IT Hiccups of the Week

Obama health exchange glitches, state government IT systems travails, Scotland’s health IT system meltdown

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IT Hiccups of the Week

IT Hiccups of the Week

The format of IT Hiccups of the Week is changing. It will now be more an aggregation of stories of IT-related system troubles from around the Web. This week saw a wide-range of IT snafus and snarls affecting millions of people, starting with the sign-up troubles involving the public health exchanges being created under the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (pdf) and more issues with U.S state IT projects.

U.S. State IT System Problems Piling Up

California EDD Department Says Backlog Cleared, Many Unemployed Say Not True

Nevada  Blames Feds for Recent New Unemployment System  Woes

Michigan’s New Unemployment Insurance System Stumbles Out of the Gate

Kansas Hospitals Bitterly Complain about State’s New Medicaid System 10 Months after Going Live

Massachusetts Senate Panel to Hold Hearings on Troubled New Unemployment Insurance System

North Carolina Lawmakers to Investigate Poor Medicaid and Food Stamp Systems Rollouts

Scotland’s Largest Health Board Suffers Major System Crash

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board Says IT System Affecting 11 Hospitals Finally Fixed

 “Unique” Active Directory Glitch Blamed for IT Failure at Scottish Hospitals

Minister Orders Investigation into Scotland NHS Computer Chaos

Of Other Interest…

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Tesco Pricing Glitch Sells 12-Piece Dinnerware Set for 56p

Weis Markets Charges Customers Credit Cards Multiple Times across Its 165 Stores in 5 States

Chrysler to Fix Software Flaw in 140 000 Pickups and SUVs Worldwide

Telstra in Australia Email Outage Angers Users

France Blames Phone Company “Malfunction” for Wrong August Unemployment Numbers

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The Future of Deep Learning Is Photonic

Computing with light could slash the energy needs of neural networks

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This computer rendering depicts the pattern on a photonic chip that the author and his colleagues have devised for performing neural-network calculations using light.

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Think of the many tasks to which computers are being applied that in the not-so-distant past required human intuition. Computers routinely identify objects in images, transcribe speech, translate between languages, diagnose medical conditions, play complex games, and drive cars.

The technique that has empowered these stunning developments is called deep learning, a term that refers to mathematical models known as artificial neural networks. Deep learning is a subfield of machine learning, a branch of computer science based on fitting complex models to data.

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