Posted by: Witch Doctor | October 12, 2010

Data – good, bad, and ugly

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My Black Cat first heard of Data Mines in April 2008.

She came across the concept again in March 2009

My Black Cat is a suspicious soul. Her life is peppered with conspiracy theories of all sorts whereas The Witch Doctor identifies most of these “conspiracies” as Creep.

She is of the opinion, for example, that much of the data gathering that is going on just now is for the new conspiracy commodity that comes from Data Mines.

She thinks this will generate new types of business that will boost the economy, but she thinks some of it might become a black or purple economy.

My Black Cat thinks Black and Purple are the colours of a conspiracy. Heaven knows why, because black, purple and, on a sunny day, orange are the colours of witches.

You say Data Mines have a new way of divining for their commodity, My Black Cat?

They get somebody to scrape for it and, of course, pay them a hefty fee.

And then they sell their information to their customers for another hefty fee. The business is worth $7.8 billion and growing.

You have an interesting example?

“At 1 a.m. on May 7, the website PatientsLikeMe.com noticed suspicious activity on its “Mood” discussion board. There, people exchange highly personal stories about their emotional disorders, ranging from bipolar disease to a desire to cut themselves.

It was a break-in. A new member of the site, using sophisticated software, was “scraping,” or copying, every single message off PatientsLikeMe’s private online forums”.

So the scraper was a kind of burglar?

Do they know who the intruder was?

It was Neilson co.

Apparently, there is another scraping company called PeekYou and they are applying for a patent that will match real names to the pseudonoms they use on blogs and social networks.

And as you would imagine, new companies are starting up to block scrapers from their clients’ websites.

Do you suppose then, that much of our money designated for healthcare will not only be used to fund the modified plans for the new NPfiT that is far from being killed off, but to employ the new companies that will mushroom to block would-be scrapers?

This, My Black Cat is how to drive the economy rather than fund the training of scientists who might invent an old fashioned type of commodity that you can actually touch and hold.

Economies are very complex beasts!

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