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windows to run on 65% of ATM machines

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posted on Sep, 19 2003 @ 09:59 AM
"By 2005, 65 percent of bank ATMs (not including free-standing machines in places like convenience stores and casinos) in the United States will use a stripped-down version of Windows. About 12 percent of the machines will use the operating system by the end of this year, according to Gwenn Bezard, an analyst at market researcher Celent. "

Now I'm trying to figure out if this is just publicity hype or if Celent is for real. Windows CE is a piece of crap and everyone know how bad normal versions of windows are. They say that they want to go with windows because: "They would prefer Windows, a platform they consider "open" in that it is compatible with their internal corporate networks. Also, it's so ubiquitous that they can add features to all their ATMs without having to write multiple pieces of code for different machines. "

But that doesn't cut it because they were all running OS/2, the article says. That's pretty unbuitous. And designing features is trivial ... how many features do you want on an ATM machine? Sounds like someone wants to step up the ATM machine and ensure a greater degree of centralized databases and erode privacy...

edit- my fault.

[Edited on 19-9-2003 by ktprktpr]

posted on Sep, 19 2003 @ 10:04 AM
I think they figure peoples credit is bad enough already, so why not let hackers take control of ATMs too??? This has got to be a dumb idea. CE is crap. It is at least as bad, if not worse than, WIN ME which is the worst OS I have ever personally used. I have worked some with CE, but not in an up close and personal long term way, just as a techy.

Yup, privacy eroding and hackable databases is all this will be good for.

posted on Sep, 19 2003 @ 10:05 AM
They really havent heard about linux, have they? It is free and most stable.

Linux, made in Finland.

posted on Sep, 19 2003 @ 10:37 AM
I like Windows personally and most of the time I am forgiving of their gaggle of problems and bad coding, for they have provided a capable tool and fun toy for us all to share.

With that in mind, when I go to the ATM in 2005, I guess I'll be looking around until I find one of that other 35% which is not MS Secured. Security, even when MS takes the time to provide some, is still weak compared to real threats. Security should be left up to those that are professionals of security, and incorperate their services when and where they are needed.

Simply stated there are obvious reasons why:
Yugo "type" Vehilcles do not sell.
The First two Pig lost their Houses.
People invented locks.
The entrance to your house is a DOOR and not a WINDOW.

posted on Sep, 19 2003 @ 10:51 AM
is this the our ATM future?

posted on Sep, 19 2003 @ 11:54 AM

They really havent heard about linux, have they? It is free and most stable

It's never been about's about compatibility...

I'm sure they are looking to have MUCH more stuff on an ATM...likely online bill paying, streaming video of newsclips or the stock market, etc. and rather than write the code for all of that, it will be easier to do through Windows, or so they figure...

posted on Sep, 19 2003 @ 12:01 PM
The ATM I use most often ALREADY is Windows based... I know this because when I went there the other day the technician was doing some maintainence on it and had to re-boot it.

I commented on how much it looked like a typical windows "desktop" before the ATM screen kicked in to which he replied that it IS windows...

The owner of the store claims he's NEVER had a problem with it in 2 years. The one he had before this one was constantly on the fritz...

Go figure...


posted on Sep, 19 2003 @ 12:14 PM
I can see it now:

[Edited on 19-9-2003 by MrEisenhower]

posted on Sep, 19 2003 @ 12:20 PM

posted on Sep, 23 2003 @ 08:23 AM
I here that Gates and the gang are also getting into cell phone software. What might a Window's cell phone look like.

posted on Sep, 23 2003 @ 08:27 AM
wow that is the best looking blue screen of death i've ever seen

posted on Sep, 23 2003 @ 12:17 PM

I want to let people know that Microcrap DOES in fact spy on people. (sort of like on the movie Anti-Trust) Because for the past 2 days Whenever I load up messenger 6.0 I get this message "unknown proccess -234535 error" trying to connect throught my computer to random ips. I checked my comp top and bottom 3 times for any remote evidence of spyware/trojans/viruses and nothing... so then I edited all my user.dat files (which I know know are spy tools as well) And I have never recieve any messages or pings from IBM or micro# again

ps If micro# takes over ATMS I am keeping my money in a safe lol....

News - Bill gates donates 131 or something million towards malaria research in the east. hahaha nice publicity BILLY ... you earn more then that with one years interest!

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