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$1000 smart teapot discontinued (how will I cope?)
My favourite bit is when they talk about how they would have needed more time to "educate the market". Because clearly and people who didn't want a $1000 teapot simply lacked education.
tea  Technology  fail 
november 2017 by andrewducker
Rick And Morty’s worst fans don’t deserve Rick And Morty
It really bothers me that most of the t-shirts I've seen are clearly aimed at people who want to be Rick.
tv  fandom  fail  abuse 
september 2017 by andrewducker
A Failure of Intelligence - how the British Bomber Command failed to identify a massive German threat to their planes
Bomber Command told the crews that their chances of survival would increase with experience, and the crews believed it. They were told, After you have got through the first few operations, things will get better. This idea was important for morale at a time when the fraction of crews surviving to the end of a 30-­operation tour was only about 25 percent. I subdivided the experienced and inexperienced crews on each operation and did the analysis, and again, the result was clear. Experience did not reduce loss rates. The cause of losses, whatever it was, killed novice and expert crews impartially. This result contradicted the official dogma, and the Command never accepted it.
uk  history  fail  wwii  airplanes 
august 2017 by andrewducker
Second whole-class failure of Inverness College media exam
I would love to know how this happens. Do the teachers not understand what the exam boards want? Is there total incompetence on the part of the college?
Education  fail 
august 2017 by andrewducker
How economists rode maths to become our era’s astrologers
I remember reading an article where the author pointed out that the hallmark of good science was the discarding of failed theories.

And noting that economics never discards a theory.
history  economics  fail 
july 2017 by andrewducker
Photobucket Just Broke Billions of Photos Across the Web
I have no issue with them charging money for external hosting. But £300, on no notice, feels a tad mafia-like.
Amazon charges less than 10cents per GB for bandwidth. Photobucket will make a killing (if they can persuade anyone to sign up).
photos  web  fail  money  business 
july 2017 by andrewducker
It's reading posts like this that make me feel much more secure in my competence as a programmer
I remember a job interview where the interviewer handed me a page of printout from halfway through a program, and asked me to explain it.
I said "Well, this is a loop, and it's doing something with a 'salary' variable, and calculating tax in some way, but it's calling off to a function that's not on this page, so I'm not sure what. I'm sorry, I can't tell much more than that, what am I missing?"
And they said "You're the fourth person I've interviewed for this coding job, and the first one who wasn't lying about being able to program."
programming  fail  OhForFucksSake 
june 2017 by andrewducker
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