Days after the launch of the federal government´s Obamacare website, millions of Americans looking for information on new health insurance plans were still locked out of the system even though its designers scrambled to add capacity.Government officials blame the persistent glitches on an overwhelming crush of users - 8.6 million unique visitors by Friday - trying to visit the HealthCare.gov website this week. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversaw development of the site, declined to make any of its IT experts available for interviews. CGI Group Inc, the Canadian contractor that built HealthCare.gov, is "declining to comment
Clearly, this problem is due to the intransigence of Republicans and Ted Cruz in particular. All central planning, top down, big government schemes would work if it just wasn´t for conservative criticism.
Another great example of why the private healthcare system should be destroyed so the government can run all of healthcare. And the stupid people would still go along after this disaster. It boggles the mind on why people are not marching in the streets!
"spokeswoman Linda Odorisio." In Spanglish, does that mean Very Bad Smell?
Again they are blaming the IT people. Chances are the specifications they got from the US Government are of the same quality as the 10,000 page monstrosity that was written in haste for this clustercluck of a law. It will be weeks until they get it working and I´m loving every minute of it.
Speaking of Drudge, there´s a headline today from CNN: "Journalism students get news from CBS, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, NYT -- and Jon Stewart." My suggestion is that henceforth all state schools -- colleges, universities, community colleges -- should be defunded until half their journalism faculties are conservative. Especially in states whose governors are Republican. Boars-of-Regents shuld be given notice.
So when are we going to hear again about those evil corporations who outsource and send jobs overseas? Doesn´t the fact that they chose a non-U.S. company make the administration evil? At least HHS Sec Sebelius?
And could some of the Republicans make a point of bringing up the point about the non-U.S. company? And that the reason for hiring them in the first place is because they want the U.S. system to be like the Canadians?
The results are everything we have come to expect from years of goobernment operations. Please name one new goobernment program done in the last 20 years that has even come close to working. Why should this be any different?
Well then the solution is simple. Just upgrade the internet system in the US to fiber optics increasing the speed orders of magnitude. Then provide all users with much more powerful computers and add hundreds or thousands of servers to all the US agencies involved in exchanging information. Problem solved. It might cost a trillion or two but what the hey, just increase the debt ceiling however much it takes.
There is a website that every day accommodates millions upon millions of people playing the most intricate, real-time, cash money, interactive game on earth - and it does it without a glitch. The game is poker and the site is "Party Poker."
Of course, here in the "land of the free" our Government, in it´s vast wisdom, has banned Americans from using Party Poker and others like it. They were not getting their payof..., er, cut.
Just one small example of entrepreneurial enterprise and Capitalism versus Socialism. Socialism loses every time - except in Washington, DC.
Boehner is offering Obama a lifeline on this fiasco. These web applications were badly designed, never load tested, and likely will not be operational for weeks. The government wants to manage our health care but cannot competently get a website up and running in 3 1/2 years. And Obama wants to compare this to Apple? If they spent 3 1/2 years developing a piece of crap product heads would be rolling.
When the government does something they act as if there is an unlimited supply of money. I would bet this project has been made precarious by project creep. "Just add this one more feature" when said ten times can jeopardize the project. When said hundreds of times like is typical of government projects, it destroys the project.
The term "bug" was originally coined in reference to the nuisance of moths getting into the arrays of vacuum tubes and shorting-out early computers. Over subsequent decades, silicon chips supplanted the tubes as the switching elements, making them much faster, longer-lived, and more bug-resistant.
During that time, use of the term "bug" evolved away from incidental hardware failures to system design flaws that produce unwanted or unpredictable program results. Nowadays, software circles treat "bug" simply as the opposite of "feature"...
Reply #5 and #24 are right on the mark. Back in the ´60s, in the early days of computing and before I found my true calling, I worked for 2 Fortune 50 companies designing and installing their new, super expensive computer systems. The biggest problems, hands down, was always in the specifications and dealing with change after change after the spec was signed off on.
