Although this is a reply to another post on El Reg today, it is just as relevant to your own.
Source in the RAW ....... Star Adjustable MetaDataBase Material/Content Feed.
Posted Tuesday 19th February 2008 10:12 GMT
"Those that made use of normalization to create an underlying warehouse that then fed targeted data marts - which are implemented as stars typically - not only had terrific performance, but were well understood, documented and testable." .... By Highlander Posted Tuesday 19th February 2008 07:57 GMT
With "which are implemented as stars typically" being the all important Bit/Byte, Highlander. In that context, I wouldn't disagree.
However, all Information does not come from normalized databases/fed warehouses targetting data marts, some is Mined/Sourced/Fed into Systems by Stars of Analytical Programming who Really understand XXXXactly the impact of what they design/implement.
And so as not to overly confuse the Herd Mentality, and to give them every Chance at Simple Comprehension, they would keep IT all in Plain Text so that IT could be easily Transcribed and/or XXXXPorted into any Intelligence Community and/or Intelligent Learning Society.