In Massachusetts, people trying to sign up at the health care dot gov site computer find compuer flaws that cut off people with hyphenated names and force others to falsely say they are prison inmates or mental patients before they can finish their applications.
All of a sudden my iPad battery is running down much faster than it normally has. This morning I turned it on at 100 percent and in 45 minutes it was already down to 89 percent. I've tried all the usual advice about saving battery power but have no idea what is causing this.
That's what the Obama Care website (which does not work) contains. 500 million lines of code.
A Slate article referring to a story in the New York Times, walks us through the mess that is Healthcare.gov. "Dan Check, Slate’s vice president for technology, puts it this way: "If you contract something out and get 500 million lines of code back, there’s no way it’s going to work correctly."
..."A number like 500 million suggests the Healthcare.gov contractors may be writing their own code in many places where they'd be better off relying on open-source external libraries. They may also be solving problems via copy-and-paste rather than more elegant programming techniques such as inheritance or polymorphism."
"So if, as the Times piece suggests, the contractors responsible for fixing HealthCare.gov are already thinking about the task in terms of millions of lines of code, the situation may be even worse than we thought. It’s not just that the problem is large in scope—it’s that the people in charge of fixing it are going about it all wrong."
There is nothing more to add except weeks of work to get a viable site online. It might be better to bring in an entirely new group of actual programmers to start from scratch rather than give the controls back to the contractors hired in the first place. If their judgment is as poor when selecting "a surge of technicians" then it may never get up and running.
Every day, the Post Dispatch's Twitter feed will put up a question a reader asked on Reddit. I've ignored this most days, other days I'll click the link to see what the deal is. I'm always sorry I wasted my time because there is really nothing there. No there there.
So what is Reddit and what is its purpose? It bills itself as the front page of the internet which is a rather bold statement when you consider it has a long way to go to be the first place anyone heads when they turn on their phones or computers. Reddit is a social news and entertainment website where registered users submit content in the form of either a link or a text ("self") post. Other users then vote the submission "up" or "down", which is used to rank the post and determine its position on the site's pages and front page. Content entries are organized by areas of interest called "subreddits".
Here's the link I looked at this morning, put up by the P-D on Twitter. As you can see, the question is, "Where can I get a couple thousand baseball cards assessed around the STL area?" Then you find only one comment and then basically a blank page.
I just don't get it and don't actually know anyone who ever uses it or mentions it.
The New York Times technology page has a long article on how to decrease the dead spots you may encounter with your wireless router. This was of interest to me since we have a number of areas in the house where the wireless signal is very low due to distance from the router and very thick walls.
But, by the end of the story the solution looks to be way too difficult for most of us to accomplish. Here is the best solution they give:
"Put in Cat 5 cable throughout the house and connect
each device directly into it. But unless you have put these cables in
your walls when building a new home, that’s impractical. Some laptops
require Cat 5 adapters. And no one wants to tack unsightly wires along
For those without cables in their walls, a hard-wired connection can be
sent throughout the house using one of two technologies: MoCA and
MoCA, or Multimedia over Coax Alliance, uses a home’s coaxial, or cable
TV, cables to carry a network signal. Powerline technology sends a
network signal through a home’s electrical wiring. To use Powerline, one Powerline module is plugged into an electrical
outlet next to a router, and the two are connected with an Ethernet
cable. The other Powerline unit is plugged into the wall near the device
that is to receive the network signal. That device is then connected to
the Powerline unit also with an Ethernet cable".
The best solution for us is to try and stay within good range of our wireless router.
We've finished preparing a 40 square foot area of the backyard in Collinsville, worked all weekend tearing out butterfly bushes and pulling out miles of English Ivy. Then we worked up the soil. Now all we need is sod. I have to say all that work really makes the yard look bigger and it opens up our periferal vision. Before, that corner was just so crowded it made things seem messy and suffocating, which it was.
Today my plan is to get sod and the only place I know of that reliably has it is a nursery in south St. Louis, but when to go? I need to get there fairly early since there are many things on the agenda today. So I went to their website to see when they open and found this notice: Call for Hours. I mean, seriously, what business does this? Shouldn't hours of operation be one of the main points on a business website? I do not plan to call, I've been in nurseries where things are busy enough that it takes some time before anyone answers. I'm guessing 10 and going with that.
Ever begin typing a question to Google and see a drop down box appear with your sentence finished? They're guessing what you want. Today I started "how do you...." and these choices showed up before I'd finished.
1. How do you get pink eye?
2 How do you take a screen shot?
3. How do you get mono?
4. How do you roll?
5. How do you divide fractions?
And on and on. None of those were what I'd planned to ask although I did get hung up on "how do you take a screen shot? Answer: there is a 'snipping tool' in your program list. Hit Start, acccessories and scroll down to the snipping tool. Then you can grab an image off your computer screen.
What I'd wanted answered was advice on how to turn a crib into a twin bed.
According to the New York Times, the Obama Administration is close to supporting an FBI plan to wiretap our internet use, a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to
wiretap people who communicate using the Internet rather than by
traditional phone services.
First the DC types want to add a sales tax to the internet, now they want to peer into what we do and where we go on the web. I guess it's not surprising, we're watched and taxed everywhere else. Is there no one who will just say...how much ease dropping on our lives is enough?