High tech, high price tag

Many of us have bought neat, useful-looking gadgets only to discover we couldn’t figure out how to operate them. But our high-tech gizmos didn’t cost $150 million.

That was the price tag on the wvOasis supercomputer the state of West Virginia bought a few years ago. For much of its time in Charleston, state employees lacked the expertise to operate it. Taxpayers had to cough up cash for consultants.

Now, state Auditor John McCuskey — who had the mess dumped in his lap when he took office, tells legislators the state has qualified technicians to handle wvOasis.

Good for McCuskey for making that happen. Let’s hope state officials remember the mistake the next time someone shows up at the Capitol selling high-tech with strings attached.

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