Drag your eyes to the right and note that there is a separate product/service and award date. The nature of gov contracting means there is likely a base contract, and when a new job comes up (e.g. healthcare.gov) they mod the contract and issue a new award. These are 114 separate scopes of work, separate projects. ~113 of which have nothing to do with healthcare.gov.
I did see the right-hand-size description. Those different scopes of work can still be parts of the same big project. In most projects in government or/and private sector you bill for telecom services separately from software development and from system configuration and so on. Pardon for being somewhat cynical, but I am not surprised at all that they can milk the GOV for over 500 M$.
That figure covers 114 separate contracts (see http://usaspending.gov/explore?tab=By+Prime+Awardee&fiscal_year=all&idvpiid=HHSM500200700015I&typeofview=transactions )
All these contracts are with the same "HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT". It seems like they itemized the whole work as a serious of smaller contracts. With the general governmental corruption and inefficiency it is quite believable that they could waste half a G$ on a single IT system.
Without the Soviet Union, they're hovering around the 10th largest economy in the world (about even with Canada, depending on what source you look at), and the 8th largest by population.
Not quite correct. According to the Purchasing-Power-Parity GDP measure http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP) Russia is #6 right ahead of the United Kingdom.
Nonsense. Imagine, that your higher entropy incoherent electromagnetic radiation is absorbed back by matter and becomes heat again. In your model entropy will go down. Besides, black body radiation is the EM incoherent light of maximum entropy which is in thermal equilibrium with matter. LED light spectrum is almost monochromatic and has lower entropy than black-body radiation at the same temperature.
Can three turkeys make and eagle?
I will not be surprised that in few months from now a triumvirate of Microsoft, Intel and Nokia emerge as a consortium to push Nokia made mobile devices with Intel mobile chips running MS software. Entirely possible...
The trouble with money is it costs too much!