• U.S. Navy Pays $9 million a Year to Cling to Windows XP

    August 1, 2015

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    Getting ready for that free update to Windows 10? Using the latest OS on your iPhone-Apple Watch-MacBook setup? Smart enough to have moved to a full-on Linux system?


    If you answered YES to any of the questions above, you are not the U.S. Navy. The Navy is still running Windows XP, a decent enough system when it came out in 2001, fourteen years ago. Fourteen years in computer time is like twenty million people years, FYI. Dinosaurs still roamed the earth when Xp came out. You probably aren’t driving the same car you had in 2001, are you?

    The choice to use the obsolete operating system costs the Navy $9 million every year, as Microsoft stopped providing free technical support and security updates for Windows XP over a year ago. Never one to leave a buck on the table, especially when it is a taxpayer dollars, Microsoft provided the option of continued support for XP for a price. That’s what the Navy has to pay for.

    For those keeping track, there are four versions of Windows that are newer than XP – Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and the soon-to-be released Windows 10. The Navy said it has plans to upgrade to one of those (oh sure, go for Vista!) by July 2016, but there’s a chance it will take even longer. Consequently, the Navy’s contract with Microsoft includes an option to extend the agreement until June 2017.

    “The Navy relies on a number of applications and programs that are reliant on legacy Windows products,” a spokesman for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command told CNN. “Until those applications and programs are modernized or phased out, this continuity of services is required to maintain operational effectiveness.”

    ProTip: Never accept a piece of custom software that is reliant on features in a current operating system. That is not smart management. Failure to future-proof software (remember the Y2K thingie?) is great news for contractors and poor planning on the part of government and business.

    And good news, while most of the Navy’s land-based computers have already been upgraded to newer versions of Windows, the 100,000 computers located on ships are the ones that still rely on XP. So sleep safe, America, your sons and daughters at sea are safe in the arms of the mighty XP.


    “Ah, Alpha two niner, this is Nimitz control. Any chance you can ask the Chinese to hold off that missile attack on our fleet? We have to reboot the air defense system, and you know how damn long XP takes.”





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  • Recent Comments

    • Karen Davis said...

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      Hey, it’s not just the Navy. My DoD office just migrated to Win7 last month, and much of the agency is still on XP, with migrations scheduled over the rest of the year.

      08/1/15 10:52 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      “[…] But there’s something you should know: As you read this article from your newly upgraded PC, Windows 10 is also spying on nearly everything you do.”

      http://bgr.com/2015/07/31/windows-10-upgrade-spying-how-to-opt-out/

      So maybe they can upgrade to Windows 10 and Bill Fucking Gates will let us know what they are doing.

      08/2/15 5:17 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      XP. Hahahahahaha….er… wait. I’M USING IT RIGHT NOW!

      I forgot. Two months ago, my Win7 machine died. I loved win7.. until I figured out you CAN’T stop MS updates. Even if you set the parameters for “allowing” them or not, MS simply raises it’s middle finger to you. The last update killed my computer. Fuck MS.

      Thing is, a long time ago my sister in law was our computer guru. She was a Fed IT specialist, who built computers for the USG. And, she had an enterprise CD for installing XP on an unlimited quantity of computers. She gave it to me years ago..and I just used it to get my second computer running.

      Thing is..I used to use my computer to run applications like Autocad. No more. All I use it for now is the net and Sketchup. And now…no updates. I like it. And..I can load it on as many computers as we need. Fuck ms. I’ll use XP till I die now. I’ll NEVER EVER buy another product from MS. They sold us out a long, long time ago. I remember the first time I heard about a “back door” for government spying. I couldn’t believe MS would do that. Ha! These lying sacks of shit would sell you out for a dime.

      As for the Navy’s use of XP… hahahahahaha! I guess that makes a mockery of Obama’s latest directive for all agencies/departments to do a “30 DAY SPRINT”, in regards to the OMB hack. I’ve got $5 that says it’ll take 3 years..at least. In fact, according to the latest info..DOD backslid -5%.
      https://www.emptywheel.net/2015/08/01/department-of-energy-cybersprinting-backwards/

      And now, he want’s the worlds most powerful “supercomputer” built. I’ve got another $5 that says they’ll name it 666. I’m just glad I ain’t gonna be around to see what they’ll do with it. Add in Artificial Intelligence..and autonomous robots/drones..and teh NSA.. well..you get the picture. Indeed.. even the brightest minds on the planet are calling for the restriction of AI used in weapons and computer systems. Their words will fall on deaf ears in the halls of the collectivist tyrant wanna be’s of the planet. Sooner..or later.. Orwell’s predictions will become full circle. Make no mistake. The promise of Digital WILL come back to bite us in the ass, if not become mankind’s demise.

      08/2/15 8:00 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Actually XP is probably the go to choice for those who are trying to formulate a way to ressurect a dinosaur- a truly bizarre aspiration.

      Bill Gates became a multi billionaire because he charged way too much for poor code His greed now allows him to play a divine benefactor for various social causes. What a creep.

      08/2/15 12:48 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      It won’t run every program, at least not smoothly, but for most users the answer is Linux Linux Linux. It is free and does not seek to spy on you (absent whatever hacks the NSA has inserted of course.)

      I use the Ubuntu version exclusively. The learning curve from Windows was about an hour.

      08/2/15 12:59 PM | Comment Link

    • Jay said...

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      Windows 10 is full of keyloggers and spyware for Microsoft.

      These features can read your activities. This is far more than metadata collection.

      Unless you have admin access you can never be sure these “features” are turned off on a Win 10 computer.

      Win Vista was unstable at the time of release. And it needed new drivers if you were running XP.

      Windows 8 was a joke of an user interface, and needed all new drivers if you were running a Windows 7 or Vista computer.

      So, the Navy is likely saving a bit by not upgrading everything to Windows 7.

      Once the spyware fiasco passes, I’m sure the Navy would consider Windows 10.

      08/27/15 10:52 AM | Comment Link

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