"So, a Porche 911 is just like a Hillman Imp then?"
Not quite, it has rounded corners.
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"So, a Porche 911 is just like a Hillman Imp then?"
Not quite, it has rounded corners.
You are right, in the sense that this data needs limiting - though systems use additional data to make identification unique. Does your customer system have any John Smiths?
I recently went to a bookstore, where the cashier asked if I was eligible for a loyalty discount. I had no idea, so we delved into the company database together. Of the four family members under our current address, my address was correct. They had not registered my wife (she didn't ask, presumably) one daughter has been abroad for 5 years, the other died 5 years ago: so 50% success. But the example indicates some practicable solutions.
- regularly mark metadata with no transaction activity as "for deletion"
- automate this process, and use only consolidated data in evaluations
- allow record holders and those affected web access to propose corrections for wrong and near-duplicate data (including credit ratings)
- add a functional data complaints procedure
I don't know how many big databases could meet these criteria with a web add-on. I know that most of my employer's ones wouldn't, as I've been working on a data consolidation programme for the last 4 years.
We also found that I had never been offered any loyalty programme, perhaps a missed opportunity. Not updating the mistakes certainly was.
I like the idea of ElReg's <<Minimise Comment>> icon, but it doesn't seem to work well enough in the case of this article.
Try inviting yourself to meetings during the endangered periods. If people can read your calender, you can call it something like Deadline KPI controls.
The STEM jobs are the ones which are most likely found by peer recognition and a good network, and least rely on formal training.
A good start might be to decriminalise an effective hack (see yesterday's news), then maybe to organise hackathons with some social aim.
How 'bout John Wayne in French. He wouldn't sound out of place at Ascot.
After this commentard flow, I finally realise why pool, billiards, darts and bass fishing are the great sports on European pay TV - they have no value anywhere in Europe. I used to watch Eurodummy sumo, the few seconds of action anyway, if not the pre-match throwing of salt and grimaces, but even that got shot down.
Cowboy films have been replaced by space odysseys - old hat on new icon, Patrick Stewart?
1- <this separation from 5 eyes is exactly why the Swiss run their own national clearing centre.>
I agree, it is Europe and especially the Eurozone that has risks and problems.
2 - <the ECB is not going to give the impression of competing with national banks in how to get hold of our money quickest. Politically far too dangerous.>
Good point. I don't think the ECB has to run it, more that it could make sense to facilitate such a program. Maybe they could channel the job to a competent outsider, which might even be Visa. But there is a question in the background, whether a few top banks are essential for clearing transactions, and should be well rewarded for the drudgery, or whether a shared secure automated system is sufficient, or better, e.g. for the chosen topic of shared electronic micropayments.
Eurobonk is spelled Eurobanque, sorry...
Wikipedia says: Visa Inc. (/ˈviːzə/ or /ˈviːsə/) is an American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in Foster City, California, United States.. Visa Europe is a separate membership entity that is an exclusive licensee of Visa Inc.'s trademarks and technology in the European region, issuing cards such as Visa Debit and Visa Credit.
Perhaps we could persuade the EU to insist on splitting-off the Euro business domain from fiveeyes supporter nations.
Such a Eurobonk might even become a replacement for clearing banks, e.g. as a public service run by the ECB.
<We are getting rid of Trident (hopefully Spartan will be decent)>
This strategy doesn't look as if all your risks have been minimised yet.
My data is intense too, but only on bad days.
The lion-tamer's tails and whip, please...
And if you can't see it, the gravity change will be small too, as both effects are inverse square.
Another thing is that an accountant can't tell the difference on his books between an beef steak and a horse in Rumania.
If you grow your own, you understand more.
Okay, so Tim, your standard model doesn't value time, can't capture trust, doesn't allow for improvement in goods or services over time. That is like the phlogiston theory of chemistry, which I don't use any more.
Please talk to a green economist and get a decent model, for all of our sakes.
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There is a core of truth in your postulate, but it does indicate economic efficiency, especially the changes over time.
As an example where I live, in Basel, in that area of Switzerland every old home is renovated or rebuilt, whereas a few miles away, in France, they use older houses to store hay in, while they crumble into disrepair.
While this is clearly related to housing policy, lack of land, bubbles, the good old days, etc, it also a measure of how well potential is being turned into reality.
We should be able to get away with suggesting that the best approach is to burn down the internet.
If OEMs were to provide private users with a cloudburst that's robust enough to not need changing or rebooting every few weeks, this policy would be fine with me. Leave it to the professionals to get their hands oily.
They could have introduced their own currency, the MS-Talent or something similar. That would have shaken up Wall St on a Friday.
well, hasn't someone just started a turnaround dash by marrying Kim's sister?
