I’m always interested in cool things running Java, mostly because i’m a nerd, but also because it annoys people when I tell them how cool Java is and let’s face it – that’s a fair bit of fun in itself 🙂
Anyway, the Large Hadron Collider uses Linux, Java and other platforms with both Linux and Java playing a major role in the control systems. So, how does Java lead to the end of the universe. Well, of course that is a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ view of the legal challenge raised against the LHC where it is speculated that the LHC could create a variety of conditions leading to the end of us all (read more over at wikipedia). Let’s hope no one leaves a stray System.exit() in the code and accidentally destroy the universe – that really would be a poor programming practice 🙂
The list of really cool practical applications of Java and Linux technology continues to grow. It seems to me that the LHC is possibly the biggest machine ever created – are there others bigger?