WEKA – If you've got big sets of data that you're trying to find patterns in, you should be using WEKA. It's still a very technical process, but the team at Waikato University have assembled a fantastic open-source toolkit of turnkey algorithms to run
TransparencyData – Tonnes of lovely data on US political contributions, and joy-of-joys, they offer full dumps not just an API. The privacy implications of all this data being so easily accessible are worth pondering though
How the CPI analyzed mortgage lenders – I ran across the Palantir guys several years ago, and I've been consistently impressed with their expertise at visualizing complex data. This video is from a while back but it shows off how capable their platform is
The Hitchhikers Guider to the Galaxy on tail risk – "The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair". If there were ten commandments for engineers, this would be on there.
The Athens Affair – A compelling read covering some amazing technical feats performed by still-uncaught hackers who bugged the Greek government's cell phones