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Windows crashing and producing the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is seldom pleasant, or convenient. It's also seldom as conspicuously displayed as in the image below, which The Register found on Facebook late last week. By your correspondent's reckoning, that there is a five-storey BSOD. If you can't see the pic below, click …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Schiphol Airport.

    Every terminal display had a BSOD.

    That was fun and caused a few delays i can tell you as no one knew where/when their flights were leaving or arriving.

  2. AMBxx Silver badge
    Big Brother

    Ugh - Facebook Social Plugin

    Ghostery to the rescue.

    1. Doctor_Wibble
      Alert

      Re: Ugh - Facebook Social Plugin

      One of these days I might weaken and try that - for the moment though I get 'Server Not Found' due to telling my home-network DNS it is a master for that domain and its associated CDNs, thus ensuring that I never have to see such things unless someone thought it worth copying.

      I would do the same for Instagram but that just fails to work anyway, I have suspicions as to why (works without the www, with the www just fails) but due to the complete lack of any emotional trauma caused by such a tragically gaping void in my life this has somehow remained a non-priority.

      Speaking of gaping voids, the recommendation for a very very long time has been to never depend on third-party content remaining unchanged, because there are things which cannot be unseen.

      1. AMBxx Silver badge
        Paris Hilton

        there are things which cannot be unseen

        Anyone else remember the microsfot.com story reported by either Computing or Computer Weekly back in the late '90s? By the time the magazine was published the domain had been picked up by a porn site!

  3. Novex

    As the images below show, some digital signage at the airport was running Windows XP

    I'm not seeing any images from an airport...?

    1. Novex
      Thumb Up

      I've just come back and reloaded the page, and now the image for the airport signage is in place, so that appears to have been fixed.

  4. Mystic Megabyte

    huh!

    I'm not seeing *any* images.

  5. James 51

    Not a public fail but Windows 10 (Mrs is not keen on learning to use any *nix) ran an update last night and immediately went BSOD. Think it managed to corrupt it's own boot manager. Strange thing was is that if I went into the BIOS, didn't make any changes and continued to boot it was fine. Kept fiddling with the settings till it seemed to boot every time okay. Guess I'll find out if I get a slightly panicked call later in the day...

  6. Shadow Systems Silver badge

    It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

    I went to my bank, stepped into line for the external ATM, & just as the guy ahead of me made it to the front of the queue, the ATM screen showed a BSOD.

    Everyone in line turns to join other lines & gets to watch ALL the ATM's suddenly flashing up BSOD's.

    I go inside, try to approach the ATM in their lobby, & AS I'm walking to it the damned thing BSOD's. I turn in mid-stride to the cashier's & don't even make it five steps before I can hear the disgruntled grumblings of the other customer's as all the cashier terminals start BSOD'ing as well.

    I ended up having to go across town to a different bank's ATM's because ALL the branches of my bank were "experiencing technical difficulties".

    I later found out (to my horror) that damn-near EVERY financial institution's ATM's run either Windows XP... or in some cases... Windows 95 Embedded.

    It's enough to make you want to keep all your cash in a coffee can burried in your garden. =-/

    1. Charles 9 Silver badge

      Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

      "It's enough to make you want to keep all your cash in a coffee can burried in your garden. =-/"

      Only to find out your country's undergoing hyperinflation and all the cash you buried isn't worth the paper on which it was printed.

      1. nijam

        Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

        > ... your country's undergoing hyperinflation

        Very substantially less likely than a Windows security flaw, surely?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

          Depends in which country you live in. Anyway, if your money in a bank are in local currency, it won't save you from hyperinflation or sudden devaluation. They will lose value exactly like money in a can.

          ATMs too are more at risk because of skimmers and inside jobs than OS vulns.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Terminator

            Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

            Use Tupperware!

            Easier to achieve a waterproof seal, invisible to metal detectors and doesn't rust.

            Altogether better peace of mind than any M$ infested "to big to fail" loanshark.

            Tupperware doesn't "accidentally - honest" splaff all your dough to some random stranger in Macao on a random whim either. Whoopsie, looks like you've been identity thefted. Should have been more careful mate.

            1. nkuk

              Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

              I read a financial advice book recently that said you should keep a small percentage of your funds, a "crisis fund" as gold. Gold has survived as a form of currency a lot longer than any paper currency and is historically less prone to destabilization.

              Burying treasure in the garden sounds like fun!

            2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

              Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

              "Use Tupperware!"

              Isn't that an app for sheep farmers?

          2. TRT Silver badge

            Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

            You realise your coffee can secure holdings solution depends on Java, right? With Gnome on top.

