Sometimes bad things happen, Glad these didn't come out of my paycheck!
ScrewedThis is why you never EVER leave an engineer alone with your hardware. Not only is the socket dead, so is the part. The kicker? Price? no ($5000 for the socket and $2000 for the part) Time! Yes time is the kicker. We only had three of these sockets (now down to two) they had an 18 week lead time to get new ones, and our validation was due in three months (12 weeks). Add to that there were only 42 of these parts in the *world* and you can see we were in a tight spot. As to that engineer? He never touched my boards again.