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(BusinessWeek)   A mere 95% of ATMs in the world are still operating on Windows XP, but don't worry, your money is perfectly safe   (businessweek.com) divider line 11
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2014-01-17 12:34:48 AM  
3 votes:
If it's in a closed system, does it matter what OS it's running?
2014-01-17 07:43:10 AM  
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A mere 95% of ATM machines in the world are still operating on Windows XP, but don't worry, your money is perfectly safe

C'mon, subby
2014-01-17 07:40:56 AM  
2 votes:
I work IT in the ATM background industry (not for any major bank), so I'm getting a kick etc. etc...

The question I really have to ask is why Windows at all?  I would think Linux would be much better for systems that can run indefinitely without a reboot, more secure, and less prone to crashing.

In the case of the ones I pay attention to, it's because they have to run several peripherals for which the drivers are easiest acquired for Windows (a lot of these machines are not new enough to be using USB peripherals), so in order to run the card reader, bill validators, cash cassettes etc. in sync with the ATM software, all of which the makers seem to have only provided Win drivers for, Windows becomes somewhat necessary.
2014-01-17 09:18:49 AM  
1 votes:

walktoanarcade: Sure it can still do some cool stuff offline, but for new stuff?  Forget it. What a waste of time.


Planned obsolescence is alive and well.
2014-01-17 08:38:45 AM  
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Oldiron_79: abhorrent1: A mere 95% of ATM machines in the world are still operating on Windows XP, but don't worry, your money is perfectly safe

C'mon, subby

Grammar Nazis, I farking hate grammar nazis.


Man I hate grammar, nazis.
2014-01-17 08:34:29 AM  
1 votes:

slayer199: The question I really have to ask is why Windows at all?  I would think Linux would be much better for systems that can run indefinitely without a reboot, more secure, and less prone to crashing.


They'd have to complete rewrite their POS software to run on Linux along with all the systems that interface with it.  The cost and risks of  a complete rewrite probably isn't worth the benefits of running Linux.
2014-01-17 08:12:22 AM  
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optikeye: That might be safer than the new stuff that still needs patching.

The most unsecured OS is a new one that hasn't acid tested in the field for years and patched to completion.

I mean really how many times have seen 'new, new, OS" get hacked to death and there's a "New , new Patch".


Yeah, but by the time they get all the patches done, and you've tweaked it into submission, it's obsolete and they don't support it anymore.
2014-01-17 07:52:16 AM  
1 votes:
Chip and pin cards will finally be the norm here in 2015, so they'll have to upgrade those machines anyway.
2014-01-17 07:50:55 AM  
1 votes:
The thing that gives me money is not an ATM machine. That is an ATM.

Sasha Grey is an ATM machine.
2014-01-17 01:56:41 AM  
1 votes:
Microsoft will likely still continue to release emergency security patches for XP for years hence, just like they did with Win2K.
2014-01-17 12:53:42 AM  
1 votes:

BizarreMan: If it's in a closed system, does it matter what OS it's running?


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25550512  (just for one example).
 
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