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Submission + - More backstory emerges about healthcare.gov project chaos (nytimes.com)

conoviator writes: NY Times has just published a piece providing more background on the healthcare.gov software project. One interesting aspect: "Another sore point was the Medicare agency’s decision to use database software, from a company called MarkLogic, that managed the data differently from systems by companies like IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. CGI officials argued that it would slow work because it was too unfamiliar. Government officials disagreed, and its configuration remains a serious problem."

Submission + - When Job-Creation Engines Stop at Just One (nytimes.com)

jlegelis writes: "Isn't this just what technology is supposed to do: enable more efficient use of capital by enabling business creation without tons of overhead. The Times seems to feel that job-creation is the only true measure of 'success' or 'growth'... very myopic, IMHO."

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