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Neil Cavuto interviews IT specialist on Obamacare's lousy website architecture (10/7/2013)

When a user tries to create an account on HealthCare.gov, which serves insurance exchanges in 36 states, it prompts the computer to load an unusually large amount of files and software, overwhelming the browser, experts said. Hitting "apply" on HealthCare.gov causes 92 separate files, plug-ins and other mammoth swarms of data to stream between the user's computer and the servers powering the government website, said Matthew Hancock, an independent expert in website design. He was able to track the files being requested through a feature in the Firefox browser.

Of the 92 he found, 56 were JavaScript files, including plug-ins that make it easier for code to work on multiple browsers (such as Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer and Google Inc's Chrome) and let users upload files to HealthCare.gov.

It is not clear why the upload function was included.

"They set up the website in such a way that too many requests to the server arrived at the same time," Hancock said.

He said because so much traffic was going back and forth between the users' computers and the server hosting the government website, it was as if the system was attacking itself.

Related Reuters article :

"IT experts question architecture of Obamacare website"

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/05/us-usa-healthcare-...


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it just plain didn't work

I went when it opened up and it plain just did not work. This is very basic web and database programming that I do every day. It wasn't about too much traffic. To much traffic gives time-outs, it doesn't give just plain wrong results. It is clear to me that nobody bothered to even test the site before going live. pathetic.

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"Made in Amerika... with YOUR tax payer money."

"Made in Amerika... with YOUR tax payer money."

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And now for the business side... DELICIOUS :

And now for the business side... DELICIOUS :

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57607200/how-many-amer...

Health care consultant Bob Laszewski says plan insurers he has heard from report enrollment is low. The administration hoped 7 million would choose a policy by the end of the year. But he said some major companies have told him their enrollment numbers are in the hundreds.

"That says to me is Obamacare hasn't been launched," says Laszewski. "People are talking about glitches with system problems and that sort of thing. That's as far from reality as it can be. This program has not even gotten off the ground yet."

Several major insurance carriers contacted by CBS News either declined to provide statistics or did not return calls [...] However, emails we have seen written by insurance executives describe enrollment numbers as "ugly." One said politicians and others have their "heads in the sand."

"This program doesn't work if we don't get the healthy people to sign up to get enough premium into the program to work," says Laszewski. "It's not going to work for insurance companies, and it's certainly not going to work for the Obama administration."

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burn burn burn

i'm feelin giddy and filled with glee.... what a wonderful weekend....

maybe now those liberal big govt types will understand what it takes to build a smoothly operating website that scales.... the private sector WINS biatch!

Those days and nights of optimizing our web code that a Liberal will never ever understand... You can't just throw money at a problem (+$500 million in this case!) and hope your liberal dreams come true... You need people that have some form of connected INCENTIVE to outperform... the REWARD at the end of the toil..

Welcome to what we've been telling you for years.... THE FREE MARKET TRUMPS EVERYTHING... E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!!!!!

signed,
A Struggling Internet Entrepreneur

Ron Paul 2012

The A^%hole administration

really believed this would work? Believe they believed! It is sad when the intentions you hold for others cannot be considered and realized due to the inconsideration and ignorance in expecting everyone else to fund it and let YOU claim it as yours.

Obama Administration = drool.

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Oh my, I hear you.

Oh my, I hear you.

Oh my... memories... and THAT was 7 years ago already.

But hey, bureauCRAPS and socialist thieves WILL NEVER GET that concept, of course... ya know...

... HARD, REAL work, sanctioned by the markets.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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"A three year project."

"A three year project."

Bwahahahaha.

P R E C I O U S .

Yeah, sorry 'bout that, darling Daddy/Boss/King Obamarx :

you can steal all the money you want, if the people you hired suck... well, THEY SUCK - and your loot won't make that damn unforgiving and dumb computer work any better.

LOSER !

BWAHAHAHAHAHA !!!

I'm lovin' it !

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius