Thursday, April 05, 2007

Belated Blogging: Great Moments in Computer Programming History

by Ken Houghton

Both Rob at LG&M and Mr. Trend at Alterdestiny (among others, including Randy Paul at Beautiful Horizons) discussed the 25th Anniversary of the Battle for Antarctic OilMalvinas War.

And no one has yet discussed the Exocet missile:
In 1982, during the Falklands [sic] War, Exocets became famous worldwide when Argentinian Navy Super Etendard warplanes used them to destroy Royal Navy's HMS Sheffield on 4 May and sink the support ship Atlantic Conveyor on 25 May. As well, an Argentine-converted land-based truck fired an MM38 Exocet (previously dismounted from the Argentine corvette ARA Guerrico) that damaged the HMS Glamorgan on June 12.

At the time, this was said to be a programming error of major proportion: essentially, since the Exocet was made by an Ally (the French), British defence systems identified it as "friendly."

As noted (h/t Teresa, in an incredible summary post at Making Light) here at Rule #1, " Friendly fire - isn't."

(coming as soon as I can access it, if it's available, an embed of the video for the Kinks's video of "Do It Again," which features an underground passenger reading the Sun with the headline "Argies Sink Three Ships," iirc)

Tom adds: See below, go to 4:46 — the video starts about 3-1/2 minuts in. It's "Argies Hit Three Ships."

Note for D.C. readers, you can see a bust of General Belgrano outside the Argentine embassy on Connecticut Ave., north of Dupont Circle. He's the namesake of ARA General Belgrano (née USS Phoenix), sunk by the submarine HMS Conqueror 25 years ago next month.

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