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Old 07-06-2006, 11:13 AM   #1
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Default Microsoft will be the sole suppliers of ECUs for F1 starting in 2008.

http://www.speedtv.com/articles/auto/formulaone/27956/

I wonder what Clippy will say?

"To complete your application of the brakes, you will have to restart your engine. Would you like to restart now?"

At least something other than Sato will be the cause of crashes.




The above comments blatantly ripped from slashdot.
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Old 07-06-2006, 11:21 AM   #2
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it's just too easy to make jokes


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Old 07-06-2006, 11:25 AM   #3
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Tha article won't open for me so I haven't read it yet. If this was April 1st, I'd completely understand this post. This is just too weird. Have commercial interests totally replaced sensibility in F1?
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Old 07-06-2006, 11:32 AM   #4
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Bridgestone, Microsoft Get Exclusive F1 Contracts
Written by: RACER staff
Paris, France 7/5/2006

Bridgestone and Microsoft have been granted exclusive contracts to be the sole suppliers, of tires and ECUs respectively, of Formula 1 beginning in 2008.

The announcement was made following this Wednesday's meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris.

The move to a single tire supplier and standardized ECUs (Electronic Control Units, responsible for a car's engine management) is part of the FIA's radical cost-saving package announced earlier this year for introduction in '08. Both Bridgestone and Microsoft will supply F1 through 2010.

In the specific case of the Japanese tire company, its monopoly will go in effect already next year, as rivals Michelin are set to pull out of the sport by this season's end.

In addition, the WMSC also announced that due to a significant increase in cornering speeds in F1 this season, the sport's Technical Working Group will be consulted regarding possible measures to slow the cars down.
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Old 07-06-2006, 11:33 AM   #5
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At least something other than Sato will be the cause of crashes.
So true.
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Old 07-06-2006, 11:43 AM   #6
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McLaren company wins ECU bid

By Jonathan Noble Thursday, July 6th 2006, 14:48 GMT

McLaren Electronic Systems, an independent developer within McLaren's group of companies, is behind the successful bid with Microsoft to supply ECUs in Formula One from 2008, autosport.com can reveal.

Although the exact identity of the 'Microsoft MES' company that was announced by the FIA yesterday was unclear, sources have confirmed that the firm involved with Microsoft is McLaren Electronic Systems.

The company has been an independent developer of systems for more than 15 years, and supplies all the current competitors in F1.

Although MES shares its name with McLaren, and operates from the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, there are no direct links between it and the Formula One team.

MES's company statement claims: "McLaren Electronic Systems is an independent company of the McLaren Group of Companies. It is a leading exponent of the group's technical prowess and design philosophy.

"Its goal is to provide the automotive electronics customer with a complete range of products that are reliable, yet at the very limits of technology.

"Our reputation is built on a record of success obtained through our constant pursuit of excellence. McLaren Electronic Systems aims to become the world's premier supplier of advanced automotive control and development support systems where small to medium quantities are required."

MES supplies engine and chassis control units in all categories of motor racing, including F1, the World Rally Championship and sportscars.
It's not just Microsoft.
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Old 07-06-2006, 12:19 PM   #7
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Didn't F1 talk to Porsche before inking this deal??

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Old 07-06-2006, 04:31 PM   #8
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Old 07-06-2006, 04:43 PM   #9
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Didn't F1 talk to Porsche before inking this deal??

you stole my idea!
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Old 07-06-2006, 05:30 PM   #10
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At least something other than Sato will be the cause of crashes.
Not so fast: the first MS-F1 ECU virus will be nick-named 'MyDoom.Sato' or some crap. ... and will be delivered through a back-door hack using JavaScript, ActiveX, and a bobby-pin... ' ... made possible b/c MS code-weenies .. accidentally?? .. leave a copy of IIS on each ECU b/c it's 'too tightly bound to the OS to separate' (hey, they tried the same excuse during the browser-wars, remember!)



... yeah.. too 'techie' to be funny... oh well.
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Old 07-06-2006, 06:19 PM   #11
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... yeah.. too 'techie' to be funny... oh well.
Hehe, I almost got that... not sure what IIS is. Something to do with IE?
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pffthahaha, Aaah! My brain needs to restart now!

Oh,

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