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Now like me, you must have read or seen those news reports of that Trident missile going off course the other week. I guess in the big scheme of things, if ‘The Donald’ hits that big red button, just a few off target, wont amount to much. We will all be nuked & fried anyway. Apologies to be a little dark there!
Any idea what systems all that Trident stuff is based on?
I am sure that you might think that I was winding you up, if I said it all ran on ‘Windows for Submarines’. At this point you are thinking I have had an evening on the Belgian Triples. Well you would be wrong, you can thank BAE Systems and the Royal Navy, for that snappy title. The official name is ‘Submarine Command System Next Generation (SMCS NG)’, but pretty much how I have described it. It apparently took just 18 days to knock it up apparently. I have not got the price tag of course.
If I had £50 for all my friends, clients and work colleagues that rave about Macs, Linux and even Ubuntu, I could retire by now.
Would Microsoft be your goto software supplier, if you were manufacturing something like this? Nuclear weapons are a bit of a critical thing aren’t they? Back in the day I have worked in a mixture of development teams and also with external ones. I have always asked myself, if these guys were providing software for airlines, would I feel confident, flying on that stuff?
Having seen the bleu screen of death a few times, I wonder what that would mean for the planet, if we had one at a crucial time. Maybe we should be keeping Microsoft for Home & Office.
Follow the link here to learn more - https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/ukgovernment/2008/12/17/windows-for-submarines/
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