i·ro·ny n. Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs.
Example: championing the freedom to choose, then forcing people to make a choice even if they don’t want to. Specifically, this.
It’s annoying. If you’re in the EU and you’re a home user, a small business, or even a medium or large business that isn’t using Windows Server Update Services, it’s difficult to escape your computers (and those you manage on behalf of your users) from presenting this stupid box. The worst part is that Microsoft have made it intrusive intentionally, even though they almost certainly never wanted to do it in the first place. The EU’s army of legal drones clearly lack the self-awareness to realise the hypocrisy of what they’ve done. It’s one thing to force Microsoft to offer a choice. To force users to take that offer, without so much as a ‘Cancel’ button as an escape route, is missing the point somewhat, and has annoyed far more people than will ever be pleased by it.
According to Rob Wier, who knows more about randomisation algorithms than I do, it’s also flawed and does not present the choices in a random order as it is supposed to.
OK, rant over. Here’s how to block the blighter.