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    Re: Boundary error case
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2008 Jan 10, 00:15 -0500

    Dan, you wrote:
    "The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter about a year ago hit an
    interesting bug in the navigation software, something we should all be
    aware of when writing navigation software."
    
    Paul Hirose mentioned this on the list some ten months ago. Here's the
    message:
    http://fer3.com/arc/m2.aspx?i=102216&y=200702
    
    I saw this story in a couple of different places, and I remember thinking at
    the time: why would we believe that this story is literally true? is the US
    military in the habit of issuing press releases on the details of software
    glitches? Although there was very likely some sort of software problem, I
    think that the specific longitude problem was merely an off-hand speculation
    from a media consultant. CNN and company have a bunch of retired military
    paid to speculate on whatever is in the news. If you check the "sources"
    listed on the Wikipedia page, you will find that one  of them is, in fact,
    the primary source of this rumor. It's a transcript from a CNN news program,
    and a retired general recounts the Raptor navigation software story. There
    is no other independent source for this story (the date line bug) that I
    have been able to find --just that one retired general talking from his
    armchair. The second "source" listed on the Wikipedia page says that there
    was a software problem, but it does not mention the longitude problem at
    all. So did it happen?
    
     -FER
    
    
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