Planes, trains and cars...

By: Anna N. (a.delete@this.n.com), July 1, 2007 5:28 pm
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jschlossel (js@schlossel.com) on 6/29/07 wrote:
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>I cancelled my Dell order and Im really glad we dont Core2 processors running management
>systems in planes, trains, and automobiles.

Just two jokes (they are old, I know):
1. "It's soooo good we don't use PCs in planes, they would fall down if they 'blue-screened' during flight."
2. The mechanic and an IT specialist travel by the car and it breaks down; stops. The mechanic says "OK, I have to check the engine, check the electrical system and so on." IT specialist says "Hey, wait, why don't we just step out of the car, close the windows and lock it? Then it may start working again..."

What I find really funny in the above (and frightening in the Real World) is:
1. Well, planes DO encounter similar errors and they DO "fall down", they just don't crash every time it happens. And it is not from wear and tear, it's from non-mechanic design errors. I met a pilot that had about 30 years of experience on big passenger aircraft, regularly until 1990s. It was in 1990s when in the middle of a cross-Atlantic flight suddenly all the electronics (like compass, auto-pilot, navigation system and so on) went non-responding, so he was manually "driving" the next few hours, navigating in the night on lights of an aircraft flying before him, and requesting (manual-only) landing at the same airport.

2. My father had exactly the same situation 2 years ago, with a several weeks old car. When driving on a trip around the Europe, suddenly warnings started showing up, beeping, one seconds after another. He stopped and called the assistance immediately. They told him, don't laugh, "why don't you turn it off and press this, this and this button, then try to start again?". All the warnings disappeared and he was told not to worry about that.
We had similar, not that frightening but more irritating, problem with the car we had previously. It was generating some warnings about engine condition after every few weeks; they required going to an authorized repair center and "resetting the computer".

While the above car problems were probably software rather than hardware failures, the car CPUs are not general purpose hardware, their software is much more thightly integrated as a "system" and this "system" still behaves erratically.

Best regards,
Anna
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