Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

July 6, 2014 7:28 pm May 21, 2014 9:00 pm
Aneesh Chopra Extended Interview

I wanted to check out the extended interview given how little of it made it on air.  Unfortunately it’s a little disappointing just how much of a politician Aneesh Chopra turned out to be.  He does make a good point and kind of makes it more understandable for non-techies like Jon Stewart to understand why it’s “not so simple” to integrate legacy systems.  However he seems more concerned with proving that they have done things rather than actually answering Jon’s question.  The truth is this is incredibly difficult problem that would take a lot to fix, but it is possible and he seemed to not get that that was the point Jon Stewart was trying to make.

December 9, 2013 7:13 pm November 3, 2013 3:06 pm
HealthCare.gov: How political fear was pitted against technical needs

We cannot sustain this political environment of required opposition and paranoia. 

November 2, 2013 3:01 pm
"But the longer-term story isn’t the rollout and its many severe glitches. No one recalls whether the first batch of Social Security checks was sent on time in the late 1930s. The story that will matter, and linger, is that the Affordable Care Act was the first major law implemented almost entirely online. It’s the template for the future, and rather than using its launch as an excuse to renew attacks on the law, we need to learn what we can because, like this bill or not, it is part of the next wave of government."
October 25, 2013 7:20 pm
Getting to the Bottom of HealthCare.gov’s Flop
October 20, 2013 8:54 pm
Ailing Obamacare site to get a 'tech surge'

Exactly what should have been done from the start.

October 14, 2013 8:49 pm
Why US government IT fails so hard, so often

Not to say I ever thought the government was a good environment for innovation, but I am losing faith in any environment being good for it.  Government and corporations you spend the whole time dealing with political bullshit, bureaucracy and red tape while if you go for for a start-up you have little to no resources and might be out of business tomorrow.  You can’t build something good when half the people in charge are literally fighting against it.

12:05 am
From the Start, Signs of Trouble at Health Portal
September 8, 2013 10:25 am
Years of Tragic Waste - Paul Krugman

stoweboyd:

Krugman isn’t trying to get the Democrats to push hard for additional stimulus, although the logical extension of his ‘back of the envelope calculation’ would lead to that position. Krugman seems totally resigned to a continued stalemate in Washington: where the GOP tells outright lies and the Democrats respond with half truths.

Paul Krugman:

Set aside the politics for a moment, and ask what the past five years would have looked like if the U.S. government had actually been able and willing to do what textbook macroeconomics says it should have done — namely, make a big enough push for job creation to offset the effects of the financial crunch and the housing bust, postponing fiscal austerity and tax increases until the private sector was ready to take up the slack.I’ve done a back-of-the-envelope calculation of what such a program would have entailed: It would have been about three times as big as the stimulus we actually got, and would have been much more focused on spending rather than tax cuts.

'By any objective standard, U.S. economic policy since Lehman has been an astonishing, horrifying failure.'

Would such a policy have worked? All the evidence of the past five years says yes. The Obama stimulus, inadequate as it was, stopped the economy’s plunge in 2009Europe’s experiment in anti-stimulus — the harsh spending cuts imposed on debtor nations — didn’t produce the promised surge in private-sector confidence. Instead, it produced severe economic contraction, just as textbook economics predicted. Government spending on job creation would, indeed, have created jobs.

But wouldn’t the kind of spending program I’m suggesting have meant more debt? Yes — according to my rough calculation, at this point federal debt held by the public would have been about $1 trillion more than it actually is. But alarmist warnings about the dangers of modestly higher debt have proved false. Meanwhile, the economy would also have been stronger, so that the ratio of debt to G.D.P. — the usual measure of a country’s fiscal position — would have been only a few points higher. Does anyone seriously think that this difference would have provoked a fiscal crisis?

And, on the other side of the ledger, we would be a richer nation, with a brighter future — not a nation where millions of discouraged Americans have probably dropped permanently out of the labor force, where millions of young Americans have probably seen their lifetime career prospects permanently damaged, where cuts in public investment have inflicted long-term damage on our infrastructure and our educational system.

Look, I know that as a political matter an adequate job-creation program was never a real possibility. And it’s not just the politicians who fell short: Many economists, instead of pointing the way toward a solution of the jobs crisis, became part of the problem, fueling exaggerated fears of inflation and debt.

Still, I think it’s important to realize how badly policy failed and continues to fail. Right now, Washington seems divided between Republicans who denounce any kind of government action — who insist that all the policies and programs that mitigated the crisis actually made it worse — and Obama loyalists who insist that they did a great job because the world didn’t totally melt down.

Obviously, the Obama people are less wrong than the Republicans. But, by any objective standard, U.S. economic policy since Lehman has been an astonishing, horrifying failure.

And appointing the anti-regulatory Summers as chair of the Federal Reserve would be a perfect capstone for this litany of stupid missteps.

(via emergentfutures)