Her Majesty's Operating System

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2007 - 12:37 PM |
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The British Royal Navy is switching to Windows (for Warships) based on Win2K.  Now, before you start making BSOD jokes, consider what the navy has been working with.  The hardware was a pair of 24-bit, 1MHz machines with 25KB of RAM and took 4 people to take care of it, as the current software has a disturbing tendency to crash.  Plus the fact that you are entering code like "PE L5414.10N L00335.67E R6000 TMDA [INJECT]", pop up windows don't really sound so bad. 

Read more this move, and the tech it replaces over at The Register.

"This shift has already been heavily criticised. Nonetheless, BAE Systems subsidiary Insyte, the UK's sole provider of warship

command systems, has decided to standardise on Win2k (this was during the company's former incarnation as AMS).

The Type 45 destroyers now being launched will run Windows for Warships: and that's not all. The attack submarine Torbay has

been retrofitted with Microsoft-based command systems, and as time goes by the rest of the British submarine fleet will get the

same treatment, including the Vanguard class (V class). The V boats carry the UK's nuclear weapons and are armed with Trident

ICBMs, tipped with multiple H-bomb warheads."

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Source: The Register
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