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Monday: August 1, 2011

Turns out that coin tosses don't really provide fifty-fifty odds.Turns out that coin tosses don't really provide fifty-fifty odds.

As usual, it's humanity that messes things up. When flipped by a machine, coins come up heads a solid fifty percent of the time, and tails the other fifty percent. Put the fate of the coin in grubby human hands and the odds tip slightly in favor of the side that faces up just before the coin is flipped. The side that was face up at the beginning of the flip has a fifty-one percent chance of landing face-up at the end. Humans are not as precise as machines, and so the coin rotates around several axes instead of one.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 1:37 PM | Tags (9) | coin | toss | io9 | odds | science | flipped | human | error | machines |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 8, 2011

Thirty interesting 404 pages for all of you web design nerds out there.Thirty interesting 404 pages for all of you web design nerds out there.

Leaving this here only because I need to come up with a suitable 404 page myself and happened to be scouring the web for some inspiration. So yes, this is relevant to my interests at this given moment in time. The dead Link one should get some get some kind of award.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 12:30 PM | Tags (9) | interesting | design | web | designers | 404 | error | custom | pages | nerdy |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 24 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 11, 2010

Twitter glitch that allowed anyone to follow anybody quickly resolved. Phew.Twitter glitch that allowed anyone to follow anybody quickly resolved. Phew.

For a brief couple of moments yesterday it was possible to have anyone follow you on the micro-blogging service. That wondrous feeling was countered by Twitter setting all accounts to zero followers - to which a collective gasp across the Interwebs could be heard miles around.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 6:41 AM | Tags (8) | twitter | glitch | follow | bug | interwebs | followers | zero | error |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 17, 2010

Eight common CSS mistakes and how you can fix them.Eight common CSS mistakes and how you can fix them.

Yep, this about covers every mistake I've made along the way so far in my learning of CSS. Looking over my source code now it seems there are still a few I've yet to correct. Regardless, if you're just starting out learning the ins and outs of CSS, read this first - it may save you some tim e (and potential headaches). Good luck.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 1:50 PM | Tags (11) | avoid | bugs | css | design | divitus | errors | issues | mistakes | pxleyes | sheets | style |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 21 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: October 28, 2009

Twelve of the worst car parking errors caught on video.Twelve of the worst car parking errors caught on video.

Enjoy these feats of automobile parking brilliance in all of their YouTube glory. Some of them will cause you to literally laugh out loud (I'm looking at you, oil station lady).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 3:00 PM | Tags (6) | dailycognition | dumb | errors | funny | parking | video |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 67 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: October 19, 2009

Some vanity license plates may not compute very well with transit authorities.Some vanity license plates may not compute very well with transit authorities.

Officials usually put seven X's in place of the number for cars without license plates. Roberson says the mix-up has led him to get as many as 10 tickets in a day.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 8:08 AM | Tags (12) | auto | cars | error | geeky | glitch | license | math | nerdy | plate | vanity | transit | default |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 46 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: October 14, 2009

Google would like to make sure your emailing the right person with latest GMail feature.Google would like to make sure your emailing the right person with latest GMail feature.

Turn it on from the Labs tab under Gmail Settings, and based on the groups of people you email most often, Gmail will try to identify when you've accidentally included the wrong person — before it's too late.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 7:31 AM | Tags (7) | bob | email | error | feature | gmail | google | mistake |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: September 23, 2009

New study shows that quality of open source code is actually improving.New study shows that quality of open source code is actually improving.

'Defect density' has dropped 16 percent during the past three years among the projects scanned through the site and some 11,200 defects have been eliminated, according to Coverity's latest report.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 4:54 PM | Tags (9) | study | errors | flaws | bugs | mistakes | opensource | coding | programming | itnews |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: September 4, 2009

Diebold decides to make an exit from the electronic voting system business.Diebold decides to make an exit from the electronic voting system business.

That particular section of their business has been sold off to another company for five million.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 7:42 AM | Tags (5) | diebold | errors | machines | politics | voting |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: August 14, 2009

Sorry, Best Buy will not honor tremendous online pricing errors.Sorry, Best Buy will not honor tremendous online pricing errors.

Did anyone honestly think they would sell 52-inch HDTV for just ten bucks?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 8:58 AM | Tags (6) | bestbuy | error | pricing | hdtv | lcd | website |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: July 15, 2009

Programming error causes some Visa customers to receive 17-digit charges.Programming error causes some Visa customers to receive 17-digit charges.

...he swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes and when he later checked his account online found that he had been charged  the 17-digit number — a stunning $23,148,855,308,184,500.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 1:03 PM | Tags (7) | charge | error | oops | programming | quadrillion | visa | dumb |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 17 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: July 8, 2009

A list of the top five non-technical mistakes made by programmers.A list of the top five non-technical mistakes made by programmers.

Sad but undeniably true.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 1:35 PM | Tags (6) | developer | development | errors | mistakes | programmer | programming |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 44 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: June 19, 2009

Hundreds of SoCal kids sent to summer school due to clerical error.Hundreds of SoCal kids sent to summer school due to clerical error.

Oops.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Silly @ 4:45 PM | Tags (4) | summer | school | error | glitch |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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