The Actuator – May 9th

May has arrived and so has some warmer weather. It feels good to be able to sit outside. I’m enjoying it while I can; we have only a few weeks of warm weather before the mosquitos arrive.

 

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

 

Twitter urges all users to change passwords after glitch

Just in case you didn’t hear about this, yet. Twitter came forward to say that a “bug” had accidentally caused user passwords to be stored in clear text. I’d like more technical details on how this bug could happen. In the meantime, change your passwords. Or don’t and use this as an excuse to tweet weird things and then say you were hacked.

 

Home DNA Kits: What Do They Tell You?

Not much, even for the dog. Only one company identified the DNA as not human. Something to think about for those folks that are thinking of spending money on such services.

 

The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code

On the heels of the Kentucky Derby comes this riveting story of a man who built and has used a predictive model for horse racing to win $1 billion over the past 30 years. The next time someone says data analytics isn’t a real thing, show them this story.

 

Police Tested Facial Recognition at a Major Sporting Event. The Results Were Disastrous

Then again, maybe data analytics still has a way to go. Or maybe we should put some prize money behind facial recognition efforts. If someone knew they could make a billion dollars with the right predictive model, I’m certain we would have a solution by now.

 

Unroll.me to close to EU users saying it can’t comply with GDPR

If you really want people to know you that don’t care about their privacy, just tell the world you won’t comply with the GDPR. This single act tells me everything I need to know about whether or not I can trust Unroll.me with my data. (The answer is “no.”)

 

Yes, it’s Bad. Robocalls, and Their Scams, are Surging.

Robocalls are increasing. People are mad. And nothing is being done to stop the volume of spam phone calls from increasing.

 

This Lego Breakfast Machine Can Make You Bacon And Eggs

Father’s Day is coming up. #JustSayin

 

Spring is finally here, and we all know what that means:

 

Source: solarwinds GEEK SPEAK

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