          3. Charles 9 Silver badge

            Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

            "Depends in which country you live in. Anyway, if your money in a bank are in local currency, it won't save you from hyperinflation or sudden devaluation. They will lose value exactly like money in a can."

            Not if it's invested in a bank with a different currency.

        2. Marcelo Rodrigues

          Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

          In the "good old times" of hyperinflation here, in Brazil, we got "only" 60% each month.

          Yes, I wrote it right. Sixty (six times ten) percent each month. It went this way for about... 18 months, I think. Then it got better: about 20% (two times ten) percent each month. For about... dunno. Ten years?

          I'm from 1973. Until now, I have seen:

          Cruzeiro (may 1970)

          Cruzado (february 1986). One cruzado = one thousand cruzeiros.

          Cruzado novo (january 1989). One cruzado novo = one thousand cruzados.

          Cruzeiro (march 1990). One cruzeiro = one cruzado novo (no change in value)

          Cruzeiro real (august 1993). One cruzeiro real = one thousand cruzeiros.

          Real (july 1994). One real = 2750 cruzeiros reais.

          Funny, huh?

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

            Christ Marcelo! Sounds like your government is even worse than mine!

            Perhaps somewhat perversely, your post actually made me feel slightly less pessimistic. So thanks for that.

            B-D

            1. Marcelo Rodrigues

              Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

              "Christ Marcelo! Sounds like your government is even worse than mine!

              Perhaps somewhat perversely, your post actually made me feel slightly less pessimistic. So thanks for that."

              Tell me about. Things are "less worse" now. Only 10% this entire year - and only because of crazy spendings of Dilma Roussef's government. Yeah, this year we will close with "just" about 200 billion Reais in the red. With each US dollar equal to about 3,23 Reais... about 62 billion dollar in the red.

              And she wonders why we are getting her out...

          2. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

            I remember that the amount of money that bought a full sandwich, fries, coke, and a bar of candy in the beginning of the month, wouldn't even buy the bubblegum provided as change by the end of the same month.

            Oh yeah, an ancient Brazilian tradition, giving candy instead of pennies or dimes as change. In fact, the candy would accrue value over time, if you could pass it forward!

            We even devised a small tupperware-like container for our "currency" for a while.

      2. Bloakey1

        Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

        "Only to find out your country's undergoing hyperinflation and all the cash you buried isn't worth the paper on which it was printed."

        Having in the bank would be the same. Gold sovereigns hidden in the chamber pot under the bed is the way to go.

        I once had a very excited woman ring me up from that bank and tell me I had too much in my currant account and the bank would give me 1.25 percent interest if I put it into a savings account.

        I declined and used it all as beer vouchers.

        1. Kubla Cant Silver badge

          Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

          I once had a very excited woman ring me up from that bank and tell me I had too much in my currant account and the bank would give me 1.25 percent interest if I put it into a savings account.

          At least she gave you a raisin for using the savings account.

        2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

          Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

          "Gold sovereigns hidden in the chamber pot under the bed is the way to go."

          Under the bed, yes; chamber pot, no. Variation on throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

      3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

        "Only to find out your country's undergoing hyperinflation and all the cash you buried isn't worth the paper on which it was printed."

        Alternatively you might find that interest rates have gone negative so your buried money's worth more than it might have been in the bank.

      4. Clive Galway

        Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

        And how are you in any different a situation to keeping your money buried?

        At least if you keep it buried, you can withdraw 100% of it (Assuming nobody else found it that is). If the economy is that screwed that there is hyperinflation, chances are you wouldn't be able to get all your money out of the bank quickly enough (Too many queues, banks don't actually have everyone's deposits).

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

      I later found out (to my horror) that damn-near EVERY financial institution's ATM's run either Windows XP... or in some cases... Windows 95 Embedded.

      Not saying they're using them, but of course there are versions of XP Embedded that are still in extended support.

    3. herman Silver badge

      Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

      Also bear in mind that the interest rate minus bank fees of your buried coffee can, is likely much better than any bank offers nowadays.

      1. Bloakey1

        Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

        "Also bear in mind that the interest rate minus bank fees of your buried coffee can, is likely much better than any bank offers nowadays."

        I will raise you rust, rats and the neighbour wot <sic> saw you do it as equal economic threats.

        1. P. Lee Silver badge

          Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

          >I will raise you rust, rats and the neighbour wot <sic> saw you do it as equal economic threats.

          You'll need to get your shovel and go out in the dead of the night so your neighbour won't see you digging a large hole at the bottom of the garden. If rats are an issue - put the metal box inside the tupperware.

