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Businesses

Submission + - Bad data led to BP Oil Spill & Financial Meltd (balancedinsight.com)

mattwarden writes: Flying blind when making decisions without supporting data is bad enough, but even worse is believing your data is giving you insight into a process or situation when it isn't. "I'd rather be blind than misled."

Greater risk may result when an entity improperly interprets its data, or believes its data can answer questions that it can't answer. In fact, bad or misunderstood data contributed to both the current BP oil spill crisis and the bank meltdowns of 2008-09.

Feed Wired: Spammers Giving Up? Google Thinks So (wired.com)

Google says the number of messages sent by spammers is flat, and may even be declining, which suggests that spammers are getting discouraged by spam filters. But other experts disagree with Google experience and say that spam attempts are still climbing.


Government

Submission + - Utah Cop Tases Man for Speeding

An anonymous reader writes: It's a disturbing trend lately. People are getting tased by cops for just about every infraction imaginable. We're all familiar with most of them, as they have made their way to YouTube, but a recent incident in Utah is especially disturbing. Not only was the man tased for a trivial "crime" (speeding), but the officer in question also refused to read him his rights as he was arresting him, despite being asked repeatedly to do so. From the article:

The victim of police brutality was a motorist named Jared Massey. Mr. Massey was pulled over on a Utah highway for allegedly speeding. When Mr. Massey asked the officer why he was being pulled over, and then to help him understand why he was accused of speeding before he signed the ticket, the officer ordered him to exit the vehicle. Mr. Massey was then asked to turn around and put his hands behind his back. Mr. Massey began walking back towards the car, obviously confused as to why he was being ordered to put his hands behind his back, and less than 10 seconds later was tased.
A video of the incident is available, from the records of the police vehicle.

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