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Re: Computer Software Security
« on: December 22, 2018, 02:09:15 pm »
Windows Update 😈 May Soon Reboot Your PC Immediately (If You Want, But Why❓)

CHRIS HOFFMAN  @chrisbhoffman

DECEMBER 21, 2018, 12:59PM EDT

What’s the most annoying thing about Windows Update? If you said the reboots, Microsoft has got you covered. Soon, Windows Update may be able to reboot your PC immediately after updates rather than waiting for a convenient time—wait, what?

It sounds ridiculous, but that’s one of the latest features reported by Albacore (@thebookisclosed) on Twitter. He’s found various other new Windows features before Microsoft has officially announced them, including the Windows Sandbox recently. We imagine Microsoft is at least testing this feature, even if it never makes it into the stable version of Windows.

Here’s the good news: This feature is optional. If you like, you can “stay up to date with a new setting that automatically restarts your device to install updates as soon as they’re ready.” Windows Update promises it will always notify you and give you the opportunity to postpone the reboot. But, if you’ve stepped away from your PC for a few minutes, you might return only to see that your PC has suddenly rebooted and you missed the countdown.

If you happen to be some sort of die-hard Windows Update fan, Microsoft has got you covered. New feature that restarts ASAP is in the works. pic.twitter.com/KUnwNGf3jq

— Albacore (@thebookisclosed) December 19, 2018

This feature just boggles our minds. Who asked for this? Windows can already reboot fairly quickly after updates, using features like Active Hours to restart when you’re not using your PC. Recent versions even use machine learning to detect whether you’re using your PC before restarting. Who asked for Windows Update’s reboots to be even more aggressive? Even Apple’s iPads don’t have an option to reboot this aggressively for automatic updates.

Windows 10’s next big update already includes a new system tray icon that can alert you when you need to restart, too. So there’s even less need for this feature!

If this “restart ASAP” feature ever does arrive, it will likely be part of the next version of Windows, codenamed 19H1 and scheduled for release around April 2019. It’s an optional feature, so it doesn’t really matter—but who would use this feature, and why?

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/windows-update-may-soon-reboot-your-pc-immediately-if-you-want-but-why/#comments

Agelbert NOTE: There were about 90 comments on this article. I am an old mainframe programmer that knows a thing or two about the binary bidness of computahs. The latest generation of computer owners are quite savy, but they have a tendency to forget the basics when they argue abour what is arbitrarily, and incorrectly, trashed by Microsoft, and how to prevent the loss of data.

I hope that I cleared the air somewhat with this comment I just posted there (NOTE: "low" level in computer architecture mean "more important"  ;D. The lowest level is "Da software GODFADER 🦍"):

Agelbert: Maybe Microsoft 😈 does not want to admit how invasive their monitoring of eveything you do (i.e. scrutinizing EVERY newly open file) is, but it is child's play for their reboot software to look at every file that is "open" (i.e. new or being modified) and save that using an "autosave" feature (like Sketchup has if you are working and it crashes before you save a 3D file).

After reboot, the system would then tell you which files were "autosaved" (i.e. the ones you were working on and had not saved when the reboot hit) so you could elect to save them with a new file name or just save them as the modified file you were working on. 👍🌞

This is not hard. If Microsoft wants to make a claim that they do not see everything you do and are not scrutinizing it 24/7 with AI or whatever, that is irrelevant. 🤔

WHY?
Because reboot 🦍 software 👀 is at the lowest possible level of computer operation. It overrides EVERY 🧐 program, subprogram and software housekeeping routines in there.

THAT MEANS that ANY opened file is fair game at reboot time for being AUTOMATICALLY saved, WITH A NEW NAME to differentiate it as a newer version of the original file, by the reboot software, as long as there is some space in your nondestructive storage for it. IOW, Microsoft incorporating this feature in their reboot software would give them the excuse that they "only look at what you are doing when reboot time comes". 😇😉

We know better, but it's a good excuse! 😀

At any rate, Microsoft has NO EXCUSE for deep sixing ANY file you have opened, saved or whatever, when they do a reboot.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12

 

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