This week's Actuator is coming to you from Darmstadt, Germany, where I am attending the SQL Konferenz. I had one session yesterday and will be delivering another one tomorrow. So, there's still time to make your way over to Darmstadt and talk data with me and datachick


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


How to Spot Visualization Lies

Because people, and statistics, can sometimes stretch the truth, articles like this are a good reminder for everyone to ask questions about their data.


Zuckerberg shows off Oculus gloves for typing in VR

Including this because the real point is buried at the bottom: "Oculus will close 200 of its 500 demo stations inside Best Buy stores, after some stations went days without use." Maybe Oculus should focus on why people have lost interest in their product. I'm guessing it wasn't because they needed gloves.


Visual Studio 2017 Arrives On March 7

A big milestone for Microsoft is right around the corner. I can recall when I first opened up Visual Studio for the first time in order to create some ASP.NET applications. Can't believe it's been 20 years.


A rash of invisible, fileless malware is infecting banks around the globe

Oh, joy. Hey, maybe we'll get lucky and it will add money to our accounts.


Who's watching who? Vizio caught spying, FTC says

I am someone that doesn't mind the collecting of anonymous data in an effort to make products and services better for customers. But what Vizio did here was awful. Not only was this done without consent, the data was not anonymous, and Vizio made money by selling this data to other parties. And as I sit here typing this all I can think about is how Vizio is just a company that got caught, there are likely many more examples out there that we don't know about.


Oracle Settlement Puts Focus on Cloud Revenue Claims

I wish I could say I'm shocked that Oracle would resort to such tactics, but then I remembered they once told everyone how their database was "unbreakable," and called SQL Server In-Memory OLTP "vaporware." So yeah, the details of this case aren't that surprising.


WordPress Bug Allows Hackers to Alter Website Content

Including this as a warning to anyone out there running WordPress: you should update to the latest build before you get hacked. I noticed a handful of blogs last week had been defaced.


One thing I enjoy about visiting Germany is seeing how they solve problems in unique ways: