Killer Kangaroos

Mundane! Pointless! But I Must Share It:

I got an e-mail today warning against careless re-use of existing software. It described an incident where the Australian Air Force wanted to add wildlife to their flight simulations. The programmers modified the existing code which simulated ground troops firing on aircraft with Stinger missiles. They changed to soldiers to kangaroos but forgot to “disconnect” the firing function and, when buzzed, the kangaroos scattered, then regrouped behind a hill and fired Stingers!

It had all the makings of an Urban Legend but a follow-up e-mail gives us the Straight Dope:

http://defence-data.com/archive/page5933.htm

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