Data breach with names+diagnoses posted online

The NY Times reports on a significant data breach, where someone from Stanford posted a spreadsheet online while asking for help on how to produce a bar graph. The dataset included 20,000 emergency room patients, including their names and diagnoses (but not quite enough to steal the patients’ identities). The data breach is interesting enough … Continue reading Data breach with names+diagnoses posted online

Steven Strogatz’ prognostications for the year

Steven Strogatz’ prognostication for the coming year in mathematics includes the following sage advice: “We may have to program computers to explain their discoveries to us. Otherwise they will become more like oracles than scientists, handing down mysterious utterances to us mere mortals.” - From the NY Times Pity we didn’t get to hear what … Continue reading Steven Strogatz’ prognostications for the year