I'm seeing an increasing number of sites which ask you to identify your country when you first register - that seems efficient way to capture without holding personal data. They sometimes offer specificity of language etc as an encouragement.
If you want, you could add a check for country consistency when you ship, still no need to keep the address beyond the shipping process.
As comments mention, the idea has been around for decades, but is becoming extinct. Yet, the recent EU report on uni education found that, particularly in German-speaking areas, this approach has been very successful (especially for practically-minded kids who have had enough of school) and encouraged other countries to try it.
I would suggest something else - if UK industry can't get its head around building and paying for practical skills, why not consider doing such a course in a European institute, and affiliate to a European firm - many of the institutes offer courses in English, or maybe your language skills are already good enough. My bosses son is signed on to one in Baden (CH) with ABB, for instance.
Plan and apply about 12-14 months in advance.
The world economy suddenly took a dive in 2008, as REGIN started up, It is slowly improving now, but hasn't really recovered fully yet, which is consistent with this malware being discovered in 2011, but with modern versions probably still being extant.
This is perhaps as near as we will ever get to a confession:
- Mr Bristow's department would like to work legally
- they would also like to help with serious crime
neither of which is happening to any extent today.
There is a second poll on the next page for antisocial network sites...you didn't find it?
Pegging is also something the Scottish Central Bank can do to its currency, in contrast to the non-central banks, who will be speculating on the robustness of the peg.
Data is not-countable, and in this lingustic sense more like beer (data is, not data are).
If you insist on counting the stuff, you can put it in packets, as in gigabytes of data or pints of beer.
The logical idea is to disentangle the effects of each of one or more interesting parameters.
Medics, on the one hand, are less scientific and more use-oriented. Doctors will switch regimes if the first one is unsatisfactory or, on occasion, try unproven drugs on an anecdotal report.
The trials are more scientific, more costly, and leave many parameters uninvestigated. That is why, for instance, cancer studies don't want to test for multiple co-medication, or relevant patient populations like children, women or over 65s.
'Gold' is the price of being scientific about evaluating new medicines. It has done well this last half century in checking for effiacy or reducing expected side-effects, and less well on quick access for serious diseases, cost reduction or finding underlying mechanisms.
The loss of privacy has arisen through a coming-together of commercial data collection and multiple government agencies looking to evaluate data for different security purposes.
Politicians were looking the other way, I don't worry that they look inexpert, they have catching up to do. I don't even mind that a leader has a potshot at journalists, or civil libertarians, as target practice. These agencies' PRs are telling their polititians that they are under threat, need the whitewash job, and that they deserve support.
But the sticks need sharpening for any security agencies - maybe there are none in Australia - who were using readily available techniques to help themselves beyond any reasonable scope, and now intend to stay unaccountable; the intellectual successors of F.Walsingham or the STASI, among others.
And then what's left of both parties should be going after any entity (any company with such a business model, but also botnets, hackers, pedophiles or journalists) who collects unsuitable data, in an unsuitable way, to the detriment of others. If they get that far in Australia, I'd count that as a success worth following in other lands.
It would be better if there was a clear accepted concept of what is to be achieved, before proceeding to legislation. Otherwise the EU judges will take them apart again.
We accept that GCHQ has full coverage, because they are above the law.
So we syphon everything to GCHQ (US Branch) within the first few days.
They provide to police as needed, as long as it suits GCHQ and friends (filter out plants, etc).
No duplication, no data loss, no ISP inconvenience, but not admissible as evidence.
We make data available to police as needed.
They make it available to GCHQ and friends above the law (warn plants, etc) within the frozen period.
After, they can still make it available to police as requested.
No duplication, no data loss, no ISP inconvenience, frozen records admissible as evidence.
Both concepts assume that the police and the secret services work well together, to avoid data gaps and save money.
The black sea is receding - an oil spill, washed off by methane rain??
80% tax for the rich is so France 2012, I think Hollande's aides must have read the book.
If there is enough global warming, this problem will diminish.
<<One with Beats, and one without...>>
I have a 2012 non-beats HP, which also has bad laptop speakers. However,when porting the sound through a sound card to decent speakers, it was poorer than the comparison Acer. Somewhere between CPU and USB output, the signal is being degraded.
But it is fine as a backup PC, which is what I bought it for.
We requested a duplicate of a production database as a read-only version for interfacing (this was 1996, pre-virtual servers). It worked fine, was easy to replicate daily and reduced performance problems for input.
More commonly, a lot of applications request a training version.They get wiped occasionally, can be used for integration testing, or can restore an input scenario before each course.
