No, rp88, it doesn't prevent making clones, but once you click that enforced popup which won't let you go forward unless you update, you cannot clone. WHERE IS THE WARNING to clone first? WHERE IS THE OPTION to say no permanently? WHAT ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE using Win7 and 8 who don't know anything much about computers? WHERE IS THE EMPATHY in MSFT for the problem, after three months of reports all over the world? They are CALLOUS. Totally and utterly callous.
Look: if only a million people experienced update problems, that's 1 million DAYS LOST. So even if a computer user's 'pay' for his job were $10 an hour (which is very low, not even a grocery clerk), then 240 MILLION DOLLARS is lost. All in one day. 240 million dollars that could put bread on the table for millions more: it's called 'multiplier effect' in economics, and given the 'velocity of money' the multiplier ends up being like 20 or more, if memory serves. So now 240x20x1 million. All because MSFT is so callous and daft and incompetent to make the stupid GWX thingy an 'update', despite THREE WHOPPING MONTHS of complaints all over the world.
So whatever charitable works Gates and the other top brass of MSFT do, is all UNDONE by this heinous HARM one lousy GWX decision makes on the lives of more than a million souls, in but one day. And this harm goes on, day after day after day, and now Terry Myerson announces it will STILL go on?
Death of time, death of trust, death of productivity is DEATH. Just as much death as physical. It's criminal.
MSFT is now provably beyond a doubt, immoral; so is, anyone defending them. No wiggle room left. We gave it the benefit of the doubt because it was a big company, couldn't know all the problems that would result, meant well, whatever excuse we (including me) wanted to give it for all the problems.
No more excuses left. I'm so ashamed of MSFT I could die. Why did I EVER trust them?
And here's another article on the same topic, Ars Technica
The other pubs will probably have more articles tomorrow. Usually 24 hours after the first one, the others all chime in.
Edited by brainout, 29 October 2015 - 08:06 PM.