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[i]Note: this story is four days old and is related to the recent US election, but focuses more on the IT blunders that went on instead of politics.[/i]

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[i]Orca, the Romney campaign's "killer" app, skips beta and pays the price.[/i]

It was supposed to be a "killer app," but a system deployed to volunteers by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign may have done more harm to Romney's chances on Election Day

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Politics aside, it's foolish to develop a system and only test it on virtual-machines rather than in the real world. There should have been several real world tests, including a mock-election type scenario to work out the issues long before the election. As it was they had volunteers standing about not knowing what to do when they could have been making worthwhile contributions to the campaign. Unfortunately they only have themselves to blame.

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Maybe they had just upgraded to Windows 8 and couldn't figure out the new interface.
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[quote name='theyarecomingforyou' timestamp='1352827032' post='595317082']
Politics aside, it's foolish to develop a system and only test it on virtual-machines rather than in the real world. There should have been several real world tests, including a mock-election type scenario to work out the issues long before the election. As it was they had volunteers standing about not knowing what to do when they could have been making worthwhile contributions to the campaign. Unfortunately they only have themselves to blame.
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Those virtual machines are the way the cloud holds the database servers. There

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[quote]To build Orca, the Romney campaign turned to Microsoft and an unnamed application consulting firm.[/quote]

One big part of the problem is getting services from Microsoft, a company that is a huge Obama/ Democratic Party supporter.

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From another related article:

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"For whatever reasons, the conservative bloggers have latched onto Orca as the reason it all fell apart," Moffatt added. Those bloggers have suggested that developers with Democratic sympathies somehow acted as a fifth column within the Romney camp. Targeted Victory was [url="http://3dblogger.typepad.com/wired_state/2012/11/was-al-gores-dev-in-charge-of-romneys-aps.html"]singled out[/url] by some bloggers because a few of its developers worked for Al Gore in the past.
"Why do they have Al Gore's dev working on Romney's social media development?!" blogger Catherine Ann Fitzpatrick asked. "Truly, how can they expect dedication?" She also singled out another developer who is African-American and "who has a 96 percent chance of being an Obama voter

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So which is it? Azure didn't scale or really bad middle tier development?

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They're just programming it wrong.

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[quote]As one Orca user described it to Ars, the entire episode was a "huge cluster****."[/quote]

To say the least.

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[quote name='xpablo' timestamp='1352829182' post='595317176']
One big part of the problem is getting services from Microsoft, a company that is a huge Obama/ Democratic Party supporter.
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who loves money. ****ing off clients would be a great way to not get them in the future!

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