Nope. Fry's Electronics.
Fry's Electronics, which rolled out online-only deals on Thanksgiving, saw its website crash in the morning under the weight of too many eager Internet shoppers. Product pages were slow to load or didn't load at all, and many customers found themselves unable to complete their purchases.
Come on, GOP, repeal the Fry's chain!
No, better yet: Repeal all online holiday sales! Get on it, Republicans, stat! Obsess on it! Make it your life's mission!
Today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:
Re "Sexism at issue in Silicon Valley," Oct. 24
What The Times doesn't consider is what I call the "jerk quotient" — and in the technology industry, it is exceptionally high. The only other industry where women can encounter a comparable number of jerks is the banking industry — and look what happened there.
I remember sitting in a Starbucks and eavesdropping on a bunch of Mark Zuckerberg wannabes. Their big idea? A website that was a cross between Facebook and "The X Factor" called "Hofactor," where men could post comments about how slutty their girlfriends were and vote for the biggest sluts.
They were serious about this. No wonder women don't want to work in Silicon Valley.
Well, when you come down to it, someone or someones really blew it on the Obamacare Internet signup rollout -- healthcare.gov.
Now keep in mind, I'm talking about the internet website component, not the ACA law itself. I'm sure there will be some tolerance with the deadline that won't be announced until the website is fully operational. That now has a Nov.30th target date according to the LA Times and I wouldn't hold my breath that there aren't still going to be some glitches then, as well.
Two weeks ago I ordered a book from Amazon -- a print version, not an eBook. When it arrived I opened it in great anticipation and didn't get 20 pages into it when it suddenly jumped to page 211 and it was upside down and backwards in page order. Frustrating and impossible to enjoy with all the turning and flipping.
Evidently, the machine that prints, cuts and binds the book together had a glitch which nobody in the print department caught.
I returned the book and Amazon sent me overnight a new and properly assembled copy. I'm happy. They're happy. And the book is actually quite good. So I can overlook the glitch and move on.
With Obamacare and Kathleen Sebelius, things are a bit rockier. She's gotten the blame, and probably deserves it. Whether there was adequate pre-rollout testing or not, it's time to get it corrected and get everyone signed up -- fix the problem and make everyone happy. Effort, not finger pointing gets it done. I'm not demanding Amazon be shuttered or that the head of the company resign because of a glitch. Get real. Sh** happens.
If we are going to force her out now for a mistake in overseeing her responsibilities, maybe we should be calling for John Boehner to resign as speaker of the house. He failed this country miserably. He refused his leadership obligation to bring a bill to the floor that would have allowed a vote to keep the government funded. He refuse it out of personal and political choice. No logic, no concern for who his actions impacted. Just plain selfishness. There was nothing stopping him from calling for a vote. He singlehandedly allowed the government as a whole, to become defunded.
Where's that outcry now? And he shut down an entire government, not just blew the launch of a website.
Putting things in perspective, Boehner failed us miserably, and we let him stay. We even helped him after he corrected his error and let there be a vote. We immediately started working with him and his party to come to a new bill structure that will prevent another catastrophic shutdown. Democrats are helping, not tearing things down. Democrats were offering suggestions, not standing on the sidelines criticizing, rooting for this government to fail.
So maybe instead of ripping the Internet website, which clearly is a bust, they should be offering suggestions and calming the nerves of the country so that the rollout of the entire ACA can take place as smoothly as possible. Then, if they're right, the program won't work. It'll go away. But if they're wrong, the country prospers and flourishes and like Social Security and Medicare, we have found some strong programs to help us all.
At least the argument won't be over a technical wonkish issue - an IT guy's/gal's headache. We here at TPC have a website with a much smaller sphere of users. We crash from time to time. Certainly when you have millions of hits, you're going to have tons of problems. So let's cut the government some slack.
Iinstead of calling for someone's head right now, let's let Speaker Boehner and Secretary Sebelius keep their upper extremity and their jobs, and root them on, support them and help them help us. Then, when things start running more smoothly, review the situation and call upon them to explain themselves or ask them to resign.
Decapitation right now serves nobody... though it will be view-able on Facebook: (inside joke -- click here)
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