ATM apocalypse on April 8?

Well, that depends: “As XP nears its own demise, ATMs face potential crisis" (ZDNet.com)

If some of your worst, paranoid fears involve slotting your ATM card into your neighbourhood machine and then finding out that, lo and behold, every penny in both your Savings and Checkings accounts has mysteriously vanished without a trace—well, that may just become something to take seriously post April 8th say experts. 

For April 8th is the day that Microsoft will stop support service to one of their most popular operating systems in history, Windows XP. While around a third to a quarter of the world’s PCs are estimated to house XP, apparently 95 percent of the world’s 3 million ATM machines run on it.

Microsoft has said that it will continue to support security products through July 2015, however it has apparently issued a warning stating that “the effectiveness of antimalware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited.” India’s Reserve Bank (RBI) also issued warnings about the April 8th deadline.

But the Apocalypse never really goes away does it? It’s the ultimate monster under the bed. Science journalist Lawrence Joseph is a latter-day sandwich board man who recently released his new book Solar Cataclysm: How the Sun Shaped the Past and What We Can Do to Save Our Future [Harper One, 2012], about how one particularly nasty belch from the sun could plunge most of the Northern Hemisphere into mass, death-causing, darkness. — “Apocalypse Now (Here Comes the Sun)" in Information Week.
"The Boneyard," a site in Arizona where old, unusable airplanes are stored. See the story on Boing Boing: "Where airplanes go to die."

"The Boneyard," a site in Arizona where old, unusable airplanes are stored. See the story on Boing Boing: "Where airplanes go to die."