Is it? Are you sure?

Without a poll, nobody’s sure of anything. For all you know, 100% of all people are checking references, and just denying it when they themselves do something stupid. Which would make you completely wrong.

Where do people get the information from them?

Already answered.

How reliable is it?

Better than having no information at all. Never let perfection be the enemy of the practical.

It’s to do with your idea of how there should be references, records, etc.

The records exist here, we just don’t share them. It’s against the law. Confidentiality of patient records. If the NHS isn’t even keeping Electronic Medical Records, then that’s pretty fucked up.

As it happens, the NHS doesn’t work that way because it isn’t centralised — it’s a network of locally provided services by councils that have to provide certain services, follow certain procedures, meet certain standards and are available under the rubrik of the NHS but are, ultimately, even when entirely nationalised, still local.

How inefficient.

Think of it like the state services in the U.S. — yes, the law enforcement service is common to all states but they are financed and run locally … have no more than tenuous links with any of those in other states, if any at all.

Here, the FBI centralizes the data.

Nope … it’s all algorithmic — and what isn’t already soon will be.

Wrong. Systems are being developed to move away from the algorithms. I’m working on some of them. Algorithms are not going to be the final volley in all this.

One provider isn’t the same as multiple local providers though, is it?

There are probably a hundred different grocery chains. WMT just happens to be the largest.

And does it have its own premises or is it housed in the mall?

Who cares? The small malls are cratering here, the large ones are picking up the business and thriving. We were just overbuilt. No biggie.

Ha … yeah, right.

Right. System works fine here.

I appreciate that you think things can’t be the way they are because they shouldn’t be.

I used to think that way too.

I’m just not as pessimistic and cynical as you.

Human nature is not an engineering problem nor is it a computer game puzzle to be solved by getting people to do the right things in the right order … people aren’t units of economic behaviour — both Rand and Marx were wrong about that.

I’d have to disagree. People are pretty good at looking out for their own best economic interests, given sufficient information to do so.


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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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