August 20, 2003
Blue screen of megadeath

Slammer worm crashed Ohio nuke plant net

They use Windows to run nuclear power stations? That's insane.

Posted to The Internet by Simon Brunning at August 20, 2003 01:32 PM

Would it be any better if it was an IBM operating system, say OS/400? Or have they re-branded that as well recently?

If it's any consolation - in another life and a long time ago a colleague did some consulting to British Nuclear Fuels (or whatever they were called) and they were implementing a smart card access system for a nuclear plant on Windows. Which meant that if it blue screened you got stuck inside - nice.

Posted by: Andy Todd on August 20, 2003 02:27 PM

Yes, Andy, it would be *much* better.

I've been working on the '400 for nearly fifteen years (sob), and while it's not the most exciting OS around, it's *rock* solid. I've seen exactly 1 (one) OS crash, and 2 fatal disk failures during all that time - for most of which I've been aware of the status of several boxes.

To get better reliability than a '400, you need something *special*, like a Stratus box or the like.

Posted by: Simon Brunning on August 20, 2003 02:46 PM

I gotta agree with Simon here, The AS400/iSeries is NOT exciting, it's NOT cutting edge, it's NOT a machine to play games on or to draw pictures on. It's boring, but reliable is always boring.

It is reliable, it's a rock solid machine ranging from PC size to mainframe, the hardware is pretty much bombproof and the operating system OS400 is the same. I can't remember the last hardware crash.

If you have 20 million customers it is the machine for you. If you want a buil;t in database, itls for you. If you want GUIs, flash, music etc. it's not for you.

And, I've never heard of one being hacked or hit by a virus. I'm sure I'll be pointed at some articles soon to prove otherwise, but I've never seen of heard of it.

Posted by: Stevan Rose on August 20, 2003 03:03 PM

No blinkenlight, no purchase order.

Sorry guys ;-)

Posted by: Andy Todd on August 20, 2003 07:29 PM
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