The last line of the article is the "icing on the cake": Authorities fixed the issue by installing a pirated version of Flash at 4:30 a.m. the following day.
Charming `til the end.
It's a blessed respite for Microsoft's wares today as it appears that it is Java's turn to disgrace itself on platform 1 of Newcastle upon Tyne's Central Station. In this case it is the Java Platform SE binary that has fallen over. The version of Windows on which it is running looks decidedly old hat to us, and eagle-eyed Reg …
I'm assuming that the second train is actually for (Sunderland and) South Hylton, rather than another South Shields service, as that would seem a bit of a suspiciously large gap in service for that route otherwise (it's a frequent service metro, after all)?
On the other hand, Geordie is home to many loan words, some bastardised, from the Viking invasions, so bork fits right in :-)
Also, just for clarification, that sign isn't related to mainline trains nor "Central Station Platform 1" as non-locals may know it. That would be the one above ground. The sign relates to the Metro system which is underground inside the City. There have been no mainline trains to South Shields since the Metro was built about 40 years ago. The above ground station has 12 platforms and needs numbers. The underground Metro station only has two platforms and I'm not sure they are actually numbered.
Nothing wrong with using Java here. platform agnostic and plenty of people available who can update the application if needed.
But a PC running Windows? Why when there are a multitude of small embedded computers available running your choice of more robust OSes that can easily handle such a simple task.
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