LAUSD does not compute

LAUSD does not compute

HAL 9000 computerWhat’s it with governments and computers? The latest cyber-snafu strikes the LAUSD, reported the Times:

“the Los Angeles Unified School District’s student information system, which has cost more than $130 million, has become a technological disaster. The system made its debut this semester and promptly overloaded the district’s database servers, requiring an emergency re-engineering. In the days and weeks that followed, many teachers were unable to enter grades or attendance or even figure out which students were enrolled in class.”

Sure, private-sector companies have computer problems, such as the recent spate of data stealing at Target, etc. But the problems are far fewer than in government, and more quickly fixed. And in any case, if a company messes up your computer records, you can switch to another company. But government always is with us; there’s no competition.

Some other notable government computer glitches:

  • In July, the IRS claimed massive, continuous “computer clashes” prevented it from handing over to Congress emails from former head Lois Lerner and others involved in the scandal over IRS attacks on conservative groups.
  • A year ago, Obamacare’s computers crashed big time.
  • In Sept. 2013, the California Employment Development Department admitted computer crashes delayed checks to 185,000 unemployed people.
  • In Feb. 2013, the California DMV’s $208 million tech overhaul was canceled because it didn’t work.


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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 15 October, 2014, 16:11

    I suspect some of these gov computer problems are engineered and baked into the cake so that the gov oligarchs can give big cushy repair contracts to their sugar daddies in the private sector who return the favors. The gov contracting system just reeks of corruption.
    Hey, just a shout-out to those of you who own Netfliks stock in your portfolios and lost 26% of your money in a little over an hour today. Over at BevMo they got a sale going down. Buy one bottle of wine at full price and get a second one for only a nickle. Cheers!
    I wonder how many shares of Netfliks CalPers was holding??? 😀

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 15 October, 2014, 16:22

    Should not plug CVS wine with different labels. Doomers and the doomed just love those Thunderbird and Ripple spritzers!!!!

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  3. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 15 October, 2014, 16:47

    Quality is not important when you just want to forget your problems. A quart of Apple Andy would do just fine. Plus, with Apple Andy there’s no reason to spend a nickle on a second bottle. You’ll never make it that far. Cheers! 🙂

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