President Barack Obama will declare the glitches in a new healthcare website ´unacceptable´ on Monday as his team scrambles to fix problems that have tainted the roll-out of his signature healthcare law. Fresh from two weeks of budget battles that have consumed Washington, Obama will hold an event at 11:25am in the White House Rose Garden with consumers, small business owners, and pharmacists who have been affected by the new law. The move is the highest-profile step in a broad damage control effort that the administration has launched since technical problems with the website, healthcare.gov, have prevented Americans nationwide from signing up
Comments: Depends on the definition of "best and brightest." Isn´t that what the .gov said about CRF bulbs?
Here´s the trick: all these silly glitches in the webtsite will be addressed and then Obama will be able to say, "hey, nothing is wrong with Obamacare any more, so shut up and love it."
bringing in a ´tech surge´ of people
Guess what, nine woman cannot have a baby in one month.
I have personally implemented numerous complex websites (can almost guarantee you have used one or two of them), and the most difficult to implement were always those where the people running the show didn´t know what they wanted, and kept changing their minds. The Obamacare website will probably always be a huge mess.
Media Buzz or media scuzz? According to this past Sunday’s edition, nobody, or at least hardly anybody, likes Ted Cruz. And those who like him only think they like him but they really don’t. Therefore, by default, they really like Barack Hussein Obama, America’s first Mulatto, not Black, President, best described as an executive-ordering, communist dictator with a well-documented, drugged-up past but an otherwise mysteriously undocumented series of unexplained chasms, gulches and gaps. As regards his eponymous “Affordable” Health Care Law AKA ObamaCare, can everyone afford it? No! No? Then what’s in a name? A lie! That’s what!
By the way, which do you prefer? United States of America or Stalag America?
I had high, now dashed, hopes for FNC’s recently launched, frenetically paced, Media Buzz. Catchy name but not much meat on the bones. ‘Stay hungry, my friends!’ And in the meantime, perhaps this new program will find its less strident, more conversational voice.
This is just asking for Not Invented Here syndrome. They will all want to redesign it from the bottom up. And they will all want to add even more complex Java code (or worse yet - VB code). The whole thing should be made to work in HTML1. No graphics. No frames. Not one line of Java script. It should look like the DrudgeReport did it´s first couple of years before graphics. Not one line of it should be written in a web page editor because those things put too much junk in. Every page should be composed in Notepad or vi. Rely on simple CGIbins.
They compare this to the Apple or Microsoft roll out of a new product. Both have been developing their network, servers, and applications for years. They didn´t start from scratch with some huge project. Their systems do not represent 20% of the US economy. The life and death of humans does not generally rely on their systems.
Experienced software developers will tell you that, as you move from one step of a development process to the next, the cost of fixing bugs increases by an order of magnitude.
Stages are crudely defined as 1. Requirements Specification, 2. Design, 3. Building, 4. Testing, and 5. Production and Maintenance. (Others break them down differently, or use a different process, but the cost of errors is similar.) Thus, fixing a mistake production will cost 10,000 times as much as fixing it in the specification (the ACA law).
The administration´s management of the project is about what you would expect from someone who didn´t have a clue what they were doing, but thought that leadership was ordering things to be done.
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Country Boy, 10/21/2013 9:53:04 AM (No. 9574971)
Some very good comments here. The obama administration is totally clueless, and they don´t have a clue that they are clueless.
I have worked in some development (banking). One of the key steps to building software is "Proof of Concept" (POC) phase. Meaning that the team must prove that the component works, on a very small scale.
Betcha nobody working on the ACA did any POC process.
"Uh, about the, uh, the website - I didn´t build that, Bush did! And remember: the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Thank you. Uh."
AP: The historical President Obama once again parted the waters - after walking on them, of course - with his eloquent, uplifting, omniscient words of hope and fairness. Has any greater blessing ever befallen mankind than his awesomely awesome Affordable Care Act? We think not!
I find it strange that this Admin would admit that they contracted with inferior businesses to build a system that is going to affect 16% of the country´s GDP. I would think they would have wanted the "best and brightest" from the get go, but this is typical dem style planning. I´m sure if you look hard enough you´ll see it was cronyism at play as to how the contract was awarded
How about Obama releasing the hounds to go after that original tech company for who knows how many counts of fraud? Or would that expose all the kickbacks that had to have been designed into the whole $634mil mess in the first place?
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lil dotty, 10/21/2013 10:47:09 AM (No. 9575103)
These persons want to be our latex salesmen? (thanks, Jerry S.) They have the same track record as the post office. Doomed to failure. We would have much better luck with our own personal witch doctor.
Obama`s justice dept has been suing banks left and right asking for huge billion dollar payouts due to their `screw up` regarding the housing meltdown of 2007-08. Will they do likewise with this software company that developed this unworkable garbage? Will they be fined so we taxpayers can retrieve some of our money?
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