Slate made me work through a maze of come-ons and distractions just to find the price. They turned bonus values into "sales tricks", and made it clear they hoped I would be too ignorant, too stupid to look up the real price. You're trying to sell by misleading me, rather than trying to sell by the value of their offering.
Want to find out what time the MSU game starts? Hah! Fool! Why are you looking at the Free Press' website? What should be an obvious location -- a newspaper's sports section -- turns into a hopeless waste of 15 minutes that are now lost forever.
How much is your private online life worth? AT&T prices it at $350 per year.
"Just because you can doesn't mean you should." We've heard that -- maybe we even said that -- yet we still do what we can, even when we shouldn't. Today's case in point: AAA, the well-known automobile club in the US, won't let me look at New Mexico's AAA website because I'm in Michigan. A... Continue Reading →
Data Scientists: we don't know what they are, but we need 500,000 of them.
In a recent on-line forum, someone asked for guidance on the "basic questions" a Data Modeler should ask of their business customers in the initial meetings. It's a good question to ask, and it's encouraging that this person should think about getting this right. Rather than provide a list of questions -- which, I think,... Continue Reading →
There are many things that we treat everyday as immovable objects. Immovable? More correctly, they are things that we believe to exist in a particular context, and to always exist in that context. We see Mount Rushmore and quickly -- unconsciously -- put it in the context of South Dakota, the United States, or perhaps... Continue Reading →
In a recent dialog on a web forum, someone asked how to find the "best" way to construct an SQL query. They had posed a problem and received many solutions, each different in syntax, in approach, and in detail. Reasonably, he asked "how do I find the 'best' solution?" That's a question we should always... Continue Reading →
This appeared at the end of someone's post on a discussion group in LinkedIn: CONFIDENTIAL AND ATTORNEY/CLIENT PRIVILEGED: This e-mail and any attachments are confidential, intended for the addressee only and may be attorney/client privileged. If you are not the addressee, then please DO NOT read, copy or distribute the message or any attachment. Please... Continue Reading →