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Windows Recall

at 4:08 - 30th, May 2024
Have you guys heard about this new feature Microsoft will be putting into future windows os?

Windows Recall takes screenshots of your screen every 30 seconds and stores them locally. They're searchable through some kind of "AI" function with copilot.

Recall allows you to search across time to find the content you need. Just describe how you remember it, and Recall retrieves the moment you saw it. Recall takes snapshots of your screen and stores them in a timeline. Snapshots are taken every five seconds while content on the screen is different from the previous snapshot. Snapshots are locally stored and locally analyzed on your PC. Recall's analysis allows you to search for content, including both images and text, using natural language.

When Recall opens the snapshot a user selected, it enables screenray, which runs on top of the saved snapshot. Screenray analyzes what's in the snapshot and allows users to interact with individual elements in the snapshot. For instance, users can copy text from the snapshot or send pictures from the snapshot to an app that supports jpeg files.

This sounds like a horrible idea. You can turn it off apparently, but with Microsoft's current track record on updates turning on things that were turned off, or people not even knowing this is turned on to begin with, or even worse not knowing this is even a thing.

This has huge privacy issues, imagine borrowing a friend's laptop to do some banking, or log into your work network. Just horrible.


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News comment 1 | User comment 1363 | 18:14 - 31st, May 2024

like, does microsoft ever focus group their ideas? I can't imagine most people being okay with this, even if they absolutely guarantee privacy that it will only be used to train their AI model.. still creepy as fuck

andrew andrew
News comment 2 | User comment 1363 | 18:17 - 31st, May 2024

Crazy Richard Stallman becomes less and less crazy considering the creepiness of mainstream OSes recently - i could not give a fuck about helping to train their AI model, they already have almost a decade of people's private messages in facebook + instagram to swift through.

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News comment 3 | User comment 4968 | 14:33 - 4th, Jun 2024

Speaking of training ai, did you hear what google did with reddit? Might be worth a post on its own actually.

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