The cost of software error

It's about $500 Million for Social Security. What's the likelihood that two people have the same name and birth date? And what's the likelihood that one of them is a felon?
The lead plaintiff in the class-action suit, Rosa Martinez, 52, of Redwood City, Calif., was cut off from her $870 monthly disability benefit check in January 2008 because the system had flagged an outstanding drug warrant in 1980 for a Rosa Martinez from Miami. An investigation showed that the warrant was for a different Rosa Martinez. Martinez tried for months to convince officials that she was innocent but failed.
(via slashdot)

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