Eircode cost the Irish government EUR38m
The C&AG has said it is not clear that the €38m scheme will achieve the data-matching benefits the Government had hoped.Well, that’s putting it mildly.
(tags: eircode fail ireland costs money geo mapping geocoding)
Let a 1,000 flowers bloom. Then rip 999 of them out by the roots
The Twitter tech-debt story.
Somewhere along the way someone decided that it would be easier to convert the Birdcage to use Pants which had since learned how to build Scala and to deal with a maven-style layout. However at some point prior Pants been open sourced in throw it over the wall fashion and picked up by a few engineers at other companies, such as Square and Foursquare and moved forward. In the meantime, again because there weren’t enough people who’s job it was to take care of these things, Science was still on the original internally developed version and had in fact evolved independently of the open source version. However by the time we wanted to move Birdcage onto Pants, the open source version had moved ahead so that’s the one the Birdcage folks chose.(cries)
(tags: tech-debt management twitter productivity engineering monorepo build-systems war-stories dev)
Cabel Sasser on Twitter: “From a “cash for phones” ATM in the mall (in maintenance mode): @daveaddey finds the most amazing UI ever created. http://t.co/0qKg68wHjQ ????”
Amazing. This is what happens when embedded software engineers make a UI, in my experience
(tags: embedded-software ui ux design graphics windows the-horror omgwtf atms)