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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Here comes the black market for XP patches

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | April 25, 2014
"Hey buddy."

That's a lot of users. And we know what happens when you have something that's in short supply and with limited access with a large potential market, right? We're going to see a black market in XP patches.

Unless, of course, someone "generously" puts XP patches on BitTorrent. The problem with BitTorrented patches is that you can't really know whether you're getting the real patch or malware.

(Microsoft did not respond to a request to comment on the prospect of a black market for XP patches.)

Oh, I see just wonderful times ahead for people who've insisted on sticking with XP. Maybe it really is time to put XP to pasture and find a real alternative. Chromebooks, anyone?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was cutting-edge and 300bit/sec. was a fast Internet connection — and we liked it! He can be reached at


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