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IT Insights Blog — history

The Big Head Count

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Census time is coming.

For a variety of reasons, human societies have long had an interest in gathering and analyzing data. Ancient Rome, during both its republican and imperial phases, used census data extensively. One of the first things that the United States did after concluding its war of independence from the British crown was to conduct a nationwide census. The parameters of the census were even written into the U.S. Constitution.

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Certification Success Requires Planning

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Crassus meets his end

The Roman general and statesman Marcus Licinius Crassus is famous for being among the wealthiest humans in the history of counting and large numbers. Crassus is famous for his position within the First Triumvirate, which speeded ancient Rome's transition from republic to empire, and for essentially bankrolling the rise to power of charismatic colleague Julius Caesar. Crassus is even famous for defeating the army of legendary gladiator-turned-rebel Spartacus.

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'The Die Is Cast'

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The die is cast.

There's a familiar saying that the only two things in life that are certain are death and taxes. But what if you live in Texas, for example, where there is no state income tax? Or what if you're a massive corporation that pretends to be based in Ireland to avoid settling up with Uncle Sam? Then the only thing that's certain is the cold embrace of death. And for a lot of people, death only comes at the end of very long life. And then it's like, "What took you so long?"

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Howard's End

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Bad day for Mary, Queen of Scots

There's a new film about Mary Stuart, better known as Mary, Queen of Scots, that's set to be released on Dec. 7, exactly three months from today. Creatively titled Mary Queen of Scots, the historical epic will feature Irish-American actress Saoirse Ronan as Mary, and Australian actress Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I, who was consistently antagonized by Mary's Catholic loyalists and survived numerous plots intended to elevate Mary in her place.

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Remember the 300

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It's good to be the king.

Once upon a long-forgotten time — well, mostly forgotten, at any rate; we couldn't tell you this story if nobody had ever remembered anything — a massive invading army of from Persia attempted to overwhelm a vastly outnumbered detachment of Greek soldiers at the coastal pass of Thermopylae. A company of about 1,000 Greeks, notably including 300 Spartans, held its ground against a Persian force more than 100 times as large for three full days of battle.

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