History Horrible / Other

14th May '17 7:08:50 PM supergod
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14th May '17 4:02:28 PM mariofan1000
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13th May '17 11:35:02 PM Josef5678
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* The Juicero claims to offer easy, fresh cold-pressed juice [[TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket without the need for hard-to-use equipment or cleaning up]]. Sounds good? The 400 (originally 700)$ device has a needlessly complex setup procedure that [[EverythingIsOnline requires you to sign up for an account, connect your smartphone, and scan a QR code on each juice pouch you wish to squeeze]]. Yes, we said "juice pouch". The Juicero can only juice produce contained in pre-approved, overpriced packets, and the QR codes serve to make sure you don't use any unapproved packs (their excuse being that it prevents you from using spoiled juice packs). The final nail in the Juicero's coffin is that it isn't even necessary to own one in order to get juice out of their juice packs: merely squeezing the packs by hand is enough to get the juice out. After being ridiculed by several sources, Juicero had little choice but to offer refunds to disappointed customers.[[/folder]]

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* The Juicero claims to offer easy, fresh cold-pressed juice [[TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket without the need for hard-to-use equipment or cleaning up]]. Sounds good? The 400 $400 (originally 700)$ $700) device has a needlessly complex setup procedure that [[EverythingIsOnline requires you to sign up for an account, connect your smartphone, and scan a QR code on each juice pouch you wish to squeeze]]. Yes, we said "juice pouch". The Juicero can only juice produce contained in pre-approved, overpriced packets, and the QR codes serve to make sure you don't use any unapproved packs (their excuse being that it prevents you from using spoiled juice packs). The final nail in the Juicero's coffin is that it isn't even necessary to own one in order to get juice out of their juice packs: merely squeezing the packs by hand is enough to get the juice out. After being ridiculed by several sources, Juicero had little choice but to offer refunds to disappointed customers.[[/folder]]
13th May '17 7:33:35 PM Wannafight1
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* The Juicero claims to offer easy, fresh cold-pressed juice [[TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket without the need for hard-to-use equipment or cleaning up]]. Sounds good? The 400 (originally 700)$ device has a needlessly complex setup procedure that [[EverythingIsOnline requires you to sign up for an account, connect your smartphone, and scan a QR code on each juice pouch you wish to squeeze]]. Yes, we said "juice pouch". The Juicero can only juice produce contained in pre-approved, overpriced packets, and the QR codes serve to make sure you don't use any unapproved packs (their excuse being that it prevents you from using spoiled juice packs). The final nail in the Juicero's coffin is that it isn't even necessary to own one in order to get juice out of their juice packs: merely squeezing the packs by hand is enough to get the juice out. After being ridiculed by several sources, Juicero had little choice but to offer refunds to disappointed customers.

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* The Juicero claims to offer easy, fresh cold-pressed juice [[TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket without the need for hard-to-use equipment or cleaning up]]. Sounds good? The 400 (originally 700)$ device has a needlessly complex setup procedure that [[EverythingIsOnline requires you to sign up for an account, connect your smartphone, and scan a QR code on each juice pouch you wish to squeeze]]. Yes, we said "juice pouch". The Juicero can only juice produce contained in pre-approved, overpriced packets, and the QR codes serve to make sure you don't use any unapproved packs (their excuse being that it prevents you from using spoiled juice packs). The final nail in the Juicero's coffin is that it isn't even necessary to own one in order to get juice out of their juice packs: merely squeezing the packs by hand is enough to get the juice out. After being ridiculed by several sources, Juicero had little choice but to offer refunds to disappointed customers.
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13th May '17 5:24:33 PM Someoneman
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* The Juicero claims to offer easy, fresh cold-pressed juice [[TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket without the need for hard-to-use equipment or cleaning up]]. Sounds good? The 400 (originally 700)$ device has a needlessly complex setup procedure that [[EverythingIsOnline requires you to sign up for an account, connect your smartphone, and scan a QR code on each juice pouch you wish to squeeze]]. Yes, we said "juice pouch". The Juicero can only juice produce contained in pre-approved, overpriced packets, and the QR codes serve to make sure you don't use any unapproved packs (their excuse being that it prevents you from using spoiled juice packs). The final nail in the Juicero's coffin is that it isn't even necessary to own one in order to get juice out of their juice packs: merely squeezing the packs by hand is enough to get the juice out. After being ridiculed by several sources, Juicero had little choice but to offer refunds to disappointed customers.
3rd May '17 7:52:44 AM LondonKdS
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* In 1996, the FDA approved selling food made with Olestra, a fake-fat ingredient that could completely replace the fats and oils in many foods. Unfortunately, the idea soon proved [[GoneHorriblyRight too good to be true]]. Olestra has a nasty habit of depriving the body of its ability to absorb vitamins and other vital components. It also came with a host of unwanted side effects, including abdominal cramping, gas, and loose bowel movements. Olestra is not approved for use in several countries including Canada and the U.K., but despite this, it remains on the FDA's approved list, and the initial warning labels were even removed in 2003. TIME magazine included Olestra in its list of the [[http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1991915_1991909_1991785,00.html 50 worst inventions.]] It did eventually find another market though... as a firearms lubricant.

