More and more evidence is coming to light that the glitch-filled launch of the Obama Administration’s new healthcare marketplace, HealthCare.gov, was more than simply launch-day traffic overload. Technology experts who’ve gotten access to the site have reported that it appears to be built on a sloppy software foundation full of dead code and improper web-efficiency techniques — hallmarks of a software project rushed to meet a launch deadline.
In the midst of debt ceiling and government shutdown negotiations on Monday, the Obama Administration launched its new online health insurance marketplace — HealthCare.gov — where Americans can go to shop for affordable healthcare.
However, it seems even the federal government isn’t immune from technical snags.
It was another shaky day on Wall Street Tuesday morning. In an apparent system error, a Goldman Sachs algorithm running on the options exchange set incorrect price limits on a number of ticket symbols.
According to Bloomberg, the trading may have affected about 400,000 contracts for companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson and Kellogg. Even though Goldman says the error “would not be material to the financial condition of the firm,” we can’t help but notice the striking similarity this glitch has with one that brought down the market making financial services firm Knight Capital Group.
Here we go again. You probably have heard, since it’s been reported everywhere, that American Airlines was grounded Tuesday, leaving passengers stranded for several hours due to a “computer glitch” in the reservation system. Because of the glitch, gate agents were unable to print boarding passes; and some passengers described being stuck for long stretches on planes on the runway unable to take off or, having landed, initially unable to move to a gate.