Nasdaq Experiences A Double Whammy

Plus: Dell’s Latitude laptop litter box problem, Honda’s self-braking minivan

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Nasdaq Experiences A Double Whammy

IT Hiccups of the Week

The problems with the Affordable Care Act website and some of the ACA’s fine print again dominated the IT-related snafus, hitches and glitches news cycle last week. The list of ACA issues is too long to fully enumerate here, but it included the snarls that led to a miniscule sign-up on the first days of the website going live as well as worrisome security-cum-privacy issues, strange data errors, and politically-driven decisions that continue to haunt the IT implementation.

However, while the ACA brouhaha was last week’s headline IT comedy act, there were several other acts on the IT hiccups playbill that this reviewer found just as amusing, including Nasdaq’s double failure act, Dell’s Latitude laptop imitation of a cat’s litter box, and the Honda Odyssey minivan’s unexpected self-braking routine.

Stock Markets Receive Yet Another Reputation Hit  

Nasdaq Blames Human Error for 45-minute Trading Snafu

Second Error of Week Shuts Down Nasdaq Option Market For Nearly All Day

Nasdaq Problems Earlier in Year Sparked Risk Discussion, But Zero Action

Nairobi Securities Exchange Suffers “Just a Technical Hitch” For Second Time in Month

Dell Says It Will Solve Cat Pee Problem

Owners of Dell’s Latitude 6430u Laptops Say They 'Smell of Cat Urine'

Dell Assures Cat Urine Smell is Non-Hazardous and Not from a Cat

Dell Says It Has Fix for Cat Urine Smell

Bad Week for Car Electronics

Honda Recalls 344 000 Odyssey Minivans in U.S. Because Brakes Might Engage On Own

Honda 2007-2008 Odyssey Recall Notice (pdf)

Nissan Recalls 251 000 in Japan Due to Faulty Engine Control Unit

Nissan Reshuffles Management over Paltry Profit Partly Due to Big Recalls

Ford Recalls Ford Focus EV Due to Powertrain Control Module Software Issue

Consumer Reports Dings Ford over Continuing MyFord Touch Problems

Of Other Interest …

Gov. Jerry Brown Blames “Screw-ups” for California EDD System Problems

California EDD System Leaders Leave before Deloitte’s System Problems Emerge (video)

Florida’s New Deloitte-Built Unemployment System Continues to Have Problems

Florida’s Sen. Nelson Calls for Federal Investigation into Malfunctioning Unemployment System

Deloitte Tries to Defend Botched Massachusetts Unemployment System Implementation

Victoria’s Auditor-General Blames Medication Errors on Computer System Problems

US Cellular Loses Customers over Billing Issues

Network Issues Delay Flights at India’s Kolkata Airport

Network Problems Affect Saipan’s Bureau of Motor Vehicle

Barclay’s UK Bank Suffers “Technical Difficulties”

ANZ Bank Fixes Payment Problem

F-35 Helmet Contracted Ended Because of Dangerous Technical Glitches

Photo: Seth Wenig/AP Photo

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

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You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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