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OSHA Wastes $200k for Mobile APP that Doesn’t Work
Big Government ^ | 11/23/11 | Publius

Posted on 11/23/2011 8:36:24 AM PST by Nachum

The infamous $640 toilet seat which the Pentagon purchased back in the 1980′s now has a crappy, excuse the pun, modern day equivalent: a government-made mobile app with a price tag of $200,000.

Rich Jones of Gun.io, a job board for hackers, downloaded and installed the Heat Safety app from OSHA. It’s a straightforward service that finds your current location, measures the heat and humidity and serves up a warning with notes if the temperature is dangerous.

One might call it the kind of app that could have been created for less money by simply telling people to stick their head out the window before work. But this level of precaution is OSHA’s mandate and it’s good, in theory, to see government trying to leverage new technology.

Mr. Jones, an Android developer himself, took a much darker view.

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1 posted on 11/23/2011 8:36:27 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

There is probably a free one already available that works.............


2 posted on 11/23/2011 8:38:13 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: Nachum
"“Pardon my French, but I really cannot stress how bad this application is. Firstly, it isn’t actually capable of the function it is supposed to do. When I first tried the application, it told me that it was currently 140F in Boston. It is also extremely slow, it looks like butt, and it crashes all the time. It is completely horrible in every way. If I had to reproduce it, I’d say that it would take be about 6 hours at the maximum. At my hourly rate of $100, that’s $600.”"

hee hee.. it looks like butt

3 posted on 11/23/2011 8:39:42 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Nachum

Only 200K? Im surprised. Considering the sourse.


4 posted on 11/23/2011 8:46:06 AM PST by albie
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To: albie

No wonders.

Big government slush-fund job for big-government (we always “no” better) OSHA sent to big government green consultants (who only get paid from bigger government efforts) who reliably vote for and pay for democrats:

From the article:

“He decided to file a Freedom of Information Act and learned, a few weeks later, that OSHA had paid $106,000 for this Android app and $96,000 for the iPhone and Blackberry versions. The work had been done by Eastern Research Group, and environmental and energy consulting firm which itself contracted out the work to a group called Pixelbit creative, a digital design firm that apparently cannot finish their own web site. After reviewing the source code, numerous developers concurred with Mr. Jones”


5 posted on 11/23/2011 8:57:05 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Mr. K
hee hee.. it looks like butt

That's because Beavis made it.


6 posted on 11/23/2011 9:01:37 AM PST by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: Nachum

In 2010, the median household income in the US was $52,026. Wasting 200k on a worthless and vapid app just consumed and destroyed the entire annual income of 4 households.

And we wonder where the jobs are.


7 posted on 11/23/2011 10:32:27 AM PST by theBuckwheat
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