Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st May 2014 16:45 UTC
Internet Explorer

Despite XP's end of support, Microsoft is still going to release the fix for the recent Internet Explorer vulnerability for the ageing operating system.

Even though Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and is past the time we normally provide security updates, we've decided to provide an update for all versions of Windows XP (including embedded), today. We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP. The reality is there have been a very small number of attacks based on this particular vulnerability and concerns were, frankly, overblown. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times and this is not to say we don’t take these reports seriously. We absolutely do.

If you're still on Windows XP, you deserve to be insecure. Get a modern operating system - Windows 7/8, OS X, Linux, anything. XP is outdated crap, and it's time to move on.

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The thing you do is realize that you made a mistake and ensure it doesn't happen again.

Buying expensive mission critical equipment without ensuring its maintainability over the desired usage time frame is short sighted at best, bordering on irresponsible.

You're assuming the buyer has a choice. I don't know much about the market for electron microscopes, but I've acted for the buyer in transactions where there's a relatively small number of manufacturers of a type of equipment, all of whom contract on a similar set of terms. You either accept those terms, or make do without the equipment.

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