11 April 2013

Germany: inept technology, politically dishonest

German technology failing, indicative of corrupt political culture--

Of all of Germany's bungled projects, the Berlin airport is the biggest embarrassment - Berlin's new airport stands empty, unused--tens of thousands of technical problems. Among them: Officials can't even figure out how to turn the lights off. . . the result of a computer system that's so sophisticated it's almost impossible to operate. . . . And the system's underground vent system, designed to suck away smoke, isn't working. Here, again, technology's getting in the way: It's so advanced that technicians can't figure out what's wrong with it....The new Berlin airport--a technology and political embarrassment for Germany, is indicative of deeper "structural" problems--" . . . Underlying these problems appears to be a culture of political dishonesty. . . ."To get these expensive projects started, they artificially calculate down the real costs to get permission from parliament or other committees in charge.". . . The politicians are more concerned about winning the next elections than devoting their service to the people." Sound familiar? Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/07/v-fullstory/3328187/berlins-airport-project-delays.html#storylink=cpy

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