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Tech Problems Force 2010 Census to Go Back to Pencil and Paper


After spending more than $600 million on computers to facilitate a high-tech census, the US government has decided to go back to the old-fashioned way of counting the 300 million census forms — by pencil and paper.

CNN reports that this change will add an estimated $3 billion to the cost of collecting data as 600,000 temporary workers will be needed to manually record the census information by hand.

You'd think in this day and age, the government would want to embrace technology and use the next two years to implement a more accurate way to record the data with computers, instead of spending billions of the taxpayers dollars on going back to the old-school method.

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