Submitted by lopsawebstaff on Thu, 2013-11-21 10:27
The LOPSA Mentorship team added a fifth member to its core team of administrators recently:
Simon lives in Cambridge, UK. He has worked at an ISP, starting in development and moving to operations a few years later. He is currently a Systems Administrator for the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, managing the infrastructure and identity management for the site’s scientific computing. Outside work, he helps run a fan convention, reads far too much and doesn’t play enough board games.
For me there were two primary take aways from LISA'13. The first is that because of the "internet of things", the fact that we carry phones with us everywhere, and that data collection and storage costs become much smaller than the costs to sort through data to determine what data to keep; we have ubiquitous data or surveillance of our daily lives. Corporations and governments just sweep up all data instead of doing targeted data acquisition because it is cheaper and easier to do so. In fact they have lots of tricks such as asking for more data than needed on forms, reward cards, etc.