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The programmers are probably getting a bad rap on this. I can tell you exactly what happened (as I am in software). I am sure it took a long time just to get all of the requirements, this is a big complex application and they didn't have enough time to get it all to work by the deadline. The October deadline was a political one. The politicians decided it would be worse to delay than it would be to launch with bugs. I can tell you this site should not have been live. There just wasn't enough time to pull everything together. Based on what I have seen, some things will be fixed fairly quickly but I imagine there will still be some serious bugs for months. Those will not be as obvious to the casual user.
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