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The Tax Overhaul; Microsoft’s C.E.O. on Equality: DealBook Briefing NYTimes

As China’s Economy Slows, ‘Business Cults’ Prey on Young Job Seekers NYTimes

How to Avoid Buying a Car Flooded by Hurricanes NYTimes

One of the world’s most popular trees arose near the Arctic Circle

“This is perhaps the most spectacular example to date for a [tree] where ecological opportunity in the south allowed explosive species diversification,” science

Bill Russell Posts Photo Kneeling While Wearing Presidential Medal of Freedom bleacher report

N.C.A.A. Coaches and Adidas Executive Face Bribery Charges NYTimes

SEC is hiring more cybersecurity help after breach that may have let hackers profit from stock trades Washington post

Deloitte Hit By Cyberattack That Compromised Client Information & Decided To Basically Tell Nobody At All techdirt

Is Your Inability To Apologize Crippling The Organization? Forbes

“The problem is that software engineers don’t understand the problem they’re trying to solve, and don’t care to,” says Leveson, the MIT software-safety expert. The reason is that they’re too wrapped up in getting their code to work. “Software engineers like to provide all kinds of tools and stuff for coding errors,” she says, referring to IDEs. “The serious problems that have happened with software have to do with requirements, not coding errors.”

Software failures are failures of understanding, and of imagination.

Operated by a systems provider named Intrado, the server kept a running counter of how many calls it had routed to 911 dispatchers around the country. Intrado programmers had set a threshold for how high the counter could go. They picked a number in the millions.

Shortly before midnight on April 10, the counter exceeded that number, resulting in chaos. Because the counter was used to generating a unique identifier for each call, new calls were rejected. And because the programmers hadn’t anticipated the problem, they hadn’t created alarms to call attention to it. Nobody knew what was happening. Dispatch centers in Washington, California, Florida, the Carolinas, and Minnesota, serving 11 million Americans, struggled to make sense of reports that callers were getting busy signals. It took until morning to realize that Intrado’s software in Englewood was responsible, and that the fix was to change a single number. The atlantic

Signal test uses DRM to keep your contacts private
It’s trialling Intel’s SGX tech to keep your info completely hidden on its servers. Engadget

The OIG estimated that during the year ended Feb. 28, “mail processing facilities underreported late arriving mail by about 2 billion mailpieces” — that’s billion with a “b.” Washington post

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