OOPS! Air-burst Over San Diego

Nuclear weapons are often designed to explode high over a target in order to maximize the effects on the ground. San Diego put on a fireworks display that had a puzzling effect on the ground. They “fired all of their guns at once…”.

I did something like that once when writing a control-system. I had to complement all the bits going to the output registers to fix the problem. I lighted every lamp on the display except the ones I wanted. Bugs happen.

It would be interesting to know how this system failed. Presumably fireworks are automatically controlled with fail-safe systems. It would be especially interesting if this was that other OS failing spectacularly… or it could be testing of a new air-defence system by the US Navy…

see San Diego Accidentally Set Off All Its Fourth Of July Fireworks at Once – National – The Atlantic Wire.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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6 Responses to OOPS! Air-burst Over San Diego

  1. Wanderer says:

    It would be especially interesting if this was that other OS failing spectacularly…

    Let’s be real here. It would be just as interesting if it was the low rent Open-Sauce OS failing here.

    Pull your head out of the sand. Regardless of the OS used, this stuff is controlled by software made by companies from outside. Microsoft does not make FireWorks 2012 nor any other fireworks software past or present.

    Since some of the software out there uses CSV files to download the sequence to the firing stations, it could very well be Linux or MS.

    Hell… who knows, with all of the solar flares lately maybe a stray particle or three got through and scrambled the files.

    I can tell you this though: unless you get a job working for that particular company, you will probably never find out which of a couple of dozen commercially made systems they use, what OS, or what even happened.

    On a side note, I woulda loved to have been there, just because it reminded me of some of the much larger bangs I helped set up in the military. 😛

  2. kozmcrae says:

    Phenom wrote:

    “But it is always fun, and a good place to ridicule a loon.”

    You got that right, and there’s more than enough of them to go around.

  3. Phenom says:

    Ch wrote: “That’s in a nutshell why your blog has no credibility at all and won’t ever convince any Windows user coming along.”

    But it is always fun, and a good place to ridicule a loon.

  4. Chris Weig wrote, “Old Windows versions exist indefinitely, and you can use them to attack every Windows since then.”

    Ever interview someone for a job who reports that he messed up on his last five gigs? Would you assume the guy learned from his mistakes or pass him by? M$ has created bad IT for decades. No matter what they do cannot erase that. Why take the risk of buying a licence for anything they produce?

  5. Chris Weig says:

    That has been Mr. Pogson’s motto, ever since Windows “destroyed” his life.

    The rules of Mr. Pogson’s club:

    1. Everything is Windows’ fault.
    2. EVERYTHING IS Windows’ fault.
    3. If Linux is worse than Windows, the fight is over and a technical victory for Linux declared.
    4. Only compare Linux to some ancient Windows version.
    5. Always ridicule Windows’ unity, while praising Linux’s messy choice-fullness.
    6. Always compare a bare-bones Windows against Linux distributions, and count every application in the repository to the OS.
    7. Old Windows versions exist indefinitely, and you can use them to attack every Windows since then.
    8. If this is your first night at Mr. Pogson’s club, you have to attack Windows and buy an “M$” sticker for your car.

  6. ch says:

    Mr Pogson,

    when the mistake was yours, it’s:
    “I did something like that once (…) Bugs happen.”

    But if something written for Windows has a bug, then:
    “It would be especially interesting if this was that other OS failing spectacularly… ”
    it’s somehow MS’ fault?

    That’s in a nutshell why your blog has no credibility at all and won’t ever convince any Windows user coming along. But never mind, just keep on preaching to the choir 😉

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