Category Archives: bug

24-core CPU and I can’t type an email (part one)

When software doesn’t behave as expected, it can be really difficult to find out why. In this case, someone experienced an odd hanging problem while using GMail on his powerful computer and decides to investigate. Read on for all the gory details.

…I was just engaging in that most mundane of 21st century tasks, writing an email at 10:30 am. And suddenly gmail hung. I kept typing but for several seconds but no characters were appearing on screen. Then, suddenly gmail caught up and I resumed my very important email. Then it happened again, only this time gmail went unresponsive for even longer.

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The machine Fired me

What happens when there’s things are fully automated with no manual override.
In the relentless drive towards cost-cutting and automation I won’t be surprised if we see more instances of such problems.

At least a year later, I can sit here and write about it without feeling too embarrassed. So that’s the story about the machine that fired me and no human could do anything about it.

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Hawaii missile alert: How one employee ‘pushed the wrong button’ and caused a wave of panic

Whoever thought it’s a good idea to put 2 vastly different scenarios next to each other with similar looking text.

Around 8:05 a.m., the Hawaii emergency employee initiated the internal test, according to a timeline released by the state. From a drop-down menu on a computer program, he saw two options: “Test missile alert” and “Missile alert.” He was supposed to choose the former; as much of the world now knows, he chose the latter, an initiation of a real-life missile alert.

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