Microsoft could finally kill HDD boot drives for good

Undiscussed Horrific Abuse, One Victim of Many gmkarl at
Sat Jun 11 00:52:05 PDT 2022

On 6/10/22, jdb10987 at <jdb10987 at> wrote:
> On Jun 10, 2022 3:12 PM, "Undiscussed Horrific Abuse, One Victim of Many"
> <gmkarl at> wrote:
>> On 6/9/22, jim bell <jdb10987 at> wrote:
>> > Microsoft could finally kill HDD boot drives for good
>> >
>> They are trying to switch to SSD by 2023.
>> Meanwhile many other systems are devoid of harddrives, such as the
>> chromebook I think? And more importantly single board computers like
>> the raspberry pi or A64 boards.
>> It boggles my mind that jim bell is sharing some kind of marketing
>> referral shortlinks to this list.
> I think it is an interesting development.
> And I notice that just about every issue that potentially affects millions
> of people could, arguably, also be of interest to "marketeers".
> So, just about anything I post could arguably be criticized on the basis
> that it is of interest to "marketeers".  You have developed a formula that
> allows you to criticize me for just about anything I post, just by claiming
> that it is of interest to "marketeers".

I don't mean that the content has marketing value, I mean that the
link you gave to it is a "shortlink" commonly used for tracking and
identifying visitors, nor does it make it easy to find primary source
information. The shortlink forwards to a third-party website with more
ads than article content, where visitors have to click a further link
to actually read the article.

The first link is . This is a
"shortened" link for quick sharing. Such forwarding links are
generated separately from the article links in a way that lets
newsbreak associate every visitor with the mechanism of sharing, or
the person who did the sharing. Newsbreak did not even publish the
article; they just made a forwarding page for it.

The first link forwards to the second url:

In this second URL, a user ID and referrer for is given
to every viewer, associated with the short link. This second url sets
8 cookies without asking the user's consent, which I believe is
illegal. The first cookie it sets is called "nb_wuid" and is a session
identifier for that can be used to identify the same
user uniquely on future visits for the next 10 years. From the

nb_wuid=2840bbb7-3fdd-4542-bc6d-c6cde96ec460; path=/; expires=Tue, 08
Jun 2032 07:38:43 GMT;; secure

This second URL behind the short link doesn't yet contain the actual
article, only the first paragraph and a teaser phrase: "Microsoft
could have plans to scrap its use of hard disk drives (HDD) among its
main storage components on PCs running Windows 11, according to a
recent report by industry analyst firm Trendfocus, as reported by
Tom’s Hardware. If Microsoft goes through with its plans, consumers
could begin..." .

To see the entire article, one needs to click a link on,
that takes you to the real article on

Why didn't you link straight to ?

Meanwhile, the article on begins by introducing that
it is repeating a story from a mainstream, well-recognized publisher, :

Why didn't you link straight to ?

Anyway, I know you've been through prison, and I know it can be
indescribably hard to stay cypherpunk after that, so I don't really
blame you for it, but I kind of assume some mainstream effort has
influenced you to use an article sharing app that lets them track more

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