I’ve only just been able to catch up with the UK news and the government missed ~16,000 cases of COVID-19 over a 7 day period due to a “technical glitch”.

The “technical glitch” was the government using an excel spreadsheet that reached the data limit.

Who the fuck thought that was a good idea long term, that’s why databases exist!!!!

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    They went over one million rows?
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    it’s unknown, but it’s cited as “a technical issue in excel’s data load process”
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    Well, they are a government so what do you except?
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    Were they exporting to excel from another datasource?
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    Stop using excel already ffs
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    @TheBeardedOne I would expect better solutions than an excel spreadsheet, like a database for example

    @Demolishun unsure but it’s quite possible. All that was said is that the excel spreadsheet powered the government dashboard
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    We're glad to announce that from last Monday on there were no new infections reported. After reaching $INT16_MAX infections we're now officially Covid-free and we will lift all restrictions immediately.
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    And it's worse. They were using columns. COLUMNS!
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    Excel runs many more things than you want to know
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    An update on this... Public Health England picked the XLS file format when saving the spreadsheets rather than the more superior XLSX file format...

    What the actual fuck

    Full story if you wish to read

    Excel: Why using Microsoft's tool caused Covid-19 results to be lost https://bbc.co.uk/news/...
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