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Sarastro

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So is this one of those practices that is already done by lots of countries and just not widely known about?
Yes. Defence is, you will be unsurprised to learn, behind the curve.

Not just countries either, large corporations, marketing and PR industry, etc. I presume you already assume that lots of data-mining is done of social media and similar datasets, all that has happened is that increasingly the owners of such datasets have closed them down and started charging for access. Little else has changed.

Given the state it was in when I left, I imagine Defence has been behind the curve largely because its definitions of public and private information were highly restrictive, much more so than in other NATO countries, which limited which datasets it could look at.
 
Yes. Defence is, you will be unsurprised to learn, behind the curve.

Not just countries either, large corporations, marketing and PR industry, etc. I presume you already assume that lots of data-mining is done of social media and similar datasets, all that has happened is that increasingly the owners of such datasets have closed them down and started charging for access. Little else has changed.

Given the state it was in when I left, I imagine Defence has been behind the curve largely because its definitions of public and private information were highly restrictive, much more so than in other NATO countries, which limited which datasets it could look at.
If you look at the blurb in that article it is just a mass of buzzwords to say, deploy a hosting environment, deploy analytic tools, buy data sets, analyse.

As you say, behind the curve and took a long time to realise they needed the same ability as a medium size marketing department and didn't have a scooby.
 

Sarastro

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If you look at the blurb in that article it is just a mass of buzzwords to say, deploy a hosting environment, deploy analytic tools, buy data sets, analyse.

As you say, behind the curve and took a long time to realise they needed the same ability as a medium size marketing department and didn't have a scooby.
Indeed. I laugh when I see someone from the Army talk about their impressive online J2, but I'm still not sure whether it's a cuff or whether they actually believe it.
 
Indeed. I laugh when I see someone from the Army talk about their impressive online J2, but I'm still not sure whether it's a cuff or whether they actually believe it.
In the commercial world this was pretty standard even 20 years ago. Advertising campaigns could identify areas of the country where prospective customers were in larger concentrations using a mass of easily available statistics so targeted advertising/marketing could take place rather than waste resources and cash elsewhere. Companies with masses of data have existed for longer and you can send them a list of factors and they will mine their own and others data to come up with a list (data set) for you and if you pay a bit more will even do the analysis.

I can not see what 6 Div is trying to do other than catch up with the commercial world. It is a very small space between some Tom drooling over porn in the back of a vehicle and what GCHQ get up to what can 77 Bde do with itself?
 

Zhopa

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philc

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And the bad news, back to Kenya and the murder.

The name of the soldier widely suspected of being responsible for killing Wanjiru and dumping her body on the night of March 31, 2012, was an open secret by this time, members of the regiment allege. Four soldiers from the unit have separately given us the same name for this soldier, whom we have called Soldier X. He has also been named in a WhatsApp messaging group by a fifth.


 

rampant

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Might be a few sphincters twitching here


A quality control report from a Kenyan prostitute:

“The British are very quick, so you can get another customer,” one Nanyuki sex worker said. “Local men take much longer, are harder to please and pay less.”
Story in the times today


 

Mölders 1

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Except that the "perv" has been found not guilty. While on a course at D&M school in the 1980's a mate from my regiment on the same course was hauled from a lesson. and taken for an interview without tea and biccies.

Long story short, a WRAC "female" had identified him as one of 2 males who had assaulted her in her room in the wee hours of the same morning, after 2 days of police interviews ., my alibi provided enough for the WRAC to retract her made up statement.

He and i had both been at home in the Midlands for the weekend, at the times given we had been at a garage / cafe , receipts to prove it. Tread careful around alternative genders in the workplace
My late Mother was in the W.R.A.C. from 1970-74 and she always said "If you put men and women together in any environment, there will be trouble".

She was not wrong......
 

Dread

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The X factor bites the MOD in the arse.


While this was almost certainly thought-up by a snivelling serpent, I can't believe this would have been enacted without a senior officer signing it off.

To whom should soldiers send complaints? Perhaps it's worth trying 'Col Penny-Pinching Shítlips, Morale + Recruitment Destruction Office, 4th Floor, Main Building, MoD, London.'
 
While this was almost certainly thought-up by a snivelling serpent, I can't believe this would have been enacted without a senior officer signing it off.

To whom should soldiers send complaints? Perhaps it's worth trying 'Col Penny-Pinching Shítlips, Morale + Recruitment Destruction Office, 4th Floor, Main Building, MoD, London.'
It's hard to tell from the story if the MOD have actually done anything.
Most soldiers have always accepted that the X factor is part of the main pay. Its been accepted for years when showing pay tables that its included.

The only people who don't get it (or the full amount) are those in non deployable roles like MPGS and FTRS.
 

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