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Thursday, March 20, 2014

95% of the World's ATMs run XP. Only 40% have been upgraded.

So, something close to 60% will still be running XP after Microsoft drops support next month.

Why? Because it costs money to upgrade, of course. The banks and ATM owners knew XP's end was at hand --- everyone's known that for years --- but they did nothing, preferring short-term profits over long term security for their customers.

Jeebus. With stuff like this, the foreclosure fiascos, and crashing the whole freaking world economy in '08, is there anything laudable about modern banking? To me, it seems it's just greed, greed, greed.