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[News] Federal Aviation Administration Cracked for Using Microsoft Garbage

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FAA says Hackers broke into agency computers

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| Hackers broke into the Federal Aviation Administration's computer system last 
| week, accessing the names and Social Security numbers of 45,000 employees and 
| retirees.  



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| The FAA is implementing the Stratus servers, which use Intel Xeon 2.8
| MHz large cache MP processors and support the Microsoft Windows
|                                               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| operating system, at control centers in Atlanta and Salt Lake City.


FAA flaw reveals deeper holes

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| Most of the problem is that the FAA has just two computing systems, one in
| Atlanta and one in Salt Lake City, to deal with the whole of the US. There
| was no redundancy, or enough different computers and communication channels
| to handle the same workload in an emergency.
| If the FAA was a power company and it ran its operations in the same way it
| would be fined hundreds of thousand dollars a day.


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| According to an internal FAA document, the system, called the National
| Airspace Data Interchange Network, crashed on Thursday and caused in
| 134 departure delays. The Salt Lake City system also took over but had
| problems with the high queue level, the document said. The system also
| failed in June 2007.


Major Flight Delays Caused By Glitch, Dense Fog

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| AMR Corp.'s American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner acknowledged the
| computer troubles and said the nation's largest carrier experienced
| about 50 cancellations on the East Coast, with LaGuardia departures
| being hit the hardest.


No Windows Vista For Would-Be Air Traffic Controllers

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| The Federal Aviation Administration plans to bar contractors who administer
| the air traffic controllers exam from using Windows Vista-based PCs.


FAA May Ditch Microsoft's Windows Vista And Office For Google And Linux Combo

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| Bowen said he's in talks with the aviation safety agency's main
| hardware supplier, Dell Computer, to determine if it could
| deliver Linux-based computers capable of accessing Google
| Apps through a non-Microsoft browser once the FAA's XP-based
| computers pass their shelf life.


Can Google and Linux Topple Microsoft?

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| The story had a certain flair. In early March, the chief information
| officer of the Federal Aviation Administration, David Bowen, was
| reportedly considering forsaking Microsoft Windows and Office in
| favor of the Linux operating system and the Web-based Google Apps
| Premium office suite.

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