OT: front and back end problems of ACA solved by open source zero cost programs

While not metal working related, there has been considerable discussion of the ACA/Obamacare act and implementation on
the NGs.
It should be noted that nearly one billion dollars has been expended by HHS on software developmental costs for just the enrollment phase, with marginal results.
A small group of free lance web designers, over a long week-end and with the help of a case of Jolt cola [slogan: all the sugar and twice the caffeine] created an operational front end [the web page]. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/10/Three-20-Year-Olds-Make-Working-Obamacare-Website-in-Three-Days
Now another group of >>>student<<< programmers as a class project, using open source tools and libraries, has created the back end [interface of the website to the databases] of the enrollment software in just six weeks. http://opensource.com/health/14/2/open-source-health-provider-website
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2014 13:41:02 -0600 typed in rec.crafts.metalworking the following:

    The Student's grades depended on how well they did. Nobody specking out the Official Web site had any incentive to get anything right, nor any knowledge of how the real world works.
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pyotr filipivich wrote:

How well does their software scale up to a hundred million users?
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On Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:32:03 -0500, "Michael A. Terrell"

I doubt the total online count would ever be over several million, but the PostgreSQL software scales up nicely, as does MySQL. Both are fully mature software DBs.
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Larry Jaques wrote:

It will have to track every person who ever registered through it. Supposedly, that billion dollar boondoggle worked when tested by a few people.
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On Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:16:36 -0500, "Michael A. Terrell"

That's why relational databases and SQL were invented, for massive data flow.

Yes, people who didn't know the first thing about any of it, I'm sure. Government is the Peter Principle in Action!
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Larry Jaques wrote:

The database is one thing. The front end is another. Also, the required servers and bandwidth weren't there so it was a crap shoot. That's why I asked how it would scale up, under the same conditions.
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On Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:53:15 -0500, "Michael A. Terrell"

NOTHING scales up without proper server access, so that's a moot point.
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21:56:20 -0800 typed in rec.crafts.metalworking the following:

    That is presuming that the people being elected were competent at something other than running an election campaign. -- pyotr filipivich "With Age comes Wisdom. Although more often, Age travels alone."
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07:32:03 -0500 typed in rec.crafts.metalworking the following:

    Probably better than the software the politician's designed. Not necessarily saying much, but ... -- pyotr filipivich "With Age comes Wisdom. Although more often, Age travels alone."
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On Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:41:02 PM UTC-5, F. George McDuffee wrote:

One needs to remember that the contractor makes the most money if it is as inefficient as possible without losing the contract. So it is much more pr ofitable to have a hundred poor programmers do the job than to have five re ally good programmers do the programming.
A good book on programming economics is " Software Engineering Economics " by Barry Boehm.
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http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/big-hoax-experts-say-north-korea-showing-missiles-cant-fly-v20010707

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On Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:57:58 PM UTC-5, PrecisionmachinisT wrote:

Interesting, but I would not put much faith in that.
The Trident II missile has had 148 successful test flights in a row. And you can not tell if it has any retro rockets by looking at it when it is all buttoned up.
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It's nonsense. Somehow, I seriously doubt that the students implemented the whole 3,000-page law, plus all the subsequent rules. Or interface to all the required legacy databases that cover the entire population. And so on. Probably built just the front end, the part people see. The back end is far larger.
As is designing it so 100,000 people can use it simultaneously. Think XMAS shopping for an idea of the scale.
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