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 Windows OS traps politician in limo, rescued by sledgehammer2003-05-13 16:03
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by Flemming Funch

Via BoingBoing. I had already noticed that news item about the guy being trapped by a crashed computer, but now that I hear that it was running Windows, I can't help posting it.
Thailand's Finance Minister Suchart Jaovisidha had to be rescued today from inside his expensive BMW limousine after the onboard computer crashed, leaving the vehicle immobilized.

Once the computer failed, neither the door locks, power windows nor air conditioning systems would function, leaving the Minister and his driver trapped inside the rapidly heating vehicle.

Despite the pair's best efforts, it took a full ten minutes before they were able to summon the attention of a nearby guard who freed the two men by smashing one of the vehicle's windows with a sledgehammer.

A report published in the Bangkok Post indicates that the vehicle was Mr Jaovisidha's own BMW 520 which was being used while his state-supplied Mercedes, was being repaired.

BMW's 7-series range uses a computer system called i-drive which has Microsoft's WindowsCE at its core.

It appears that Mr Jaovisidha narrowly missed being killed by the blue windscreen of death.
Somehow that just makes me feel very good. I don't know how anybody can be so crazy as to drive a car that depends on Windows to run. And even to start it and steer it, mind you.


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13 May 2003 @ 16:18 by martha : frightening
to think Bill Gates is everywhere. Next you won't be able to flush a toilet without paying him.  


13 May 2003 @ 17:27 by ming : Nightmare
Well, if he somehow had figured out how to make things always work, I'd wish him all the money he wants. But we're talking about mediocre products, designed by committee, full of holes, crashing for stupid reason.  


13 May 2003 @ 17:48 by martha : yes I know ming
which is why I have a Mac. And usually the only time my computer crashes is when a microsoft program such as word causes problems with other applications. GRRRRR... At least most of the programs i use and the operating system aren't softy.And now I'm going to have to check the operating system of the next car we might buy. (Actually Mark can since he is always cussing softy). I can cross BMW off my list. thanks.  


2 Jun 2003 @ 11:13 by John Gibson @66.80.152.115 : BMW 520 doesn't have Windows CE
Ah the anti-microsoft spin reaches another low... Trying to use the story of the BMW computer system that crashed to take a shot at Microsoft...

"A report published in the Bangkok Post indicates that the vehicle was Mr Jaovisidha's own BMW 520 which was being used while his state-supplied Mercedes, was being repaired.

BMW's 7-series range uses a computer system called i-drive which has Microsoft's WindowsCE at its core. "

Is this an intentional attempt to mislead? I haven't heard of the BMW's 7 series having an incident like this, what OS is in the 520? Java maybe?  



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