Nothing a few load balancers and a debt limit increase can’t fix

From Digital Trends, the debacle that is Healthcare.gov

The reason for this nationwide headache apparently stems from poorly written code, which buckled under the heavy influx of traffic that its engineers and administrators should have seen coming. But the fact that Healthcare.gov can’t do the one job it was built to do isn’t the most infuriating part of this debacle – it’s that we, the taxpayers, seem to have forked up more than $634 million of the federal purse to build the digital equivalent of a rock.

The exact cost to build Healthcare.gov, according to U.S. government records, appears to have been $634,320,919, which we paid to a company you probably never heard of: CGI Federal. The company originally won the contract back in 2011, but at that time, the cost was expected to run “up to” $93.7 million – still a chunk of change, but nothing near where it ended up.

They are throwing more servers at the problem right this moment. It won’t help. But at least it looks pretty.

(h/t Hacker News)

MG signing off (as even the sturdiest structure built on a foundation of straw and mud is going to sink)