"During the last few weeks, the national police force,
of all thinkable organizations, has seen not one, but two
"Use of Microsoft products and sloppy system maintenance are
both pervasive enough that similar incidents are likely happening
right now elsewhere, somewhere near you too. The news reports about
the Norwegian police force's IT problems contained one item that
was particularly shocking to IT types like me:
"Apparently large parts of the bureaucracy that is responsible
for the confidential and correct processing of criminal matters and
all sorts of sensitive personal information associated with the
crimes runs essential services on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0.
"That version of the Microsoft product is so old it is
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