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Legasov: Dyatlov broke every rule we have. He pushed a reactor to the brink of destruction. He did these things believing there was a failsafe; AZ-5, a simple button to shut it all down. But in the circumstances he created, there wasn't. The shutdown system had a fatal flaw. At 1:23:40, Akimov engages AZ-5. The fully-withdrawn control rods begin moving back into the reactor. These rods are made of boron, which reduces reactivity, but not their tips. The tips are made of graphite, which accelerates reactivity.
Kadnikov: Why?
Legasov: Why? For the same reason our reactors do not have containment buildings around them, like those in the West. For the same reason we don't use properly enriched fuel in our cores. For the same reason we are the only nation that builds water-cooled, graphite-moderated reactors with a positive void coefficient. It's cheaper.

"'PC LOAD LETTER'? What the fuck does that mean?"
Michael Bolton, Office Space

"The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain."
Montgomery Scott, on how easy it was to sabotage Excelsior's transwarp drive, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Brains: Oh, my. What a t-terrible design.
Virgil: Is it sitting on the hydromethane tanks?
Brains: Correct. A failed attempt to disable the actuator could v-vaporise the whole area.

    Web Video 
"I got it to work - barely - but the thing about the Jaguar CD is that not only is it prone to hardware failures, it's prone to about five different ways it can fail. It can fail if the CD device isn't perfectly set on the machine; it can fail if the contacts aren't clean; it can fail if the Memory Track cart isn't perfectly set; and it can easily fail because the laser system or the motor are defective, and they often are; and in this case, it would often fail because the lid is so poorly designed that when closed, it actually closes too tightly and mashes the CD against the inside of the drive, preventing it from spinning, and that could easily cause additional internal damage!"

"Ah, yes, the Atari Jaguar CD. What a steamin' pile of fuckin' shit that was. I wanna make sure there's nothing wrong with the console itself first, just to rule it out. So I plug in a game, push the power button, the Jaguar logo comes careening towards me in the foreground, and after a particularly hilarious fuckin' startup sequence, I'm playin' some Tempest 2000. WHOA! So now I know there's nothing wrong with the console itself. Time to move on to the CD unit. So I plug it in, hook up the additional 47 cables that came with it, push the power button, the logo comes careening towards me in the foreground, snarls, and...the Red Screen of Death, indicating a connection problem. So, the first thing I did was deep-clean every single contact point on both the console and the CD unit. I turned it on, red screen. Then I went back and made physical adjustments to every contact point in both the console and CD unit so it'd make a more solid connection. Turned it on, red screen. Finally, I just said "fuck it" and directly wired those two sons-of-bitches together, completely bypassing any and all cartridge ports and ruling out the remote chance of there ever being any kind of connection issue between the two systems. I turned it on and guess what? Red screen!"
Richard DaLuz, regarding trying to fix The Angry Video Game Nerd's Jaguar CD unit.

"Let's take a moment to appreciate this design innovation, with its ability to block the score and its wonderfully chosen colour: light grey on white. If you're wondering how accessible this is for people with poor eyesight, well, the standard minimum contrast ratio is 4.5:1. Now if we test this colour... (1.07:1) Oh, you've gotta be kidding me. That's... that's, like, literally the worst accessibility fail I've ever seen in my entire life. That's... that's too much... that's too much jank..."

    Real Life 
"This airplane is designed by clowns, who are in turn supervised by monkeys."
A random Boeing employee, on the 737 Max 8


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