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Still Using WinXP?
« on: April 09, 2014, 01:28:46 am »
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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2014, 09:24:00 am »
In my opinion anyone still using XP is being extremely self centred, and negligent towards others, it's not just themselves they are putting at risk, more and more XP machines will become bot net nodes used to attack other systems and networks, and the infection vector of choice for hackers and script kiddies that then infect other machines.

XP should IMHO be put down like the lame diseased horse it is ..

either -
a) Microsoft should release one final update that disables its networking stack.
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b) ISP's should not allow XP machines to access the web (nearly impossible to implement).
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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2014, 10:11:51 am »
I read somewhere last week that the number of US banks still using XP based software for their online and ATM banking was somewhere in the neighborhood of ninety percent.  Four of the top reasons they give for not upgrading....

1 - It is equated, in their minds, to the y2k scare a few years back which amounted to nothing
2 - The cost & frustration of retraining people to use Win7 (not sure exactly what that's about)
3 - The cost of the upgrading itself, including the labor involved
4 - The fact that they've been using XP for years and have had no problems with it

At the same time they assure their customers that they take security very seriously and have done everything possible to safeguard people's money & account info.  Yeah, right.

I called my bank and, after a several holds and transfers, finally got an answer as to whether or not they were still running XP.  ATMs and Online Banking, I was told, have already moved to Win7 while everything else is being upgraded but should be complete in a "couple of months."  They offered no answer as to why they waited so long to get started and they won't even consider Linux.  Pity. 

A lot of businesses refuse to upgrade, as well.  MS offers them, for a fee, extended support but that does not include security patches. 

So, time will tell, I suppose. 
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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2014, 10:27:02 am »
Interesting Windows XP news...
It's Not Dead Yet the British and the Dutch are paying to keep it alive....  :)

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/not-dead-yet-dutch-british-governments-pay-to-keep-windows-xp-alive/
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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2014, 10:55:14 am »
From what I understand MS Custom Support for XP offers no security updates as they have shut down development (proactive and reactive).  So, while they will help keep XP up and running, security is still a big question mark.   There are, however, third party security options cropping up here and there but their trustworthiness is anybody's guess.  We'll see, I guess.

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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2014, 11:13:46 am »
a) Microsoft should release one final update that disables its networking stack.
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b) ISP's should not allow XP machines to access the web (nearly impossible to implement).

Or, and this will probably never happen, MS could allow XP to go Open Source.   :o
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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2014, 12:50:51 pm »
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...and they won't even consider Linux.  Pity.

This is actually not terribly surprising. The vast majority of software for those institutions was written specifically for Windows. Getting it updated to work with newer versions of Windows and newer versions of IE is too much of a problem for a lot of the software vendors. Suggestions that something be rewritten to be cross-platform tend to be met with laughter at best and hostility at worst.
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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2014, 01:07:33 pm »
Maybe in time....
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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2014, 02:32:23 pm »
Just got a call from my cousin in a panic, LOL, he is a Lieutenant in special ops for the City of Bethlehem Fire Dept.
He said when he turned on his computer today and he got missing operating system, he rebooted several times same thing... 
I said what OS are they running windows 7???  he said NO they run XP...  I laughed....
I said well call your IT guy they are probably gonna have you upgrade to win 7 now....   
he said yeah they are upgrading the systems slowly, but they have not yet updated his dept yet....  LOL   :)
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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2014, 02:44:38 pm »
Nice to know my government is throwing away another half billion of tax payers money .. I mean, it's not like they didn't know this was coming  ::)

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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2014, 03:46:27 pm »
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Looks like your cousin's ISP  took PCNetSpec's suggestion a step further and just took the whole thing.....

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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2014, 03:50:03 pm »
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Looks like your cousin's ISP  took PCNetSpec's suggestion a step further and just took the whole thing.....

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ISP's should not allow XP machines to access the web (nearly impossible to implement)
 
I have to admit i was laughing very hard when he called... I said ya know John, You had me redo all your machines at your house last year already, and upgrade em all to windows 7, cause you knew this was coming.... so why didn't they know about it???  I mean for real they had a long time to prepare and chose not too....
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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2014, 03:54:07 pm »
Nice to know my government is throwing away another half billion of tax payers money .. I mean, it's not like they didn't know this was coming  ::)

This whole thing is a joke.....

Gov't wasting money?  :o  All is well in the universe, then.  8) 

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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2014, 04:02:05 pm »
Didn't the UK government recently announce they were moving everything over to open source...maybe they're just buying some time so they can implement their open source revolution or they could just be wasting our money

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Re: Still Using WinXP?
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2014, 07:12:41 pm »
You still harbour the impression/hope that our government is capable of something that doesn't involve corrupt under the table deals  :-\

They wouldn't know how to trust such an animal  ::)
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