Well, thats merica for you
That's why I hate foogin Dark-Ages ReligioRepukicans. My DAD was a real Republican, he was proud of it, I was proud of him, he would have hated what that party has become. One thing he used to be adamant about was the complete separation of Crutch and State.
I think a lot of the pushback historically has been that it will cost money. Corporations in this country (not all, but most) like to privatize their profits but socialize their risk. As long as the people of this country keep electing politicians that continue to allow it, we'll continue to have the problem. I'm interested to see what happens here as more and more people are continuously unemployed, and corporations try to work people harder and harder for stagnant or falling pay. Again, it's not everywhere yet, but if things don't improve we may have another labor movement here in the US in 20-30 years, maybe even sooner.
Un other words, the risk is all on US, and WE hafta pay for it when the ba$turd$ go BROKE...privatize their profits but socialize their risk
Exploitation is nothing new.
It's been happening ever since Humans walked on this planet -- one can argue even if you believe in the Book of Genesis in the Bible that Eve was exploited by Adam after the "Serpent" had done its business and the rest of us have been paying the price ever since.
Europe ---Late 19th early 20th cent Children working 12 - 14 hours a day in Coalmines / up Chimneys etc etc --- appalling standards of housing and diet around 1880's-1920's when "The establishment" should have known better, Absolutely POINTLESS loss of life in WWI (not WW II BTW) when 100,000's of young men died needlessly in places like The Battle of the Somme -- and to protect WHAT -- at WW I time the Germans weren't exactly a threat -- except though to "The Nobility" and established classes of France, GB, Russia etc . Even with a tiny bit of Air reconnaissance - there were a few available aircraft at the time even in 1916 the whole needless slaughter in the trenches in the Somme could have been avoided - but the pig headedness and ignorance of the Officers at that time who were chosen not on ability but Heredity / social status just exacerbated the whole pointless exercise.
The only thing you can say about WW I is that the politicians were even MORE HOPELESS which led eventually to WW II which also might never of happened if WW I had not taken place or been resolved quickly at the outset.
It's amazing the hypocrisy that exists now about "Ethical production" and the bleatings in the papers about the state of Factories in Bangladesh etc -- if there hadn't have been an accident nobody would have given a rats toss about it and Armani and stores like "The GAP" etc would be raking in the profits even faster than they do now.
Anyway enough of those politics -- there are other Forums for that.
Back to the point -- XP isn't going away any time soon whatever the support level will be -- in any case even when support does finally die away there are always some hobbyists around who'll probably get some pleasure making XP continue to work properly.
It's already done in the Mainframe environment where you can run the old MVS/370 mainframe OS on your laptop if you want to -- complete with TSO (the old Time Sharing Option) sessions and emulate the 4 colour 3270 terminals !!!.
(Screenshot enc -- uses the FREE Hercules 370 / 390 emulator and the public domain parts of IBM's MVS 3.8G OS !!!).
It runs jobs / prints etc etc. Compiles FORTRAN / COBOL / PLI etc. !!!
I can't see that XP would stop working for some reason. If it's used in dedicated devices that are not superseded and not used for general computing and internet access (or without controls), then I can't see why it can't go on for as long as required.
Iceland make-a good country for kicking bank-a-man out, and it make-a model for rest of world, but that still doesn't make-a oil to be a fossil fuel. The Earth make-a all by itself!!!
Banks are a sore point here -- we all make mistakes --but what I fail to understand is why haven't the citizens of Holland and England who live in those cities where the officials played "Casino" with the tax payers money arrested those people who should be serving serious JAIL TIME -- not the job of a Local authority to play "Stock market investments" -- its ONLY function is to provide the services for people in its judicial area -- doesn't need to MAKE money (or more importantly LOSE it) by playing the Markets.
Anybody with a bit of "nouse" would have seen that a small country of 300,000 people wouldn't be able to sustain a run on those Banks if they got into problems -- there isn't that much "exportable" material that could have supported a large run on the Banks which is what happened when the whole financial edifice came crashing down.
My experience though with businesses in the UK is that the bigger screwup you cause the bigger REWARD / Pension you get to walk away with. Holland treats "Failures" a bit differently -- not sure in the US - probably a bit of both - some get "Pink Slips" while others get their snouts in a very big trough. (Love to be a Football manager of an English Prem team say like Chelsea FC -- get fired after say 1 week and then get 15 million GBP pot to walk away with !!).
There's nothing wrong in USING resources --even (or perhaps especially) things like OIL -- it's how we retrieve it and whether we exploit other people in doing it. Business isn't EVIL by itself but it's how we use it --similarly Guns / Cars etc don't kill people -- it's PEOPLE using those devices.