Can someone technicaly literate explain this to me?
The child benefits records scandal could have been avoided if Customs officials had spent £5,000 on removing bank account details from the computer discs that later went missing, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
Emails showed that HMRC officials were concerned about paying to remove unnecessary information such as account details from the discs before they were sent to London.
Cutting the files would have cost as little £5,000, experts said yesterday, compared to the £200m cost that could result from the scandal, even if no fraud is committed.
It\’s a long long time since I used a database application so I\’m a little in the dark here. When you download a database you tell it which parts you want to download, don\’t you? You can set the filters to download it all, or this bit, or that bit. So why would it cost £5,000 to download only part of it rather than all of it?
I ask because I can see a defence being prepared here. Instead of setting that £ 5k against the huge costs incurred, they\’re going to set the multiples of £5 k, the cost of filtering the data every time they\’re asked for it, against the damage done by the failure. And they\’d be right to do so, of couse.
But only if it does in fact cost that £ 5 k each time. So, can anyone tell me? I\’m assuming that the cost difference between downloading the whole database and a partial one is in fact zero. Am I correct in that assumption?