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Publicly-released 1940 U.S. Census data proves ultra-popular

  • 37 million visits in 8 hours nearly crashed government servers source

» It seems 1940 Census data, released yesterday after the end of its 72-year confidentiality period, is pretty popular; based on the avalanche of traffic currently crippling government servers. Approximately 2 million visitors racked up 22 million hits in the first four hours alone. Susan Cooper, from the National Archives, said the site’s slow loading times should ease soon as more servers are brought online to help handle the load. “The problem,” she said, “is we just weren’t expecting the huge volume that we got.”

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April 3, 2012 // 15:03 // 2 years ago
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