RE: Are You Sure? (Fri.)

Subject: RE: Are You Sure? (Fri.)
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005 12:48:33 -0500

How much would it have cost to run proper QA on the software before they
implemented it, in order to account for potential user errors? Several
thousand dollars?

This story goes in the same drawer as the metrically challenged Mars
probe in 1999, the Genesis probe's reversed gravity switches in 2004...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Posada
> Sent: Friday, December 09, 2005 12:33 PM
> To: List,Techwriter
> Subject: Are You Sure? (Fri.)
>
> There's never an "Are You Sure" button when you need one.
>
> Article in the WSJ tells the story of a major Tokyo brokerage house
> that will end up losing about $250 million because someone placed a
> trade for a stock, where instead of buying 1 share at 610,000 yen
> ($5,043), he placed an order for 610,000 shares at 1 yen, and the
> software had no way of stopping it...
>

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