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Trains in Switzerland are not allowed to have 256 axles | Hacker News
Train detectors use an 8-bit counter so a train with 256 axles would be invisible to the system as it moved about.
bug  bureaucracy  via:HackerNews 
2 days ago by mcherm
Clever Vanity License Plate Backfires On Man, Winds Up With Tons Of Tickets | Talk Radio 105.9 - KNRS
He put "null" as his license plate, and then got all the tickets for cars that couldn't be identified.
bug  bureaucracy  law  via:HackerNews 
10 weeks ago by mcherm
How Did Our Medical Notes Become So Useless? - HIV and ID Observations
Apparently, medical patient notes in the US are extremely long and unhelpful. This is primarily due to the way we fund our medical system.
healthcare  via:HackerNews  bureaucracy 
january 2019 by mcherm
Did A Melatonin Patent Inspire Current Dose Confusion? | Slate Star Codex
MIT patented the proper dosage of a drug; the FDA decided to (not) regulate it as a supplement; and that is why all the stores carry an incorrect dose (even now that the patent has expired).
law  ip-law  patent  bureaucracy  via:SlateStarCodex  ScottAlexander  medicine 
august 2018 by mcherm
The $250 Biohack That’s Revolutionizing Life With Diabetes - Bloomberg
Someone hacked the interface to control an insulin pump which allowed the DIY community to build devices to continually monitor blood sugar and adjust insulin levels. No equivalent commercial product exists on the market.
medicine  bureaucracy  security  via:HackerNews 
august 2018 by mcherm
The machine Fired me
Had to take 3 weeks off without pay because there was no way to fix the system once it started the process of firing someone.
via:HackerNews  bureaucracy 
june 2018 by mcherm
Nathan vs. the IRS - MaliciousCompliance
A wonderful tale of beating the IRS at rules.
bureaucracy  taxes  via:reddit 
june 2018 by mcherm
As U.S. Postage Rates Continue To Rise, The USPS Gives The Chinese A 'Free Ride'
International postal agreements mean that it costs Chinese shippers less to mail small packages from China than it does to send a similar package internally.
via:HackerNews  bureaucracy  free-trade 
november 2017 by mcherm
My IRB Nightmare | Slate Star Codex
The process of getting approval to do human experiments prevented a simple, trivial, "ask a few questions" study despite enormous efforts.
ScottAlexander  science  ScientificMethod  bureaucracy  ethics  via:SlateStarCodex 
august 2017 by mcherm
Inside The Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns | GQ
Federal law prohibits any use of computers in the processing of gun sales information. Here is how the responsible department copes.
via:reddit  bureaucracy  law  politics 
september 2016 by mcherm
Blind Girl Can’t Use Her Cane at School — It’s a Tripping Hazard | Free Range Kids
School says kid can't use cane because other kids might trip over it. Instead, she must be dependent on a full-time aide.
kidsrights  zerotolerance  bureaucracy  via:FreeRangeKids 
november 2015 by mcherm
Duluth library's seed sharing program hits a hurdle | Minnesota Public Radio News
The library runs a free seed exchange. The state regulators say it probably needs to shut down because they aren't following the labeling and germination test rules that state law requires for selling seeds.
bureaucracy  via:boingboing 
december 2014 by mcherm
Okay, Somebody Did Survive Being Sucked Into a Jet Engine - Lowering the Bar
Bureaucracy run amok. There's a separate medical insurance code for a RETURN visit after being sucked into a jet engine.
bureaucracy  via:LoweringTheBar  personal_net 
october 2014 by mcherm

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