Microsoft restarting Windows 10 computer users to install unwanted applications - An editor at The Verge has explained how Windows 10 has restarted your computer without permission to install another forced operating system update on the internal solid hard drive.
When the computer finished rebooting, I had not lost anything I had written. However, Microsoft had installed unsolicited and unwanted versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook web applications.
In this sense, it has become known that Microsoft is pouring unwanted web applications on the computers of its users.
The company is also using the Windows 10 Start menu as a free ad space.
And it is that, after the computer rebooted abruptly, Sean Hollister, editor of The Verge, noticed that the icons of Microsoft Office applications appeared by magic in his start menu, even though he has never installed Office on his computer.
Microsoft restarting Windows 10 computer users
However, these were not full and free copies of Office, but were only shortcuts to the web version that you can already access from the browser of your choice and where you will find ads that invite you to pay for a more complete version.
Thus, Microsoft has shown, once again, that it does not respect the ownership of your own computer. It has also revealed that the company cares more about the end result than whether a few people can lose their jobs when Windows suddenly shuts down their computer, which, fortunately, was not the case with Hollister. However, many users did miss what they were doing.
According to Hollister, Microsoft seems to think that people's computers are a free advertising space, a place where it can selfishly promote other of its products.
And it is that, they are adding a browser that cannot be uninstalled and a set of PWA web applications that are launched in that same browser.
Hollister has explained that decisions like this undermine the only good argument Microsoft actually has for mandatory updates. And it is that, according to the company, they provide important security patches that keep computers safe, an argument hard to believe when the most visible difference after a new update is an attempt to make more money.
Microsoft restarting Windows 10 computer users
Scientists manage to physically transport light using a quantum memory
Over the years, scientists have endeavored to transfer quantum information from one place to another and thus make quantum communication a palpable reality.
In this sense, one of the avenues being explored is the creation of optical quantum memories or how to use light as maps of particle states, which, according to ABC, would be something like using the properties of light, capturing it in packets of information that can be sent from one place to another.
But a new study published in Physical Review Letters has found the solution and proved that optical quantum memories are not just theory.
"They have managed to trap a photon— which is a minimal particle of light energy -, turning it into an interwoven state of many atoms. Then they have managed to move that cloud of atoms to another point in space and extract that Photon, " Juan José García Ripoll, theoretical physicist at the Institute of Fundamental Physics (dependent on the CSIC), told ABC.
And, although the path traveled by that photon was not very long —just 1.2 millimeters— it has been enough to prove that it is possible to do so.
To achieve this, scientists have used ultra-cold rubidium atoms 87 as a means of storing light, as it offers high levels of efficiency and service life, something that quantum physicists are always striving to maximize because quantum equipment is very sensitive to all kinds of interaction.
Thus, they managed not to disturb the photon and that it could be transported effectively.
The light particle is effectively mapped into excitation States between the electrons of the atom, forming an electron-photon Association called a polariton that allows light to be stored in the electronic hum of an atom.
"We stored the light by placing it in a suitcase, so to speak, only that in our case the suitcase was made of a cloud of cold atoms," Patrick Windpassinger of the University of Mainz in Germany, who is one of the authors of the study, has explained in a statement.
But, as ABC has collected, the cold is no accident, since temperatures close to absolute zero, that is, to 273 degrees below zero, or 0 degrees Kelvin, ensure that the system remains stable.
"This is very interesting not only for Physics in general, but also for quantum communication, because light is not very easy to 'capture', and if you want to transport it elsewhere in a controlled way, it usually ends up lost," he added.
Unlike many experiments carried out previously with solid materials, and even also with photons, this time the data transmission has been physical.
"The novelty is that this quantum memory has moved 1.2 millimeters without disturbing the trapped quantum information," García Ripoll explained.