Said O this weekend of his massive technological faceplant, “Folks are working around the clock and have been systematically reducing the wait times.” No doubt that’s true; the shutdown might stop the feds from manning the Amber Alert site, but rest assured they’ll find a loophole to keep repairs to Healthcare.gov humming. But how much is left to repair? Ezra Klein’s WaPo Wonkblog has a useful user-friendly interview with a tech expert explaining that the O-Care website has two major problems, one of which is easily resolved and one of which isn’t. The easy one is scalability, i.e. adding more
I think it cannot be disputed, that if a person got to where he is professionally by being a total BS artist, that person should completely avoid all facets of software development, especially very large enterprise software (ObamaCare)
BTW, I very much like the use of the word "faceplant" in context of barack obama, in the first sentence of the article. Brings a smile. Thank you Allahpundit.
The Web sites are down because they cannot handle the traffic. This is known in the business as not being "able to scale". The methods by which a Web site can scale to handle huge volumes of traffic are fundamental to the design.
These are not glitches. It´s like a tunnel that is going to collapse. You can´t fix it after the fact in a weekend. You must take it down and re-architect at a fundamental level.
Just to add, no private company would ever have an e-commerce site running/not running depending on the time of day, one week after going live. Have to take it down, leave it down until fully tested. Otherwise, principals of said company would be liable for damages.
John Boehner offered obama the best lifeline he could have, take the 1 year delay. Fix everything, come back. obama gives stupid a bad name.
Scalabilty is not an easy problem to solve if your infrastructure level was not sourced and architected with scale in mind. It is like trying to workout how to double the horsepower of an engine that is already maxed out: simple tweeks will not get you where you need to be.
Another probable source of the problem afflicting the site is that whoever was calling the shots on its design at HHS probably didn´t know what they should have or what it should do, and kept changing their minds mid-stream.
That sort of requirements drift can compound the amount of time to re-engineer by an order of magnitude. This would explain the 3.5 years wasted.
Agree with #2 and 5, and I´d also add that in addition to the 1)problems with the basic architecture and 2) non-existent scalability, the system seems to be rife with basic, garden-variety programming bugs -- invalid branches to error messages, bad formulas, etc..
Testing and the specification of benchmarks for testing should have been a part of the original RFP, and an important part of the contract. These benchmarks should have been tested for and passed long before rollout. This is not a law school gentleman´s C paper, this is an exceedingly expensive failure. If this testing was not done, the fault is with the people running HHS. It would be very interesting to know who the contractor is and what their political connections to the administration might be?
Planned Parenthood’s 2012-2013 annual report is out, and a pro-life group has already found that the pro-abortion group received nearly $1.5 million a day in government funding over the year. “We are the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider and advocate, with more than 700 health centers across the country that will see nearly three million patients this year,” reads the report’s introductory message from Planned Parenthood chair, Alexis McGIll Johnson and president Cecile Richards. The report looks at Planned Parenthood’s impact, health services and financial situation.
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Following the release of the budget deal Paul Ryan agreed to with Patty Murray, there will be talk of a shift in Ryan’s political principles. The deal is being framed by its authors as a model of pragmatism, which is a good indication that it will conform to the belief that a fair deal is one from which both sides come away equally unhappy.(Snip)The truth is, most of Ryan’s career suggests he wants the gavel, not the veto pen. Such a career path, by definition, requires staying put. So the clearest evidence of Ryan’s aspirations was when he passed on
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US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
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