Monday, October 7, 2013

That's the piece of code that calls the NSA ...

As someone who goes to bed listening to Ground Zero, it gets easier to see black helicopters.  While reading yet another Wall Street Journal article on the major snafus getting the Obamacare exchanges to work, I saw this little throwaway paragraph and started thinking: Maybe the stray software does serve a purpose ...

Engineers at Web-hosting company Media Temple Inc. found a glut of stray software code that served no purpose they could identify. They also said basic Web-efficiency techniques weren't used, such as saving parts of the website that change infrequently so they can be loaded more quickly. Those factors clog the website's plumbing, Media Temple said.  The identity-checking foul-ups are also triggering problems for state-run exchanges, which rely on the federal system.