US State Governments Can’t Shake IT Woes

Microsoft's inauspicious Windows RT 8.1 update, where did the term “glitch” come from?

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US State Governments Can’t Shake IT Woes

IT Hiccups of the Week

Most of the news involving last week’s IT-related problems, snarls and snags were once again drowned out by media stories concerning the recognition if not admission of major management blunders that led to the “glitches” in the Affordable Care Act website and its supporting systems. The Obama Administration now says that the two dozen or so major items on its IT “punch list” will be fixed and thoroughly tested within the next 33 days or so, but more than a few folks are willing to bet against that happening, especially in regard to the issue of data security.

Residents of California, Florida, Alaska, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Kentucky, Michigan and Mississippi are among those fervently hoping that their states' ongoing government computer woes will be over by the end of November. However, I suspect that for many of those state residents, it will prove to be a forlorn hope as well.

US State Governments’ IT System Problems Persist

Unemployed Californian’s Continue to Complain of EDD Unemployment Computer System Problems

California Legislators Set Hearings into EDD System Troubles for Next Week

Florida’s New Connect Unemployment System Woes

Florida Trying to Fix New Connect Unemployment System

Alaska’s New Medicaid System Undergoing “Growing Pains”

Pennsylvania’s Worker’s Compensation System Problems Linger

New Mexico’s New Unemployment System Ops Improved, but Must Get Better

Kentucky Medicaid Billing System Problems Finally Clearing Up After Two Years

Call Volume Unusually High after Michigan Upgraded Unemployment System

Mississippi’s New Online Tax System Causing Headaches

Microsoft’s Less Than Smooth Windows RT 8.1 Update

Windows RT 8.1 Update Has Some “Show-Stopping” Installation Problems

Microsoft Pulls Windows RT 8.1 Update From Store

Microsoft  Fixes Windows RT 8.1 Update and Is Back in Store

What Does “Glitch” Exactly Mean?

A Brief Linguistic History of the Term “Glitch

Of Other Interest…

Facebook Suffers Worldwide Outage

Network Solution Experiences Outage for Third Time

US Customer and Border Protection Computer System Goes Offline

Cincinnati Bell Internet Goes Down

System Glitch Interrupts 911 Emergency Calls in Douglass County, Nebraska

Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport Traffic and Parking System Malfunctions Again

Nissan Recalling 152 000 SUVs for Anti-Lock Brake Software Upgrade

Credit Card System Problem Stiffing Washington, D.C. Taxi Drivers

Los Angeles Department of Works Computer Error Leads to Higher Water Bills

Schwab Trading Platform Experiences Problems after Integration with Third-Party System

Incompatible Hardware and Software Bring Beijing’s Subway Line 10 to a Halt

Photo: Ugurhan Betin/iStockphoto

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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.

Alexander Sludds
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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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