WannaCry [OT]

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Mon May 15 19:05:17 CEST 2017


The 800 lb gorilla would died of a broken thigh-bone because while
a gorilla's height may increase in one dimension, its volume and weight 
will increase in
3 dimensions, and its bone cross-section in 2 dimensions, so its 
thigh-bones will not
be strong enough to carry its weight: hence King Kong being a celluloid-only
gorilla.

This may well be M$'s problem . . . .

Although the way Apple behave I cannot somehow see them in the role
of Fay Wray!

Richmond.

On 5/15/17 7:48 pm, Mike Kerner via use-livecode wrote:
> 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.
>>
>>
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