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+ - A spreadsheet is blamed for UK rail bid fiasco

Submitted by Bruce66423
Bruce66423 writes: As a sometime computer programmer who was always very sniffy about the quality of the stuff being knocked up by amateurs aka power users, the current claim in http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/oct/05/west-coast-civil-servant-transport that it was a messed up spreadsheet that caused a multimillion pound fiasco is very satisfying. 'The key mechanism... mixed up real and inflated financial figures and contained elements of double counting'.

Those are dangerous toys we've let the children have! [Full disclosure — I didn't leave the industry because of redundancy]
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A spreadsheet is blamed for UK rail bid fiasco

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