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# Introducing the NEW Tory 'World beating' Track and Trace system.
(, Tue 6 Oct 2020, 7:59, archived)
# Perfect.
Whoever thought running a national test and trace database using excel as a backend needs to be put into a cannon and fired directly into the sun.
(, Tue 6 Oct 2020, 10:03, archived)
Excel is the devil.
(, Tue 6 Oct 2020, 10:43, archived)
But very much this.
(, Tue 6 Oct 2020, 10:56, archived)
# And the worst bit....
From the BBC:

"To handle the problem, PHE is now breaking down the test result data into smaller batches to create a larger number of Excel templates. "

You couldn't make this shit up....
(, Tue 6 Oct 2020, 12:06, archived)
# Yikes.
That's the equivalent of licking your finger and sticking it back into the electrical socket.
(, Tue 6 Oct 2020, 12:30, archived)
# That'll be Public Health England then
Much as I dislike the serial incompetence of the idiots in Westminster, it's important to lay the blame at the right door, or things never get better. Many people in the NHS use Excel because the "proper" systems don't talk to each other, so they have to transfer data using CSV files and Excel. It's a shambles and a bigger problem than just this incident. It is down to years and years of mismanagement in the NHS and various governments.
(, Tue 6 Oct 2020, 12:08, archived)
# Remember that most of NHS Test and Trace is actually run by private sector companies
(, Tue 6 Oct 2020, 19:39, archived)
# Whether they are private or public isn't really the point, it's accountability that matters
Private companies like Google and Amazon don't screw up their platforms this badly because they have accountability. There is no accountability I can see in PHE or the companies they contract. They fuck up and get new contracts or promotion. You can't have this simple private == bad, public == good rhetoric as an excuse for the fuck-ups, I think it has a lot more to do with political interference, with halfwit ministers and civil servants with History and PPE degrees thinking that science and technology is easy and changing your mind every ten minutes has no impact.
(, Tue 6 Oct 2020, 22:55, archived)
# Top notch
(, Tue 6 Oct 2020, 14:41, archived)
# Oven ready.
(, Wed 7 Oct 2020, 15:09, archived)