martes, 24 de agosto de 2010

Who dares using Windows in a critical environment? (updated)

I just can't believe what my eyes just saw. You are telling me that a commercial plane (a real plane, the ones that take off from land at hundred of kilometers per hour carrying hundreds of people in them) had Windows running on one of its central processing nodes? You gotta be kidding me! Who dares doing something like that? Come on, people! We're talking about a life-or-death situation here, not the normal pop up that at its worst will nag me to hell asking me to date someone on the other side of the planet.

This begs the questions: Will there be consequences for the people involved in taking the decision to put Windows on board? Maybe consequences for Microsoft? Will there be prosecution for the guys who developed the malware for (unintended?) murder? Nice things to talk about in the following months, I guess.

Absolutely terrible.

From what I've read about it, Windows is not used on the plane but on computers used to get information from the plane. Unfortunately it's still part of the causes that generated the accident which had an outcome of several lives lost. Why was Windows used in the first place?

7 comentarios:

  1. Probably the most likely way the virus got into the computer was not an USB drive or something like that... it's far more simple: It's through Windows. Is it that difficult to say?

  2. How do you know it was Windows? I've been trying to confirm this but can't find anything on those details.

  3. Think about what PC-monitor Windows did two years ago to that Spanair airplane. It crushed killing 154 innocent people.

  4. Because of fear from reprisals, (in this case lost advertising revenue from microsoft) tech journalists refuse to call out windows when attacked by trojans, viruses, etc; only the microsoft ecosystem is synonymous with Malware. It doesn't take rocket-sci-entry to figure if malware was involved, then you can be sure a windows box was at the core. But it sure does take a lot of effort to hide it under piles of bullshit.

  5. @ pjcolon,
    Your inference is completely justified. We all know that malware malfunction = Windows.

  6. pjcolon, I agree completely. I just ask because I'd like to see this go beyond a personal inference and to publicly confirmed fact.

  7. @gnuosphere: I understand; dot the I's cross the T's. Have a reference to point at in an official capacity. In the case of Spanair, most tech journalists are looking at the crew (ground & onboard). A few of them, at the mainframe, yet malware seems to be the focal point and it's dismissed. It's like they're throwing excrement against the wall to see what sticks other than what it is.

    The London Stock Exchange had its problems with malware until migrated from microsoft ecosystem to GNU/Linux and that didn't happen until real downtime, loss of capital was publicized.