Monday, October 5, 2020

UK GOVERNMENT "LOST" 16K COVID CASES

Here is "IT Mastery" at work:

The UK government lost 16,000 Covid cases because it was tracking cases in an Excel spreadsheet (as opposed to a database) but apparently didn't know how to use a spreadsheet. Instead of adding a new row for each case, they were adding a new column.

An Excel spreadsheet has a limit of 16,384 columns, but they didn't realize right away that they ran out of space, and kept adding cases—which are now lost.

https://boingboing.net/2020/10/05/uk-government-lost-16k-covid-cases-because-it-used-excel-to-track-them-but-doesnt-know-how-to-excel.html

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