"Random developer codes TSA's $47,000 app in 10 minutes"
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Random developer codes TSA's $47,000 app in 10 minutes
Imagine an app where you tap the screen and an arrow appears, but the magic of the app is that you don't know if the arrow is going to point left or right.
Check out this video by TDOGG E, that, my friends, is the TSA's new randomizer app that it supposedly paid $47,400 for.
The purpose of the app is to tell you which security lane to go to.
So you walk up to the TSA agent, he or she taps the screen and an arrow appears.
If you think that sounds like something you code in a group project for coding 101 You're not alone.
YouTube user [UNKNOWN] uploaded a video last night showing him code this very app in about ten minutes.
He notes that since he usually charges about $100 per hour for coding.
The TSA overpaid for it's app by about $47,000.
That was designed by IBM which sold to the TSA as part of a project totaling $1.4 million.
That's according to developer Kevin Burke, who filed a freedom of information act request to find out the app actually cost.
At this point, it's unclear what the rest of the money was used for.
But it's possible that the purchase of tablets and device training was a part of the deal.
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