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Stupid Yet Winning

CNN has a gallery of the dumbest tech failures of 2006, including:

Sony's exploding PC batteries;

The response by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which addressed such problems by advising laptop computer users to not use laptop computers in their laps;

A promotion with the TV show "The Apprentice", where instead of promoting the client, General Motors, the team produced an advertisement blaming GM for Global Warming;

A McDonald's promotion in Japan which gave away thousands of MP3 players - infected with computer viruses designed to steal passwords for hackers;

Amazon.com's pre-game sales of UCLA's NCAA Basketball Championship hats - - - the day before UCLA loses to Florida in the actual game;

AirTran's collapse of their computer systems in June, leading to denial of boarding passes to thousands of customers at the airport, forcing paying customers to miss their flights while the airline ignored the problem;

and of course YouTube, which collected thousands of popular videos without requesting permission from the original site, sent a cease-and-desist demand to a user who found a way for users to save videos to their hard drive from YouTube.

What's amazing to me, is that in spite of such "accomplishments", the U.S. is still the model for business success for the world.


Comments (15)

Wot no Zune? I would have t... (Below threshold)
Lizzie:

Wot no Zune? I would have thought that would rank up there with the biggest failures of 2006.

LOL, too new to hit the wal... (Below threshold)

LOL, too new to hit the wall yet, I guess.

"Hi, I'm a PC Zune"

"And I'm a Mac iPod."

"Uhhhh, now I'm an iPod too."

"No, you're not."

"Yes I am"

"NO you're not."


[fade to black]

Without these, business sch... (Below threshold)

Without these, business schools wouldn't have any interesting cases to teach their students.

That is why I am Grateful f... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

That is why I am Grateful for our President and until recently a Republican House and Senate...that have put the consumer ahead of Industry for six years...because..after all...we all know that regulations upon industry only hurts consumers....now that the DEM's are in charge...watch out..

"Once we allow the consumer to determine what is best for them, our economy will collapse."

"Less regulation, is better regulation"

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. Someday the world will join us, and we can live as one."

"What's amazing to me, is t... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

"What's amazing to me, is that in spite of such "accomplishments", the U.S. is still the model for business success for the world."

By: DJ Drummond

The key, of course, is freedom. What other place on earth provides so much opportunity with such little (relative to other countries) interference from government? If I decided to try and make my fortune somewhere else in America, nobody would ask me for my "papers".

Minor error, the Apprentice... (Below threshold)
Eirik:

Minor error, the Apprentice ad thing was part of a cross promotion, not something that happened with the show itself.

"You may say I'm a dreamer,... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. Someday the world will join us, and we can live as one."

Posted by: nogo postal

I could also say that you are something other than a dreamer. The idea of the world living as one is as pie-in-the-sky as you accuse the "moonbats" here of being. I understand that John Lennon wrote it and not you, but your quotation of it speaks volumes.

and of course YouT... (Below threshold)
Krusty Krab:
and of course YouTube, which [...] sent a cease-and-desist demand to a user who found a way for users to save videos to their hard drive from YouTube.
That's pretty hilarious, given how completely trivial of a task it is to save You Tube videos to your hard drive.
Krusty Krab:Your p... (Below threshold)

Krusty Krab:

Your practice of commenting on the triviality of the process wherein users violate their contractual agreement with YouTube constitutes a tortious interference of a business relationship. We demand that you immediately cease and desist from engaging in the misleading and illegal practice of highlighting the ease with which users can save video off of our site. Copyright laws are for the riff raff, not us.

If you think the Sony lapto... (Below threshold)
John S:

If you think the Sony laptop debacle was something, wait until the greenie electric cars come along with a lithium ion battery weighing more than a ton. The first time one of those cells gets into a spontaneous runaway chain reaction we're gonna see a 1,600 degree lithium metal fire right under someone's infant car seat, followed by an explosion that will make Timothy McViegh's firecracker look trivial. It'll be interesting to see to lawyerfest caused by that. Zero emissions it won't be.

May I suggest the failure o... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

May I suggest the failure of the most techno military
in our world's history to end the civil war in Iraq and bring victory to the USA...

But don't doubt that nogo s... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

But don't doubt that nogo supports the troops.

Nogo -Our failure ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Nogo -

Our failure isn't military based - it's politically based. You've got politicians who want a bloodless war, where we hand every advantage we can to the enemy and don't hold them to Geneva Convention standards, and who want nothing to happen which might make it into the news.

The only way for THAT to happen is to keep the troops from fighting the enemy.

All that's needed for the enemy to win is to wait and occasionally toss a mortar shell. We'll declare a loss after a while (though we weren't militarily beaten) and pull out... at which point the bloodbath REALLY sets in.

But hey, we LOST, so we're not responsible for what the 'winners' do! Ain't that great?

the usial mindless stuff th... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

the usial mindless stuff that passes as enterainment on TV what a lot of rot and look at all those hollywood celeberties traveling all over in their private jets burning up all that fuel and putting all that stuff into the atmosphear

What's amazing to me, is... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

What's amazing to me, is that in spite of such "accomplishments", the U.S. is still the model for business success for the world.

We are the model for success because people are allowed to make these kinds of mistakes. In societies where the government regulates everything, people can't innovate. Without innovation, there are no mistakes, but also, no progress.




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