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  •  Not true (0+ / 0-)

    Windows XP and Vista give you plenty of tools but you have to know how to use them and how to configure them.

    As far as government snooping, how do you know the same capabilities aren't included in Linux?

    BTW if the government could tap into your computer and look around, why is it when they're trying to catch people who are trafficking in kiddie porn on the Internet, they have to physically confiscate the computer and analyze the hard drive?

    I can tell you why, because that business about the government snooping on your computer is nothing but paranoid bullshit. Windoze phones home every now and then to check on it's licensing status and that's about it. The government doesn't have the capability or the desire to monitor everyone's computer system. Besides, it's too easy to set up a firewall to block it.

    What the government can do is look at your e-mail stored on commercial systems like your ISP, Yahoo, Google, Hotmail, etc. without your knowledge. The only way to protect yourself from that is to set up and manage your own mail server.

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. -Jimi Hendrix -6.0 -5.33

    by Cali Techie on Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 12:29:19 AM PDT

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    •  If you can't trust yoru OS you can't trust (0+ / 0-)

      anything else on your computer, including your firewall. I have an easier time trusting programs where the code is open for everyone to inspect and improve.  I've never seen Windoze delete user's data at Microsoft's discretion even if Microsoft didn't think the data was licensed properly, but I wouldn't put it past Microsoft though.

      I'm not worried about email, you'd have to be an idiot to put anything sensitive in unencrypted email anyway.

      "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent."

      by Futuristic Dreamer on Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 08:00:49 AM PDT

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