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    Something I didn’t think about until I saw someone making a post about it on Mastodon is that you may not have to worry about just YOUR PC, but what happens when you are on a zoom call or using another screen sharing app and THEIR PC is taking screen shots?

    Now you just can’t worry about your own machine, but every machine out there that might interact with you in that type of way could be capturing data. And if you accidentally have your email up or maybe a password manager, could their PC just be gobbling that up without you knowing?

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      There was a funny joke from the early 90’s, that went “When you connect your computer to another computer, you are connecting to every computer that computer ever connected with.” That was such a funny joke. Funny…

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      Hasn’t this always been a possibility? People could always record their screen or take screenshots during meetings or whatever

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        Sure but not built in where you can then do an OS search like “find me text from the call I was just on where it showed their password for a moment.”

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        Since the invention of traffic lights people could just ignore them… Now we know some AI “feature” will ignore them.

        See the difference?

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        It’s always been a possibility that someone could do this but this makes it a default on feature for a lot of users you might interact with and makes them a prime target for malware to steal the sensitive data that wouldn’t have existed in most cases before.

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    No duh.

    Fuck M$ and this push for pointless Ai integration. Make them do some actual useful shit instead of robbing jobs and creating knockoff art.

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      This isn’t even A.I., no matter what they call it. It’s OCR and an SQLite database. Honestly, they could have done it 25 years ago .

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        That data they’re collecting is more valuable now that it can be used to train A.I.s. A couple years from now they’ll push some update that lets them exfiltrate it (or its usable features.)

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          This is exactly it, they’re going to feed all this data into a model to try and get an AI to be able to perform operations in the OS like a human would.

          Which on the surface of it sounds reasonable, but only if they actually paid people to generate that data for them. And this isn’t even touching the privacy aspects of a record of everything you do being generated and stored in plaintext.

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          Can’t wait to ask gpt6 what my neighbor was doing on the 19th of October 2024 at 17:00

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        The Ai part comes in when you search. Your not just doing keyword searches. You can use natural language and the Ai models “understand” what your looking for and will retrieve it. Also you need the AI for image recognition (what was that website I was looking at with the children’s book with a dog on the cover?)

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      No. I want 2 copilot buttons. One on the bottom right. And one… No wait TWO in the start menu!

      /s…

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    This is so bad that I’m going to intervene with my elderly parents next PC purchase. Setup a Kubuntu or Mint machine for the using some refurbed wiped former windows 10 machines for a quarter the price.

    If you have elderly parents, I advise you all do the same. There are threat actors that want to nab your inheritance before your parents kick the bucket.

    I advise Kubuntu or Mint because they’re basically Linux for windows users.

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      My dad is 78 years old, and refuses to go past Windows XP. Everytime I go to his house to fix some bullshit, its because he’s riddled with viruses.

      He doesn’t understand windows xp. You think he’s going to understand linux???

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        I once installed Ubuntu for an 80 year old Finnish woman who escaped the Nazis as a child running across a frozen lake. This was a decade ago. She took to it like a duck to water and said it was great because it made sense, she could easily install anything and it didn’t crash. Give your dad the chance at least.

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        The most popular stable Linux distros are no more difficult to understand than Windows to the average and below average user. If your dad still doesn’t understand XP, then he never will. Also, it means he is not a power user and can be shown where the internet button is on any OS.

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          The most popular stable Linux distros are no more difficult to understand than Windows to the average and below average user.

          Especially The two that I recommended for this exact purpose

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        Yes. My dad’s 74. I have no questions that hell have no problems.

        My mom’s 71. Her last machine is a Chromebook because she asked me if there was a budget laptop she could get to just go on Facebook. She had no issues there.

        “Hey pop, when you turn it on, it looks different until you get here. Just click chrome, you know chrome. Ok you’re good. If you need word, just click the search icon and type ‘word’.”

        Also, if your dad is actually on the internet on Windows XP, you’ve failed already… Your inheritance is already stolen if it has any connection to the internet through that machine. Best of luck 🫡

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          Also, I just wanted you to know I’m not the one who downvoted you. Someone, (I suspect a bot) is downvoting everyone on here, exactly once.

