The Actuator – December 13th

Christmas is two weeks away. Consider this your warning to get all of your holiday shopping done in time, unlike last year. I know I’ll be browsing Amazon a lot this week.

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

Bitcoin Is Not a Currency, It’s an (Unsafe) Investment

Quick summary for those of you that weren’t aware: Bitcoin is a scam. Avoid.

 

Don’t blame the election on fake news. Blame it on the media.

I avoid posting anything political here, but this article was worth pushing forward. I don’t believe that the media is any worse now than they were 100 years ago when Hearst would print gossip in order to create a story and headline. I just want people to understand that the media is in a constant race to the bottom and we are all suffering as a result.

 

How to Write Email with Military Precision

Because every day I read emails from people that need help in writing emails.

 

What to Do If Your Boss Gets Distracted by Every New Thing

The article focuses on your boss, but they could have written this about developers, too. I’ve seen a lot of extra work done by developers who want to rewrite everything they touch into the latest hipster language.

 

Microsoft releases quantum computing development kit preview

And they named it Q#, of course. Still, this quantum computing is a thing worth tracking now. IBM already has an offering, Microsoft is on the verge of one. Of course, no one will notice until AWS has a competing service, at which point AWS will claim to have been feeding Schrödinger’s cat for decades.

 

Four hours after being taught the rules of chess, AlphaZero became the strongest player the world has ever seen

Reason number 27 why I believe that computers will provide autonomous self-tuning databases in the very near future.

 

Amazon Alexa can now wake you up to music

I want Alexa to wake me with bacon in the oven. How soon before we have that skill available?

 

Took the family to New York City for some holiday fun this past weekend. We made it to Rockefeller Center to see the tree!

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