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Red flags to Windows 10

Red Flag [blackwallstreetmagazine.com]

### Stuff.co.nz Last updated 17:20, July 31 2015
Windows 10 uses customers’ computers to distribute updates
By Tom Pullar-Strecker
A couple of surprises have been found under the bonnet of Microsoft’s latest operating system.
█ Microsoft has confirmed that people who switch to its latest Windows 10 operating system may find their internet connection is then used to upload Microsoft updates to other Windows 10 users.
█ Another feature of Windows 10 that has raised red flags with some computer users is the inclusion of advertisements in one of its “native” apps, popular game Solitaire.

The use of “peer-to-peer” technology to help distribute software is controversial, in part because it can push computer users through their broadband data caps. Microsoft does not appear to advertise the fact that Windows 10 will harness people’s internet connections to distribute updates, at no advantage to those users whose bandwidth is being consumed.

Microsoft New Zealand marketing director Frazer Scott said he expected the amount of bandwidth used would be small, but conceded he could not quantify how large the files that might be uploaded from people’s computers would be.

United States online music service Spotify also used peer-to-peer technology in the past to distribute music tracks between customers, without making it clear it was doing so, though it stopped the practice last year.

█ Microsoft has published instructions on how to turn off the feature, which is called Windows Update Delivery Optimization, but Owen Williams, a technology writer at TheNextWeb, criticised the company in a blog for “burying the settings” behind an “advanced options menu” in Windows 10.
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█ Also browse Mic Wright’s article at TheNextWeb to learn about privacy issues with Windows 10.

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DCC ‘money go round’ embedded

Comment by Phil
February 6, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Hopefully the new policy of doing away with the DCC “Money Go Round” game will apply throughout the entire organisation. The IT department charges each DCC employee $1,500 per month for the lease of a standard PC. That’s nearly $20k a year, for a standard office computer. Can you even buy a computer today for $20k?

Building Control charges DCC departments for processing internal building consents. Those departments in turn pay Building Control from ratepayer income.

City Property charges other DCC departments for work in preparing leases and the buying or selling of property on behalf.

Citifleet bills each department every month for the use of their vehicles.

The staff involved in looking after Community Housing (there’s about 6 in total, including maintenance staff) are funded entirely by rental revenue gathered from the city’s pensioners. The level of costs determines the cost of the rent. Remember the $20k annual charge per PC from the IT department and the charging for bathroom renovation building consents from Building Control ?

The Civic Centre building is rented by the DCC, to DCC departments, at standard CBD rental rates. Where does the money for that rental profit come from ?

The list goes on.

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