Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Jun 2018 14:38 UTC
Windows

If your PC doesn't run Streaming Single Instructions Multiple Data (SIMD) Extensions 2, you apparently won't be getting any more Windows 7 patches. At least, that's what I infer from some clandestine Knowledge Base documentation changes made in the past few days.

Even though Microsoft says it's supporting Win7 until January 14, 2020, if you have an older machine - including any Pentium III - you've been blocked, and there's nothing you can do about it.

While support has to end somewhere - processors without SSE2 are really, really old - it's quite unfair to say you support Windows 7 until 2020, and then cut it off early for a number of customers. Consumer protection agencies should have something to say about this, right?

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RE[2]: More Microsoft Bullcrap!
by ilovebeer on Sun 24th Jun 2018 15:35 UTC in reply to "RE: More Microsoft Bullcrap!"
ilovebeer
Member since:
2011-08-08

"Windows will probably be subscription only before long.


I think you're right, but I would prefer it to the shit they're doing now, like ads in the start menu and putting crap on the system that I can't remove.
"

I don't think an OS is something a person should have to subscribe to. I despise the idea of being strong-armed into monthly payments or be spammed with advertisements and garbage. I understand times change and not all business models are sustainable, but it seems the go-to solution is to spam the hell out of the customer with advertisements until they become submissive. If anything is hostile towards the user, it's that.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I don't think an OS is something a person should have to subscribe to.


I kinda feel the opposite in that an OS is one of the things where a subscription is justified. I mean, an OS isn't an application where you write it and then release a few bug fix updates; it requires constant maintenance and updates by the developer, esp as new technologies are released that it needs to be compatible with. (I look at anti-virus/security software the same way.)

I despise the idea of being strong-armed into monthly payments or be spammed with advertisements and garbage.


Sure, I get it. But even as you eluded to, I don't think a mammoth release every 3-5 years is sustainable anymore, so unless you expect developers to work for free, probably the only other alternative (assuming you're not making money on the hardware side like Apple does) is a release every year or so, which you'd have to pay for anyway in order to stay current. So, pick your poison?

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

I mean, an OS isn't an application where you write it and then release a few bug fix updates; it requires constant maintenance and updates by the developer, esp as new technologies are released that it needs to be compatible with.

Honestly, that's justification enough right there. Change can be hard and some of us have to kick & scream a little to get through it. I feel pretty sour about a lot of stuff happening these days but at the end of the day I know these are just the times I'm living in.

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