Too many hats, not enough rabbits: Why failed

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    1. I had read about the DDoS attacks and wondered why they weren’t more widely reported. But such attacks wouldn’t have kept a well-designed, thoroughly tested website down very long, as we’ve seen from past DDoS attacks on the likes of Yahoo, CNN, eBay, Dell, and Amazon. was crippled from within before it ever launched.

      1. Might have created chaos on Day One, but I don’t recall any DDoS attack taking a website down for longer than a day or two. And the deadline isn’t until December 15, I think.

  1. Internal sabotage is also a possibility… sociology tells us that there are 5-10% of workers in every industry who are either actively or passively trying to bring that organization down.
    And there’a a lot of $$ on the anti-ACA side… enough to buy some souls in both low and high places. I haven’t seen any reports of this yet, however, so it’s speculation.

    1. I totally agree with the youngsters. The govt. should have hired a bunch of them in the first place. Not only is the government incompetent but it’s becoming increasingly clear that the firm they hired to do the job (CGI) is also incompetent.

  2. Arrrrrgghhhh! No business/major research institution would build a site this important that was so unstable, untested, unsuitable – and couldn’t handle extreme traffic.
    And no one with an ounce of sense would hire a company with a shaky reputation (even if they were college friends) to build on an old platform. They knew this company had worked dismally with previous federal projects, but handed this huge one to them anyway.
    There are some of the biggest merchant websites in the world built by techies here…might have been smart to hire them?
    All that money. All that time waste. All that potential for good opening experiences that would encourage others to try. All ruined. Really really hard to get people to come back after a bad experience.
    Who needs conspiracy when gross incompetence is around?

    1. Seems to be an excess of gross incompetence these days.

      Yep, my son keeps pointing to Amazon as an example of a hugely complex website that is constantly changing and yet never misses a beat. I agree with both of you. There were plenty of examples of competence and excellence to draw upon but once again the bureaucrats chose to act like bureaucrats.

... and that's my two cents