Comparing a physical device costing tens of thousands of dollars whose defects can cost the lives of the user versus a piece of software costing $100 or less whose defects cause inconvenience to the user totally makes sense!!!!!111
Really? So a $100,000 medical device, robot in a factory, or SCADA platform running a $100 copy of XP (well, $200 if Pro, less if XP Embedded) can't "cost the lives of the user"??? I wouldn't want to be in front of a dental x-ray machine with a copy of XP that is now sending spam or worse, being used to cause harm to users... Ever hear of the Therac-25 accidents of the mid-80s? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...
Unfortunately, with Dreamspark tools above, there's no "just start coding & see what happens". There's no really basic / for kids "how to make fun little programs with Visual Studio" that come with Dreamspark. I don't see a child using a $60 book from SAMS or Microsoft Press ("Learn Visual Studio in 24 Hours!") as 1) the books aren't aimed for them, 2) the cost to buy one is at a price point questioned by most parents.
iPads are even worse... You can't program for them on them (not that you'd want to attempt such a thing with the on-screen keyboard) and you need an expensive Mac to do so, tethered to your iPad. (So there's no immediate gratification...)
Kids nowadays see what their computers are capable of--by playing video games that test the limits of their PCs. Why write a little program that draws some lines when the child could play a video game that's much more visually stimulating & engaging???
The reality is that a company with no such device experience (e.g. Amana, Kenmore, etc.) may contract out the security portion of the firmware to Cisco, but will Cisco continue to support the device's security for decades to come? In reality, people don't replace their home appliances, HVAC systems, and security systems all that often... I doubt Cisco is putting out many security patches for their devices from 1994, or if anyone even has the experience (let alone the desire) to create patches today for Linux 1.1.x security holes...
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Nuclear plants are not run like IT shops--and thank God for that...
XP, 2003 - max is IE8 (not affected)
Vista, 2008 - max is IE9 (affected, presumably most used version)
7, 2008R2 - currently at IE11, but many users still using IE10 (affected) since IE11 came out in November for this OS
8, 2012 - only supports IE10 (affected)
8.1, 2012R2 - only supports IE11
The problem is that we're talking about operating systems, web hosting software, network stacks, databases, device drivers, etc., that would need to be supported for, easily, 20+ years. Think back to 1994--what software that existed then is supported now??? NONE. So, imagine you buy in 2014 an IoT refrigerator full of the latest & greatest Android 4.4.x and/or Linux 3.13.x FOSS software--what sort of support would you expect for any of that in 2034??? Would you expect Amana, GE, Kitchenaid, Electrolux, Miele, Kenmore, etc., engineers to be fixing Linux 3.13.x kernel security holes in their 20-year old appliances? FOSS or not, as a consumer, I would expect that appliance to continue to work & not get bricked by malware that was deposited remotely...