The Actuator – April 5th

Greetings from Telford, UK! I’m here at SQL Bits delivering a full day training session with datachick and enjoying the sunshine. If you are near Telford stop by SQLBits on Saturday and you can listen to Karen and I debate database design. Yes, it is as exciting as it sounds!

Also, here’s a reminder that the calendar says April, which means the year is about 25% over. This is about the time I like to ask people how they are doing on those goals they set for themselves at the start of the year. If you feel a bit behind it’s not too late to get started!

As always, here’s a handful of links from the intertubz I thought you might find interesting. Enjoy!

Old Microsoft IIS Servers Vulnerable to Zero-Day Exploit

Look folks, if you are running 14-year-old, unpatched, internet-facing servers then maybe you deserve what happens.

This is how Samsung plans to prevent future phones from catching fire

There’s no such thing as bad press, right?

Facial recognition database used by FBI is out of control, House committee hears

Setting aside the privacy issues/concerns, I have one question about this report: If commercial software is “five years ahead” of what the FBI is using, why doesn’t the FBI use the commercial software?

Why I Always Tug on the ATM

Yep. I find myself doing this as well, every time I am at a place like an ATM, or gas station, and supermarkets.

Researchers steal data from shared cache of two cloud VMs

Concerning, yes. But I still think the Cloud is far more secure that the data center on the 8th floor.

Seven Big Reasons to Move Backup to the Cloud

In case the previous article meant you needed a reminder that the Cloud is quite useful, and awesome, for a variety of scenarios.

From my first visit to Telford with Lego daughter three years ago:

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Source: solarwinds GEEK SPEAK

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