...Or, they will (rightly) conclude that there is no intelligent life worth exploiting on this planet, and that is is therfore ok to destroy the planet to make room for an interstellar bypass.
To be fair, that was copypasta from TFA. And they carefully omitted the next sentence: "The manufacturer of the avionics board corrected this glitch in later software revisions. But alas, LightSail’s software version doesn’t include the update."
That still doesn't excuse a problem that would have been found by bench-testing the thing for a few days before sending it up. Nor does it excuse constantly appending one file to store data in an unattended system. Also, anything that JPL sends up has a backup channel that can push that little red button on the main computer. All they can do now is hope for cosmic rays to reboot it randomly. At least it's in LEO and not zipping off into interplanetary space.
In the meantime, the team is looking at several fixes to work around the software vulnerability once contact is reestablished. One is a Linux file redirect that would send the contents of the troublesome beacon.csv file to a null location, a sort-of software black hole. Lab testing on this fix has been promising—over a gigabyte of beacon packets have already been sent into nothingness without a system freeze.
Well, isn't that special. Now they test it. So if they can just link it to
Except that those weren't built into every wall of a house, and so were easy to replace. Good luck trying to rewire your house for anything that requires a larger gauge of wire or extra wires, if the wires are all behind sheetrock and run through studs on a slab house with no basement. And you'll also have to change all your plug outlets, because no electrical code is going to allow a completely different standard to use the same plug.
Sure, things change, but some things also don't change. The compact disc (both audio and data) is still with us, over 30 years later. Despite Blu-Ray, DVD is in no danger of dying off. Whatever new electrical standard you think could possibly happen would need to have good enough reasons to justify the time and expense of rewiring. Knob-and-tube wiring went away because of safety (no ground, fire hazard, you may not even be able to get insurance), and it was cheaper to install cables than to nail up a bunch of knobs.