          1. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

            Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

            > If rats are an issue - put the metal box inside the tupperware.

            Or get some less-than-lazy-and-overfed cats.. (out of my 6, only 3 are hunters. One because he gets bored, two because they are ex-farm cats and learnt at an early age to feed themselves. Doesn't stop them expecting noms at home though..)

    4. David 132 Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

      It's enough to make you want to keep all your cash in a coffee can burried in your garden.

      Even that's not safe from techno risks - I hear many coffee cans these days have old Java on them.

      Update: D'oh, I see that "TRT" beat me to the punch with a Java joke. What can I say? My brain is slow today.

  7. Alien8n Silver badge

    NASA

    There was a photo doing the rounds a while back of a bunch of astronauts either on the shuttle or the ISS (think it was the shuttle) and the IBM Thinkpad used to control the life support systems was showing the BSOD

  8. Huw D Silver badge

    Not BSODs, but the Win XP(e)? based screens that Nottingham City Transport use for route information and CCTV display can regularly be seen with a "Your system is low on virtual memory..." dialog box obscuring the "Next Stop" part of the screen.

  9. Mr_Pitiful

    Heathrow

    A few years back, I was at Heathrow, can't recall which terminal, all the arrival 7 departure schrren were show XP rebooting

  10. GrumpyOldMan

    Stanstead Airport

    Stanstead had a fish pond projected onto the floor in Arrivals that rippled as you wanked across it. Last year it was a BSOD projected on the floor. And everyone was avoiding walking on it!

    1. Kubla Cant Silver badge

      Re: Stanstead Airport

      Stanstead had a fish pond projected onto the floor in Arrivals that rippled as you wanked across it.

      Bit public for that, isn't it?

    2. caffeine addict

      Re: Stanstead Airport

      Typo of the day, ladies and gents...

    3. Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese Silver badge

      Re: Stanstead Airport

      Many tadpoles in the pond by the time you'd finished?

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Stanstead Airport

      Stanstead had a fish pond projected onto the floor in Arrivals that rippled as you wanked across it. Last year it was a BSOD projected on the floor.

      Sounds like it was a bit of a toss-up as to whether it worked or not

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Holmes

      Re: Stanstead Airport

      <ping>

      Paging Dr Freud

    6. Joe 35

      Re: Stanstead Airport

      And everyone was avoiding walking on it!

      ======

      I"m not surprised !!

  11. Roger Kynaston Bronze badge
    Meh

    public BSOD

    The video ad screens on Underground stations regularly advertise the stability of MS operating systems.

  12. nkuk

    The funniest one I saw was an Embedded XP blue screen on a petrol pump, rendering the pumps useless. Why the petrol company decided they needed Windows on something as simple as a petrol pump I'll never know.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      It's like bacon!

      WINDOWS makes everything better!

      YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH WINDOWS!!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        true for bacon

        not true for whatever you've been using this evening :-)

    2. Spanky_McPherson

      "Why the petrol company decided they needed Windows on something as simple as a petrol pump I'll never know."

      I think the business case for running Windows on petrol pumps involves showing ads to people who have no choice but to stand in front of them for several minutes.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        re: showing ads

        "the business case for running Windows on petrol pumps involves showing ads to people who have no choice but to stand in front of them for several minutes."

        One day, perhaps people wanting to do that will think of a way of doing that in a way that doesn't have Windows as a pre-requisite.

        A relatively secure browser on a relatively robust OS might be handy, for example.

        Mind you, we're talking about people in and around the ad-flinging business here. It might be a long wait.

      2. Chris 125

        "I think the business case for running Windows on petrol pumps involves showing ads to people who have no choice but to stand in front of them for several minutes."

        Because petrol stations in the UK usually rig their pumps by removing the small catch that elsewhere in the world means you can lock the pump on and sit back in the car, or wander around. That little flippy catch at the back of the trigger is missing a part. And this was happening way before advertising happened on the pumps!

        My old Astra had a petrol cap that was the perfect size for jamming in the trigger. The pump will shut off when the tank is full anyway, so no risk - but it does mean the person queuing is convinced you're just wasting their time.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's not unusual..

    BSODs have been around for probably as long as that song itself - only the distribution widens.

    The more fun ones were IMHO when one B Gates was presenting :).

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Fail unsafe...

    A friend of mine (who will remain nameless), works for a similarly remaining nameless, but very large Asian electronics company.

    They have recently relocated to a new "state of the art" office which is kitted out with their latest office/home automation systems.

