In 2007 a Chinese company sold a sofa model with an inappropriate label after their translation software translated the Chinese characters for "dark brown" as "n***er brown".โ€ฆ
Facial recognition software can be successfully fooled by wearing Juggalo face paint. It throws off the softwares light contrast and depth perception, causing it to misidentify the jawline and eye area.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Mesquite, Texas which in 1976 attempted to ban anyone under 17 from going to an arcade. Alladin's Castle (Bally) sued the city and eventually prevailed in a case that went to the Supreme Court. Years later, the city became home to id Software which created Doom/Quake and popularized PC gaming dungeonsanddreamers.pressโ€ฆ
John Carmack (founder of "id Software" known for his work in the development of Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein) was arrested at the age of 14 for helping a group of children steal Apple || computers using a mixture of thermite and Vaseline to melt the windows to break into the building.โ€ฆ
It's impossible to program truly random sequences, due to all software being completely deterministic, which results in all pseudorandom sequences ultimately being recursiveโ€ฆ
The longest-running software product line for Microsoft is Flight Simulator, predating Windows by three years.โ€ฆ
In a 1993 press release, id Software had written that they expected Doom to be "the number one cause of decreased productivity in businesses around the world". Doom indeed became a problem in workplaces like Microsoft and Intel, and educational institutes like University of Louisville.โ€ฆ
The 2020 Bentley Continental GT has 92 computers and 2300 electrical circuits controlling 100,000,000 lines of software code; 15 times more than a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.โ€ฆ
In 1986, two Pakistani brothers based in Lahore wrote one of the worldโ€™s first PC computer virus to protect their program from piracy. When the virus got to the hands of American researchers, it spawned an entirely new breed of software, the anti-virus program.
There was a time when video games and other software were stored on cassette tapesโ€ฆ
Duke Nukem's original developer, Apogee Software, feared they would be sued due to the Captain Planet and the Planeteers animated series featuring a character with the same name. They renamed the 2.0 version of its game Duke Nukum because of this. It turned out the name was not registered.โ€ฆ
The earliest recorded use of LOL as an initialism was for "little old lady" in the 1960s. During the Apollo mission, ferrite cores were used as transformers and acted as either a binary one or zero. The LOLs created the required software by weaving together sequences of one and zero cores.
In parts of India, coconut tree climbers earn more money than software engineers.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Terry A. Davis, creator of the free operating software Temple OS. Diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early 20's, Davis created the software because he stated that God commanded him to. He was able to finish most of the software by himself before his untimely death in 2018.โ€ฆ
The San Francisco font was created by Susan Kare for Apple Macintosh computers in 1984 and originally mimicked the "ransom-note effect" (juxtaposed typefaces that appear as if words or letters were cut randomly from magazines). It was used in early Mac software demos and Apple company fliers.โ€ฆ
Computerized software that can read lips from video footage has allowed reconstruction of the dialogue in Eva Braun's silent home movies of Hitler at the Berghof.โ€ฆ
Bill Gates predicts that the growth of instructional software will replace textbooks. However, in a 2018 survey of college students, the trade publication Library Journal found that 75 percent say that reading print books is easier than e-booksโ€ฆ
The reason a software wizard is called wizard, is because there used to be software experts nicknamed wizards that helped users to go trough tasks, and the name stuck when the wizards became part of the softwares themselvesโ€ฆ
Bill Gates' mother, Mary, knew John Opel, CEO of IBM, because both served on the national United Way committee. At Mary's request, Opel set up a meeting with Bill Gates, CEO of then-small software firm Microsoft, to discuss the possibility of using PC-DOS for IBM's about-to-be-released PC.โ€ฆ
Pre-installed software took up 45% of the Samsung Galaxy S4's 16-gigabyte storage.โ€ฆ
Farmers in USA are hacking their John Deere tractors with Ukrainian firmware, which seems to be the only way to actually *own* the machines and their software, rather than rent them for lifetime from John Deere.โ€ฆ
Microsoft Flight Simulator is the longest-running software product line for Microsoft at 37 years old, predating Windows by three yearsโ€ฆ
WYSIWYG, a computer software acronym, was inspired by Geraldine Jones, a character created by comedian Flip Wilsonโ€ฆ
Adobe has developed a software that can detect Photoshoped images/faces with 99.4% accuracyโ€ฆ
Due to a software glitch, in February 2007 six USAF F-22 fighter aircraft had their systems simultaneously crash mid-flight when they flew over the international date line.โ€ฆ
Not one year has gone by since 1983 without brand new commercial software written for the NES. (skip to 34:15 for a summary of how)
