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Police officers in Queensland, Australia, have been ignoring minor traffic and criminal infractions so they don’t have to deal with QPRIME — their new A$100 million Queensland Police Records Information Management Exchange computer system. A simple report that took an hour on older systems takes “several hours of angst” on the “nightmare” QPRIME system, according to Queensland Police Union vice-president Ian Leavers. A state police spokesman defended the system, saying it assists officers “by allowing them to access information in a holistic manner.” (RC/Brisbane Courier-Mail) ...In the old days, people worried that computers would take over the world. We have now come to a point where computers are intelligent enough to realize that they don’t want to.
Original Publication Date: 28 December 2008
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 15.

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