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The Big Technical Mistakes of History 244

Posted by kdawson
from the seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time dept.
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."

Comment: Yes, I'd like the government as my ISP, please! (Score 0, Troll) 259

by The Gold Tooth (#29408717) Attached to: Is City-Wide Wi-Fi a Dead Idea?
Government at all levels -- federal, state, and local -- has done such a splendid job at whatever it's undertaken (public education, DMV, road maintenance, etc.), I think they should enter the ISP business too. With government's reputation for excellence in cost efficiency, product delivery and customer service, we're sure to get better ISP service from the government than we do today under private companies. Yea, government! So good, so great!

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