Today's government waste story isn't about stealth fighters, but the slightly less exotic world of smartphone software. How much would you guess a little app to generate the local heat index, and provide appropriate "tips." Price tag? $200,000. What.

The app, courtesy of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, does extremely little. Its interface looks like a dog's ass, if that dog read a fifth of an HTML manual from 1994. It works based on free data. And it provides expert environmental insight like "drink fluids." And it cost, as Rich Jones of points out, more than a house.


There's no explanation. It was coded by a UK firm for probably 300 times the money it should have. Government waste and incompetence, at best. Something crooked at worst. Idiotic and infuriating either way. [ via Geekosystem]