This edition of the Actuator lands on Valentine's Day, a holiday many believe to be invented by the greeting card industry. The true origins go back centuries; the Romans celebrated the middle of February as the start of spring. I'm kinda surprised that there isn't a cable network showing a Roman wrestling with the Groundhog over the official start date of spring. I'm not saying I would watch, but if I were flipping channels and found that show... Anyway.


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


SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch was (mostly) a success

I just want to remind you that in 1971 NASA launched a car into space. And it landed on the Moon. And then two men got in the car and drove it around the Moon. But hey, nice job Elon. Keep your chin up, kid.


Winter Olympics was hit by cyber-attack, officials confirm

Because shutting down a website will show the world... something. I really don't know what the point of this attack would be. Why waste the time and chance you get caught? My only guess is that they used this as a test. Either a test of their method, or a test of the defense. Probably both.


Customer Satisfaction at the Push of a Button

Sometimes, the simplest questions can lead to the best insights. You don't need to collect 1,000 different metrics to know if there's a problem (or not).


We Clearly Need to Discuss the Stock Market

"The stock market has been a little runaway recently, and this recent movement is more or less just putting down the whiskey and taking a good, hard look at its life." Brilliant.


Would You Have Spotted This Skimmer?

I want to say "yes," but the answer is "no" because I rarely check for such things. Maybe once every ten times do I pull on the reader at a gas station or checkout counter. Let's be careful out there.


The House That Spied on Me

A bit long, but worth the time if you want to become paranoid about all the ways you are giving up privacy in your own home. I think we need a show called "Are You Smarter Than Your Smart Device?" to find out if people understand the basics of IoT security.


UK ICO, Thousands of websites hijacked by hidden crypto-mining code after popular plugin pwned

Everything is terrible.


Finally! I was promised flying cars YEARS ago: