[Am-info] FWD: MS Windows to control new U.S. Navy aircraft carrier (no
Thu, 10 Aug 2000 13:11:52 -0800
<GROAN!> From Declan's politech listserv. --jim
>Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 10:09:19 -0700
>To: Declan McCullagh <email@example.com>
>From: "A.Lizard" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: W2000-powered aircraft carriers (this is not a joke)
>'Son of Windows' to control carrier
>>"The Navys next-generation aircraft carrier the symbol of
>>American military might around the world will rely on a
>>futuristic version of Microsoft Corp.s Windows operating system
>>and other commercial technologies for command and control."
>>"Microsoft Federal Systems will help design the ships IT
>>architecture based on the companys Windows 2000 platform. The
>>commercial off-the-shelf software solution includes a three-year
>>commitment by Microsoft Consulting Services for technical support
>>during the ships software design, development and deployment.
>>Actual construction of the CVN-77 will begin in 2001."
>>"The software will run the bulk of the command and control
>>systems in the three "decision centers" being designed into the
>>CVN-77s architecture, said Brian Roach, Lockheed Alliance manager
>>for Microsoft Federal."
>>"The CVN-77 win is a key triumph for Microsoft in the defense
>>industry, because it sets the stage for the companys
>>participation in the Navys long-term, three-phase future carrier
>>design program. "This is not just the one ship. It will decide
>>the architectures for the next three ships," Roach said.
>>"Microsofts agreement also includes a back-fit program for seven
>>other carriers, bringing the total to 10."
>>They tried this in Windoze NT with the USS Yorktown... which had
>>to be *towed home*.
>>I mentioned this to a friend, who returned a rumor that the
>>sucker was towed home *twice*.
>>Looks like some dickheads don't learn from experience. It's also
>>too bad the Three Stooges aren't still around, I can imagine what
>>they'd do with the idea of a warship at sea gone blue-screen.
>>obT: wall-to-wall blue screens in CIC in the middle of a serious
>>attack... after which the survivors get to try walking home.
>>obT2: the US Navy literally taken out of business by a handful of
>>obT3: Saddam Hussein reading about this and deciding that the
>>Libyan armed forces need to upgrade to Windows 2000 in order to
>>win the technology race.
>I don't think I need to explain to you why I posted this to
>alt.tasteless ... but the idea of a US Navy that has supercarriers
>which are credible targets for script kiddies is something that's of