Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Sep 2010 16:55 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... "Watch a Nasa shuttle burning a path into space or a video of Saturn's rings taken by the Cassini satellite and it's hard not to marvel at man's technological prowess. But the surprising truth is that space exploration is built on IT which lags many years behind that found in today's consumer gadgets and corporate PCs. To this day, Nasa still uses elements of technology that powered the moon landings of the 1960s and 1970s, while the International Space Station - the manned station circling the Earth 250 miles above our heads - relies on processors dating back more than two decades."
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RE[2]: Not good
by DigitalAxis on Mon 27th Sep 2010 23:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Not good"
DigitalAxis
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Yes, well, having watched various technology forums (especially Android phone forums, as of late) I'm amused at the people griping at software bugs. Yeah, we have our nice shiny fancy equipment, but there are always software flaws. That's where the "Do not use in mission-critical applications" line in EULAs comes from.

Meanwhile, when Voyager 2 started returning gibberish to Earth, some guy concluded an alien intelligence was responsible (probably a stray cosmic ray that flipped a bit in the wrong place)
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/291951
I won't claim that was a REASONABLE conclusion, but you rarely see such claims being made about our own personal computers.

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