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From: Jeff Hellige <jhellige_at_earthlink.net>
Date: Fri Jun 22 18:55:48 2001

>Straying a bit off topic, can someone explain why the Navy, a branch of
>the US military, requiring rock solid, uncompromising stability in the
>systems that control their vessels, in their infinite procedural and
>compliance wisdom, would choose Windows NT to control battleships?
>Or was that just a sick joke? I know it wasn't, but I'd like to believe
>it was ;)

        If you're referring to battleships specifically, such as the
4 Iowa class, they've all been gone since about '94. I doubt NT had
much, if anything, to do with whatever micros they had onboard. Even
Enterprise didn't get the bulk of it's NT workstations/LAN until well
into '97. If you're referring to warships in general, yes it's sad
but true that NT appears in a few places that truly should have more
stability and security than that. LIke many other large networks,
the Navy's has been going towards a 'one size fits all' mentality.
Of course, we all know that type of thinking never works out.

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