Windows 8 computers have “kill switch”

While we are worried about SOPA, 1984 continues. I will stick with an Apple, but for how long will that be safe from prying government eyes? Google is following our every move like a Blood Hound. Our cell phones on or off provide a constant tracking device. Something to think about on a Saturday.

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. Microsoft (MSFT) hasn’t spoken publicly about its reasons for including this capability in Windows 8 beyond a cryptic warning that it might be compelled to use it for legal or security reasons. The feature was publicized in a widely cited Computerworld article in December when Microsoft posted the terms of use for its new application store, a feature in Windows 8 that will allow users to download software from a Microsoft-controlled portal. Windows smartphones, like those of its competitors, have included kill switches for several years, though software deletion “is a last resort, and it’s uncommon,” says Todd Biggs, director of product management for Windows Phone Marketplace. More at Business Week H/T:Prison Planet

15 Responses to “Windows 8 computers have “kill switch””

  1. bunkerville Says:

    Thanks to everyone for the great comments. I have been a bit under the weather, so not able to keep up!


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  3. Maggie@MaggiesNotebook Says:

    A Kill Switch meaning ‘they’ can delete what they want from your computer??? or shut you down? Are you aware of ACTA?


    • bunkerville Says:

      This ACTA thing is worse tha SOPA I hear, but harder to follow the news on it for me. I guess like Agenda 21, hard to wrap the mind around–thanks for stopping by!.


  4. TexasFred Says:

    The demise of *The Land of the Free* will be a footnote on Google and Wikipedia.

    They KNOW there’s not enough U.S. cops and soldiers that would stand against the American people and force a disarmament, but to have control of the ‘net, and the ability to monitor ALL key strokes, and shut down people like US, well… It’s here…


  5. Margaret Bartley Says:

    When radio was first introduced, at the beginning of the twentieth century, anyone could broadcast anything. That took several decades to get into Overlord control. It looks like the internet will take about that long, also.

    Pretty soon, the internet will be as controlled as broadcast radio and TV are now, with the difference that They can and will monitor individuals’ activities.

    The Obama administration is working on Trusted Identity, where no one will be allowed to log into the internet without giving biometric ID, so They know what you are doing. Just wait until people start getting their biometric IDs stolen. How are you going to get new iris-scans if someone hijacks them?


  6. republican mother Says:

    My hubby (IT guy) says that the future is the cloud computer thingy. That’s all I understood anyway. They want to make personal PCs obsolete and let us save our info on a server far, far away. You’ll notice that Google now has this document tab where you can upload documents onto their servers. Thus, it begins. Eventually, you will not be able to buy replacement parts for your old PCs and everyone will be using the Borg Mind Cloud Computer. Big Brother will know what you’re thinking and will be able to delete material containing inappropriate thoughts. That’s the vision they have, I would suppose.
    I’m blogging while I still can, before I get dragged off to Room 101, anyway.


  7. Steve Dennis Says:

    They just keep closing in on us…..


  8. Matt Says:

    Er, should we start proclaiming our love for big brother now?


  9. silverfiddle Says:

    The screen saver will be big brother looking back at you…


  10. Always On Watch Says:

    Ye, gods! What next?


  11. Conservatives on Fire Says:

    I’m not very computer literate but would the Linux operating system be an answer?


    • bunkerville Says:

      Yes. That is why China is so far ahead of us, and would not let microsoft in, as I understand it, and the last I heard and that was years ago that they did not trust them. I wonder if Iran was/is using microsoft?


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