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Windows 8 Will Have a "Kill Switch"

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Gates Kill Switch, computer, Abuse of power, GR$$DY corporations, congress, politics )

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With the rollout of the Windows 8 operating system expected later this year, millions of desktop and laptop PCs will get kill switches for the first time.

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Danny W (13)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 12:54 pm
Mr. 1% Bill Gates is showing he is a "Terrorist" to the people. WE all need to end MR 1% Bill Gates' control over the people! This "kill switch" has far reaching control beyond anything we have seen to date.

Alex Keir (0)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 1:16 pm
Not a very good idea... Microsoft doesn't need any more control over our lives... allowing them to become and remain a monopoly was and is a huge mistake on the part of the US government.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 4:20 pm
I always love it when they say, "this is going to be good for YOU." That is my clue. Gates may have started off as a 99% in his garage or where-ever it was, but he is fully entrenched into the 1% now.

All I can say, is a full revolution was fought before the internet, television, and radio. Paul Revere riding on his horse, people passing leaflets hand to hand. If the "spirit" of the people is there, they will get the information to each other.

William K (308)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 8:39 pm
IIRC, Bill Gates is no longer with Microsoft.

Nevertheless, this is a disturbing development.

Jason S (50)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 9:30 pm
Good posting

Barbara W (342)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 10:13 pm
Bill Gates confirms he will not return to Microsoft full-time

By Zack Whittaker | December 15, 2011, 3:20am PST

Summary: After rumours surfaced that Bill Gates could return to Microsoft as the company’s “white knight”, Gates said in an interview that this would not be the case at all.

Bill Gates today dismissed rumours that he would return to the bustle of Redmond to take up a full-time position at the company he founded, in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.

In the interview, he admitted he has settled in his full-time role with his philanthropy joint venture with his wife, Melinda, and plans to keep it going “for the rest of his life”.

Fortune speculated that the Microsoft founder could return, noting that it would not have been the first time a “legendary founder” stepped back into the fray to save a floundering company from itself.

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley was “very, very, very” skeptical. For many, this would have been enough. But Gates himself told reporters that he was content with his charitable work, and had no plans to step back into the limelight, to save it from flailing stock and management troubles.

"Gates remains a part-timer at the company to offer advice and direction." “But that’s not going to change”, he said, adding that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “requires all of my energy”.

He also spoke of Steve Jobs, who died earlier this year after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Speaking positively about his computing rival, he said that Jobs was “brilliant”, despite Jobs recently calling Gates “unimaginative”.

But Gates noted that, “because the Microsoft machines outsold his machines by a lot he was always kind of tough on Microsoft, but that’s fine”.

Don Saunders (151)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 12:22 am
i feel that there should be some kind of controll mech for malware as the world is getting more and more dangerous because of hacking and malware, however trust not to extend these powers is a huge issue

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 2:40 am
Don't mess with my PC!!! (There are several other operating systems out there).

Charles O (209)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 2:51 am
All the more reason to use Linux.

I've been using it for about 12 years, and I have absolutely no regrets.

If I were limited to Microsoft junk software, I would feel like a corporate slave. On Linux, I feel like a free person. The computer belongs to me, not to a ruthless transnational monopoly. The system is comprehensive, and inexhaustible, yet easy to install and use. The software is artistic and inspired. I have yet to hear of a computer virus that attacks Linux. And most Linux software is free.

Calliope S (47)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 2:44 pm
Think I will take your advice Charles and install Linux.

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 3:57 pm

and, of course, this is only what they even admit to !


Barbara W (342)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 4:29 pm
Touche' Wolf..

Barbara W (342)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 4:31 pm
Thank you for that information Charles. It's something many of us need to think about.. I have friends who are very pleased with Linux

Charles O (209)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 10:13 pm
Hello Calliope. Let me know if you need help.

I started out slow, with a version of Corel Linux that installed right into the Windows partition. I tried it for a month or two and liked it and got to know it. Then I installed it in a separate partition. When Corel abandoned Linux, I switched to Red Hat, and then to SuSE (now called OpenSuSE), which I've been using ever since.

Linux is not a monopoly like Windows: There are different flavors or "distros" -- OpenSuSE, Debian, Ubuntu, Slackware, Fedora, Knopix, Gentoo, etc.. See:

Once you install Linux, you get to choose your "desktop environment" -- the software that handles windows, menus, etc.:

* Gnome
* Xfce
* Many others

First, you have to know whether your computer platform uses 32-bits (older) or 64-bits (newer). Look it up in the manual that came with the computer or its motherboard.

You have lots of choices, and because you have choices, you will begin to feel like you are part of a free community. I like OpenSuSE. I used to use KDE, but a year ago I switched to XFCE, which is simpler and uses less overhead.

You can download Linux for free from whatever distro you choose, but I find it much easier to purchase a Linux DVD. There are a few sites that sell them for a nominal fee. Try, for example.

Go to the distro site -- e.g., -- and you'll find tons of help in the form of tutorials, FAQs, and forums where you can ask experts.

Linux and Microsoft Windows can run side by side, each in its own partition. Or, if you have two computers, you can put Linux on one and leave Windows on the other. I used to have Linux and Windows together, but I stopped using the Windows partition, so I finally got rid of it.

Charles O (209)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 12:44 am

* Fixed link: ( )

* Spelling correction: Knoppix

* Additional link: OpenSuSE DVD's

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 11:07 pm
"Although the kill switch is promoted as a “tool against malware” it can potentially accomplish much, much more."

Remember, "Skynet is the virus!"
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