POWER OUTAGE FOR FEDERAL COURT COMPUTER SYSTEM SCREWS UP THREE MONTHS WORTH OF JOB APPLICATIONS?!? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

POWER OUTAGE FOR FEDERAL COURT COMPUTER SYSTEM SCREWS UP THREE MONTHS WORTH OF JOB APPLICATIONS?!?

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
For years, we've talked about what a total joke the federal courts' PACER system is. That's the computer system the federal courts use for accessing court documents. It acts like it was designed in about 1998 and hasn't been touched since (and even when it was designed, it wasn't designed well). But that's not the only fucked up computer system that the federal courts use. A few years back when I was an expert witness in a federal case, I had to make use of a different US court website just to get paid by the government -- and while it's been a few years, I still remember that it required you to use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer! It had lots of other issues as well.

Okay, sure, power outages happen. But... how is it possible that three months worth of applications and documents may be messed up from a single power outage? What sort of backup system are they running over there? I get that federal computer systems are antiquated, but this makes literally no sense at all. At some point in the last two decades, someone should have designed a computer system that doesn't lose documents in the event of a power outage. Or, at the very least, it should have only lost documents that were filed in like the split second prior to the power outage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

the more I see the US lose its technological edge over other countries, the more I think of Terry Gilliam's masterpiece film, "Brazil".

It is one of the most brilliant, dystopian, and prophetic films I have ever seen, regarding the morphing of the American Dream... into the American Nightmare of surveillance, complete suppression of all civil liberties; wealth inequality, and a complete destruction of all the things our Founding Fathers (and the women who loved them) held dear.

And if you decide to see this, please order "the Director's cut."; it makes very clear some of the issues film distributors did not want Americans to see, in its original release.

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