Crash and burn

<jargon> A spectacular crash, in the mode of the conclusion of the car-chase scene in the movie "Bullitt" and many subsequent imitators (compare die horribly).

A Sun-3 {display screen} losing the flyback transformer and lightning strikes on VAX-11/780 backplanes are notable crash and burn generators.

The construction "crash-and-burn machine" is reported for a computer used exclusively for alpha or beta testing, or reproducing bugs (i.e. not for development).

The implication is that it wouldn't be such a disaster if that machine crashed, since only the testerswould be inconvenienced.

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