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Apparently the data breaches of Target, Sony, Home Depot and a host of others weren't sufficient to convince Anthem to encrypt patient Social Security numbers.
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A storm has hit California, but that’s not going to end the ‘worst drought in a generation’ that is turning much of the centre of the state into a dust bowl. Chris McGreal reports on the drought bringing one of the richest states in America to its knees
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I woke up this morning worrying about whether time ordered sequential dependencies are adequately accounted for in common statistical/probabilistic approaches.  Specifically, it seems like the sequential dependencies of place and time are not well represented in discussions of outcomes.

The probabilities of any given outcome is so entangled in the the history of the present contexts.  For example, if a parent should produce a child, the child occupies physical space and time in such a way that it changes the probability of other future outcomes.   Being alive has strong contextual and sequential dependencies.  Any one outcome can potentially affect every future outcome.  At the heart of the problem is an approach to probabilities that leaves interdependent sets unsolvable.

Multiverses (e.g. parallel universes) are theoretically possible, but as far as I can tell, the math breaks down around problems of sequential order and physical place.  The theoretical existence of parallel universes looks more like an artifact of how probability has been defined: it is looking at all potential outcomes from one point in space and time. 

The messiness with parallel universe theory involves the question of  how to assemble individual points of probability in space and time into a set when each individual outcome has contextual dependencies that affect the probability of all outcomes to follow. 

The evidence suggests that universes are like snowflakes, and even more unlikely for any two to be identical.  If they are so rare as to be non-existent, then why is it such a popular trope in science fiction?  Is it about hoping that we could go back and change moments of the past?  Is it about what might have been? Is it an acknowledgment of how powerless we feel to be decision makers in face of these dependencies?  Is it just another way to look at fate?  Thoughts?

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From Malcolm McLaren and the Angry Brigade to Madness and Heathcote Williams by way of George Melly’s garage, Alexis Petridis traces the story of Britain’s graffiti pioneers
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Ugly story about a commercial truck killing a cyclist  in SF (and the police failing to investigate)...
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The attorneys for Amelie Le Moullac's family say the lawsuit is 'their last chance for justice.'
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Fears rise in the US that talented early career scientists are being driven out of the sector because of lack of opportunities
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Los Angeles has again topped a list of the cities with the worst smog in the nation, violating federal health standards for ozone an average of 122 days a year.
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From Wellcome, in May: "There is widespread enthusiasm for the benefits of early sharing of large research datasets, but in practice the implementation of data sharing has lagged. A new report published today highlights the need for the development of new types of incentives within the biomedical research community to improve this situation."
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