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Top Ten reasons I'm sick and tired of Top Ten lists

By robo_dev ·
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//begin rant//

While perhaps David Letterman can make me laugh with his top-ten lists, is there some new industry that has to apply some arbitrary ranking to everything, and make it be exactly ten items or less?

Typically, the annoyance cycle starts where a somewhat misinformed author does some half-baked research on something he knows little about, makes some wild guesses about what others may have for requirements, then out pops a top ten list, like the excretion you find in a horse stall.

Even better are the lists that are blatantly biased, like the top-ten cars in the world by a writer based in Detroit seems to somehow make the Chevy Cavalier the best compact car in the world.....

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The Top Ten Lists seems to be an extension of the Top 100...

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Top Ten reasons I'm sick ...

It starts as "the Top 100" and then goes down to "the Top 10" this and that. Yep i can see why you have posted this. There are toooo many of "Top Ten" lists. Next there will be The top five, or in the case of Apple, top two. :)

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you are reading them wrong robo

by Jaqui In reply to Top Ten reasons I'm sick ...

they aren't lists of the latest and greatest, or even a list of must haves.

they are lists of the worst options possible

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Top Ten Reasons Why:

by robo_dev In reply to Top Ten reasons I'm sick ...

Wolverines make good Housepets
Windows should be the OS to control your Nuclear Power Plant
Microsoft FrontPage is the Tool of Choice for Pro Web Developers
Libya should be your next vacation choice

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There are 10 reasons for doing anything...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Top Ten Reasons Why:

01: I like it
10: I don't like the alternative

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RE: Windows should be the OS to control your Nuclear Power Plant

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Top Ten Reasons Why:

OK now you are officially scaring me. I know a little bit about Nuclear Power Plants and even with the little that I know I just understand without any explanation why Windows is so totally unsuitable for an installation like that. :0

Personally I wouldn't trust Windows to control a Liquid Cooling Plant for a CPU let alone something as important as a Nuclear Power Plant.

Just maybe one of those new Light Water Nuclear Power Plants where when you run out of Cooling Water the reaction stops would be reasonably/passably safe provided that it was housed in a Giant Triple Layer Swimming Pool that was rebuilt every second day it may be part way safe. Even then if I was asked anything about that I would insist that they replace the Windows OS with something a lot more stable and a dam side safer.

Even Low Level Spills from those reactors can be extremely dangerous and the idea is to avoid them all together not drain them into the local ground water and hide your mistakes.


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Not to digress into a Windows-bashing-exercise, but....

by robo_dev In reply to RE: [i]Windows should be ...

Note that part of the instrumentation/alarm failures on the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform were caused by computers that would go 'blue screen' according to one witness.

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I agree

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Not to digress into a Win ...

I don't want to get into a M$ Bashing exercises either.

But no matter what anyone says in Critical Systems controlling things where errors can not happen Windows isn't a option. Blue Screening is way too common and when this happens the results are not worth the effort of being around.

Not to mention if you are around the things being controlled it can be really bad for your health.

I just have this image in my head of a ICU in a Major Hospital being controlled by a Windows Environment. The Computer Blue Screens out and everyone being monitored and drugged dies.

Actually the last time I was at a Hospital in the ER they used Windows to print out the Patient Forms that the Doctors & Nurses filled in. They quickly ran off a new few pages for the Doctors with a report on Suspected Broken Leg for the Doctors to Action. Only problem was that they had a date of 1999 So I was asked what I had done 11 years ago and why I had the exact same injury. I suggested that they look at the Date on the system used to print off the forms. It was wrong and apparently everyone that night was not attending in 2011 but 1999. :^0

On the face of things it wasn't really a Windows Problem except that somehow the Unix Back End was being misinterpreted by the Windows Systems when they took their current Date & Time. A little thing but a potentially big issue a few years down the track when you get Paranoid Doctors & Nurses looking for Drug Addicts who are Hospital Shopping for Narcotics.


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To be fair, there are major screwups on all platforms

by robo_dev In reply to I agree

and Windows gets more blame, since it is more popular.

Years ago I overheard the receptionist at the doctor's office telling a caller 'I cannot check on that right now, our computer systems are down'.

On her desk was an Apple III. It was not powered on. I was tempted to offer to restore their computer processing capability by reaching over and flipping the switch on, but I did not.

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Top Ten Reasons Why:

Windows should be the OS to control your Nuclear Power Plant


Steps to fix said PC:

1. Reboot
2. Apply Updates
3. Reboot for 2nd time
4. Check core temp that is fastly approaching critical
5. quickly apply updates again and reboot
6. Watch in horror as it BSOD again
7. See the core temp is now critical
8. Scream "Oh Sh!t"
9. Place head between legs
10. Kiss a$$ good bye

On a side note, Win 7 has frozen up on me just about daily on my new laptop Time to go back to XP me thinks...

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Bwahahahahahahaha

No fair.... It censored me

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