An anonymous reader tips a PC Authority review of some of the biggest technical goofs of all time. "As any computer programmer will tell you, some of the most confusing and complex issues can stem from the simplest of errors. This article looking back at history's big technical mistakes includes some interesting trivia, such as NASA's failure to convert measurements to metric, resulting in the Mars Climate Orbiter being torn apart by the Martian atmosphere. Then there is the infamous Intel Pentium floating point fiasco, which cost the company $450m in direct costs, a battering on the world's stock exchanges, and a huge black mark on its reputation. Also on the list is Iridium, the global satellite phone network that promised to make phones work anywhere on the planet, but required 77 satellites to be launched into space."
Fred writes "Through education, we've improved our ability to understand one another and grow more tolerant towards racial, ethnic, political and religious differences. Today, we're finding it more and more difficult to distinguish between racist speech and intellectual discourse in academia. Below is an article on point, it discusses a recent University of Wisconsin Law School controversy: a student demands an apology from a law professor for his in-class commentary on race and our legal process. Title: "Is speech really free? www.racism.edu" The author contends that neither the Professor or his comments were racist and to determine otherwise and punish the scholar for his remarks is a threat to our educational learning process about race, tolerance and general cultural differences. Published in the Badger Herald Professor Kaplan allegedly said, Hmong men have no talent other than to kill and All second-generation Hmong end up in gangs and other criminal activity. Also, All Hmong men purchase their wives, so if he wants to have sex with his wife and she doesnt consent, you and I call it rape, but the Hmong guy is thinking man, I paid too much for her."