Microsoft acquisition of Github-what consequences?

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    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=microsoft+acquires+github&t=ffnt&ia=web

    What consequences do you think this will bring to us XP users. We have benefited much from Github. I wonder whether we can expect the same sort of benefits in future.

    The cost was $7.5 billion. MS is not going to part with that kind of money for the fun of it. As far as I am concerned I wouldn't trust MS :eek: with my discarded old stockings. They have been trying to kill XP for the last 5 years and getting more and more desperate. So my concern is, will they promote or tolerate Github developing any software that will help XP to stay alive.

    And if Github comes up with things for XP, can we trust them not to include MS telemetry etc.
     
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    Windows 7 already contains telemetry stuff since 10 launched.GitHub might get some telemetry too.Because its 2018 MS
     
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    I was just a watching a video about racoon that died after being vaccinated.
     
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    Crap. A bunch of cool apps are developed via github. Like youtube-dl.
     
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    This is what bothers me. The possibility of MS introducing back doors to Github products where, as someone in the forum mentioned earlier, we'll be watched even in the bathroom like in Windows 10. But if the few comments that appeared in this thread are a reliable indication, this doesn't seem to bother very many people around here.

    I have a Windows 7 which is used occasionally. About one year back, I blocked all MS updates for this.
     
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    We'll just have to wait and see what MS does. If they are smart, they'll change nothing on the development side, but collect telemetry on what users and developers are doing (how this is useful for profit, I have no idea- I'm an engineer not a businessman).

    About the Windows 7 telemetry:
    Disable your Windows 7 automatic updates (duckduck this if you don't know how).

    If you don't have a recent image backup (Acronis True Image) of the boot drive, make one now, just in case the following blows up the OS install...

    See attached zip for silent uninstaller for Windows 7 spyware-telemetry updates. Unzip. Double click the uninstall.bat file. Reboot when it gets done running. I found this on a security-privacy forum a few weeks ago (wilders I think). I've run it on 2 of my Win 7 boxes with no issues.

    You'll possibly be losing some security fixes after running the batch file. But all the telemetry should be gone. Try to not do general web browsing on the Win 7 boxes you run this on just in case it does affect security.

    I have another Win 7 box set up specifically for web browsing- all the latest patches, latest Firefox and Chrome, and MS Security Essentials. Keep in mind I test the website on Linux first, and if it looks legit (no viruses) but needs to run on an updated Windows browser, only then do I copy/paste the url to Firefox (or Chrome if necessary) on that Win 7 box.
     

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    Thank you for the telemetry uninstaller. The term-silent uninstaller; Does it mean that the telemetry updates are not seen by me but deleted silently - that I have no way of knowing whether those updates were really deleted?
     
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