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You're making me violate my do-not-reply-to-anonymous-cowards policy here, shame on you.
Anyway, come on - it's an ambitious 1B NOK IT project which isn't only rendered unavailable due to "high" traffic, but also contains unforgivable flaws (like exposing "Kenneth") -- THAT, my friend, is a fucking joke, regardless of how profitable it is.
I normally wouldn't care about this, but since the Norwegian government (i.e. the people, myself included) paid 1 billion NOK for this solution, I expect it to WORK. Mind you, this is not the first time we've had problems with Altinn, this has been a recurring drama the past few years. As the article states; every year they claim to be prepared, and every year they are unable to deliver.
We're not *that* many people in Norway (recently hit the 5 million mark), and certainly not that many adults checking their tax returns online. Guesstimate: 1 million? And how many checks it simultaneously? Let's be generous and say half.
So how the hell can a 175 million USD project not be able to deal with 500k visitors? It's a fucking joke.
Because some of us just can't let go.
And, to be fair, OS4.1 and beyond is pretty good and is only available for new PPC hardware (like the Sam440, as well as the upcoming Sam460 and X1000). It comes with lots of GNU tools, gcc, a decent browser that actually works, good internet connectivity, and so on.
I'm always looking for a new idea that will be more productive than its cost. -- David Rockefeller