This week's Actuator comes to you from Austin, where I am visiting HQ for a few days in an effort to escape the cold Spring we are having in New England. Here's hoping the cold doesn't follow me like last time when I brought that ice storm.


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


Let's Stop Giving Retailers a Free Pass on Data Breaches

This. Companies will never change until they have a financial incentive to change.


Stop Talking About IoT Security And Do Something About It

Maybe we could stop writing blog posts about IoT security and start providing lists of companies for us to avoid (see above).


Microsoft plans to invest $5 billion in IoT over the next 4 years globally

And there is the first shoe dropping, as a major cloud provider pushes a truckload of cash into IoT. I am certain that Microsoft will spend dollars on improving IoT security.


The space race is over and SpaceX won

This is great news for Elon, and it’s likely going to serve as a distraction from the current financial status of Tesla.


MIT is making a device that can 'hear' the words you say silently

This is a horrible idea. Someone needs to tell MIT to shut this down. Maybe if we all think it, they will get the message.


Facebook reported in 7 countries for breaking European privacy law

And just when Zuck thought things couldn’t get worse.


T-Mobile Austria is OK with Storing Passwords Partly in Clear Text

Just when you thought we had moved beyond corporations doing dumb things in public, T-Mobile in Austria wants you to know that they are also amazingly good at social media.


I like this approach to GDPR compliance: