* Posts by VaguelyCompetent

3 posts • joined 16 Feb 2018

What's an RDBMS? Don't ask the UK's data protection watchdog


Re: Sounds like Wylie needs to go on an RDBMS course...

Well, the headline says "RDBMS", the opening sentence refers to "RDBMS", the previous paragraph refers to "a database engineer" and that same sentence states "how relational databases work" immediately before referencing PCA and and dimensionality reduction, so to me the article is pretty focussed on RDBMS.

I completely get that in the bigger picture, someone working with data analysis and value extraction should know about these things, but that's not what I would call a database engineer.

I definitely agree that the ICO audit team should know this stuff backwards, if they are going to be able to perform a meaningful inspection of any company's data handling.


Sounds like Wylie needs to go on an RDBMS course...

... because he doesn't know the difference between a database and the application using it. RDBMS (e.g. Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL) may be used for as a storage system for machine learning or statistical analysis but PCA and dimensionality reduction are nothing to do the RDBMS. They are very much to do with the applications running on top of it.

Wylie may think that he's sounding clever, but really he's sounding like a bit of a smart ass. Maybe he knows the difference... and maybe he doesn't either...

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs


Re: Sounds like Windows

Devuan ASCII works well for me. KDE isn't quite as polished as the latest Ubuntu Gnome offering but I'll happily accept that to be rid of systemd and Ubuntu snooping.


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