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12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011

From Apotheker to Zuckerberg, tech chiefs had plenty of time on the hot seat this year. Take a look back at the notable product, strategy, and security fails of 2011.
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There are fails in the public sector, too, and one was when the National Cancer Institute discovered that it had a problem on its hands to the tune of $350 million for an ambitious project. In March, the NCI's board of scientific advisers issued a report that said the CaBIG cancer research grid project was riddled with problems, InformationWeek's John Foley reported.

The CaBIG (Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid) project aimed to provide shared computing power for biomedical research, plus produce software and formats to help scientists at NCI-funded cancer centers share results. But the advisers found too few cancer centers were using the resources, and that the effort had mushroomed into an unwieldy "software enterprise" of more than 70 applications, Foley reported. The board called for a halt on new development and a thorough audit, among other changes. File under: Software project scope gone wrong. --Laurianne McLaughlin

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Iamalive
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Iamalive,
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1/7/2012 | 5:48:59 PM
re: 12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011
I think the editor should use proper English and reword the title as, "Epic Failures", as opposed to "Epic Fails".
Leo Regulus
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Leo Regulus,
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12/21/2011 | 8:02:05 PM
re: 12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011
Along with smoking, drinking, illegal substance abuse & shoveling snow, you should add Slide Shows to your list of 2012 resolutions as things to avoid. You'll really be happy that you did.
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Bprince,
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12/21/2011 | 1:52:06 PM
re: 12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011
Got a chuckle from a few of these and nodded my head at others. I don't know if I would call the Facebook thing a complete fail, because the company is at least working towards better privacy, and I think it can be argued that it has gotten better over the years. But good list.
Brian Prince, InformationWeek/Dark Reading Comment Moderator
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