Standard QWERTY keyboards are used in China. Chinese users are familiar with the sounds that Latin letters make, and they type in the way their characters sound when spoken out loud. Software then translates the sound they typed into a Chinese character.โ€ฆ
Write-only memory is a joke among computer and software engineers. Initially there was no use for a memory circuit from which data could not be retrieved. The first use of the term is generally attributed to Signetics in 1972 and is featured in the Apple IIe Reference Manual.โ€ฆ
The Wii U actually didn't have that bad a launch, despite overall sales figures. In fact, on Dec. 31st, 2012, Nintendo announced that it had sold 3.06 million units worldwide with 11.69 million software units sold.โ€ฆ
The characters in Pixar's Cars were modeled in CAD software, as with real cars, before imported into other 3D software for animationโ€ฆ
Apple was fined $9 million in Australia because it misled hundreds of Australian customers by โ€˜brickingโ€™ their iPhones in a software update and then denying them repairs. The customers were informed they were no longer entitled to a repair because they had used a third party to fix their devicesโ€ฆ
Today I learned about how we test toxic chemicals without using animals: instead, we use data mining software to mathematically predict toxic effects based on the molecule's structure.โ€ฆ
David Cook, the founder of Blockbuster, started out supplying software to the oil and gas industries, but his wife made him enter the video business. He began by operating a franchise of Video Works, but when they refused to let him decorate his shop in blue and yellow, he went independent.โ€ฆ
Planned obsolescence is illegal in France; it is a crime to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product with the aim of making customers replace it. In early 2018, French authorities used this law to investigate reports that Apple deliberately slowed down older iPhones via software updates.โ€ฆ
In 1999, Steve Jobs showed off a PlayStation 1 emulator as upcoming software for Macintosh computers. He even proudly demonstrated Crash Bandicoot 3 running on the emulator.โ€ฆ
In the 80's/90's, a computer virus called 'Cascade' infected computers and caused all text on screen to cascade down to a heap at the bottom of the screen. In response to this, IBM developed their own anti-virus software.โ€ฆ
Microsoft in 1998 was so concerned about free software /open source projects getting more popular and reliable that created a memo to define strategies against them. Those are called the "halloween documents" since those has been leaked on halloween day.โ€ฆ
Dennis Ritchie who invented the C programming language, co-created the Unix operating system, and is largely regarded as influencing a part of effectively every software system we use on a daily basis died 1 week after Steve Jobs. Due to this, his death was largely overshadowed and ignored.โ€ฆ
In South Korea it is illegal to sell phones with unremovable software that is not critical to system operation or maintenance.โ€ฆ
The last song on the US version of Ok Go's sophomore album is a track titled "9027 km" which consists of a 35-minute recording of frontman Damian Kulash's sleeping girlfriend. It was put on the album to pad out the cd and prevent the label from adding extra DRM software.โ€ฆ
In 2005, a guy named Doug Heckman read the EULA before he installed some PC software. The agreement included a clause offering 'financial compensation' to licensees who actually read the license agreement. He emailed the company, referred to the clause and the company sent him a check for $1,000,2817โ€ฆ
A software developer rigged the lottery software he coded in several states, so he would know what the winning numbers would be 3 days per year.โ€ฆ
In 2017 over 100 lawyers made a combined 775 predictions about the outcome of legal cases and were correct 66.3% of the time, AI software with the same data correctly predicted the outcome 86.6% of the time.โ€ฆ
Italy fined Apple and Samsung โ‚ฌ10m and โ‚ฌ3m respectively for releasing software updates which deliberately slowed down their phones, thus encouraging new purchasesโ€ฆ
Adobe holds patents to PDF, but licenses them for royalty-free use in developing software complying with its PDF specification
The first virus to hit computers running Microsoft's operating system came in 1986, when two brothers in Pakistan wrote a boot sector program now dubbed "Brain" - purportedly to punish people who spread pirated software. It displayed the phone number of the brothers' computer shop for repairs.โ€ฆ
Advanced robotics startup RoboKind is working with up to 50 school districts to subsidize $500,000 in software development education.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Ben's Game. Ben Duskin was a Make-A-Wish kid with leukemia, and his wish was to develop a game about fighting cancer. After getting several offers, Ben worked with Eric Johnston, a software engineer from LucasArts. The game was finished and made available for free in several hospitals.โ€ฆ
The Xerox Star, introduced in 1981, was the first computer with a graphical user interface. It cost a whopping $46,000, and due to the high price and limited software was a commercial failure.โ€ฆ
