too many words by laura lemay


The F-16 fighter has kind of a UI issue. You use the same trigger, in a different software mode, both to mark your position relative to the ground and also to fire on a target. This resulted in a pilot last month accidentally strafing a middle school{.broken_link} in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.

Said the accident report, in a bit of understatement, “using the same trigger for both laser marking and firing the aircraft’s gun significantly increases the risk of human error and an unintentional gun discharge.”