How would you like that as a budget for your next web site? The Italian Government today pulled the plug for the uberportal italia.it, after a whopping 330 days of operation and a jaw-dropping bill of at least 45MEUR in taxpayer money going down the drain for proprietary software, predatory consultancies, shameless editors, amateur translations, ridiculous logos and God only knows what else. That's nearly 150KEUR per day, according to the most conservative estimates: to put things in perspective, the OLPC project had to make ends meet with a 12.5MEUR funding.
We had a laugh at it before. Now it's time to cry. And miss the good old times where pillories weren't just virtual things.