Posts

2014-10-12: Ebola numbers

2014-09-23: More stochastic than?

2014-08-17: Feynman's missing method for third-orders?

2014-07-31: CIA spies even on congress

2014-07-16: Rehm on vaccines

2014-06-21: Kurtosis, 4th order diffusion, and wave speed

2014-06-20: Random dispersal speeds invasions

2014-05-06: Preservation of information asymetry in Academia

2014-04-16: Dual numbers are really just calculus infinitessimals

2014-04-14: More on fairer markets

2014-03-18: It's a mad mad mad mad prisoner's dilemma

2014-03-05: Integration techniques: Fourier--Laplace Commutation

2014-02-25: Fiber-bundles for root-polishing in two dimensions

2014-02-17: Is life a simulation or a dream?

2014-01-30: PSU should be infosocialist

2014-01-12: The dark house of math

2014-01-11: Inconsistencies hinder pylab adoption

2013-12-24: Cuvier and the birth of extinction

2013-12-17: Risk Resonance

2013-12-15: The cult of the Levy flight

2013-12-09: 2013 Flu Shots at PSU

2013-12-02: Amazon sucker-punches 60 minutes

2013-11-26: Zombies are REAL, Dr. Tyson!

2013-11-22: Crying wolf over synthetic biology?

2013-11-21: Tilting Drake's Equation

2013-11-18: Why $1^\infty != 1$

2013-11-15: Adobe leaks of PSU data + NSA success accounting

2013-11-14: 60 Minutes misreport on Benghazi

2013-11-11: Making fairer trading markets

2013-11-10: L'Hopital's Rule for Multidimensional Systems

2013-11-09: Using infinitessimals in vector calculus

2013-11-08: Functional Calculus

2013-11-03: Elementary mathematical theory of the health poverty trap

2013-11-02: Proof of the area of a circle using elementary methods

Adobe leaks of PSU data + NSA success accounting

Just random stuff today, growing the organic web.

Today in data breaches

Well, yet more companies screwing up security. Today, Penn State released news that Adobe leaked a mess of Penn Stater's information to bad people. Here are the announcement and user-directed emails, if you're interested. This is going on all the time these days. On-the-Media had a good story last month. We clearly need a federal data breach notification law and it seems like a great thing that people could work across party lines on. Seems like some sort of incentivization also deserves consideration.

How many plots did the NSA's surveillance foil?

Another On-the-Media story was about the NSA's claim to have stopped 50+ terrorism incidents using domestic surveillance, and the news media's coverage of the number. Two very good considerations were a ProPublica accounting of how this number really stands up, and an earlier related AP story about a New York City bombing plot.

UPDATE 2013-12-20: In response to the revelations about the USA's intelligence practices, as revealed by non-government-employee Edward Snowden, President Obama created a special review group to consider changes in intelligence practices. The white-house has now posted their internal Review Group's report (no idea why the dates between the memorandum and the report are inconsistent). NBC now reports that the NSA could provide no evidence to support the program. And a related point, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon just found some of the NSA's practices unconstitutional