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 XP is outdated crap, and it's time to move on.

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Comment by aligatro
by aligatro on Thu 1st May 2014 18:43 UTC
aligatro
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2010-01-28

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 XP is outdated crap, and it's time to move on.


Thom, not everyone wants to pay for upgrade of hardware/software if there is almost no reason for it.

Edited 2014-05-01 18:43 UTC

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RE: Comment by aligatro
by supergear on Thu 1st May 2014 19:04 in reply to "Comment by aligatro"
supergear Member since:
2007-07-06

If you're on XP still you must only web browse and email and such. Get a tablet then and don't worry about the dinosaur PC/XP

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RE[2]: Comment by aligatro
by Dave_K on Thu 1st May 2014 21:28 in reply to "RE: Comment by aligatro"
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

If you're on XP still you must only web browse and email and such. Get a tablet then and don't worry about the dinosaur PC/XP


Rather a strange thing to say. It's hard to think of anything much that can't be done with a computer running Windows XP.

Some charities I'm involved with are still using XP for all their computers. It's on their servers, used for creating their advertisements, running their bespoke databases, etc. There's a lot of worry about the expense of upgrading, and the problems that could arise with software/hardware compatibility issues.

One charity have basically decided that they're going to keep on running XP for at least another couple of years, and trust to luck when it comes to security. The estimate for upgrading/replacing all their computers was around $150,000. Not a lot for most companies, but for them, with recent cuts to their grant funding, they simply can't afford it.

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RE[2]: Comment by aligatro
by aligatro on Thu 1st May 2014 23:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by aligatro"
aligatro Member since:
2010-01-28

If you're on XP still you must only web browse and email and such. Get a tablet then and don't worry about the dinosaur PC/XP


I am actually on Windows 8.1, but only because I get free MSDN keys otherwise I would still be using XP.
Many people I know are developing programs on their XP machines. If it works for them then why waste money on upgrade?

Who in their right mind would want to completely switch from pc to tablet? Also, the cycle of absolution is a lot shorter for tablets than for pcs.

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RE: Comment by aligatro
by tylerdurden on Thu 1st May 2014 19:05 in reply to "Comment by aligatro"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

arguments blaming the victim are easy, actual journalism is hard. The imperative to minimize effort trumps the alternative, once again...

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RE: Comment by aligatro
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 1st May 2014 19:05 in reply to "Comment by aligatro"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

"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.


Thom, not everyone wants to pay for upgrade of hardware/software if there is almost no reason for it.
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There is a reason. It's insecure.

If your brakes are insecure on your care, you want them replaced, right? What if you get hit by a car whose owner didn't service their brakes properly? You'd be angry at him for not taking proper care of his vehicle, right?

Computers are no different.

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RE[2]: Comment by aligatro
by smashIt on Thu 1st May 2014 20:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by aligatro"
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

If your brakes are insecure on your care, you want them replaced, right?


sure, but the problem is that the manufacturer of the brakes (in this case microsoft), even after hundrets of attempts to repair them, still couldn't make them secure

the product they sold you is broken to a level that after more than 10 years of constant repairs the manufacturer itselfe has given up on it

if you would apply the same rules to software as you do to any other product you would be entitled to a complete refund

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RE: Comment by aligatro
by dpJudas on Thu 1st May 2014 19:08 in reply to "Comment by aligatro"
dpJudas Member since:
2009-12-10

Thom, not everyone wants to pay for upgrade of hardware/software if there is almost no reason for it.

Not being hacked seems like a rather good reason to me.

Of course if that is not a good enough reason, don't complain when your old unmaintained software lets hackers do whatever they want with your computer.

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