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Covered CA Web Site Bug

Just another bug.

by
Charlie Martin

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October 30, 2013 - 7:36 pm

Okay, I’ve got to admit I almost hate to make fun of this; I’m sure these guys are living on Red Bull and vending machine Fritos trying to make all this stuff work.

But I’m going to anyway.

As pointed out by reader Todd Dunning (who says he’s been a reader for 6 years!) if you go to the Covered California “shop and compare” page, you get what is a nice looking page:

Screenshot 2013-10-30 20.22.50

Now, click the “HOME” link top left. What you should get is back to the home page:

Screenshot 2013-10-30 20.23.19

What you actually get is this:

Screenshot 2013-10-30 20.22.37

What you’re seeing there is a lump of Javascript code. Basically, what it does is load another lump of code there; I’ve looked at it, but frankly I’m not sure what that lump is supposed to do. But that’s really not important. What is important is that this is a link that would normally get clicked in any standard release quality assurance process; that bug would show up instantly.

As I say, I don’t want to make fun of the code too much, and on reading the code, it’s actually pretty good. But comments in the code suggest that this part, the rate calculator, was pushed out very quickly and really wasn’t tested or optimized. When it was pushed out, it wasn’t tested.

I wonder what else wasn’t tested?

Charlie Martin writes on science, health, culture and technology for PJ Media. Follow his 13 week diet and exercise experiment on Facebook and at PJ Lifestyle

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Perhaps it's a secret message saying, "Hey, hackers out there - please come and hack into this web site. There are all sorts of free stuff you can gain access to."
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It probably says something like, "please send your concerns or complaints to /dev/null"
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I remember some testing twenty years ago that produced a scren that read, printf("You shouldn't be here\n"); (syntax provided by me).
38 weeks ago
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I hate it when that happens.
38 weeks ago
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Real programmers don't write in Java, they write in C with some Assembler sub-routines.
38 weeks ago
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REAL programmers write LISP.
38 weeks ago
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You just sank today's LATimes article -- thank you!!!!
38 weeks ago
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My guess is that most of these bombs are composed of "spaghetti code". Some tech guy comes in to fix a couple of obvious errors, but for every error he fixes, a couple of other processes he didn't even realize were affected, end up broken.

These things aren't going to have a quick fix like the Obama regime seems to think.
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Gridley, the code I looked at on this site was actually fairly decent; this bug is something goofy like a missing quotation mark. But that doesn't excuse them from, jesus, trying the home page link.
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