Nine times out of ten, the people that put together the spec were not capable of even telling us what they wanted. We would tell them over and over, them most often being senior executive staff, that once coding started it would be very difficult to go back and start changing things because the system is being built one piece top of another. In one ear and out the other. Try telling an Executive VP of a major company that his brilliant new idea was downright stupid.
Same with this Government. Being the smartest and most honest Government ever, it is inconceivable that they could ever be wrong - about anything. They probably went to Canada because nobody in this Country would take on the job.
A Canadian Co. built it? I guess this goes along with redistribution of wealth, only Barry has a new program of outsourcing IT resources to other countries. After all, you can´t build a massive architecture with part-time employees. Once again, he´s waived another law (Buy American Act).
If its a "coding problem", then what they are saying between the lines is the entire system is flawed. Like poster #27 said, the people that wrote the software have to write it within the parameters given to them by executives that no absolutely nothing about the complexities of relationships you build from one piece of information to the next. I would not be surprised if this software was "fatally flawed", that meaning that it will never work properly unless rewritten from the ground up. This happens more than you think, I´ve been in the middle of such a mess before, a database was handed to me to basically run a government agency with. The database was designed and written by people that knew absolutely nothing about the actual agency, we tried to work with it, ended up scrapping it and starting from scratch. With a project the size of barrycare they can keep fixing "glitches" until the end of time, but it will never work properly I´ll bet without a complete ground up rewrite.
There is another layer to this madness. Software designers NEVER make mistakes. That´s by definition. They are brilliant people and their code is always perfect.
And when the poor, benighted users come up with example after example of malfunctions, it´s obviously because the users are doing something wrong. It takes incredible pressure and months to straighten it all out because, as I said, software designers NEVER make mistakes.
Miss Nancy told us we would have to pass the law to find out what is in it. We still haven´t found this out till the programmers code it. They are the ones that have to pin down all the vagaries of the 2000+ page bill. This and the insanity of collecting so much information to social engineer everyone´s behaviour explains the problem! Look at the blizzard of Java code that is triggered when you apply. The servers DDOS themselves in their normal operation.
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The Advocate, 10/7/2013 11:23:03 AM (No. 9554150)
Perhaps someone was able to insert a stuxnet virus into this monstrosity? Is this similar to the exposure of the global warming scam through posting on a Russian server the emails of CRU Phil Jones and Penn States Michael Mann and how they falsified the data, sabotaged the work of anyone exposing them and LIED to continue the Global Warming scam? Lame Cherry may be on to something.
I´m in enthusiastic agreement with those who say this software will likely need to be scrapped and rebuilt from the ground up, taking months and millions of dollars at a minimum.
If the bill is passed guaranteeing that federal employees will receive pay for hours furloughed, those employees are now on paid vacation, and most will not be (seriously) clamoring for an end to the furlough.
That is a perfect storm. The stories will continue to accumulate of website failures, incorrectly recorded data, etc. Like it or not, the major media will be forced to cover the facts accurately.
The longer the Republicans hold out, passing the bills that will open the National Parks, fund cancer research, restart the Amber Alert site, etc., the more the stories will go in favor of the Tea Party ideals.
Back in the 70´s I was a Test Engineer for a company that was developing computerized supermarket checkout systems. When we completed a software upgrade we would set up a mock supermarket checkout line and test it. The final test would occur when we called the temp help agency and told them to send us 15 of the dumbest people they had. They would argue to send us the best they had, and we would insist on dumb ones.
We trained them, put them to work checking out baskets of groceries and watched for problems. We called it the "Gorilla Test."
Bottom line, no real testing took place. If it had the list of defects would have been known.
Had the list of defects been known, Odumbo would have taken the offer of the House for a year delay in OdumboCare. They would have also taken the Medical equipment tax as well.
They then would have had until December 15 to hash out the budget, and a year to fix defects. Now the systems operators will have to try Hot Fixes which never work. They generally break something else and the analyst start chasing their tails.
But, DearReader let his ego rule they day. Besides, Gates did not test their MS OS applications and got away with it. Why not the I one?
I think it was designed to not work, as all of Obamacare is designed to not work. Its purpose from the start was to disrupt and dismantle the greatest health care system in the world, insert chaos, and then go straight to single payer government healthcare.
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