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  • brightshiningreflection brightshiningreflection May 1, 2005 11:55 PM Flag

    OT: MSFT and auto safety

    Pardon the OT post, but I couldn't help but comment on Bill G's push to get software into cars to prevent crashes.

    Is no one else out there as simultaneously terrified and amused as I am about the prospect of a Microsoft OS protecting cars from driving errors and collisions? Has Bill never seen a BSOD? I can just see the screen that pops up: "Your car is about to crash. OK? (yes or no)"

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    • <<<<
      Is no one else out there as simultaneously terrified and amused as I am about the prospect of a Microsoft OS protecting cars from driving errors and collisions?
      >>>>

      As seen in rear-view mirror:

      "WinBus has detected a critical brake application update. To update your ROM, you must pull over, turn-off your car, wait for the download to complete, then re-start your car before your update is recognized)"

    • Software is already going into cars, some of it Linux. I bet *none* is Microsoft's.

      In these litigious times, what sane car manufacturer is going to knowingly outsource development of safety-critical, real-time systems to a PC/entertainment company infamous for its buggy, crash-prone software. And if one does, what jury is then going to accept that that car maker couldn't reasonably have anticipated reliability/safety problems from Microsoft software, given their track record in the public conscious?

      Suicide by class action.

      • 4 Replies to jezlinux
      • Well, it could only work out better than it did in defense, when entire cruisers were rendered "combat ineffective"

        Where do you want to go today?
        Back to port:

        "The Navy began running shipboard applications under Microsoft Windows NT ...The ship had to be towed into the Naval base at Norfolk, Va., because a database overflow caused its propulsion system to fail,"
        h++p://tinyurl.com/bottj
        h++p://tinyurl.com/b67yn
        ad nauseum

        It's a matter of time before nuclear plants and medical instruments have Windows proposed as their OS.

      • I remembered this from a couple of years ago.


        Google this: bmw thai trapped


        Here's the first reference from my search:

        www.aardvark.co.nz/daily/2003/n051301.shtml

        ----------------8< Quote >8----------------
        Crashed Computer Traps Thai Politician
        Updated 14 May 2003

        Thailand's Finance Minister Suchart Jaovisidha had to be rescued today from inside his expensive BMW limousine after the onboard computer crashed, leaving the vehicle immobilized.

        Once the computer failed, neither the door locks, power windows nor air conditioning systems would function, leaving the Minister and his driver trapped inside the rapidly heating vehicle.

        Despite the pair's best efforts, it took a full ten minutes before they were able to summon the attention of a nearby guard who freed the two men by smashing one of the vehicle's windows with a sledgehammer.

        A report published in the Bangkok Post indicates that the vehicle was Mr Jaovisidha's own BMW 520 which was being used while his state-supplied Mercedes, was being repaired.

        BMW's more up-market 7-series range uses a computer system called i-drive which has Microsoft's WindowsCE at its core.

        Did Mr Jaovisidha narrowly miss being killed by the blue windscreen of death?
        ----------------8< Quote >8----------------

        =^^=

      • and it would not make a hill of beans difference to you if Msft saved your own ass one day.

        Were you born this way or did you evolve into this?

      • << Software is already going into cars, some of it Linux. I bet *none* is Microsoft's. >>

        You lose.
        www.aardvark.co.nz/daily/2003/n051301.shtml

    • Lends new meaning to the term "blue screen of DEATH"...

      • 1 Reply to fl_aggie
      • >>Lends new meaning to the term "blue screen of DEATH"...<<

        My point exactly. Several circles of hell below Alan Shepherd's recollection of what came to mind when he was flying the 1st US manned space mission. "It is a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract."

        Sort of worrisome to be driving a machine at 70 mph and worrying about the next trojan arriving via the Bluetooth communication system. Also new meaning to "trustworthy" computing....

 
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