A tech support guy in Alaska accidentally formatted a drive and its backup only to find that it contained scanned data on the oil-funded accounts of all of Alaska’s residents. Once he realized his mistake, he found that the tape backups of the drives were unreadable [insert laughter here]. The oil-funded accounts are the cash that all Alaskan residents get for living in the state. The state had to scramble to manually rescan the forms that were lost at a cost of $200,000 in overtime and consulting assistance. Sad.

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