Back in May 2016, in order to show the absurdities of software EULAs, the Norwegian Consumer Council did a live, word-by-word, non-stop reading of all of Apples and 3rd party EULAs on an "average" iPhone. It took them over 32 hours.โ€ฆ
Some malls in Los Angeles have vending machines that serve caviar. Prices range from $5 to $500. Each machine costs about $85,000 โ€“ including hardware, software, security and maintenance โ€“ and has about $50,000 worth of inventory inside.โ€ฆ
John Carmack would ask for a medium pepperoni pizza from Domino's Pizza almost every day, during his time at id Software, and it was even carried by the same delivery person for more than 15 years. Carmack is such a regular customer that they still charge him 1995 prices.โ€ฆ
Event storming is a system to model a computer program with multicolored sticky notes. The idea is to bring together software developers and domain experts so that they may learn from each other.โ€ฆ
UPS drivers don't take the shortest routes. UPS has special software which optimises each route by eliminating as many left-hand turns as possible. As result, UPS claims it uses 10m gallons less fuel, emits 20,000 tonnes less carbon dioxide and delivers 350,000 more packages every year.โ€ฆ
The original confirmation boxes in software which we now have as "OK" and "Cancel" were originally "Do It" and "Cancel" but were changed because in the initial testing users thought the software was insulting them by calling them a "Dolt".โ€ฆ
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore started an Organization called Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children with the goal of designing software to help save children from human sex trafficking. Since then, it has already helped law enforcement identify thousands of victims of human sex trafficking.โ€ฆ
MIT researchers were able to capture sound from a soundless video of a chip bag using a high FPS camera recording. All sound causes objects to vibrate and using advanced software, they were able to match the vibrations shown in the chip bag to the respective audio frequencies.โ€ฆ
TPS reports in the movie Office Space are actually a thing in engineering firms, as the actors were portrayed as software engineers.โ€ฆ
Some Police Departments actually have the "enhance" software for images/videos and it was developed by NASAโ€ฆ
Id Software made a prototype PC port of Super Mario 3 and showed it to Nintendo, who declined permission to fully develop it, leading to them making Commander Keen, which then lead to them being able to publish Wolfenstein 3D, and finally lead them to creating DooM.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Rope Memory where women would weave SOFTWARE by hand for the Apollo programโ€ฆ
The software to create the black hole in the movie 'Interstellar' is a full implementation of Einstein's equations in 40,000 lines of C++, and rendered thousands of 23-megapixel IMAX frames on a 32,000-core render farm at about 20 core-hours per frameโ€ฆ
The $60 million(over $679 million in 2019 dollars) Mariner I rocket launched by NASA in 1962 exploded 5 minutes into flight. The root cause? A missing hyphen in the flight control software.โ€ฆ
The Boeing 737Max was fitted with a larger engine to be more fuel efficient, however the top of the engine would be bit above the wing; the nose would point too far up in full thrust during take off, so a new Software system MCAS was introduced. This seems to cause the 2 disastrous crashes.
Software Engineering is the least stressful college major, followed by Computer Scienceโ€ฆ
Introversion Software, creators of Prison Architect, had accidentally been breaking the Geneva Convention for 2 years by having the red cross emblem on the hood of an ambulance in the gameโ€ฆ
Inspired by the Black Mirror episode "Be Right Back," a software developer gathered over 8,000 lines of text from friends and family of her recently deceased best friend, and used it to create an artificial intelligence simulation of him.โ€ฆ
Facebook acquired Oculus VR in 2014 and that "Although Facebook has not revealed a revenue breakdown for Oculus, it seems clear that the company is interested in capitalizing on this purchase in an attempt to dominate the virtual reality software and hardware market.โ€ฆ
The Boeing 787 airliner should be rebooted every 248 days to avoid a software crash, which would lead to loss of all 4 power units and cause a real crash.โ€ฆ
The term โ€œbugโ€ as it pertains to computer software (and hardware), does not derive from the famous Mark II computer incident wherein a moth was trapped in a relay. The term has actually been in use in engineering and early computing since at least the 1870โ€™s.โ€ฆ
The $267m Deep Impact Comet Mission which travelled 429 million km ended due to a Y2K-like software bug that didn't roll over the calendar date correctly and misread any date after August 11, 2013 - leading to endless reboots.โ€ฆ
The first computer that helped man get to the Moon was built using a technique called "rope memory", where the software was literally woven into the memory banks.โ€ฆ
Wolfenstein 3D wasn't the first entry in the series. There were two games prior to it, both in the stealth game genre. The dev team behind the two games closed its doors in 1987, with Id Software making 3D, despite never acquiring the license.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the "Rubber Duck Debugging" used in Software Engineering that makes the programmer tell his code line by line to a rubber duck in hopes of finding a bug.โ€ฆ
