a legitimate use for a desktop also have legitimate reasons to use Windows or macOS: gaming on Windows, content creation on Windows or macOS (graphics designing, video editing, ...), and MS Office lock-in. The only exception I can think of are developers, but even then, depending on the kind of development one is doing, using Windows or macOS may be the only choice.
The computer market is dwarfed by the mobile market. Don’t forget that Apple became more successful than Dell in the early 2000s selling iPods of all things not by trying to compete in the enterprise.
I agree with much of this, except the idea that enterprise sales are low margin. Once you lock in an enterprise customer, the cost of switching to another provider becomes a large barrier. Your margin is dictated largely by the cost of your product, minus the cost of the competitor's, plus the cost of switching. If the cost of switching is high, the margins can also be high.
Apple does not derive its margins from the cost of switching (changing phones is relatively easy). They do generally have a better product, but they also provide incredible branding around being the best. Apples margins are dictated by cost of Apple's product, minus the competitors, plus value of affiliating yourself with their brand.
There is an existence proof or lack of existence. How many computer companies that were big in the enterprise like Dell and HP when Apple was almost bankrupt are big now?
Dell basically “gave the money back to shareholders”.
Are you sure? See e.g. IBM who use hundreds of thousands Macs https://www.computerworld.com/article/3452847/ibm-mac-users-...
I can block ads in various ways (pi.hole, etc.) but I can't fix laggy UI. I'm always using Linux on one of my PCs so that I can follow how it's progressing, but Win10+WSL2+VcXsrv gives me the best of all worlds.
I have many times wanted to really dig into the "windows skins" for a few different DE's and experiment on users to see if they even noticed the difference. I suspect done correctly you could have a windows lookalike with linux underneath that many of the browser only users wouldn't be able to tell apart. I also suspect that Microsoft knows they have hurt themselves with 8/10 and their recent pushes into Linux Foundation are hedging their bets, trying to find ways to keep people on doze who might otherwise leave the ecosystem. I do get frustrated at how many people at HN ignore MS's history of anti-foss and now deride anyone who brings up EEE, but I disgress. I went gnu/linux only years ago seeing this coming after years of sysadmin'ing Win/OSX/Linux, and haven't regretted it at all.
Beyond that, I remind people that they had to learn how to use windows, and even it keeps changing things (umm where did local account creation go at install, oh wait, I have to unplug ethernet to get that option? thats bullshit), so why not learn to use something like linux? It's really not that hard, especially with all the gtk frontends for cli stuff.
So I use NixOS, run Windows 10 in KVM and use VFIO passthrough to give my VM a graphics card. This way I can use Linux for writing code and Windows for rich apps. It also shields me from the practical downsides of NixOS (limited software compatibility, lots of hair-pulling) since I can just use Windows if I'm in a bind.
My profession dictates I use .Net and SQL Server, so I anticipated using the windows drive most. I ran i3 on the Linux side, and used it mainly for hackier projects using more interesting languages than c#.
Quite soon I realised I could run .Net Core and SQL Server on Linux. Bastard as it might be, my main DB on Linux is SQL Server.
After this I found I didn’t need to spend any time in Windows, except for gaming (Linux gaming has improved, but it’s not great).
I installed Gnome alongside i3, and I’ve been flitting between the two based on my use case. Both are fantastic.
Linux does well when it forgets about Windows and MacOS. i3 is a great example here - it’s the archetypal ‘power user’ environment.
Gnome was the real surprise when I switched to it. I always remembered it as an ultra slow, half polished experience that typified the Linux experience. Great features (multiple desktops for example), introduced long before Apple invented them but absolutely done to death. I remember having a 16x16 grid of desktops.
Maybe it’s that my laptop right now is... quite quick, but default Gnome might just be my favourite modern OS. There are quirks - organising the apps screen is too painful to be worthwhile, but search is good enough. Wayland makes for a super smooth UX - Windows scale, slide and fade seamlessly.
I’d say I prefer my completely unmodified Gnome to MacOS and Windows. It’s the first time I’ve used a Linux DE and not thought it to be a cheap copy of the ‘big 2’. It’s doing it’s own thing, and doing it well.
So yeah, if you want IMO the best OS in the world right now, get Manjaro architect and install Gnome (I prefer the default Gnome to the preconfigured version). You’ll find issues - but remember Mac and Windows aren’t short of their own.
P.s. wayland has some GPU limitations - it’s great and improving rapidly, but it’s not fully mature yet. I also haven’t tested it on a shit PC yet - but I might try that tonight.
This means you can act unethically and legally at the same time.
But the idea is if the market itself cannot solve the problem and it's causing significant harm to society then legislation is supposed to step in to prevent the behaviour deemed harmful.
to me it reads like a description of "marketing accessibility" in more words. So, making your ads work well with screen readers. Truly a devilish conspiracy by M$
"Privacy is the biggest, one of the most important challenges in technology today. Democracy depends on it."
in my opinion this article is a rant.