375 - Windows-for-Cashpoints--Sucky-As-Hell

Mr Thiemann said research by the TowerGroup showed that 70% of new cash machines being installed were Windows based. > Mr Thiemann said research by the TowerGroup showed that 70% of new cash machines being installed were Windows based.</p>

</blockquote> So, installing a general-purpose, monolithic, **proven insecure** OS inside a cash machine that only has fairly minimal and specialised needs is a good idea? Like **hell** it is: get a small OS core in, add the bits you need, be happy. I wonder if the <abbr title=’User Interface’>UI</abbr>s are <abbr title=’Microsoft Internet Explorer’>IE</abbr> based? That would truly take the biscuit… These cash machines have already been affected by viruses, come on people, get some intelligence into your heads! Most of the new cash points I have used (i.e. ones with colours screens) have a far, far worse <abbr title=’User Interface’>UI</abbr> than the old ones. Getting £10 is akin to watching a badly executed flash movie. Get a life, ATM coders, we want simple things — I don’t like swirling lights when I’m drunk and trying to get money out for the taxi home [ahem, **hypothetically** speaking!]. Head hurts… [via BBC](http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3962573.stm)

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