I have about a dozen machines in my house and most run XP. I don't need any of that damn UAC or the latest version of Office. I upgraded one machine to windows 7 because I didn't want to get stuck with 8. Everything is behind a firewall. I have tons of software that works perfectly well.
Millions of people have woken up to realize that they don't need a new computer. Replacements will be the only market now. Microsoft will die a very slow death. It might take a decade or more, but they are in decline.
Business buys volume licenses to give them the ability to install older operating systems.
I always wait a day to see if the freebie app will screw with my phone. If it does, it gets deleted and life goes on.
7 - 12 hr nights
7- days off
7 - 12 hr days
14 - days off (sometimes 4 - 8 hour days in that week)
So basically two hard weeks on shift, 3 weeks off (already paid) about ten times a year. Everyone does this gig for the shift and the time off. Work a holiday like Christmas? Double time and a half.
It is weird, but a very good gig.
Then I get seven days off.
There are many companies taking advantage of the naivete of internet users for their own advantage.
Why are we freaking out about all this? Like we're gonna stop driving and using electricity any time soon?
In 50 years I'll either be dead or senile and won't really care anymore.
The company brought in a robot and a huge 100% duty cycle mig welder. They made this massive jig that held 8 assemblies at a time. They had two people load and unload the jigs and about 200 people to do all the other assembly and packing. If they didn't have this robot, they wouldn't be able to make those parts.
Robots haven't been invented that can fit a gusset plate made of 3/4" steel that doesn't quite fit right because a guy hand made it in a 500 ton press brake. The plates would have to be clamped, heated and hammered with a 10lb sledge hammer to fit properly.
We had about 20 - 35 ton trucks on the assembly line at any given time. There is simply no cost effective way to make a robot do the tasks that these guys were doing.
Our network just got moved off the internet. It had some advantages, but legally I think we're now obligated to protect the scada systems as much as we can. The cardlock doors are coming next month
I like your idea. Be interesting to see if some enterprising geek could figure that out. I'd gladly pay for a service like that.