[ExI] comments please regarding snoopy-doopy.gov

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Tue Oct 29 16:47:54 UTC 2013

On Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 8:26 AM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

> it was this data harvesting effort which crashed the HealthCare.gov site,
> required a 600 million dollar software development effort which failed
> ignominiously

Please refrain from such hyperbole.  Not only does it do you no credit, but
it prevents you from figuring things out: as you noted, you "don't get it"

Almost all the data HealthCare.gov collects is already known to the
government; no "data harvesting effort" was necessary.  But there were also
HealthCare.gov's very well documented troubles: mismanagement, requirements
changing during development (which is well known to cause crappy software,
no matter who's building it), and so on.

Never assume malice where mere incompetence will suffice.  In the case of
that site, mere incompetence suffices.
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