Re: More on identifiers

From: Bob Badour <>
Date: Fri, 05 Jun 2009 13:57:56 -0300
Message-ID: <4a294e1a$0$23780$>

paul c wrote:

> Roy Hann wrote:
> ...

>> You do not have to design a database that does magic.  If the users
>> can't formulate sensible assertions to put in the database that is their
>> problem.  If they've found a way to make sensible assertions, do what
>> they do. 
>> This is not a database problem.
>> ...

> That's right. Iliteracy is a big problem in many other fields too and
> is spreading to levels that were unheard of several generations ago. The
> British Prime Minister has suggested a commisioner be established to
> clear MPs' expenses, it seems he thinks his expense scandal is a
> technical proglem but it's clear he is no good at reading, ie., seeing,
> the actual requirement to be satisfied, in this case both the written
> rules and the readers are faulty. Technocrats usually don't see through
> the phony requirements that should be ignored, which is one reason why
> most shouldn't be allowed to assess user db requirements, let alone
> become PM. .
> At a public session, one member of Vancouver city council (all of whom
> had presented "accomplished" resumes at election time) obstructed a vote
> on a staff report, she made the whole council debate whether 'refer'
> means 'defer'. After an hour it was clear to viewers that several other
> councillors had also suffered from inferior primary educations.
> The db world is not alone. In some larger countries, it has become
> almost a truism that a majority of cabinet officiers will be effectively
> illiterate as well as much of the bureaucracy.

Heck, Bill Clinton is a Rhodes fucking Scholar and is unsure what "is" means. Received on Fri Jun 05 2009 - 18:57:56 CEST

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