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Podcast: VW Dieselgate and the $33bn b̶u̶g̶ feature

This is the story behind the VW emissions scandal, that so far has cost the company over $33bn.  (The show notes and transcripts are available for free here.)

We look into the technology issues VW faced and the investigations that uncovered the problem.
The show notes and transcripts are available for free.


Podcast: The Therac-25, buggy software that killed.

As part of an ongoing project to learn more about what we've got wrong to help us improve, I look at the Therac-25 incidents, a devastating collection of software failures that often rank in the top 10 of civilian radiation accidents. The Therac-25 radiation therapy device killed or injured 6 people across Canada and the United States.


I look into two of the most severe bugs. Why the manufacturer didn't fix them and what we can learn from their mistakes.

The show notes and transcripts are available for free.