posted on May, 4 2005 @ 10:09 AM
Speaking on behalf of all of us who make our living writing code.....
C'mon -- we're not that stupid. Anyone who wrote code that was THAT fragile would be out the door as soon as the quality control folks got
their mitts on it. Our salaries rely on us writing code that does NOT crash.
And unless you're dealing with a tiny company, whole teams of programmers work on software... not just one person. After they're done, the quality
control checkers get it and then the beta testers. And then the public.
Yes, you can crash individual programs if the code doesn't have good error checking and those can crash the system. Yes, badly written software and
web pages can be victimized by buffer overlfow exploits (but you have to give the command at the right point.)
Yes, there are hacks and tweaks. If you know the correct commands, you can use DEBUG to initiate the shutdown.
And yes, you could write one if you liked.
But in the industry, if you had a codeword that caused a crash, you would be out the door so fast your head would spin, and you'd have lawyers
snapping at your heels with lawsuits.