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"Metadata, Is That What It's Called?"


As much as I love what I do, I'm equally grateful to be away from the job, so I can deflate the overloaded world of data and return to my friends and pedestrian pursuits.

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Comments (3)
As a confirmed "metadata lover" (believing myself to be a self-styled database / application architect), I am nonplussed.

If you, gentle reader, are working in some frame of USA-related employment, you have a "Social Security Number" or an "alien registration number" (I think that's what it's called). But just because I already know that small piece of metadata fact, I am not able to hack into anything related to you. I must know its actual value, and be able to know the whereabouts of a system that would be useful to hack (relative to you) given that value. Are you rich enuf to make a Fort Knox vault breach feasible? I doubt it.

Thus, any semblance of knowing "metadata" should not shake anyone in their shoes, IMCO.

But, I have not watched "24" ... ever. I prefer the realm of CBS' Numbers show on Fridays, where they intersperse the realm of REAL NUMBER THEORIES with speed of actual use (impossible to do what they do in that short of a timespan, it seems to me) ... am mostly impressed with their ability to explain stuff in English. I would hope that crime-stopping organizations really can do that stuff, at least, some of the time.

My 2 cents. Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Posted by Suzanne M | Wednesday, March 17 2010 at 2:33PM ET
Even though I am a fan of the 'Metador', I have to go with Suzanne on this one. Numbers and the english explanations over the bombings and runaway clock. LOL.
Posted by KJ L | Wednesday, March 17 2010 at 5:04PM ET
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