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An "accountant and political economist" blames MSFT for not supporting Windows XP and for the Wanna Cry attacks

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Mockingbird    2,552

Richard Murphy who describe himself as "a chartered accountant and a political economist" thinks that Microsoft is excessively greedy for no longer providing free updates for Windows XP.

 

He lays the blame for the Wanna Cry attack at the feet of Microsoft.

 

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Second, Microsoft deliberately left the world at risk in pursuit of relentless profit. Windows XP was a strong and stable operating system that was more than adequate for the vast majority of the world’s business (and NHS) needs. It was only deliberate technical and commercial obsolescence that left it unsupported when many users had no reason at all to update because it very successfully let them achieve all they wanted of IT. This vulnerability to attack was, then, deliberately made possible by a company refusing to support a product simply to extract revenues from those who had no need to pay it.

 

Third then this situation arises because we live in a political economy that grants corporations that are effective monopolies (as Microsoft and other such companies clearly are) the right to hold us to ransom by refusing to support perfectly useable product that we have purchased, which refusal does in turn lead us vulnerable to quite literal attack, which has a wholly foreseeable consequence. The cost is very obviously to us all. The benefit is equally obviously to a very few.

http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2017/05/13/we-cant-run-the-nhs-on-windows-xp

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Nick H.    9,708

<Moved to Back Page News<

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+Fahim S.    1,086

If only he knew what he was talking about...

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xendrome    5,360

I describe myself as a "neuroscientist and astrophysicist" and I think this guy is an idiot.

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heslo    178

What an idiot, looking for his 15 minutes of fame for talking crap

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Anibal P    2,055

Hey look, another clueless "expert" 

 

Good thing the comments on his retarded post are calling him out on it, there is a bit of a lefty circle jerk going on, but he's getting corrected and he has no response to the facts 

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