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modify product

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Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Satya Nadella (Microsoft.com), Microsoft

What Computer users want changed in Windows 10

To effectively implement and use Windows 10 in our homes and businesses, Microsoft must make changes to both the operating system and the policies the company put in place to support the new OS. Those changes fall into two categories: 1) Microsoft must give Windows 10 users more control over when updates are installed. We need the ability to delay or hide damaging updates that impact the computing experience, have undesirable side effects such as blue screens of death, or reduce the functionality to attached devices. Under the current system of mandated updates, we have been adversely impacted by forced driver and firmware updates plus other patches; we've wasted hours dealing with the unwanted side effects. As long-time Windows users, we understand the need to have quicker and more agile security updating. But this agility should not introduce additional risks to our systems. Windows 10 updates have already caused loss of system functionality, video and display issues, and other significant issues. [edit 11/5/2016:  The 1607 release has added active hours, but the release is still mandating nearly weekly reboots which is unacceptable.  We feel the updating process isn't getting better, but in fact worse.  Users (and Journalists) complain that " ... get a new update to Anniversary Update and some things aren't working like they worked before. I wonder which of the updates I just got did something to it" and have a difficult time determining if a bug has been fixed in a particular release.] 2) Microsoft should provide detailed information on what's in each update -- along with what system changes we should see with each cumulative-update release. We applaud the cumulative-update model, but the lack of documentation doesn't let us to perform the due diligence required for safely deploying and maintaining Windows 10 systems in our organizations. [edit 11/5/2016 - Microsoft is now providing more detail here https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history however the ability to track when a bug in a prior release has been fixed is still difficult to do.  The Insider Feedback process doesn't provide an effective way to determine when reported bugs are resolved.] We have expressed our concerns on the Uservoice feedback platform here and here.  We now use change.org's petition platform to express our concerns more broadly. We need control using our existing patching methodologies. We need communication. Sincerely, Your Windows customers

Susan Bradley
6,828 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Paul Lewis (NOP Director, Standards Division), NOSB, Jennifer Tucker, Miles McEvoy, Devon Pattillo, Jessica Walden, Matthew Michael, Kay Holmes, Samuel Jones

Ban the use of plastic packaging for organic produce

We're asking the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and National Organic Program (NOP) to actively work toward: - THE PHASING OUT OF PLASTIC AND METAL PACKAGING FOR ORGANIC PRODUCE - THE OBLIGATION FOR THE ORGANIC INDUSTRY TO INVEST IN TRULY COMPOSTABLE MATERIALS AND HARMLESS TECHNOLOGIES- THE GOVERNMENTAL AND/OR PRIVATE SUPPORT OF MAJOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN ENVIRONMENTALLY BENIGN PACKAGING. NOT "recyclable plastic" (only 8% of plastic gets recycled anyway) NOT "recycled plastic" (it's still plastic!) NOT "biodegradable plastic" (they are controversial as to their carbon footprint and end result) WE DEMAND A FOCUS ON NATURAL FIBERS, NATURAL WAXES, NATURAL RUBBERS AND MECHANICAL TECHNIQUES, AS WELL ANY OTHER SOLUTION USING EASILY RENEWABLE, 100% COMPOSTABLE AND NON POLLUTING ELEMENTS.   Background: Organic produce is packaged IN MANY TIMES MORE PLASTIC than conventional produce: polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, ethylene vinyl acetate, polyethylene terephthalate, nylon, polyester, etc. for the meshes, bags, hard shells & labels. This packaging also often involves METALS: steel and aluminum for the staples, wire ties, & coating of cartons and chips bags. THIS IS A MAJOR ISSUE. On a global scale, it participates in the destructive plastic pollution of the environment, and in the dispersion of metals that will never be recovered On an individual level, it forces organic consumers to consume more plastic than other consumers, despite their striving towards a healthier, waste-free lifestyle and investing more money in organic produce. It forces organic consumers to spend their own time figuring out how to dispose of these plastics & metals, without any guaranty that their end of life will be a sustainable one (and indeed, it's not). In short, the pollution created by the packaging of organic food cancels out the efforts organic consumers are making for a low-impact, healthy life. In the words of the Plastic Pollution Coalition: "Plastic never goes away Plastic spoils our groundwater Plastic attracts other pollutants Plastic piles up in the environment Plastic poisons our food chain Plastic affects human health Plastic threatens wild life Plastic costs billions to abate" We're calling on the NOSB, the NOP, on producers, packaging manufacturers, handlers, and distributors of organic produce, to seriously take on this issue - which will grow at the same rate as the organic market - before it's too late.

Studio Habeas Corpus
22,290 supporters