Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Nov 2012 01:41 UTC
Windows "Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads. No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth. Is it a problem? Let's tackle this from a couple of different angles." Hadn't seen them either - I don't use those applications - but this is pretty despicable.
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RE: Windows is different
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 12th Nov 2012 10:57 UTC in reply to "Windows is different"
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

If the advertisements (which you need to scroll all the way to the left, and consume almost no bandwidth) bother you THAT much (and you're not just being f--king ridiculous and grandstanding, which is what I suspect) then you can vote them off the island and uninstall the app. That simple.

That will happen soon enough when my enterprise evaluation copy expires, at which time I will simply delete the two partitions Windows made and put a single new partition in its place to use as another data partition for my other, "main" operating system. I haven't been using Windows 8 at all lately though, so I doubt that I'll even bother rearming it for another 80 days.

It was fun for a few days, but the novelty has completely wore off and now I just want to actually get stuff done without having to deal with that operating system's bizarre, unnatural two-faced interface. Now it's just boring and its quirks (specifically, its complete lack of consistency and that damn "Charms" bar) are amongst some of the biggest pains in the ass I've ever experienced from a Windows operating system.

People in the comments act like the ads are a bandwidth consuming 1080p YouTube video. Give me a break.

If you've been reading at all, you'd realize the point flew right past your head. I don't care if they are 2KB files; I don't want that shit running on my computer. There's a reason I use Adblock Plus, NoScript, Do Not Track Plus and disable third-party cookies in addition to enabling the joke that is the DNT header, as well as avoid TV and radio, and register any phone number I get with the National Do Not Call Registry... I simply want nothing to do with that annoying garbage in my life, especially if it is taking up my own resources, which aren't free.

I have my own brain and the ability to use it to think for myself and do my own research, from far more informative and less-biased resources than a company's own expensive marketing campaigns. I can make up my own damn mind on what I want to buy without being brainwashed.

Edited 2012-11-12 11:12 UTC

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RE[2]: Windows is different
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 12th Nov 2012 11:37 in reply to "RE: Windows is different"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

By the way, I seriously doubt IE is actually "uninstalled" when you remove the IE "app" for Metro. Just like the good ol' U.S. v. Microsoft antitrust days. At this point, uninstalling it would probably cause too many problems.

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RE[3]: Windows is different
by Nelson on Mon 12th Nov 2012 15:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Windows is different"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

The rendering engine is used for WinJS apps and WebView for WinRT, so the rendering engine is never removed, that is true. That kind of grasping at straws though.

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