Don’t read that! You’ll destroy it!!

It’s tough to decide whether this belongs in the “Political Rants” or “Geek Stuff” category. When I first read about it on a newsgroup, I first thought it belonged in tne “Bullshit” category, but a quick Google News search revealed that it’s true. The Department of Justice has refused to comply with a Freedom of Information request for a list of foreign lobbyists, because copying the data would cause a massive crash and destroy the data. Many reporters, such as the author of a Computerworld article, have questioned whether that means the database can’t be backed up without destroying it.

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