WannaCry [OT]

Mike Kerner MikeKerner at roadrunner.com
Mon May 15 12:48:25 EDT 2017

First and foremost, you might expect M$ to be able to deliver an OS that is
backward compatible, since they are the 800 lb. gorilla in this
conversation.  They put out the specs that all the hardware vendors built
to, before they decided to change the rules and go in a direction that
broke everything.  When all the hardware vendors were screaming, was M$
trying to build a compatibility layer?  No?  It's similar to what Apple
does every time they change the connector for their phones, just on a much
more severe level.

On Mon, May 15, 2017 at 12:28 PM, Richard Gaskin via use-livecode <
use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:

> Mike Kerner wrote:
> > Unfortunately, there are very expensive pieces of gear that have
> > controls on them that for one reason or another cannot be controlled
> > by OS's newer than XP.  I happen to have one, here.  It cost
> > $750,000.  There is no dealing with the OS issue without replacing
> > the control, and that is also extremely expensive, on the order of
> > $400,000, so you would not replace the control without replacing the
> > whole unit.  M$, when they decided to dump the XP paradigm, just like
> > when they got rid of DOS, broke upgradability for ATM's, machine
> > tools and CMM's, X-Ray and MRI machines, PBX's, etc.
> All systems eventually reach end-of-life.  If a vendor has enough
> technical expertise to deliver hardware worth $750k, it seems reasonable to
> expect that expertise would include sufficient familiarity with system life
> cycles to anticipate a need for modular upgrades.
> --
>  Richard Gaskin
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