          When I get a comment thats 3 upvotes and 14 downvotes, I say “Oh. THAT comment wasn’t popular.” But when I see ever comment of mine is 8 upvotes, 1 downvote. 3 upvotes, 1 downvote. 62 upvotes, 1 downvote.

          When I see that, on almost every comment I make, it gets me irrationally angry, because I know the downvote isn’t someone joking. The downvotes aren’t someone actually disagreeing. Its just someone who enjoys spreading negativity. THAT makes me mad.

          And in situations like this where I reply a disagreement, it’s easy to think the only downvote is from the guy who disagreed. Unfortunately, thats not the case.

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            Once you’ve posted a comment that implies that China is imperfect in some way and received a truly spectacular number of downvotes, and then realised that it makes no difference whatsoever because Lemmy votes only affect your ego and nothing else, then you can move on. We aren’t “the other website”.

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              …oooooooook, not really sure what to make of thaaaaaat. Kind of like following a set of footprints in the snow and surrenly each footprint breaks off into different direction, and then a bear eats your eyes.

              Ha ha, now you’re blind and terrified in sub freezing tempratures unclear on which way you came from.

              That’s when you realize I only come to Lemmy to feed my ego, hoping to develop one, and feel better about myself in the distinct lack of a social life, I can at least find solice in knowing I made a funny that got 5,000 updoodles.

              And until then, I’ll still think of myself as a massive piece of shit inconvienencing everyone by breathing, and cry into my pancakes.

              The point I’m making, which I’m sure isn’t clear to like 90% of readers, is that upvotes make people happy when they’re proud of a comment or post. They come back, and see a bunch of other people liked it. And its kind of like Lemmys version of applause or booing. Ask any performer, they don’t do it for the money. They do it for creativity and validation of their creativity.

              And it sucks that one guy/bot is just like NO! regardless of content.

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                Sorry if I was ambiguous - it was me that received a spectacular number of downvotes for a comment that I’d not think controversial in any way, and then realised that I might as well ignore all that because it doesn’t matter here.

                There’s a few arseholes running bots that seem to downvote every post on a topic sometimes. Don’t let that get you down - no point putting more thought into it than they did. Your opinion matters, dude (-ette), don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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          Oh, there was no inheritance coming. He lives in a rat infested house because he refuses to let us help, and rehome him.

          But I will go over, and he’ll have 104 internet explorer’s running. 90% of them all pointing at either the food network, or baseball websites. Instead of clicking the row of app buttons on the bottom to bring up his page that already exists and refresh it, he’ll open another internet explorer and go to the page again.

          Then complains that his computer freezes.

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    It is way too risky even if this feature was that revolutionary, which it isn’t. It is a security nightmare for workplaces and at home.

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      And for such small reward!

      Oh yes, I can ask about a brown bag once saw and don’t remember… Or maybe I forgot if that document I created was in my “Documents” folder or not … Wow, the future is now

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    Firstly, Microsoft has shown that it cannot refrainfrom abusing its access to private data when it’s not impartial. Microsoft has even threatened journalists.

    Secondly, Microsoft doesn’t have a clean record of security, and data in the hands of Microsoft has been compromised to unauthorized hackers.

    Thirdly, when US law enforcement asks Microsoft for your data without a warrant Microsoft rolls over like an attention starved puppy and yields everything without challenges. (same as Amazon and AT&T. Google required legal warrants ten years ago.)

    Fourthly, ChatGPT4 has used access to external means to fulfill testing tasks and it is capable of willfully lying to third parties to achieve steps. When Microsoft’s AI offerings are smart enough, it will know who you are and everything about you (assuming Microsoft fails to mitigate for this eventuality).

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    Honestly even if Microsoft were trustworthy this is too much power for anyone. I actually like the recall feature but it would require a fully open source code to trust.

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      I feel like even if it was open-source, it would still be too big of a target for malware and data exfiltration to ever be justified for most people.

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      Even with a fully open-source implementation, that thing tells on you more than normal system logs. I like it being called “privacy bomb” - waiting to give extra data to whoever gets into the computer.

