Originally Posted by Liranan
I'm proud to have been out of this community you talk about for ten years. I've missed nothing and continue to miss nothing.
So far, this guy is the only one who seems to get it.
Stuck primarily to this as well. Never used Twitter, Instagram, or w/e all of those other wacky things are. Did use Facebook for a bit, but I realized that it literally had no purpose as the people I really talked to either use other decentralized VOIP options with less surveillance (Mumble or Teamspeak* as an example, although I am sure if someone cared enough, they could exploit OpenSSL and get into those as well,) or I talked face to face. Email/calling/SMS works fine for stuff you care less about being read.
To those who keep going on about "who cares, Win 10 is fine with its telemetry," you need to consider that this can (and likely has or will) be exploited. Tracking app time, or voice searches, or whatever seem innocuous at the surface level, but it can all be weaved together and used against you even as a blanket activity. It's not tinfoil hat time anymore, this is the real deal.
While France vs. Microsoft is likely futile (MS just doesn't care,) at least it shows those tectonic plates of tension are still rubbing up against each other and that people are still (rightfully) complaining about it. My desktop OS should not function like a bunch of iOS or Android spy apps, I should be able to control what I send out, what updates I actually want or to turn them off, or how I manage my drivers without resorting to ripping packages out with DISM, or messing with individual components in WinSxS or the registry hives...
Now, Microsoft is perfectly allowed to do whatever they want (just like any other large company, Blizzard or Nvidia as examples,) it doesn't mean though that I'm going to roll over and like it.
*Teamspeak sends back stuff as well and likely can be broken into just like Skype, but Mumble is fairly secure.