The Actuator – December 27th

I hope everyone had a Happy Christmas this week. It snowed on Christmas day here, the first time in maybe 20 years or so where we had enough snowfall that we had to shovel. It’s the 3rd white Christmas my kids have seen, and only the 2nd one they remember. It was interesting watching them in the morning, opening gifts as the snow fell. I hope whatever events you are doing this week will leave happy memories for yourself and others.


I’m on PTO this week and next, but I won’t let that get in the way of the weekly Actuator.  As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!


The Weaponization of Education Data

Almost 300 data breaches of schools K-12 since January 2017. Schools collect the most personal of data, and are the least prepared to protect that data.


Data Is Not The New Oil, It’s Nuclear Power

“Unless we’re willing to bury [data] under metaphorical concrete we’re in for a bad future if we forget how to handle spent data.” Brilliant.


Dozens of Companies Are Using Facebook to Exclude Older Workers From Job Ads

“Laws? Where we’re going, we don’t need to obey the law.” – Facebook and Uber


Apple: Yes, we’re slowing down older iPhones

As an owner of a few of these phones, I’m not surprised by this in any way. In fact, I thought we already knew this was how Apple did business, so I’m shocked that everyone seems shocked by Capitalism In Action.


Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it, and I regret it

A decent product review for one of the new services launched by Amazon this past year. I’m not likely to try Amazon Key anytime soon, but I recognize that it’s all part of a larger business strategy. And I also know that Amazon wants to build services that are secure. So, whatever issues they have with v1 of this service will be fixed, I have no doubt.


Crooks Switch From Ransomware to Cryptocurrency Mining

Honestly, I am just disappointed I didn’t think of this sooner.


Power Prices Go Negative in Germany, a Positive for Energy Users

And if you need power for mining Bitcoin, Germany has some extra to spare..


The view from my deck this past Christmas morning, an almost perfect snow:

Source: solarwinds GEEK SPEAK


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