Inspired a bit this morning by Dana Milbank's lead in this Washington Post article about the Harriet Meirs repackaging here's another take from the world of software releases.
The forecasts for a continued boom/bubble in the age of Bush 2.0 came to a halt recently with news of the buggy release of Harriet Miers, Supreme Court Nominee 1.0. The White House has hurriedly released Harriet Miers, Supreme Court Nominee SP1 this week in order to quell the growing unrest among customers dissatisfied with the earlier buggy release.
In a statement about the Service Pack release, a White House Spokesperson said, "After the successful launch of John Roberts, Chief Justice Of The Supreme Court 1.0, we obviously were caught unaware with some of the problems in the launch of this new offering. We don't care that this makes our competitors unhappy but when our installed base is this riled up we need to pay attention. Our difficulties stem from several causes:
- It is obvious that we have been a bit preoccupied with increasing security and spyware concerns in the operating system. We are also checking into the possibility that someone may have violated their NDA within the organization. We take these matters very seriously because an inappropriate and premature leak of code or information could crash the entire Bush OS.
- Our beta sampling for this product may not have been as representative as it should have been. Some of those who consider themselves power users were left out of the beta. They are adamantly opposed to the abort command and are not satisfied with oblique assurances from some of the early beta testers.
- To be honest, we did not anticipate such a virulent reaction from some of our key customers and MVPs.
Coming hot on the heels of the disastrous launch of Emergency Preparedness 1.0, and the chronic problems with the simulation Regime Change The White House refused to admit defeat even though it's stock prices have dropped into the mid-30's from it's previous highs.
"The Shock and Awe" module for Regime Change worked as designed. Yes, it's true, that as players got deeper into the game there were some difficulties. We had to make significant changes to the Hunt for WMD module when players could not find the hidden WMD. Yes, players were upset when we kept changing the goals of the game. But the recent election proves that simulated democracy can flourish and be just as problematic and corrupt as it is here in the USA. "
"As to Emergency Preparedness 1.0, the Service Pack release proved that we could make quick corrections the second time around and we are still evaluating it's effectiveness. The FEMA module obviously did not mesh well with the Department of Homeland Security overlay in the initial release and we've got that taken care of."
When asked what would happen if Harriet Miers, Supreme Court Justice SP1 failed to impress customers, the spokesperson replied in amazing candor: "We may have to change our expectation game a bit. Our competitors roll out launch after launch still in beta and therefore have the opportunity to make drastic changes depending on how the wind blows. Perhaps we should not go gold so quickly with each new launch."