- An app that melds a TV zapper and a mobile phone
- A luxury mobile with a built-in scalable LED beamer
- A phone with a usb or thunderbolt cable that does fast charging from PC and bidirectional data load
- An electric car with a built-in phone - I won't drive it anywhere, but might get 2 weeks of battery life
- More of the same cars for the family, to plug into our wind generator and act as a storage buffer for the household
- A small solar-driven desalination plant for that uninhabited rock in the mediterranean
This used to be a big question in the mainframe age.
I maintained material numbers between 100000 - 153000, of which those below 125000 were migrated from two 20th C. systems.
Then a new application split the materials by type and gave each a domain - from 700000 for sales products, 800000 for raw materials, 600000 for manufactured parts, etc., keeping the old "mixed" ones as legacy.
An external customer sees numbers from 100000 to 730000 on his shipping papers, and has less overview of what is going on.
Thermosetting polymers are cheap and strong, but one of their disadvantages is that they cannot be reused. You have to throw them away or grind them up.
So one which can be separated to its original components in strong acid could be really handy.
In the good old days, leaders said "don't do that or I have it cut off".
Now they have to do their own programming?
No wonder nobody wants to be emperor of Europe.
The security aspects could be improved - don't sell aircraft to foreigners, have everyone carry a gps beacon, ban air travel and donkeys, twitter, whatever,....
But the main topic has been the unfortunate accident, and the security hardware isn't giving answers, because it is not set up to answer this useful set of questions, even when it has a security aspect.
I saw a depressing interview today where some parochial Washinton correspondent was discussing with top experts how to make all radar track to American standards and ensure that transponder switches be locked away from pilot's fingers. It made me feel not just that US security is an expensive irrelevance, but that if their view prevails, security may be incompatible with safety, or humanity.
I should have mentioned that the codes come from the Swiss post office, since I live in Switzerland. But the response shows that ownership confusion exists internationally.
I'm afraid it is the same confusion as that entangled with the political mantra of taxation, the German proverb "what is mine, is mine, and what is yours is also mine". And also to the comments referring to the sale of BT.
I live in a district where the postcodes don't exactly match the district council boundaries, which became a problem when our housing estate was built, thirty years ago. The post delivers in our corner from a different, nearer, post office than to the rest of the district.
Unfortunately, the district council believes they own the postcodes, and wish to assign the main post code to the whole district. To enforce this, they always deliver all their mail with their assigned post code.
The post office, knowing it to be incorrect, changes it manually, and puts it on a slow delivery pile, to encourage mail senders to use the correct code. So an official mail from the district council takes a week to deliver from 3 miles away.
My data management skills have given me insight into the cause of the delays, but are not sufficient to persuade the two institutions to stop deliberately misunderstanding each other. I am reduced to calling them names. After 30 years, I am running out of names, and would welcome suggestions.
Hire americans to beef up your security.
Surely the NSA wouldn't hack their mails?
US Immigration has a list of US citizens living abroad.
Should NSA want it, GCHQ has access.
Trouble is, if you scale up a font, each letter takes up more of the screen - so even a 7inch Kindle is too small, and a 4 inch phone induces logoclaustrophobia, in people of all ages. I'd be interested in a 10inch netbook version, though.
So the laws are draconian and internationally incompatible, the nominated control agencies toothless: the ones with teeth are outside the law, antisocial and ransacking the world's data to collect porn or anything else from everyone, rather than addressing any pressing issues. The active citizens are at best asocial nosies, others are ripping off all and sundry, businesses and private persons alike.
This is not what is I had in mind with the terms net neutrality, or balance of powers.
In our large pharmaceutical company, the home-grown applications have been systematically replaced over the last 25 years by configuable standards, the residual home-grown applications will have disappeared in the next few years. When they go, the get replaced with some standard with reduced functionality, some were even sold to external IT specialists to turn them into "standards".
The driving force is the need for full, up-to-date documentation and control of changes.
The creative programmers who stayed either moved to the internet side, or became business analysts joining extracts (mostly in excel).
This is the sort of corollary that comes out of the full proof.
For every infinite string it is possible to define a finite substring with a discrepancy of any size.
If the discrepancy is 42, you know you have found a substring which fits the problems of the Adams universe.
I'd suggest, if it isn't, and you still have a problem, that you try a substring of different size if the discrepancy is positive, and use a different pattern if it goes in the wrong direction or is near-zero.
It is about more reliable transfer of information from short-term memory into long-term memory.
So if you had a tough meeting, and you want to write it all up while it's fresh, a coffee after the meeting should help with the recall.
Interestingly, the study write-up appears in Google under Healthcare, not under Science.