Wal-Mart Apologizes for Unrealistically Low Prices

Fox News declares World Zombie Day, unemployed Floridians experience more “minor” system troubles

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Wal-Mart Apologizes for Unrealistically Low Prices

IT Hiccups of the Week

The complications with the roll out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) website continued its unbroken streak of dominating the news cycle related to IT-related snarls, snags and inconveniences. Among the list of IT health issues bedeviling the ACA’s website that cropped up last week are: the admission of a dramatic rise in the number of items on the “punch list,” from dozens to hundreds of problems that require fixing; the lack of interest from those to whom the ACA’s website was specifically targeted; a host of folks, including well-known IT luminaries such as economist Larry Summers, offering what I'm sure is welcomed at the White House, unsolicited advice on how to successfully manage the ACA website development effort; and counsel that if a user finds him or herself on an Obamacare website that seems to actually work, it is more than likely being operated by a scam artist.

But the ACA website was not the only IT system that was reportedly in poor health last week.  There was, for example, a Wal-Mart website pricing error that gave new meaning to the company’s slogan, “Always low prices.” A Fox News website called for World Zombie Day, and problems continued for Florida’s new unemployment insurance system website and back office systems.

WalMart Website Glitch Excites and then Disappoints Many with Low, Low Prices

WalMart Advertises $9 Computer Monitors

WalMart Glitch Sparks Buying Frenzy

WalMart Blames “Technical Issue” for Low Pricing Errors

WalMart Cancels Orders, Offers $10 Gift Certificate Consolation

Fox News Website Calls on All Zombies to Honor World Zombie Day

Fox News Website Claims “World Zombie Day”

Fox News Website Says “Weeeeeeee”

Fox Insists It Wasn’t Hacked, Just Had Production Problems

Florida’s New Unemployment Insurance System Website Still Causing Frustration

Florida Still Trying to Fix Deloitte-Built Unemployment System Website

Florida Officials Claim Only “Minor Glitches” with System, Others Disagree

More Trouble With Florida’s Unemployment System Upgrade

Of Other Interest …

Stanbic IBTC Bank in Nigeria Has ATM Problems

San Juan County, Washington, Declares Phone Outage Emergency after Fiber Optic Cable Cut

Cable Cut Takes out Bermuda’s Transport Control Department’s Website

Network Failure Halts OTC Market Trading

Instagram Goes Down Due to “System Issues”

Over 91 000 Model Year 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Recalled for Electrical & Software Problems

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Labels Online Stories From 2003 as Being From 2013

NYC MetroCard Glitch Leaves Riders Unable to Pay by Credit or Debit Cards

Kentucky’s Online School Testing System Still Unreliable

Consumer Reports Says the Monster 7 Tablet, Sold Exclusively at Wal-Mart, Is Glitch-Prone

Computer “Glitch” Affects Missouri Courts

Researchers Claim IT Glitch Could Threaten 2015 UK Elections


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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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