If computer designers and programmers are so clever why can't they design an escape button that works? It happens nearly every day... some program gets hung up trying to open a web page or carry out some other task and there you sit - stuck!
Escape never works (I think I've seen it work once out of hundreds of attempts). This is not a computer-specific issue. It's been a constant frustration for over ten years and with at least a dozen different platforms.
What is so hard about programming the simple function: whatever you are doing, STOP NOW and revert to a stabile, functioning status?