re: 1940 Census Data Swamps Servers
Couldn't the Census Bureau data, charts, etc. have been released without relasing all of the data backing them?
I think this sets a very bad precendent - the Federal Government is putting census information out for public use/display. How do they think that this is going to play out? In New York City, people were already weary about talking to the Census Bureau - but now that there's the possibility that the Federal Government could release this data at any time, without notifying anyone that their data is being released, I think even more people are going to avoid talking to the Census.
Sure, I believe in the idea that there are some uses for this data that might be inoccous, but there are other uses that sit at the other end of the spectrum.
And one last thing, in this day and age of budgetary issues at the Federal level, how much is this data release costing the American taxpayers? What are we getting in return?