US Government Paid $US200,000 For Basic App That Doesn't Work

Today's US government waste story isn't about stealth fighters, but the slightly less exotic world of smartphone software. How much would you guess a little app to generate the local heat index and provide appropriate "tips". Price tag? $US200,000. What.

The app, courtesy of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, does extremely little. Its interface looks like a dog's arse, if that dog read a fifth of an HTML manual from 1994. It works based on free data. And it provides expert environmental insight like "drink fluids".

Why?

There's no explanation. It was coded by a UK firm for probably 300 times the money it should have. Government waste and incompetence, at best. Something crooked at worst. Idiotic and infuriating either way. [Gun.io via Geekosystem]

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