12 stupid men? Part 2

I haven’t posted anything in a long time. This wouldn’t be the first blog to go the way of the dodo. If there is anything you can take from my life than it is this: where people are concern, there is always a reason. Always.

In my case the last 3 years were full of personal turmoil, tragedy and change. Live, serious life intercepted me. Everyone I love the most was suffering at random fate, and my job was to do what I could for them. I took a back seat. Now I am finding myself at the other end of this process, a new perspective has emerged on many fronts, including the legal one.

Loosing the war while trying to win the battle (part1)

The BBC news today is full of articles about the extend and background to extensive spying the government does on private citizens personal communications such as Facebook, e-mails, phone calls, and so on. As a big data professional as well as a citizen of a democratic country there are a couple of angles worth taking. For one, what does commercially available software look like that gets sold to governments to achieve this sort of thing, and what can it do and how does a big data architecture like that do it. Secondly why is all this going on? Why does a government feel compelled to spy on its own citizens and non citizens.

What will it be when it grows up

Having teenage kids is interesting. Because you probably are wrong, they are not really yours. They have their own world, and yours is completely separate. All you have hopefully done is create a net, so when they explore the real world they can fall without getting killed. Children who had nightmare grow into teenagers who learn to loose them and replace them with experience and finally grow up into adults who are not afraid of comparison, debate research and evidence (mostly).

A Most Peculiar Data moment

A manager of mine 10 years ago came out with “Perception is reality”. It has niggled at me ever since. Perceptions change, so reality changes? would it not be more insightful calling it perception is a reality? If I see a threat to my business, does it make that threat real? Odd – but maybe this story help me (and maybe you) to have a go at re-evaluating business in general.

12 stupid men?

In the UK we had a trail about a woman that took the points her husband received in regards to vehicle offences (bad driving). The case itself is pretty simple. The question put to the jury was simple enough as well. Did she accept the points willingly, and was she culpable. The the that the person involved was publicly well know, and her than husband was also a public figure in politics should be irrelevant. However the jury didn’t seem to get it. It asked silly questions about “should a possibility, that did not form part of anything presented in court be taken into account, or is the jury limited to evidence before it”. “What is reasonable doubt” was another question posed.

Note to selling self

Being a sales person must be one of the real tough jobs in this world. Being a sales person fundamentally asks you to cover a contradiction. You only can sell what you have, and there is every chance the person buying doesn’t need exactly what you have.

Imagine you sell cars, what I as a customer want is a car that can go from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, has 2-7 comfortable seats, safe as a tank and runs on fresh air and produces 0 emissions. Oh yes, and it should also power my house for free, swap steering wheel sides over depending on what country I am in, and fly. I am happy to pay 1% of my monthly salary for that, after tax of course, and the thing should last for ever, but always look and feel modern, but also be a classic. Oh, and only I can have it.

Employment reduction

The economy is not well. This is not only basic fact, but it is also creating interesting pressures that can be decoded using basic economics and history.

I had a conversation with a colleague (about 15 minutes ago) and as a new manager (just recently appointed) of a large group of people I asked him how it was going and how he coped with the pressure.

“My brain is just buzzing. I wake up in the middle of the night thinking”.

He did in fact look very tired, with his eyes not really opening.

Meta physical- not real?

from information-management.com

I like to focus on things that are surprising, I am obsessed with context and complexity, and I work day in and day out with people and organisations that face data challenges.  So here goes another odd story.

I had seen an advert for Heinz Large chunky soup (the advert showing large chunks of beef on a spoon) promising a more manly experience than tiny invisible beef remains I made up my mind to try this. The advert had been screened on US TV, but when I saw the soup in a UK supermarket I tried it.

When entities meet

When did you hear for the first time about in memory systems? Today? Last year? 1982?
For me it was the latter. In 1982 I was invited to work with students at bremen university on developing a new type of computer programmes. We were still working with card readers, where a machine punches holes in cardboard strips to store binary information. The idea was to load data into a more permanent form of memory called EPROM (erasable programable read only memory). The issue was that at that time EPROM was used for permanent data to help a device start up correctly. Operating systems were to follow, but freely dipping in and out of that memory was not great ( as the name ReAd Only Memory indicated.


kindleimg. a newish form or reading. this is the real throwback to the IT dark ages. its a one trick pony. And while it is indeed specialised for it it is hardly breaking the bank in feature terms. 4GB of storage. freescale arm 11 at 532Mhz processor and 256 MB ram wasn’t even great 10 years ago. So what is it with the sales figures? forrester estimates them at over 4 million as of mid 2010. it makes no sense really until you use one for a while. Its ergo dynamic and simple to use. it does wha it does well and it lets you read anything anywhere . i can even with a small sneaky workaround post online. the reason. it is great at what it does. and it offers something book people wanted for years. their library on the move. nothing in reading comes close to it. not even a book. and tha pains me to say. the kindle is a better book. trees can breathe easier. weell….maybe not. but at least book readers don’t hae to take the blame, right?

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