August 3rd, 2002, 02:14 AM
Rumour: M$WinME spies on us?
Just picked up another rumour:
I don't have WinME and i did not read their EULA. A friend of mine took some time and went through it to find a critical point:
I believe you know the function of ME to send an error report. In the EULA they say that in this error report there might be data that shouldn't be there. They just explain that data from your HDD or from RAM could be in this report (for sure they say as well that it is not intentionally).
What about this one? Did anyone have experiences with this? I would appreciate every information!
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August 3rd, 2002, 03:10 AM
Just another reason to add to the long list of why ME is the worst OS ever.
Its not software piracy. Iím just making multiple off site backups.
August 3rd, 2002, 03:13 AM
Uh, isn't that the same type of hardware reporting required to register Win XP? Kinda funny that an OS a generation or two previous to XP would be showing signs of transmitting data of this nature and have it be called a bug..
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August 3rd, 2002, 03:20 AM
what KIND of data....?
Originally posted here by Sledge
In the EULA they say that in this error report there might be data that shouldn't be there. They just explain that data from your HDD or from RAM could be in this report (for sure they say as well that it is not intentionally).
August 3rd, 2002, 04:21 AM
Pornographic material I would imagine.
August 3rd, 2002, 04:35 AM
but what if i dont have any porn on my pc, what else can they get?
August 3rd, 2002, 04:42 AM
I wonder why in ME error reporting is automatic, but in XP it asks you if you want to send an error report. I hate when it brings up that stupid dialog box.
I'm willing to bet if for example, Internet Explorer crashed, it would send the address that you were at when the crash occured. If that site was, say, risque, they would know about it. It might even send a cookie or two to MS also.
August 3rd, 2002, 08:28 AM
Jan: Don't try to fool anybody, we know you do have porno on ya PC. Trying to act all innocent and junk.
August 3rd, 2002, 08:53 AM
The error reporting sends information regarding what programs were running when the error occured, possibly a snap shot of what's stored in RAM that could cause a problem, etc. Honestly, I never really saw a point to reporting my errors to Microsoft. If I have a problem, I know it probably has something to do with something I did (I've been setting up my own NT/2K-based machines for years now so I have them pretty much figured out inside and out) and I simply have all error reporting disabled.
August 3rd, 2002, 09:43 AM
If my memory of the bug reporting to M$ worked. If you were say in a word document and Word crashed out then not only the fact of the crash was/is reported but also the content of that document. This may not be good if you are working on a docuement at work that may hold inside stuff about your work or the company you work for, same thing in Excel and Access. If your in IE then yep the cache of where you visited is sent along to M$. Then throw in their media player that reports to M$ every music CD you put into your computer to lidten to while you work. But this is not just an M$ thing just about any new equipment and software you buy now days phones home. I bought a new printer about a year ago a Lexmark and the damn printer wanted to phone home. Packet sniffer told me they wanted to know ink levels and what I was printing. Needless to say took it back to Costco told them the problem. It is not unlike if you start your car does it report to all the people that make the parts you just started your car..answer is nope not yet but they are working on it. Try going to http://****microsoft.com/ learn about the hidden files and how to remove them and other antics of M$.
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