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Microsoft gives people another reason to dump Windows

Why I use Linux: In its effort to convince users of earlier versions of Windows to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft is now inserting a full screen pop-up upgrade notification, often at decidedly unwanted moments.

The Redmond software giant confirmed today it will start showing dark blue screens urging people to install the latest version of Windows. The full-screen ads will pop up on Windows 7 and 8.1 desktops from now until July 30, when the free upgrade period ends.

Conscious Choice cover

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


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  • chris l

    The evil of Windows 10 starts with the EULA. Microsoft apparently thinks declaring ownership of any files I have on my computer is an acceptable idea. I on the other hand, think giving a faceless corporation rights to pictures of my granddaughter is a stupid (and creepy) idea. So I am fighting a battle to keep this malware off my computer.

  • LocalFluff

    I am satisfied with Win 7. After several decades, they finally managed to make a reasonably stable operating system, congratulations! I won’t fix that which aint broken. I won’t upgrade until death do us apart. I know it is just a matter of time, but the longer I can hold my nose, the better.

  • Stu Harris

    µSoft have now started forcing 2 a.m. installations of 10. Here’s something you can install as a defense:

  • Orion314

    Reiterate , Disable, delete last WIN7 update , load/run Spybot Anti-Beacon, never had a WIN10 update issue

  • D K Rögnvald Williams


  • Phill O

    ” D K Rögnvald Williams
    July 2, 2016 at 9:36 pm


    I seriously doubt that! He may call him from time to time at the White house though.

  • James Stephens

    In all fairness Microsoft has been warning people about the push to W-10 for a wile. But more often then not, Microsoft forgets O.S. business is as much about perception as anything else. Chaotic release schedules, nagging and surprise midnight software pushes sell a lot of Macs.

  • Gealon

    And this is why I disabled automatic updates. I check for and install the updates I want, when I want and my computer doesn’t restart it’s self in the middle of a game ever again. I’ll keep my windows 7, it works for me, has what I want and need and isn’t loaded with spyware. *Cough* Not that Microsoft would ever load their beloved 10 with spyware. *Cough.*

  • wayne

    Mosquito nets for everyone, D.D.T. for no one.

  • Chris

    Microsoft delenda est!

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