Yep, rp88, you're very perceptive. Telemetry, altering the OS and therefore altering what programs can be on our machines, altering what hardware.. salami tactics. You first take a little slice off the salami and see if anyone notices. If not, you take another slice. Then another. Until, it's all gone.
For this is how Hitler, Mussolini, Stalyin and Mao all got started. Pick on an alleged known evil everyone agrees they dislike (Jews, inept government, Jews, foreigners, respectively). Doesn't matter if the evil is real, as bad as they claim.. what matters, is everyone AGREES. Yeah, like the EULA, something to which we AGREE.
Then, salami tactic away everything. The Code of Conduct in Paragraph 3 of the Microsoft Services Agreement, which is incorporated by reference into Paragraph 1b of the EULA, makes MSFT your big brother.
Sadly, everyone who dislikes (valid or not) practices prohibited in that Code, will sign it, not thinking. Until, like Niemoller said, 'they came for me'.
Liberals believe in big government as a savior. Certain brands of conservatism (like Fascism) believe in big government aligned to big business as savior. Fact is, whatever big government or big business touches, turns to doo-doo. When anything gets too big, it gets too bad. So the big starts to religify; then there's rebellion and war, then everything goes back to being small again. Painfully. And then, the process of getting bigger starts anew.
That's what's happening now: the rebellion phase. Earlier than it happened last century, in Germany. We learn from history that we learn nothing from history. And this history, is also parallel now to the Reformation and Orwell's 1984, all at once.
Post #1, I am assuming that they can't do anything to apply this to older operating systems. I'll be extrememly cautious about updates for now though, only things which patch vulnerabilities are getting through.
Because if they start disabling games, they can disable programs, and if they disable programs then they have the capability to block open source programs, or any other programs where ms doesn't get a share of profit from the software's sale. They might want to block every open source solitaire game for example(to force users to pay them or see adverts), and block every open source media player (to force users to pay them for their own dvd playing software), block open/libre office to force users to buy ms office...
Also, I suspect, they won't be able to do this by blacklist (known pirated games X.exe, Y.exe and Z.exe are banned from running), they'll to do it by whitelist (only known legitimate games A.exe, B.exe and C.exe can be run, anything else, including legitimate but rare or old games, is banned) which will obviously have terrible consequnces for anyone using a program rare enough that ms hasn't heard of it.
And ofcourse, I agree that it's a user's right to choose what hardware is authorised AS WELL as what software.
Edited by brainout, 14 August 2015 - 09:38 AM.