I'm getting ready for my trip to Germany and SQL Konferenz next week. If you are near Darmstadt, I hope to see you there. I'm going to be talking about data and database migrations. I'll also make an effort to eat my weight in speck.

 

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

 

Amazon overtakes Microsoft in market capitalisation, thanks to booming AWS revenue

This post had me thinking how overvalued Apple is right now. It's as if the stock price of a company has no relation to the actual value of a company, its people, or products.

 

Apple takes more than half of all smartphone revenues in Q4 2017

Then again, maybe Wall Street does know a few things about Apple. Despite a declining market share in total phones sold (only 18% now), Apple drives huge revenues because their phones cost so much. And Wall Street loves revenues. As long as the iPhoneX doesn't catch fire, Apple stock will continue to be a safe bet.

 

Intel facing 32 lawsuits over Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws

You knew the sharks would come out for this one. Between the lawsuits and the insider trading, this could be the end of Intel.

 

US Senator demands review of loot box policies, citing potential harm

This is a topic of discussion in our home, as my children ask for money to purchase "loot boxes" so they can win a prize that allows them to compete in MMO game such as Overwatch. They don't understand the gambling aspect of a loot box, and I suspect we now have a generation of kids that won't think twice about spending extra cash for an instant reward. It won't be long before we pay an extra $3 at Starbucks for a chance that our drink is made correctly.

 

This electric jet can take off vertically and travel almost 190 miles per hour - and it's already being prototyped

Finally! I was promised flying cars decades ago! This would make commuting to work so much more fun.

 

Hacker Group Makes $3 Million by Installing Monero Miners on Jenkins Servers

This is why we can't have nice things.

 

Americans used to eat pigeon all the time-and it could be making a comeback

Wrap it in bacon and we'll never know.

 

Ah, Germany. I came for the speck, but I stayed for the schweinshaxe: