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Interesting:

https://thestack.com/cloud/2016/08/09/londons-met-police-sti...




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So the US's Veterans Administration isn't alone in its technological backwardness? Cool!
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I wish we still had XP, Win7 screwed up a bunch of our engineering tools.
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I'm working for one of the largest electric utilities companies in the world and we were using windows XP until beginning of this year. We paid for an extension of support - as referred to in the article. If it was valid for us as a private company to do so, maybe it was also valid for the London Met Police?
 
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If it does the job why replace it?
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slatersteven wrote:
If it does the job why replace it?


I also worked for a large electrical utility. You know how they keep up the software at a nuclear power plant? It never changes. Every semi-colon and comma is part of the station's official specification. It takes a 3-foot stack of papers to modify a bolt arrangement, never mind software. The software running in Ontario's nuclear power stations is the same code as was initially designed and written in the 1970-s. If it ain't broke, you don't fix it.
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slatersteven wrote:
If it does the job why replace it?
The only reason is security and compatibility. For security, MS will stop making fixes for exploits. Even extended support is for best-effort break fix. No more security patches. As for compatibility, hardware goes bad and when you can't buy a 10 year old replacement motherboard on ebay anymore, the new PCs will have stuff in it that XP will have no clue how to use and manufacturers don't waste development dollars/pounds making drivers for XP anymore.
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TheChin! wrote:
slatersteven wrote:
If it does the job why replace it?
The only reason is security and compatibility. For security, MS will stop making fixes for exploits. Even extended support is for best-effort break fix. No more security patches. As for compatibility, hardware goes bad and when you can't buy a 10 year old replacement motherboard on ebay anymore, the new PCs will have stuff in it that XP will have no clue how to use and manufacturers don't waste development dollars/pounds making drivers for XP anymore.
And at that point they may well replace. But whilst they still do then job why replace them?
 
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They spend so much time fucking about on computers that they barely have time to shoot people.
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Altair IV wrote:
They spend so much time fucking about on computers that they barley have time to shoot people.
With fully loaded fingers?
 
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slatersteven wrote:
TheChin! wrote:
slatersteven wrote:
If it does the job why replace it?
The only reason is security and compatibility. For security, MS will stop making fixes for exploits. Even extended support is for best-effort break fix. No more security patches. As for compatibility, hardware goes bad and when you can't buy a 10 year old replacement motherboard on ebay anymore, the new PCs will have stuff in it that XP will have no clue how to use and manufacturers don't waste development dollars/pounds making drivers for XP anymore.
And at that point they may well replace. But whilst they still do then job why replace them?


Well I would argue they probably don't do the job very well anymore.

There might will be websites that will not be accessible - XP will not run the more modern versions of IE. This means that if the Met require a new service written for their internal network that it might be more costly (web devs prefer to write to modern web standards).

One of the big brakes on organisations upgrading Windows is usually that they use some software that is incompatible with newer versions of the OS. ActiveX controls on internal web pages used to be a major brake for a lot of companies.
 
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slatersteven wrote:
With fully loaded fingers?


Whole grain.
 
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