[rescue] ham gear

Charles Shannon Hendrix shannon at widomaker.com
Sat Dec 3 20:11:20 CST 2005

Sat, 03 Dec 2005 @ 17:18 -0500, Steve Sandau said:

> >>Just wait.  In a few years a submarine will ground and no one inside will
> >>know Morse and people will die as a result.  It's inevitable.
> > 
> > 
> > In the next heavily industrial war, many thousands of soldiers will die
> > because of short-sighted use of technology in military systems.
> > 
> > It is downright scary how poor the software our military depends on can
> > be.
> > 
> Yeah. Start with the fact that most of the soldiers' software is MS-based.

True, but there are plenty of open source packages out there which are
crap as well. I call it "open sores" software.

The bigger problem there though, is just mis-application.

The move to COTS for everything has hurt too, I think, and so has the
push for "one size fits all" solutions like Java, Windows, or any
situation where they try to do every job with just one tool.

Initially it was felt this kind of thing would save money.

No COTS software or hardware is completely right for a job as custom as
what the military needs.  That means they have to spend money
integrating all this stuff together, and configuring it for the work
they need.

I believe this costs *MORE* than custom vertical applications in at
least a significant number of situations, and is very hard to make as
reliable and well focused as a custom job.

shannon "AT" widomaker.com -- ["Tara is grass, and behold how Troy lieth
low--And even the English, perchance their hour will come!"]

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