Spiders Trap Toyotas

UK’s easyJet reservation system goes down, Florida’s new unemployment claim system has difficult start

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Spiders Trap Toyotas

IT Hiccups of the Week

The “Apple-like glitches” affecting the Affordable Care Act website and its supporting systems continue to dominate the news, especially with the Obama Administration’s admission over the weekend that the “best and brightest” IT cavalry needs to be called in to rescue it, if that is even possible. The on-going issue will be explored in more depth in the Risk Factor at a later time.  

While it is extremely difficult to turn our eyes away from the slow motion ACA IT train wreck, there were other IT derailments of interest last week as well, including spiders that cause Toyota airbags to unexpectedly deploy (spiders also caused problems with Mazda vehicles a few years ago), another airline reservation system meltdown, this time affecting easyJet in the UK, and Florida’s shaky start to its new unemployment insurance system.

Spiders Like Toyota, But the Feeling Isn’t Mutual

Spiders Force Toyota to Recall 800 000 Cars

Spiders Blocking AC Unit, Force Recall of 870 000 Toyotas

Toyota Recalls 885 000 Vehicles, Spiders Get Part of the Blame

easyJet Suffers European-wide System Failure

easyJet Reservation System Crashes

Technical Issue Hits easyJet Reservation System

easyJet Faces Big Compensation Claim for Reservation System Problems

Florida’s New Unemployment System Bumpy Start

Problems Persist in New Unemployment Claims System

More Phone Lines Opened to Handle Unemployment Claims

Deloitte-Designed Florida Unemployment System Draws Fire

State Downplaying Problems with New Unemployment Claims System

Of Other Interest…

Level 3 Outage Affects East Coast Internet Traffic for 24 Hours

California EDD Refuses to Release Documents on Broken Unemployment Computer System

Long Distance Bus Service in India Hit by Week Long Ticketing Glitch

Software Issue Delays New Park-and-Display Parking Meters in Little Rock, Arkansas

Australian Telecom Optus Refunds A$8.8 Million to 235 000 Customers for 2 Year Billing Error

United Airlines Says It Wasn’t a Glitch and Cancels “Free Tickets” This Time

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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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