New York Times ja mm. Computer World on tuoreissa artikkeleissaan käsitelleet Meksikonlahden öljykatastrofin taustoja. Erään teknisen johtohenkilön todistuslausunnon mukaan öljynporauksessa tarvittu tietotekniikka oli ollut kokolailla heikossa hapessa jo viikkoja ennen itse onnettomuutta. Niinpä nyt keskustellaankin siitä oliko Windows-järjestelmän blue screen of deathillä merkittäväkin osuus siihen, ettei ennakkovaroitusta katastrofin mahdollisuudesta saatu.
Problems existed from the beginning of drilling the well, Mr. Williams said. For months, the computer system had been locking up, producing what the crew called the “blue screen of death.”
----In his testimony Friday, Michael Williams, the chief electronics technician aboard the Transocean-owned Deepwater Horizon, said that the rig's safety alarm had been habitually switched to a bypass mode to avoid waking up the crew with middle-of-the-night warnings.
Williams said that a computer control system in the drill shack would still record high gas levels or a fire, but it would not trigger warning sirens, according to numerous reports, including stories published by the New York Times and New Orleans' largest daily, the Times-Picayune.
Williams, who has filed a multi-million dollar federal lawsuit against Transocean, also said that five weeks before the April 20 explosion, he had been called to check a computer system that monitored and controlled drilling.
The machine had been locking up for months, Williams said, producing what he and others on the crew called a "blue screen of death." "It would just turn blue. You'd have no data coming through," Williams said today, according to the New York Times' story.
“It would just turn blue,” he said. “You’d have no data coming through.”
Replacement hardware had been ordered but not yet installed by the time of the disaster, Mr. Williams said.