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You may have noticed that my end of the year posts are all science focused. Today, a set of resources on the COVID vaccines. First, the FDA has authorized two vaccines for emergency use. The review memoranda (Pfizer, Moderna) are all sorts of fascinating. As the kids say, TL;DR: both vaccines are safe and no…

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There’s an interesting article by Phil Bull, “Why you can ignore reviews of scientific code by commercial software developers“. It’s an interesting, generally convincing argument, with a couple of exceptions. (Also worth remembering: What We Can Learn From the Epic Failure of Google Flu Trends.) The first interesting point is the difference between production code…

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Understanding the way intrusions really happen is a long-standing interest of mine. This is quite a different set of questions compared to “how long does it take to detect,” or “how many records are stolen?” How the intrusion happens is about questions like: Is it phishing emails that steal creds? Email attachments with exploits? SQL…

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