Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I've heard they have even fewer nerds on the North Pole

Helsingin Sanomat says that police doesn't have enough nerds. Yes, using this particular word. They mean not enough nerds as employees, not as suspects.

BTW, isn't it a somewhat strange word to use in this context? I don't find it negative and IMO it can be colloquially used in the sense "IT professional", but first of all it can mean many other things, and second, it's very colloquial. Sort of like writing "HKL would like to hire more smurfs".

But more to the point: the Police Data Management center has moved to Rovaniemi two and a half years ago. That's Rovaniemi, Finland, population about 60000, in the middle of fucking snowy nowhere. They moved there from the capital area, population about a million, and 800 km away. In doing so, they naturally lost most of their employees.

And they don't have enough IT professionals to hire out there? Gee, I wonder why.

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