[Beowulf] Wired article about Go machine

Joshua Baker-LePain jlb17 at duke.edu
Thu Mar 26 13:23:05 EDT 2009


On Thu, 26 Mar 2009 at 10:17am, Lux, James P wrote

>> From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org
>> [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org] On Behalf Of Joshua Baker-LePain
>>
>> Note that Leif mentioned medical equipment with embedded
>> Windows systems.
>> And he's right -- you're not allowed to touch the software
>> build on those without getting the new build approved by the
>> FDA (at least, not if you want to use said equipment on real
>> live patients).  And those machines are generally networked
>> so that the data (images, e.g.) can be uploaded.  It is very,
>> very scary.  Why anyone ever made the decision to run medical
>> equipment on Windows (over the screams of the engineering
>> team) is utterly beyond me.
>
> Not to be a MS fanboy, but it should also be recognized that Windows 
> Embedded is a different animal than consumer Windows. Or, more properly, 
> Windows Embedded CAN be made a different animal.  It's up to the system

I should have clarified that when I said "embedded" above I didn't mean 
"Embedded".  The equipment I was obliquely referring to was running bog 
standard XP.  *shudder*

-- 
Joshua Baker-LePain
QB3 Shared Cluster Sysadmin
UCSF
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