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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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tglynn tglynn 9 years
...what's up with that pencil?
cbombnewell cbombnewell 9 years
that is insane...
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
I think the issue is accuracy. If you make a mistake with a pencil, just erase, right?;)
julibul julibul 9 years
is that pencil sharpened with a knife!?
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
I think I saw the total was gonna be like 17billion! That's just CRAZY!!!
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