Linked by Adam S on Wed 9th Jul 2008 12:59 UTC, submitted by Caffeine Deprived
Windows Even if you love it, there are some things for which Windows is clearly a silly solution. Richard Stiennon lists 10 of the worst uses of Windows he's seen, including using it to display a static green arrow over the open TSA security lanes at Detroit Metro.
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ncc4100
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2006-05-10

Along the same lines as the featured article, the scariest place I read where Windows was used was to control mission critical functions aboard the USS Yorktown in 1998. Windows crashed and the ship was dead in the water.
http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/1998/07/13987

While the actual cause wasn't specifically windows' fault, this problem just underscores the fact that more mature operating systems such as Unix and embedded systems such as VXWorks should be used for controlling mission critical functions.

Hopefully, the military has learned from this experience. However, the cynic in me thinks not.

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