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More subtle lessons from the Sony hack

There are some obvious lessons to learn from the Sony hack: perimeter defence isn’t much use when the perimeter has thousands of gates in it (it looks as if the starting point was a straightforward spearphishing attack); and if you don’t compartmentalise your system inside the perimeter, then anyone who gets past it has access to everything. 193 more words

Making recommendations different enough

One of the major uses of data analytics in practice is to make recommendations, either explicitly or implicitly. This is one area where the interests of marketers and the interests of consumers largely run together. 521 more words

Predicting the Future

Arguably the greatest contribution of computing to the total of human knowledge is that relatively simple results from theoretical models of computation show that the future is an inherently unknowable place — not just in principle, but for fundamental reasons. 1,131 more words