Tag Archives: Empowering Change

Colossal data

Palaeontologists glean the workings of ancient ecosystems from a single fossilized leaf.  Archaeologists derive whole civilizations from a fragment of a tooth and a few charred animal bones. Astronomers track down our planetary cousins from the periodic twinkle of a … Continue reading

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It is better to fix the bridge before it falls down

In the 2013 American Society of Bridge Engineers (ASCE) report card on American Infrastructure rated our nation’s bridges a C+ and said “Over two hundred million trips are taken daily across deficient bridges in the nation’s 102 largest metropolitan regions. … Continue reading

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Responsible tech

Not a day goes by, it seems, without some new civil liberties issue being raised about the security of our data. Hacking of credit card numbers is a global industry. Theft of copyrighted media is a worldwide pandemic. Scammers destroy … Continue reading

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Should developers performance test their code before checking it in?

One of the glorious ironies of IT is that the CIO, the executive with “Information” in their job title, is frequently the least well equipped member of the management team when it comes to data. Information about project status comes … Continue reading

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What is the value of Data?

My favorite event of the year is the Defence Information conference held annually in the UK. It brings together the leading Ministry of Defence and Uniformed Services IT executives to talk about a range of topics. This year’s theme was … Continue reading

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Will we ever ‘just say “no”?’

One of the glorious ironies of IT is that the CIO, the executive with “Information” in their job title, is frequently the least well equipped member of the management team when it comes to data. Information about project status comes … Continue reading

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Testing times for system designers

Many studies have shown that the cost of finding defects in applications increases exponentially the further the defect remains undetected through the lifecycle. Some studies (Microsoft, National Institute of Science and Technology) have estimated that this may be as much … Continue reading

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