Getting ready to head to Germany and SQL Konferenz next week. This will be the fourth consecutive year for me at SQL Konferenz. I enjoy the event and visiting Darmstadt, home of the European Space Agency. (Canada is a member of the ESA despite not being in Europe, and they say Americans are geographically challenged, but whatevs). This year I will have two sessions. Together with Karen López datachick, we will be offering a full training day session on February 14th titled “Advanced Accidental Database Design for SQL Server." The other session I have is on February 16th and is titled “Upgrading to SQL Server 2016." If you do attend, please stop by and say hello and ask me about the Super Bowl.


As always, here's a bunch of links I found on the Intertubz that you may find interesting. Enjoy!


Hunting for evidence, Secret Service unlocks phone data with force or finesse

Never mind getting Apple to help unlock a phone; the government can always just take it apart if needed.


After a decade of silence, this computer worm is back and researchers don't know why

Ah, memories. I recall when and where I was when I found out Slammer had made its way inside our systems. The classics always find their way back.


Just One in Four Banks Confident of Breach Detection

The real number is probably closer to zero than one. And I don't want my bank to just detect a breach, I want them to prevent a breach.


The Midlife IT Career Crisis

I found this interesting enough to share with anyone that has 15+ years in IT already and is noticing all the new shiny things being used by those darn kids coming out of college.


Compliance as code

This is one of those things that sounds great in theory, but not so great in practice. Humans will always find a way around the rules. Always.


Ransomware Freezes Eight Years of Police Evidence

This ransomware business will get worse before it gets better.


I'm not saying that the only reason I go to Germany is for the schweinshaxe, but it's near the top of the list: