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miner's canary

Something or someone who, due to sensitivity to his, her, or its surroundings, acts as an indicator and early warning of possible adverse conditions or danger. Refers to the former practice of taking caged canaries into coal mines—the birds would die if methane gas was present, thereby alerting miners to the danger. Wildlife in disaster movies always acts like the miner's canary, fleeing the scene when catastrophe is imminent. John was used as a miner's canary to see the test drug's effects on the human mind.
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and data miner
n. a kind of malicious software that gathers private information from a personal computer and sends it to another computer. I have a little program that roots out spyware from my computer. It found a data miner lurking among my digital images.

data miner

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References in classic literature ?
Bad as the above treatment of the miners appears, it is gladly accepted of by them; for the condition of the labouring agriculturists is much worse.
My host the superintendent of the mine, was a shrewd but rather ignorant Cornish miner.
There was a chorus of friendly "Good-nights" from the other miners as they passed from the platform.
As they approached the centre of the town the scene was brightened by a row of well-lit stores, and even more by a cluster of saloons and gaming houses, in which the miners spent their hard-earned but generous wages.
Having made one or two tentative remarks to the nearest miner, and receiving only short, gruff replies, the traveller resigned himself to uncongenial silence, staring moodily out of the window at the fading landscape.
Well," the miner lowered his voice--"over the affairs.
cried the miner, standing still in alarm, and gazing in amazement at his companion.
Euzel said nothing has changed since a tragic accident in 2010 that killed 30 miners in the province of Zonguldak.
Down the years this love and respect for the miners has been dissipated.
After losing a battle on behalf of miners suffering from osteoarthritis the Association made clear it will need extra help to keep the Gala going.
In the next few weeks, we will launch an online portal for our customers to be able to login and manage their miners.
Another Chilean flag was signed by the families and sent down for the miners to unfurl.
The breakthrough means the miners, who rescuers have been trying to extract before Christmas, might now be raised to the surface by early November.
Earlier, 23 miners out of 49 miners, who were trapped inside the coal mine near the town of Dursunbey, were evacuated.