Wednesday, February 18, 2009

a disaster in the making

It seems that British nuclear submarines have moved to the Windows XP operating system. I can't believe Microsoft even agreed to this this. No one knows better than Microsoft how insecure their operating system is. I guess they aren't worried about liability though, and for good reason. Microsoft malfeasance in the form of un-freaking-believable security holes must have cost billions of dollars over the years, and as far as I know, they've never been sued for it once. Just the feature of having the computer automatically run whatever program is on a CD when you put the CD in the computer should have been enough to bankrupt the company. You have to wonder what morons were involved in that decision, and whether they are still making significant decisions at the company. Why not, I guess, since there were never any consequence for Microsoft.

But back to the submarines. Do you think anyone has told them that Windows is subject to more viruses and trojans than any other operating system in history? That it spends 95% of the computer's resources drawing pretty things on the screen instead of doing useful work? That Microsoft intends to stop supporting XP in the near future?

They claim that they went to Windows to save money. But if that's true, they could have saved more money by going to Linux. I suspect there is more going on here than just the technical ignorance of British admirals.

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