BIOS is certainly less complex then set-top box :-)
Posted Oct 31, 2011 20:50 UTC (Mon) by khim
In reply to: Bwahahah
Parent article: The embedded long-term support initiative
Sure, BIOS updates sometimes fail - but that just means they were not designed to be constantly updated. Aforementioned set-top boxes are significantly more complex then BIOSes - yet they are routinely upgraded with no ill effects.
Actually another example fits as well: PS3 upgrades may be annoying because they routinely remove features, but situation when they break something they are not designed to break are exceedingly rare.
It's not hard or impossible to develop thing which can be safely auto-updated, that just means that you must severely restrict it. Complexity has nothing to do with the ability to reliably upgrade something. Diversity is the killer.
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