Nuclear Power and Windows

Something I found funny. Two years ago, Microsoft made a bit to supply Windows as the operating system to run a large percentage of power plants in the US. When the companies asked whether or not the operating system would be secure, Microsoft guaranteed a patch fixing any security issues within two weeks of a discovered vulnerability. The patch would be automatically downloaded, installed, and the computer would automatically reboot. My question. Do you really want a large percentage of power plants in the US rebooting at the same time? And what happens if the patch causes the computer to not be bootable? Could you imagine if an error crept into the patch that caused all the power plants that used windows to be unbootable? The second Tuesday of the month (the day Microsoft releases their security patches) could cause havoc on the already fragile US power grid. Thanks Microsoft, but no thanks!

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