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Microsoft is infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-03-17 22:45:31

Now Microsoft is planning to preload another app in Windows 10: Sling TV. While only US Windows 10 users will get Sling TV preloaded without the necessary subscription, it will sit alongside Candy Crush and Solitaire as other examples of what will soon be described as bloatware. Thankfully, it’s easy to uninstall these unnecessary apps, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft won’t add more to the mix in the future. Microsoft used to blame its OEM partners for bundling lots of useless apps on Windows PCs, but now it has itself to blame for doing the same to Windows 10.

More and more ads are coming to products you actually already pay for.

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RE: Uninstall
By ahferroin7 on 2017-03-20 12:56:45
A lot easier than One Drive (can only be uninstalled from an administrative PowerShell session and the uninstall can't be scripted), OneNote and the XBox and Weather apps (similar, except their uninstalls can be scripted).

There are also a handful of things in the registry you can twiddle to get most of the third party stuff to not re-install during a build upgrade, although that doesn't work on home edition.
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RE: Windows 7
By Morgan on 2017-03-21 01:43:15
I agree with the sentiment of your post, but I disagree that Apple has been tracking its users for profit. Despite my admiration for OS X itself, I'm not an Apple fanboy (I sold my only remaining Apple device last year and haven't looked back) but it's been my understanding that they are one of the few tech companies that isn't mining their users for advertising gold.

I also chose to drop Google for the reasons you stated, the icing on the cake being their horrid, practically illegal treatment of Pixel phone buyers. I've settled on the Blackberry Passport for a mobile phone, as it is fast, secure, has a real keyboard, and can run Android apps via the Amazon app store and F-Droid.

I'm working on switching to Linux and BSD full time after seeing the OneDrive spam in Windows 10 as well as Cortana constantly turning herself back on (and spamming me with ads) after I turn her off. Most of the reasons I run Windows 10, Steam games, also run on Linux either natively or through PlayOnLinux. I already do anything resembling work on Linux as it stands, so it's no great leap. I have an old-as-dirt laptop that runs both OpenBSD and Haiku OS exceptionally well so I'm covered for on-the-go computing too.
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RE[2]: Windows 7
By Alfman on 2017-03-21 02:35:54
Morgan,

> I agree with the sentiment of your post, but I disagree that Apple has been tracking its users for profit.


I think it's safest to assume that anything that can be tracked is being tracked unless it's specifically spelled out in the terms & conditions that it won't be. Is anyone aware of any significant & specific differences between apple & google's terms as it relates to privacy?


Apple has IDFA, which is app/web tracking designed FOR advertisers to track IOS users. Apparently apple's been cracking down on other uses by non-advertisers, which I find completely ironic given that advertisers are the primary group I oppose tracking me.

https://techcrunch.com/2014/02/07...

Apple claims to track user location data to serve ads as well, however at least both these can be explicitly disabled if you know where to look.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/H...

Edit: I just read this now, it looks like prior to IOS10 the disable IDFA option merely informed advertisers about the user's desire not to be tracked, but it continued to return tracking data anyways.

http://venturebeat.com/2016/08/3...
> Apple’s Limit Ad Tracking change will actually only affect a small number of people. Globally, only about 11.5 percent of iOS users turn Limit Ad Tracking on...

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RE[3]: Windows 7
By Morgan on 2017-03-21 04:03:58
I was speaking mainly of desktop operating systems, but given how closely tied iOS and macOS are nowadays, what you posted is likely just as relevant to Apple desktop users.

Sadly, tracking and targeted advertising seem to be the new normal, hell even the ads on this site track the user.
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RE[4]: Windows 7
By darknexus on 2017-03-21 15:55:28
> Sadly, tracking and targeted advertising seem to be the new normal, hell even the ads on this site track the user.
Which is why I will never browse any web page without an ad blocker. No exceptions. Not only do I not want random corporations tracking me, but I'm not willing to open myself to random third-party code from an industry which has proven that they don't care about security whatsoever.
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RE[5]: Windows 7
By Alfman on 2017-03-21 20:31:07
darknexus,

> Which is why I will never browse any web page without an ad blocker. No exceptions. Not only do I not want random corporations tracking me, but I'm not willing to open myself to random third-party code from an industry which has proven that they don't care about security whatsoever.

Even as webmasters we're often instructed to run 3rd party code on websites knowing fully well that the third party code implicitly extends the attack window outside of our control.

There's really no reason google should have access to all the websites they have access to via hidden code injection. While google might not intentionally exploit their privileged access as an advertiser on millions of websites, it is nevertheless a serious flaw in the security model for the web with great potential for harm.

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