    Apparently the lift is controlled by a windows based system, and has a reputation for crashing, leaving anyone in the lift stuck... For hours... With no air-con.

    I expect a sudden increase in employee fitness levels as staff take to walking up and down a dozen storeys just to avoid the lift!

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: Fail unsafe...

      "the lift is controlled by a windows based system, and has a reputation for crashing, leaving anyone in the lift stuck"

      There are worse ways for a lift to crash.

  15. Lennart Sorensen

    Hmm, ftser2k.sys. I wonder if ftdi decided to do "nice" things to a a "fake" ftdi chip user. Wouldn't be the first time after all.

  16. Robert Helpmann?? Silver badge
    Alert

    The Elevator

    The Hyatt Regency Atlanta has advertising running on screens in their elevators. There's nothing like seeing a BSoD on the conveyance taking you up in the air 20-ish stories, but that's exactly what I got on the way to my room two years back. Their elevators are Willy Wonka affairs with a vertigo-inducing view of their atrium.

    1. Mr_Pitiful

      Re: The Elevator

      I still laugh when I think of the Holiday Inn, Cardiff

      No advertising as such

      http://www.schindler.com/com/internet/en/home.html

  17. Planty Bronze badge
    FAIL

    Shouldn't have bought that cheap FTDI eBay fake

    This is what happens...

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not real, but..

    If anyone has played Portal2....

    (which is not bad but doesn't have the minimalist charm of the first version, which just blows you away with a sarcastic nightmare scenario, while Portal 2 is technically super-brilliant but overegging it somewhat, a bit like Alien vs. the Alien* followups, but I digress)

    OPERATOR ERROR

    MOLTEN CORE WARNING

    An operator error exception has occurred at FISSREAC0020093:09 FISSREAC0020077:14 FISSREAC0020023:17 FISSREAC0020088:22 neutron multiplication rate at spikevalue 99999999

    - Press any key to vent radiological emissions into atmosphere.

    - Consult reactor core manual for instructions on proper reactor core maintenance and repair.

    Press any key to continue

    ...across all screens!!

    1. Charles 9 Silver badge

      Re: Not real, but..

      You start to see that around Chapter 8. It's meant to be a tongue-in-cheek way to inform you the facility's about to blow (tongue-in-cheek humor is signature to Portal). You can also see them on occasion with the user-made puzzles.

  19. Annihilator Silver badge

    WfS

    I don't think anything can top the "Windows for Submarines" thing that surfaced (ahem) a while back:

    https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/ukgovernment/tag/windows-for-submarines/

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Chilling

    Many years ago, I saw a fridge in John Lewis, with a BSOD on the screen embedded in the door.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nighttime blues

    Around 1999, I visited Alexanderplatz Berlin, after dark. As we entered the square, it was bathed in an eerie blue light. As we got closer, we realised it was a billboard sized BSOD.

    1. Charles 9 Silver badge

      Re: Nighttime blues

      The BSOD gets all the attention simply because it's so easy to recognize (well, that and red-X dialogs). But I do recall at least one instance of seeing an OOPS on a billboard.

  22. stucs201

    Advertising screens

    The one that slightly surprised me was on a two-sided advertising screen. One side had a BSOD, which in itself wasn't too surprising. However the other side of the same display was running fine. I can just about understand using a PC to run something which is just a display screen (easier to update content than with a simple TV), but 2 in one box? Surely it would be more sensible to run both screens from the same PC?

    1. Charles 9 Silver badge

      Re: Advertising screens

      Not necessarily. If it was an old setup, the graphics chips in them may not have had the oomph to drive both screens. Or the flip side was added later on.

    2. imanidiot Silver badge

      Re: Advertising screens

      I've had it happen multiple times to me on 2 display systems that a glitch causes a BSOD on the primary display, while the graphics card keeps displaying what was in the buffer? of the secondary display, making that seem just fine. Once the BSOD clears the graphics card also resets and the display disappears.

  23. Teiwaz Silver badge

    Museums...

    I don't think I've ever been to a museum without noting a percentage of their demo/instruction/looped video players have either a BSOD or merely pointlessly showing a useless generic windows desktop instead of what it should be running.

    1. Charles 9 Silver badge

      Re: Museums...

      How about on Self-Service food service kiosks? or ATMs?

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    That's why they should upgrade to Windows 10

    Out with the blue screen, in with the purple/teal screen with a smiley face. Because the millennials feel emotionally connected with emojis and whatnot.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I have seen Windows BSODs at ATMs

    I was very tempted to tinker with them, maybe cash would randomly fly out. But the security cameras around the ATMs made me think twice.

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