The Actuator – January 10th

Back in the saddle this week, feeling rested and ready to get 2018 started. We had quite a few interesting stories last week, too. Never a dull moment in the field of technology.

 

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

 

A Simple Explanation of the Differences Between Meltdown and Spectre

In case you didn’t hear, our CPUs have been hacked. Well, they could be hacked. We should all be panicking. Or not worried at all. It’s hard to say, really, because there is a lot of misinformation going around right now about Meltdown and Spectre. This article helps clear up a few things. Also, it shows that we’ve now hit a point in time where we create logos for security vulnerabilities. What a time to be alive.

 

The No Good, Terrible Processor Flaw and SQL Server Deployments – Nearly Everything You Need To Know

Here’s a great summary of how Meltdown and Spectre may affect SQL Server workloads. There’s a lot of FUD being spread about the performance hit for the patches, this article will help you focus one the important details.

 

All the cool new friends you’ll meet when you drink raw water

Here’s the upside to the diseases that raw water can carry: only hipsters inside of Silicon Valley will be affected at first.

 

The Intolerable Speech Rule: the Paradox of Tolerance for tech companies

Someone needs to get this article in front of Jack Dorsey at Twitter. It’s a simple enough rule that would remove so many of the jerks using their service.

 

You’re Descended from Royalty and So Is Everybody Else

In case you got one of those DNA kits as a gift this year, I‘m here to ruin the surprise for you. We’re all related to royalty because math.

 

A practical guide to microchip implants

I don’t think I’m ready for this future yet.

 

DHS Says 246,000 Employees’ Personal Details Were Exposed

The word ‘Security’ is literally in their name, you would think they could do that part right.

 

I found Heaven here on Earth:

 

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