Comparing closed firmware with general purpose OS is bogus--not!
Posted Jan 24, 2007 2:26 UTC (Wed) by ldo
In reply to: Comparing closed firmware with general purpose OS is bogus
Parent article: LCA: Andrew Tanenbaum on creating reliable systems
Only for your information, there are plenty of DVD players out there that are firmware-upgradable.
Sure there are. And there are plenty of operating systems and other such pieces of software that offer upgrades to new versions, too, where you can trade in your old bugs for new ones.
Which reinforces the point, that Tanenbaum's analogy that a common household appliance like a TV is somehow inherently more reliable than a computer or a piece of software, is false. As such appliances incorporate full working computers into them, running complex pieces of software, they inevitably become just as unreliable as our PCs. Nobody is immune to writing buggy code.
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