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Speaking of pitfalls…

March 26, 2008 0 Comments

The US Census Bureau is having problems with its new TOMs [technology-or-methodology] for the 2010 Census (emphasis added):

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big worries for the nation’s first high-tech census should have been obvious when tests showed some of the door-to-door headcounters couldn’t figure out their fancy new handheld computers.

Now, officials say, technology problems could add as much as $2 billion to the cost of the 2010 census and jeopardize the accuracy of the nation’s most important survey.

Census officials are considering a return to using paper and pencil to count every man, woman and child in the nation.

Heh. Let’s talk about how many pitfalls appear to apply to this story:

And probably several others that I haven’t posted on this site yet. Hat tip to Slashdot.  ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor for the BYU Computer Science Department. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at 303.502.4141 or at

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