A software developer once tested asking for donations vs. limiting trial version features. He randomly gave people either a version that asks for a donation, or one that is feature-limited. The feature-limited version made five times as much money, and the experiment cost him $17,000 in sales.โ€ฆ
Microsoft PowerPoint was not created from scratch by Microsoft. Instead it was created by a software company named Forethought and was initially meant for Macintosh computers only. It was acquired by Microsoft after only 3 months of appearing in the market.โ€ฆ
In Japan, a company uses a smile scanning software where the employees have to beam stupidly into a camera hooked computer and get scored out of a 100 how good their smile is every morningโ€ฆ
Disappointed that he'd earned nothing from the software he'd developed, Paul le Roux started selling painkillers online, then branched out into illegal narcotics, money laundering, and arms dealing, soon becoming the leader of a rich and powerful cartel.โ€ฆ
After they broke up, Iron Butterflyโ€™s bassist worked on a missile guidance system, co-founded a video compression software company with Michael Jacksonโ€™s brother, and was working to fulfill his fatherโ€™s dream of discrediting Einsteinโ€™s theories when he died under mysterious circumstances.โ€ฆ
The TV series 'Frasier' was very influential on Seattle. Newly wealthy software millionaires asked real-estate agents for apartments with a view of the Space Needle like what Frasier Crane has. The show helped the city's culture to change from manufacturing and grunge to what it is today. community.seattletimes.nwโ€ฆ
In 1946, a trapped moth caused a malfunction in the early computer which resulted in the term 'bug' to be coined for all software errors.โ€ฆ
Former Navy Secretary John Lehman stated that the F-22 is "safe from Cyber attack" because "No one in China knows how to program the '83 vintage IBM software that runs them."โ€ฆ
Adobe doesn't like when people use "Photoshop" as a verb. Instead of saying "That image was photoshopped," they want you to say "The image was enhanced using Adobeยฎ Photoshopยฎ software."โ€ฆ
Cuba has a vast no-Internet file-sharing network with terabytes of regularly-updated movies, television, music, and software delivered by USB drives over sneakernet for $2/week subscription feesโ€ฆ
Since the SNES wasn't powerful enough to emulate a GameBoy in software, the Super GameBoy actually contained all the hardware of a regular gameboy except the screenโ€ฆ
After, Tim Lloyd, an 11-year employee of OMEGA got fired he unleashed a hacking "Time Bomb" within their systems. Ultimately resulting in deleting the software that ran their manufacturing systems, costing $2 million in repairs, $10 million in revenue and 80 employees beeing laid off.โ€ฆ
In 1994, former Guns N Roses bassist Duff McKagan decided to invest $100k in local Seattle companies, including an expanding chain of coffee shops, a software company and an online book seller - Starbucks, Microsoft and Amazon. webcache.googleusercontenโ€ฆ
In 1997, software engineer Philippe Kahn figured out a way to connect a digital camera to his cell phone. When his baby was born, he used his invention to capture his daughterโ€™s first moments and sent that picture to more than 2,000 people, making it the first cell-phone picture.โ€ฆ
In 1999 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that software source code is protected speechโ€ฆ
The IRS uses 56 year old software to receive taxpayer data and dispense refunds.โ€ฆ
Winamp developers created the peer to peer network software behind many popular file sharing programs such as LimeWire and Morpheus.โ€ฆ
The two recent 737 Max crashes were due to design error, and a software fix is just a band-aid.โ€ฆ
A computer programmer who was dismissed from his job wrote a computer program that deleted software critical to the company's operations and caused the loss of more than $10 million in sales and contracts.โ€ฆ
The name of TOR, the software for enabling anonymous communication over the internet, is derived from an acronym for the original software project name "The Onion Router".โ€ฆ
Jonathan James, a computer genius, hacked into NASA and Pentagon when he was just 15 and stole software and data which cost around $1.7 million!โ€ฆ
20 year old football prodigy Mbappe was recorded by French statistical software running at an average of 37.6km/h with peak of 38km/h over a 40m sprint on goal. This would eclipse current WR holder Usain Bolt's average speed of 37.578km/h only if Mbappe's sprint was 100m instead of 40m.
When they debuted, CDs had 10-30x the storage capacity of an average hard drive. This lead to the rise of โ€œshovelwareโ€ as companies bundled whatever applications they could find with their own releases. They used the sheer volume of software included as a selling point.โ€ฆ
Between 1985 and 1987 a software bug in medical irradiation machine killed three people by over-radiating them to deathโ€ฆ
Airbus had a similar problem to the 737 Max on their A330/A340. On Quantas flight 72 in October 2008 the built-in "protections" in the software triggered 10 degrees nose-down pitches after altitude data was mislabeled as AOA Data. Airbus subsequently modified their software.โ€ฆ

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