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Computer Systems Crash & The Media Blames the Economy.

January 7th, 2009

The media again tries to take something that has little to do with the actual number of unemployed people and use it to explain why the sky is falling. News reports available here and here explain that many state unemployment systems have been brought down by the massive amount of people all simultaneously trying to use the system before an approaching deadline. It’s obvious, however, that there is something else going on here. Did all of the states in these reports use the same software for managing their unemployment systems? Are these states really running systems so fragile they can’t handle a 2% uptick in traffic? Am I being unreasonable by expecting these systems to breeze through ten thousand simultaneous users? Surely they’ve been hit hard before as previous deadlines were approaching. I hope I’m wrong but it sounds to me like the media is using bad software to show people the sky is falling.

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Author: T.J. Seabrooks Categories: Uncategorized Tags: