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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.
See also: canary

spyware

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

verb
See also: data, miner
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To provide proper incentives, the system compensates miners for their effort by rewarding miners when they are selected to mine a block.
For instance, a mine operator may decide to terminate the employment of a miner engaged in poor safety practices or who violated the operator's work rules.
Miners were recruited from our coal fields to dig tunnels under enemy lines, blowing up German army headquarters.
The crude prevalences of CWP, PMF, advanced pneumoconiosis, and r-type opacities among participating surface coal miners were calculated.
But the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that only 21 miners were missing following the landslide.
The rescued miners, who showed no visible injuries but looked weak, were
AS an ex-miner it was great to see the Chilean miners being rescued at last, but I can't help wonder how it would be here?
ALIVE: A miner below ground Aug 30: Rescuers start drilling a first 30cm (12in) pilot hole, aiming for the shelter.
BALIKESIR, Feb 24, 2010 (TUR) -- A miner died after a methane gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in northwestern province of Balikesir.
The Wakefield MP visited former coal miner Joseph Marshall at his home to explain the application process.
I'm usually pretty good with faces, but I had no idea I was reacquainting myself with Saugus athletic director Kevin Miner the past few times we said hello.
Gold is the country's primary mineral export, with five mines already in operation, including activity from Canadian gold miner Barrick Gold Ltd.
According to Stuart Miner, cofounder and managing director of Market Street Investors, the joint venture plans a mixed-use project for the site, focusing primarily on residential and retail developments, but also featuring an office component and community facilities, such as a 150,000 s/f state-of-the-art recreation complex and a minor league baseball stadium.