It turns out that employees aren't doing themselves – or their employers – any favors by picking the priciest health plan their employer offers. A high monthly premium doesn't necessarily equate to better coverage, for one thing. For another, the Cadillac tax under the Affordable Care Act is looming, which targets such plans. In an effort to help employees make smarter health plan choices, many employers are using an algorithm to sort the plans.
Kx Systems, a producer of high-performance database analytics, has published a new edition of "Q for Mortals." Titled "Q for Mortals: Version 3, An introduction to Q Programming," by Jeffry Borror, it's a kdb+ programmers' guide and Q is the expressive query and programming language built into kdb+.
Manys stories have covered the use of big data and genomics to find new treatments and cures for diseases. The hope within that coverage is palpable but with a distinct "maybe one day" feel. But now there comes an announcement of the opening of The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine in Huntsville, Alabama, which just may be the very first clinic to be "designed solely for providing diagnoses to patients with undiagnosed disease via the exclusive use of whole genome sequencing data."
The new release of StealthINTERCEPT security software Tuesday added built-in analytics for pre-authentication failures, breached passwords, concurrent log-ins, impersonation log-ins and golden ticket attack vectors to the existing attack analytics for account hacking, brute force attacks and horizontal account movement detection.
LinkedIn acquired Slideshare in 2012, but as many companies have already learned the hard way, acquiring a company is the easy part. Integration of data, technologies and cultures always present daunting challenges, and LinkedIn found this acquisition to be no exception.
Using the Wikipedia website for this exercise was a perfect demonstration, as there is useful information there but it can easily be lost in the noise. According to URX, while the English Wikipedia corpus consists of 15 million pages, "only about one in three pages are considered informative enough for learning."
In case you missed DJ Patil's speech at Strata earlier this year, here's a YouTube video of it, complete with remarks from President Obama. Patil, in case you didn't already know, is the...
A new collaboration between Comtrade, a provider of IT infrastructure management and monitoring products, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research – or CERN – plans to improve global access to more than 140 petabytes of data for thousands of researchers conducting experiments on the Large Hadron Collider.
Part of deepsense.io's appeal is its focus on solving the dormant untapped dark data problem that is common in many organizations. Gartner defines dark data as "information assets that organizations collect, process and store in the course of their regular business activity, but generally fail to use for other purposes."
Among the latest efforts on the path to life-saving cures is AWS's recent announcement of two new public data sets: The Cancer Genome Atlas and The International Cancer Genome Consortium PanCancer dataset. These are two of the world's largest collections of cancer genome data and they're both now available at no cost on AWS as part of the AWS Public Data Sets program.