This week's Actuator comes to you from an unseasonably cold spring here in New England. It snowed this week, making for a chilly Boston Marathon. Here's hoping we get rewarded later with a few extra weeks of summer warmth through October.


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


In a Leaked Memo, Apple Warns Employees to Stop Leaking Information

Apple, one of the least security focused manufacturers on the planet, has issues keeping secrets. Sounds about right.


Strong feedback loops make strong software teams

Not just software, but all teams. An important part of the feedback loop is how a person handles the feedback. Different people have different tolerance levels for criticism of their work. It’s important to remember that when building teams, or assigning tasks.


Verizon 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report: Tales of dirty deeds and unscrupulous activities

Verizon published their annual data breach report, showing us details about who is behind the organized attacks, their motivations, and the industries targeted. This report should be required reading for everyone working in IT.


Waymo seeks permission to test fully driverless cars in California

It’s been a while since I talked about autonomous cars, so here’s a quick update. If you didn’t know, Waymo is a division of Alphabet, which is Google’s parent company. So, Waymo is Google. Let that sink in and think about the data that Google will collect about you and your travel habits.


Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional testimony showed that a bedrock principle of online privacy is a complete and utter fraud

Informed consent is the loophole that internet companies have exploited for decades. Maybe now we can work on closing that loophole.


User Privacy Isn't Solely a Facebook Issue

A nice reminder that data security and privacy is a bigger issue. Your ISP has the most control over your security and privacy online.


'Dear Mark, this is why I hate you.' An open letter to Zuckerberg

To opt-out of Facebook infringing on your privacy, you must first sign up to use Facebook. I can’t understand why more people aren’t outraged to the point that we just shut Facebook down completely.


Speaking of spring, now's a good time to get started on that re-wiring project you've been putting off for a while.