miércoles, noviembre 28, 2007

Desastres IT y tipos de programadores

En estos días en los que no me queda tiempo de hacer nada por las prácticas y por los exámenes de antes de navidad, he leido un artículo curioso en el que se enumeran los 10 desastres mas famosos en las IT (tecnologías de la información). link

Sin duda alguna, el que me ha dejado alucinado ha sido el siguiente:

1. Faulty Soviet early warning system nearly causes WWIII (1983)
The threat of computers purposefully starting World War III is still the stuff of science fiction, but accidental software glitches have brought us worryingly close in the past. Although there are numerous alleged events of this ilk, the secrecy around military systems makes it hard to sort the urban myths from the real incidents.

However, one example that is well recorded happened back in 1983, and was the direct result of a software bug in the Soviet early warning system. The Russians' system told them that the US had launched five ballistic missiles. However, the duty officer for the system, one Lt Col Stanislav Petrov, claims he had a "...funny feeling in my gut", and reasoned if the US was really attacking they would launch more than five missiles.

Y otro post que me ha parecido especialmente gracioso es el titulado 10 types of programmers you will encounter in the field No sabia que se nos pudiese clasificar de esta manera!