History’s Biggest Software Fails

Space: The final frontier. The vastly unknown and infinitely large. It’s been the cause for human curiosity since the dawn of time as man has gazed into the night skies befuddled by a darkness speckled with bright shining lights. It’s been the lifelong dream and even obsession of many great people to understand the mysteries of the universe. The foreign planets, millions of light years away, fill us with hope and simultaneously a visceral dread at the idea that we are probably not alone. Great fiction has arisen from the concept of space, where travelling to distant galaxies in search for life, survival or answers spurs explorers to places where no man has ever gone before.

A Fault in the Stars

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Industry 4.0: The Next Industrial Revolution

Streamlining production, increasing efficiency and decreasing costs of operation are top priorities for all companies. The advent of technology and the astounding developments that have and continue to take place are assisting businesses in achieving precisely these goals. The first industrial revolution evolved our labour force by mobilizing the mechanization of production through water and steam power. The second granted us mass production through electric power and following this, the third brought IT and electronics into the workplace to further automate the production process. In 2011, in Hannover, Germany, the computerization of manufacturing was demonstrated as the next industrial revolution and dubbed “Industry 4.0”. The industry of the future is here today.

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History’s Biggest Software Fails

The winter season, marked by warm fire places and over sized blankets that shield us from cold, snowy weather, holds a very special, very festive time of the year. Christmas time, where you dedicate the days to family and relaxation, where you overeat to the point of comfortable obesity. Christmas time where the faint glow of fairy lights create mesmerizing patterns on your walls and ornaments lazily rotate on pine trees. Regular life, for a few days, seems to come to a stand still. Until you realize you forgot to purchase a present for your brother, sister, mother, well, your entire family. You start feeling the pressures of last minute shopping in stores that resemble a post apocalyptic future with empty, messy shelves granting glimpses into the frenzy that took place days before.

How Amazon Stole Christmas

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Testbirds does CES Las Vegas!

For over forty years in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been hosting businesses that thrive in the consumer electronics industry. The popularity of the show has substantially grown and has now, with over 3,600 exhibitors and 150,000 attendees, turned into the leading global stage for new innovations and technologies that are introduced to an ever expanding marketplace. The event features a variety of industries that are shaping the current landscape of technology, such as Automotive, Computer Hardware/Software, Fitness and Health, among many, many more.

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Testbirds Holiday Apps: Halloween

In the midst of Autumn, characterized by dead leaves that stain a cold ground an auburn hue and naked branches which caress your periphery vision, lies October. While often considered a month of preparation for the cold days that grow darker by the hour to come, it’s also a time where we appease the spirits and celebrate the dead through a very special holiday. On the 31st of October falls Halloween, a time honored festival where for one dreadful night, people come together to dress up as their worst nightmares, blackmail their neighbours into giving them treats and engulf themselves in insomnia inducing activities and stories.

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History’s Biggest Software Fails!

Software bugs can often have dire consequences, as we’ve noticed time and again on History’s Biggest Software Fails. While we’ve covered everything from virtual pandemics to devastating medical consequences, a sector that is often affected due to malfunctioning software is finance. Today, we investigate how a software bug was able to cost a company $440 million in losses in approximately 45 minutes.

The Knight Capital Group Fiasco

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The Road to 100,000 Testers

Over the years, Testbirds has been growing at an astounding pace thanks to a team of highly dedicated individuals, a community that has been nothing but a pleasure to work with and astounding opportunities with some of the best clients in the world. Testbirds’ growth can be measured in a number of ways, but today we look at our tester numbers and can gladly say that we have reached a major milestone: 100,000 testers!

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Testbirds’ Healthy Computer Habits

Now-a-days, a majority of our waking hours take place in front of a computer. No matter the industry, a huge portion of the working force will find that they spend most of their office hours staring at a monitor. This sedentary lifestyle has led to numerous side effects that were previously unpredictable, which often have health implications. Today, Testbirds takes a look at three of the most common side effects as well as provides some tips that can lower the risk of computer-related injuries.

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History’s Biggest Software Fails!

Last time on History’s Biggest Software Fails we looked at The Heartbleed Bug, which has been dubbed “perhaps the worst vulnerability found on the internet”. Despite its wide reach and devastating effects for the online world, there are some software bugs that end up having such severe consequences that they can be measured in human lives. Today, we investigate how one such bug claimed the lives of at least five people and left over fifteen others with severe health complications:

The Cobalt-60 Disaster

Radioactive Material

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History’s Biggest Software Fails!

Previously on History’s Biggest Software Fails, we took the time to explore the World of Warcraft: Corrupted Blood Incidence. While the aforementioned software issue was more of a light-hearted inconvenience, today we take an in-depth look into a security bug that was so severe, that to this day its effects can still be felt:

The Heartbleed Bug

Image: www.heartbleed.com

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