Removing "Annoying" Windows 10 Features is a DMCA Violation, Microsoft Says * TorrentFreak
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Microsoft has hit Ninjutsu with a DMCA notice. The company argues that tweaking and disabling of Windows 10 features violates its license.

Ninjutsu OS, a new software tool that heavily modifies Windows 10 with a huge number of tweaks, mods and extra tools, has been hit with a DMCA complaint by Microsoft. According to the copyright notice, the customizing, tweaking and disabling of Windows 10 features, even when that improves privacy, amounts to a violation of Microsoft’s software license: https://torrentfreak.com/removing-annoying-windows-10-features-is-a-dmca-violation-microsoft-says-200611/

Ephera
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That seems like bullshit. The modification of Windows 10 and therefore the potential license violation would have to be carried out by each individual user. The availability of a tool to ease that is itself not a violation, especially considering that the author could have theoretically created it without ever entering into the License Agreement of Windows. You can’t claim a violation of a contract without even showing the existence of said contract.

Obviously, though, GitHub will not fight a legal inquiry by their owner and just abuse their right to kick a user out.

So here hoping we can see Gitea Federation feature (enabling network effect on small instances) takes off so we can begin migrating projects off of Github into a decentralized solution without the headache from Microsoft.

@CyRepo
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Imagine buying a car and not be allowed to customize it. No new mags or lights… it feel like when you pay Microsoft you dont actuallt buy there product but you “rent” the privilege to use a “service”. I’ll stick to pirated version then. Nice business model MS!

@Jim
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Cory Doctorow talks about how this might be justifiable if it is a self-driving car but that it will spread to all our devices. Locked bootloaders everywhere.

https://lemmy.ml/post/34512

I would suggest making a slow transition to Linux overall. You can set up GPU Passthrough for Windows KVM without too much trouble and been writing up a book on it.

not to mention that car also keeps adding features that guzzle more gas, but you can’t get rid of them even though it would make the car run better and those “features” are generally bad.

@Jim
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or imagine if you could get 10% off the price of the car but the navigation system will pick routes that go by certain billboards

This is why I recommend removing Windows 10 straight up.

@kernel
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I really want to switch permanently to Linux but I’ve had nothing but graphics driver issues with NVIDIA.

Same, unfortunately. I have a cheap Nvidia graphics card (one of the half height ones) and it has been the death of every rolling release installation I’ve had. On standard release distros it’s generally been fine though. For Linux, AMD graphics look like the better option.

@ajz
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Switching to Linux permanently might depend on your use case (Are you a gamer ? Are you just using your computer to email, surf the web, and use Lemmy ? Are you a graphics designer ? Is privacy/security important ? etc.) and your budget. From privacy and security point of view, and if your budget allows it, you could choose for a refurbished laptop with Libreboot. See this thread : https://lemmy.ml/post/33402 And if you are using a desktop computer you could consider buying another graphics card.

@kernel
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I do a little of a lot of different stuff, running VMs on Windows on a desktop PC is what’s currently working out best for me right now. About graphics, if the red camp allows for more stability then I’ll consider retrying a full linux setup again.

@PopeRigby
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