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Navy’s flawed technology set the USS John McCain up for disaster

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Years ago, one of the directions I was considering going in when I was looking at PhD programs centered on the problems (particularly with feedback and discoverability) with touchscreen interfaces. I was mostly interested in consumer facing electronics (media players you can't operate without both hands and both eyes), and subsequently the automotive industry has ended up doing a ton of the legwork because their wretched touchscreen HMIs have been killing people. But the military-industrial complex is still doing it big. Here, we have a management process that created then didn't train around a touchscreen interface so bad it caused a deadly maritime disaster, which is the clearest case study possible in "don't do that shit."
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