Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Jun 2018 14:38 UTC
Windows

If your PC doesn't run Streaming Single Instructions Multiple Data (SIMD) Extensions 2, you apparently won't be getting any more Windows 7 patches. At least, that's what I infer from some clandestine Knowledge Base documentation changes made in the past few days.

Even though Microsoft says it's supporting Win7 until January 14, 2020, if you have an older machine - including any Pentium III - you've been blocked, and there's nothing you can do about it.

While support has to end somewhere - processors without SSE2 are really, really old - it's quite unfair to say you support Windows 7 until 2020, and then cut it off early for a number of customers. Consumer protection agencies should have something to say about this, right?

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Mon 25th Jun 2018 22:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
ilovebeer
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It's not about `faster is better` or `the new shiney`. There has to be a line drawn somewhere because businesses can't ignore diminished returns. It's not just unreasonable to expect support for this old stuff well beyond its shelf life, it's unsustainable from a business point of view. That's not the only reason to kill off old hardware. As another user pointed out, the really old stuff has a tendency to be far more power-hungry. While keeping a single machine running might not seem like a big deal, do the math if 100,000 people do it. Or 1,000,00, or 100,000,000+. It gets really bad really fast.

Why bother switching from incandescent bulbs to cfl's or better yet to led's? Why stop driving an old car that still runs fine but gets 10 miles to the gallon going downhill and blows toxic emissions like there's no tomorrow?

Yes, some people are die-hard's who share your point of view. I used to be one, and extremely stubborn about it. But in all honesty I can't say having that attitude ever made anything better. I was more of a problem than a solution.

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