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      this is too much power for anyone

      Unfortunately by the time a service does this they’ve already got you by the balls and they know it. This is essentially Microsoft telling the world “what are you gonna do, not use Windows?” Because for most of the world that’s not really an option.

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    And you’ll probably need Windows Pro to be able to disable it. The average user isn’t digging through a registry so it will stay on for most users.

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    I have to use Windows at work. Fortunately I’m a domain admin. I’ll be disabling this shit with conventional methods, and also write a scheduled task script to whack the SQLite DB…or whatever it takes to nuke it from orbit.

    For home users, there are tools like NTLite that let you create custom installation images for Windows. Hopefully those will be able to remove it completely.

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      For home users, most of you I’m sure are just using a web browser 99% of the time. For this, to beat a dead horse, there is Linux.

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        Unfortunately I do a lot more than browsing and gaming when it comes to Windows. I hope to retire soon, and then make the full switch. I do like Linux, and have used it for some things.

        I chose the wrong horse when I began my career over 3 decades ago.

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      I assume the government gets a product exempted from this feature, or do they too have to do all the work to disable it?

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    While initially all the screenshots will be stored locally (where people who own your computer through malware can access it), the time will come where Microsoft will deem it “necessary” to store them online, “for safety reasons”. Then the race is open: Will they fall prey to hackers and data leaks before they can happily exploit the data themselves?

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      Or they go the WhatsApp way and offer users a free “online backup” of the data, unencrypted, turned on by default.

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        Whatsapp is doing this? How do I turn it off?

        edit:

        Settings, Chat, Chat Backup

        Was on me for me even though I never okayed it

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    I tried to search for a file on my computer the other day using windows search.

    Was absolutely incapable of doing it. Maybe if it walked away for a few hours it would have eventually found the file, but I didn’t have that sort of time.

    It would be nice if Microsoft could make sure the features it currently has, actually work, before trying to add a bunch of stuff no one was asking for.

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      MS PowerToys has a Search feature that works like Mac Finder called PowerToys Run… And it works as you’d expect it. I’ve largely started using that over the standard windows search, and the difference is hitting win + space (default: alt + space) instead of win before typing my search.

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    I usually find reasons to keep using microsoft products, but right now it’s the first time I’m seriously considering ditching all my microsoft services for FOSS and move to linux.

    It’s gonna take a lot of effort and time migrating everything I use, but taking literal screenshots of your PC sounds fucking creepy, no matter how they sugar coat it. It’s like someone else literally watching all you do.

    Usually you know they get your data, but now they want exactly what you are seeing and exactly what you are doing, taking it right out of your screen. It’s literal and plain spyware.

    I have degoogled for a few years already, now I guess it’s microsoft’s turn.

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      If you have degoogled, even if partially, I doubt you’d find moving to Linux hard

      Probably the hardest part would be to chose a distro… Stick with the main ones (Debian, Fedora or Arch) to start (you can chose one of their derivatives but pick a famous one so you can have easier time finding documentation)

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          Most games work well; some don’t yet, and a few probably never will (CoD, PUBG). The easiest way to check is to go here: https://protondb.com and either look up the games you actually play, or just give it your steam profile URL on the profile page and have it scan your library.

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          Steam works very well on Linux. There is a setting in Steam to enable ‘proton’ for all games - this allows you to play Windows games on Linux without having to do anything else. It has worked flawlessly for every game I’ve tried.

          As for your movies thing, I don’t know. I deliberately avoid software that automatically searches and catalogues stuff on my computer. So I’m not sure how easy it is to do what you are asking for. It’s something that I’d avoid rather than seek out.

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            They are just movie files, saved in a folder. Nothing complicated, will Linux be able to find that folder or files?

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              Move it to am external hard drive with anything else you want to keep, then you’ll have access to it on any computer no matter the OS.

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          Absolutely!

          In 2020 I built a gaming PC and at the time decided to dual boot because I wasn’t going to spend all this money and miss out on some games. However, not 6 months later I dissolved the dual boot config because my son and I never found a game we cared to try that was Windows only.

