Reading or writing code is a translation to/from the imagery which is the real "code". The imagery is the abstract representation of the solution and where the problem solving happens.
The UK fraud rate was much higher but chip and pin has helped bring it down to match US levels (in 2010 US cc fraud rate=.085, UK=.070, first time UK was lower)
It wasn't that many but the level of incompetence was astounding and nothing could be done.
For an average sized DC of about 250,000 sq ft and using 1,000 robots to replace 100 to 200 pickers/putaway people (still need packers and others), it would pay for itself after a few years.
If you have any experience with even medium sized software projects, you will realize it's a typo. They started coding this spring, of 2013, I doubt they even have 5 million lines. Maybe 500,000.
That site isn't that complicated and there's nothing new and innovative on it. If they brought in the right people and busted ass for a few weeks they could have an open source alternative built and tested.
Oh, ok, a few weeks? My largest project was orders of magnitude smaller than this project and you couldn't even complete testing in a "few weeks". I don't think you have any clue the complexity of this project or time required for large/complex projects.
Yes, people sometimes mispronounced it, but that is due to ignorance
Actually, the ignorance is people that aren't aware that it was originally called SEQUEL and then renamed to SQL. There have been various products over the years on various platforms with the SEQUEL name (80's and early 90's). The pronunciation has been both ways, although as time goes on there are many people like yourself that just aren't aware of the history and other pronunciation and so it continues to fade.