jm + advice   7

"Use trees. Not too deep. Mostly ensembles."
snarky summary of 'Data-driven Advice for Applying Machine Learning to Bioinformatics Problems', a recent analysis paper of ML algorithms
algorithms  machine-learning  bioinformatics  funny  advice  classification 
5 weeks ago by jm
Can The Best Financial Tips Fit On An Index Card? : All Tech Considered : NPR
'A couple of years ago, University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack did an online video chat with personal finance writer Helaine Olen. The topic was how regular people get steered into bad investments by financial advisers. Pollack said that the best personal finance advice "can fit on a 3-by-5 index card, and is available for free in the library — so if you're paying someone for advice, almost by definition, you're probably getting the wrong advice, because the correct advice is so straightforward." After they posted the video, the emails started pouring in — people wanted to know, where could they get this index card? What was this fantastic yet simple advice for managing their money?'

These seem like pretty solid tips, and relatively portable to the Irish markets too. I need to take a look at this stuff...
finance  money  advice  npr  401k  pensions  financial-advisors 
july 2017 by jm
Online security won’t improve until companies stop passing the buck to the customer
100% agreed!
Giving good security advice is hard because very often individuals have little or no effective control over their security. The extent to which a customer is at risk of being defrauded largely depends on how good their bank’s security is, something customers cannot know.

Similarly, identity fraud is the result of companies doing a poor job at verifying identity. If a criminal can fraudulently take out a loan using another’s name, address, and date of birth from the public record, that’s the fault of the lender – not, as Cifas, a trade organisation for lenders, claims, because customers “don’t take the same care to protect our most important asset – our identities”.
cifas  uk  passwords  security  regulation  banking  ncsc  riscs  advice 
may 2017 by jm
AWS Tips I Wish I'd Known Before I Started
Some good advice and guidelines (although some are just silly).
aws  ops  tips  advice  ec2  s3 
january 2015 by jm

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