          Proton is a translation layer that helps run Windows games in Linux. It works seamlessly with Steam so you don’t have to worry about it at all… so far, ZERO problems. Of course, YMMV depending on the games you are interested in; however, you can check in advance in ProtonDB, this site will tell you if the game you want to play can be played well on Linux (assuming the game is not ported already).

          I also went with a derivative Linux distro that is geared toward gaming so it comes with almost everything you’d need. It’s called GarudaLinux I liked it so much it is now my daily driver for work as well (even though this is one of those “risky” Linux distro since it is a rolling release, meaning you are on the edge of tech available, and I update it weekly… other than some small issues here and there, it’s been going strong for 4 years)

          If you have a movie collection, you’d have no problem either unless they are DMR protected somehow… if so, there are ways to watch them but it would depend on what you downloaded… However, if these fishes we are talking about came from the high seas, you’d have no problem. There are some discrepancies regarding hardware support for certain codecs but it all boils down to efficiency, not whether you can play them or not.

          I have a VAST collection (3500+ movies, 400 TV shows) in a Linux server that I access throughout my house with many devices (PCs, phones, FireTV sticks, Raspberry Pi, etc) by using an Emby server… Emby is free to use but you get to pay for some features… if you want the fully free and open source version you can go with Jellyfin… I only went with Emby because 6 years ago (maybe more?) when I started, Jellyfin was a bit behind… now they have caught up but I already bought Emby so I keep using it.

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            Wow, you somehow answered my follow up before I could even ask it.

            My main goal was to eventually do a plex or jellyfin type setup for the house. Good to hear that it works just as well on Linux. Is the setup more difficult, or are there enough guides and documentation that it’s not too bad?

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              Glad I could help.

              Installing Emby/Jellyfin is dead easy… you won’t have trouble. Literally install, then run the web interface and configure from there

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    Microsoft: our new windows comes with not only a key logger but and EVERYTHING logger. Isn’t that great?!?!

    Users: WTF, we have antivirus for the sole purpose of keeping that shit off our computers!!!

    Microsoft: too late, it’s integrated. What are ya gonna do? Switch to Linux? (Laughs maniacally)

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      The market is filled with products people hate.

      Explain to me again how free markets and competition are supposed to work?

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        Well you see, when a capitalist and a politician love eachother money very much, they engage in an act of love collusion. This gets both of them very much money. So much in fact, that they couldn’t possibly hold on to all of it. And the money that falls out of their pocket trickles down to every one! Thus, products are improved, and everyone gets their needs met!

        This is the free market in action, and anyone who disagrees is a dirty Commie!

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    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    This, as many users in infosec communities on social media immediately pointed out, sounds like a potential security nightmare.

    Copilot+ PCs are required to have a fast neural processing unit (NPU) so that processing can be performed locally rather than sending data to the cloud; local snapshots are protected at rest by Windows’ disk encryption technologies, which are generally on by default if you’ve signed into a Microsoft account; neither Microsoft nor other users on the PC are supposed to be able to access any particular user’s Recall snapshots; and users can choose to exclude apps or (in most browsers) individual websites to exclude from Recall’s snapshots.

    This all sounds good in theory, but some users are beginning to use Recall now that the Windows 11 24H2 update is available in preview form, and the actual implementation has serious problems.

    Security researcher Kevin Beaumont, first in a thread on Mastodon and later in a more detailed blog post, has written about some of the potential implementation issues after enabling Recall on an unsupported system (which is currently the only way to try Recall since Copilot+ PCs that officially support the feature won’t ship until later this month).

    The short version is this: In its current form, Recall takes screenshots and uses OCR to grab the information on your screen; it then writes the contents of windows plus records of different user interactions in a locally stored SQLite database to track your activity.

    Data is stored on a per-app basis, presumably to make it easier for Microsoft’s app-exclusion feature to work.


    The original article contains 710 words, the summary contains 260 words. Saved 63%. I’m a bot and I’m open source!

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    At least the EU restricts this directly to your communication and make examples for its usages.