Forum OpenACS Q&A: Response to MS in Peruvian open-source nightmare

Posted by Talli Somekh on
David Walker writes: "...the smart ship program has continued and is scheduled for Phase II this fall."

Oh man. This shit is too rich. "Smartship", huh...

During the Kosovo campaign in 99, I remember hearing about a cruise missile that, uh, "missed" it's target.

What happened was that this missile was of the radar tracking variety. As it made it's way into Yugoslavia, it picked up a radar signal. The Yugo army, realizing a missile had locked onto a particular radar signal, shut that one off. The missile, being "smart", quickly picked up the next signal it could find and promptly smashed that signal's source.

Unfortunately, that signal was in Bulgaria (another country, for you kiddies who don't know the Balkans that well. Oh, and for DonB too.)

However, I must admit I don't what OS that missile and its systems were running. I bet the Bulgarians might know, though.

Of course, this episode must be a totally anomolous moment in military technology history...