That is if this isn't a hoax.
I just discovered that I replied to a coward last night. I hope I learned my lesson and never post to Slashdot when I am tired.
How can users protect themselves from sometimes life endangering software bugs?"
Simple, with a car make sure it has a throttle cable and a clutch peddle.
I know I can hear it now, you can't buy a car with a throttle cable and you can't drive standard in a city.
If everyone stopped buying cars with throttle by wire, they would stop making them. The rest of the world drives standard in a city, you can too.
I see your point about the mindless zombies in today’s world. At least in the USA in the area I live grammar is horrible and driving is worse. They run stop signs read lights, and if no lines on the road will drive on the wrong side. On line marked roads they have rumble strips on the middle line to stop the head on accidents from people crossing over.
Personally I don't think this is because they are just driving and writing the way everyone else is, I think the problem is that people are lazy and don't want to expend the energy to do things correctly.
Because you didn't bother to log in you will probably never read this reply, but since I am not lazy I thought I would write it anyway.