Surprisingly, many instances of semidefinite programming, SDP, problems that arise from relaxations of hard combinatorial problems are degenerate. (Slater's constraint qualification fails.) Rather than being a disadvantage, we show that this degeneracy can be exploited. In particular, several huge instances of SDP completion problems can be solved quickly and to extremely high accuracy. In particular, we illustrate this on the sensor network localization and Molecular conformation problems.