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Fukushima Nuclear Plant Warned for Using Windows XP



/ 2 years ago

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Wow, this is rather scary news. The Japan Times have reported that Tokyo Electric Power Co. or more commonly known – Tepco has come under fire from an auditor for trying to save money on their infrastructure by delaying their Windows XP upgrade despite windows XP costing 5 times more to run. The company has been using windows XP to run computers that suffered the triple meltdown 4 years ago in 2011.

“Tepco — effectively nationalized through a government bailout after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011 — was hoping to save ¥3.6 billion ($30 million) by continuing to run about 48,000 computers on Windows XP until 2018,”. The Japan Times wrote. “In a report last month, the Board of Audit warned the company not to be so stingy.”

It is now well over a year since Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows XP support, yet millions of computers are still running the 14 year old operating system. When the support ceased,  computers running Windows XP no longer receive new updates to their operating system and users can no longer download security essentials for the device too.

Microsoft made the push to leave Windows XP for major security reasons and urged end users to upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. However at this rate they may as well wait until Windows 10 is released, although they may need to temporarily use Windows 7 or 8.1 if they need to upgrade immediately.

Thank you to BGR for providing us with this information

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  • 12John34

    ….upgrading to windows 8…..
    …………………upgrading……………………
    ………………………….upgrading…………………………….
    ………………………………………………………upgrade completed.
    Restarting……………………………
    …………….booting……………………………….
    ……………………booting……………………………………..
    ……………………………boot completed.

    Meltdown! Meltdown! Meltdown! Meltdown! Meltdown! Meltdown! Meltdown! Meltdown! Meltdown! Meltdown! Meltdown!
    ABANDON PLANT.

    just kidding :p

  • Alistair Hardy

    The fact tha tthis one running XP would have had little impact on the disaster.

    Regardless, they should have upgraded aftet 3 years of the next OS being out.
    3 years is plenty of time for mayjor bugs to be ironed out andusers to get accustomed to using it at home.