Welcome back! I hope y'all had a happy and healthy holiday break. I'm back in the saddle after hosting a wonderful Christmas dinner for 20 friends and family. I had some time off as well, which I used to work a bit on my blog as well as some Python and data science learning.

 

As usual, here's a bunch of links from the internet I hope you'll find useful. Enjoy!

 

Team that made gene-edited babies sentenced to prison, fined

I wasn't aware we had reached the point of altering babies' DNA, but here we are.

 

2019 Data Breach Hall of Shame: These were the biggest data breaches of the year

I expect a longer list from 2020.

 

Bing’s Top Search Results Contain an Alarming Amount of Disinformation

A bit long, but worth some time and a discussion. I never think about how search engines try to determine the veracity of the websites returned in a search.

 

Google and Amazon are now in the oil business

File this under "Do as I say, not as I do."

 

Seven Ways to Think Like a Programmer

An essay about data that warmed my heart. I think a lot of this applies to every role, especially for those of us inside IT.

 

The other side of Stack Overflow content moderation

Start this post by reading the summary, then take in some of the specific cases he downvoted. The short of it is this: humans are horrible at communicating through texts, no matter what the forum.

 

This Is How To Change Someone’s Mind: 6 Secrets From Research

If you want to have more success at work, read this post. I bet you can think of previous discussions at work and understand where things went wrong.

 

For New Year's Eve I made something special - 6 pounds of pork belly bites in a honey soy sauce. They did not last long. No idea what everyone else ate, though.