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* In 1996, the FDA approved selling food made with Olestra, a fake-fat ingredient that could completely replace the fats and oils in many foods. Unfortunately, the idea soon proved [[GoneHorriblyRight too good to be true]]. Olestra has a nasty habit of depriving the body of its ability to absorb vitamins and other vital components. It also came with a host of unwanted side effects, including abdominal cramping, gas, and loose bowel movements. Olestra is not approved for use in several countries including Canada and the U.K., but despite this, it remains on the FDA's approved list, and the initial warning labels were even removed in 2003. TIME magazine included Olestra in its list of the [[http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1991915_1991909_1991785,00.html 50 worst inventions.]] It did eventually find another market though... as a firearms lubricant. It also turned out to be good for leaching certain long-lasting unpleasant organic chemicals like TCDD out of people's bodies.
27th Apr '17 7:26:40 AM mariofan1000
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* ''Microsoft Windows Me (Millennium Edition)'': In addition to being a pointless stopgap between Windows 98 and Windows XP, this [=OS=] was a [[ObviousBeta bug-ridden mess]] with terrible security[[note]]it was VERY common to walk over to your computer one minute and see some strange new programs on your desktop that were never manually installed (spyware, links to scamming webpages, etc.)[[/note]], horrible stability[[note]]it was so bad that the infamous "Blue Screen Of Death" reached MemeticMutation[[/note]] and very poor compatibility with older software. Not surprisingly, Microsoft quickly abandoned it once Windows XP was released[[note]]itself a bug-ridden mess until Service Pack 1 was released[[/note]], and it's now considered by many technology publications and critics to be one of the biggest misfires in computing history.
** As mentioned on DarthWiki/IdiotProgramming, the main cause of the infamous BSOD in Millennium Edition was due to it being a transitional OS, supporting the older driver types, and the new DLL system we all know today. It could support either of these adequately... but if a process called for both, it shat itself in spectacular fashion, resulting in a bluescreen and byzantine error code. (A good deal of the reason XP was significantly more stable, even while buggy on launch, was because it rejected the old system outright. Old programs being incompatible upsets people less than the whole OS going kaput.) That said, this is ''even more damning'' when this is exactly the sort of thing a transitional OS should be ''designed'' to handle.
* ''Microsoft Bob'' was designed for people new to computing. The desktop was designed as one of several rooms, with each application represented as an item in said room, and a "guide" character talked the user through whatever they were trying to do. The problems here were severalfold, but the most important: there were multiple complaints that the concept itself [[ViewersAreMorons treated the user like a child]], condescending to them in every way. What's more, Windows 95 debuted soon after Bob's release, proving to be just as - if not more - user-friendly than Bob without the childish overtones. Bob's only two legacies were the Comic Sans font (considered one of the ugliest fonts ever created) and the "guides", who became the notorious assistant characters in Microsoft Word (yes, this is where Clippy came from). On top of this, putting your password in wrong three times in a row would result in the system unlocking and recommending you change your password, which made having a password in the first place pointless.
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* ''cpedia'' was a bizarre attempt by failed Website/{{Google}} competitor Cuil to combine a search with an encyclopedia. Basically a search engine that would format the results as wiki-like pages, ''cpedia'''s pages were little more than [[http://onefoottsunami.com/2010/04/12/the-mechanized-madness-of-cuils-cpedia/ incomprehensible, schizophrenic messes]]. Cuil (and by extension, cpedia) has since been put out of its misery, but [[http://www.webmasterworld.com/alternative_search_engines/4114978.htm many]] [[http://www.marco.org/2010/04/12/the-mechanized-madness-of-cuils-cpedia reports]] of its failure remain.
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25th Apr '17 1:29:21 AM LDragon2
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** The failures of [=DashCon=] have been chronicled on various websites, including [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/dashcon KnowYourMeme]] and [[http://www.dailydot.com/geek/dash-con-controversy-tumblr/ Daily Dot]]. To top the disaster off, there were rumors that somebody ''urinated'' in the aforementioned ball pit or people ''contracted [[{{Squick}} crabs]]'' ('''genital lice''') from being in the ball pit.

