J. Greely has thoughts on the most recent information regarding Windows 10.
Additionally, two of The Brickmuppet's Crack Team of IT Babes share their thoughts on the matter. Happily, since the .gif has no sound, no language warning is necessary.
Has anyone proposed any reasons for this "new and improved" feature? I can't think of any...
Posted by: Siergen at Fri Jul 3 10:21:33 2015 (o4lGr)
It makes it easier to share your home wifi with friends. Remember, we're probably not a representative sample of users. Theoretically, though I coubt in practice, it would make stronger wifi passwords more acceptable, as you wouldn't have to walk everyone through entering a cryptographically secure password when they come over
Posted by: ReallyBored at Fri Jul 3 10:41:38 2015 (ulGxe)
It makes it easier for your friends to share your home wifi with their friends. And easier for a temp to share your office wifi with anyone they've ever exchanged email or shared cat pictures with. And it's enabled by default in Windows Phone.
And the only sure way to "opt out" is to make your wireless network incompatible with printers, Kindles, etc.
Posted by: J Greely at Fri Jul 3 13:06:14 2015 (ZlYZd)
Oh yeah, it's incredibly stupid. But I'm guessing at what the initial thought behind the system was, not the practical issues
Posted by: ReallyBored at Sat Jul 4 08:51:21 2015 (DOcWF)
This sounds like the computer equivalent of a "social disease". Like syphillis.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Jul 4 10:51:16 2015 (+rSRq)
I strongly suspect that if I asked some of my friends who are still with the borg, they'd be able to name the VP whose pet project it was. And that everyone who pointed out the legal and other problems was "encouraged" to overlook them. The "make the world change their networks" opt-out has that sweeping arrogance that just screams Microsoft VP.
It flew under the radar with Windows Phone, because not that many people actually buy them. I suspect the number of network managers who've actually seen a Windows Phone in the wild is quite small. :-)
Posted by: J Greely at Sat Jul 4 12:16:01 2015 (ZlYZd)
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