During the Shinkansen's 45-year, nearly 7 billion-passenger history, there have been no passenger fatalities due to derailments or collisions, despite frequent earthquakes and typhoons.
They wanted to use new APIs and features that are found in modern versions of Windows, in an effort to make IE suck less.
Use a different browser at work and IE9 at home, if you must.
Uhhhh why not simply detect the version of Windows and enable/disable based on support of features required? It's not hard to do. This is just Microsoft doing what any software company does - making you upgrade so that they'll make money.
You just don't like it because you can't actually refute it. The track records speaks for itself compared to Android.
Actually, I very much can refute it
The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting. -- T.H. White