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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well 644

Posted by timothy
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The much-discussed health care finance sign-up website HealthCare.gov has benefited from the flurry of improvements that have been thrown at it in the last several weeks. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid spokesman Aaron Albright told Fox News Saturday that "[w]ith the scheduled upgrades last night and tonight, we're on track to meet our stated goal for the site to work for the vast majority of users." CMM spokeswoman Julie Bataille. "said the installation of new servers Friday night helped improved the response times and error rates, even with heavier-than-usual weekend traffic." If you've used the site this weekend, what has your experience been like?
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

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  • Well (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 30, 2013 @08:26PM (#45564139)

    It's just too hard for me.

    --AOL user

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 30, 2013 @08:31PM (#45564169)

    To test it, they want you to put in all kinds of personal information. No thanks.

  • Re:Well (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 30, 2013 @08:35PM (#45564207)
    I know, right! "The website uses a font I don't like, let's repeal the ACA everybody! Everybody?"

    *crickets*

  • Translation (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 30, 2013 @08:50PM (#45564323)

    "We instructed the IETF to change HTTP, 4xx now means the same as 2xx".

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 30, 2013 @08:50PM (#45564325)

    BOSS: Our mandate is to make this site work for the vast majority of users in two weeks. Otherwise we don't get a bonus. And by "we" I mean "I".
    ENGINEER ERNIE: But there are millions of users! Right now the site can only handle 200 simultaneous users, and we just don't have the hardware for more. If we work our asses off and spend a bunch of money on servers, we might be able to get it up to ten thousand. That's nowhere near the vast majority.
    BOSS: Damn it, I promised my son I'd buy him a Cessna for his birthday. I need that bonus! You guys had better think of something quickly.
    ENGINEER DAVE: I think I have an idea...
    BOSS: Spit it out, man!
    ENGINEER DAVE: ... well, I just thought you could hire a few competent engineers for a change. That might get the job done.
    BOSS: Look, I tried that. It was nixed by the big shots -- they don't want to develop a reputation for competence, okay? You've gotta figure something out that works with our current human capital.
    ENGINEER ERNIE: Uh, I have an idea. Say again what the mandate was?
    BOSS: We have to make the site work for the vast majority of users in two weeks.
    ENGINEER ERNIE: That's what I thought. So if we just drive away all the users right now, then we will have no users in two weeks, right?
    BOSS: Yeah... how does that help?
    ENGINEER ERNIE: Well, what's the vast majority of zero?

    [Silence]

    ENGINEER DAVE: But... but...
    BOSS: Shut up and start sabotaging the code, or you're fired.
    ENGINEERS: Yes, sir!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 30, 2013 @10:45PM (#45565043)

    I was easier getting my dog a credit card than it is to get health insurance. The problem now is waiting for the dog's replacement SS card, he ate the last one.

  • by BonThomme (239873) on Saturday November 30, 2013 @10:50PM (#45565087) Homepage

    that's one smart bloodworm.

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