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** The failures of [=DashCon=] have been chronicled on various websites, including [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/dashcon KnowYourMeme]] and KnowYourMeme]], [[http://www.dailydot.com/geek/dash-con-controversy-tumblr/ Daily Dot]].Dot]], and by the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZgxeX2dCnQ Internet Historian]]. To top the disaster off, there were rumors that somebody ''urinated'' in the aforementioned ball pit or people ''contracted [[{{Squick}} crabs]]'' ('''genital lice''') from being in the ball pit.
24th Apr '17 11:36:06 AM ElSquibbonator
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* On the civilian side, there was the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-144 Tu-144]] It was the world's first supersonic airliner to fly, but beyond that it accomplished absolutely nothing notable or remarkable. The Tu-144 was developed at the insistence of the Soviet government (and, some say, with the help of stolen plans for the Concorde) for the sole purpose of giving the Soviet Union a supersonic airliner before the West had one. Because its development was so rushed to meet state deadlines, the Tu-144 was inefficient, noisy, cramped, and above all unsafe. The first production model crashed at the Paris Air Show in 1976, killing 33 people, and when the Tu-144 was finally put into service it could only sustain one flight a week. It was used mostly to carry mail between Moscow and Alma Ata, and was never flown on any international routes before being retired in 1978. The Concorde, by contrast, served for over three decades with Air France and British Airways.
24th Apr '17 11:14:58 AM ElSquibbonator
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** Nor was it just the Botha. Blackburn in general had had a long history of producing what one aviation writer called "damned awful to fly aircraft" which were also aesthetic horrors, and to the very end of the war it continued to miss the mark, turning out aircraft which were either lemons (not least the Roc, which was a slow, unwieldy fighter plane that could only shoot ''backwards'') or which would have been astoundingly good if only they'd been ready three or four years earlier. It took until the 1950s for Blackburn to finally turn out an aircraft that was a winner in every way, but the Buccaneer had to wait until it was almost ready for retirement to show its mettle on the battlefield (in Iraq, 1991). Although given that its original design mission had been delivery of nuclear bombs onto Soviet naval strike groups and high-value shore targets, this is probably just as well.

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** Nor was it just the Botha. Blackburn in general had had a long history of producing what one aviation writer called "damned awful to fly aircraft" which were also aesthetic horrors, and to the very end of the war it continued to miss the mark, turning out aircraft which were either lemons (not least the Roc, which was a slow, unwieldy fighter plane that could only shoot ''backwards'') or which would have been astoundingly good if only they'd been ready three or four years earlier. It took until the 1950s for Blackburn to finally turn out an aircraft that was a winner in every way, but the Buccaneer had to wait until it was almost ready for retirement to show its mettle on the battlefield (in Iraq, 1991). Although given that its original design mission had been delivery of nuclear bombs onto Soviet naval strike groups and high-value shore targets, this is probably just as well. Sadly, it couldn't really enjoy its success even then; the company was bought out by Hawker Siddeley a few years after the Buccaneer was introduced.
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