The machines will be isolated and I'm sure they're going to be locked down, so as long as some mouth-breather doesn't decide to bring his iPod to work and hook it in to the sub then there shouldn't be any problem.
That said, I really hope that they have failsafe controls in place in case their retrofit goes bad.
I'm sure its will be as reliable as whatever they were using before, but I'm sure eventually, one day, somebody on one of the ships will get a BSOD and everyone will make fun of M$ for it. I was just beating them to the punch.
I've built many a computer and the only time I have ever encountered a problem was bad software or hardware conflicting with the fine and dandy OS. The problem is that people think Windows is so user friendly that you should be able to do whatever they want with it. /endrant
Anyway, I would love to see what they have done with this. It's a step in the right direction if you ask me.
This is so wrong at so many levels I am not sure where to begin. And it does not have anything with OS stability or anything related to computers, but rather human nature. Now any operator, unknowingly and due to serious neglect (or moment of dumbness, inebriation, or whatnot) can sneak aboard e.g. an USB stick with some porn or whatever, infected with some sort of malware. God know what it can do when it starts spreading. Before, with custom system, you simply did not have the possibility of consumer-grade viruses to roam through submarine computers. Now you have to implement and enforce just another layer of staff regulations that are, as always, prone to violation, just to be safe from something you had before as a given.
I agree with the guy above. Linux would have been the best choice... and I'm a windows/mac user. Free costs much less than even $.01 per OS. Oh, and you can pretty much tweak it to whatever means necessary. Not to mention, Linux is known for it's stability.
Linux: You only need to edit three configuration files and recompile the kernel source to get to the mission area. A scant twenty or thirty commands from the console. Easy!
OS X: Firing is as easy as either hitting the Command-shift-tab-5-backspace hotkey or finding the correct way to massage the mighty mouse. You can't aim that shot with current hardware, but that sub is gonna look great and that is all that matters.
I agree with the Linux comments. They could use off the shelf parts AND a free OS. They could even create a special distro.
[citation][nom]gm0n3y[/nom]Since when did Toms turn into a windows fanboy site anyways? I get that everyone hates Apple, but how does that turn everyone towards M$?[/citation]
Did you read the article on the future of the Desktop market? The Apple fanaticism was so pungent that people with ageusia could taste it.
To everyone speculating about USB drives, do you seriously think any of the designers would be stupid enough to leave an exposed USB port? And even if they did leave one open, what's to stop that same person from running a malicious script on linux or osx?