The Actuator – May 16th

Welcome to another edition of the Actuator. I hope everyone is enjoying some warm spring weather. It’s nice to be able to sit outside for an hour at the end of the day.

 

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

 

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

Fun fact for you: There is no law against sending subliminal messages to humans, or machines. The practice is discouraged and *may* be considered an invasion of privacy (for humans, not for machines). Another example of where the laws lag far behind the technology.

 

Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets

Not mentioned in the article: the embarrassing photos from office Christmas parties.

 

Stanford Study Shows the Astonishing Productivity Boost of Working From Home

Glad to see we are putting some data into the productivity levels for people working from home. I’ve been doing it for eight years now. I know it’s made me more productive, happier, and healthier. I can’t go back to having a real job, ever.

 

Don’t Skype Me: How Microsoft Turned Consumers Against a Beloved Brand

“[Using Skype] is like Tim Tebow trying to be a baseball player.” Ouch.

 

Amazon’s Fake Review Problem

I’ve been frustrated for years with the reviews on Amazon. I find many of them to be fake. These days I focus on the three-star ratings and do my best to discern the truth. To be fair, Amazon is not the only company with an online review problem.

 

Are My Friends Really My Friends?

Interesting analysis showing that despite being surrounded by constant interactions, we are more alone now than ever before.

 

Security researchers discover critical flaw in PGP encryption that reveals plaintext

Everything is terrible.

 

Seems legit:

Source: solarwinds GEEK SPEAK

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