This week's Actuator comes to you from the month of May. As you know, May is located right next to June. That means 2018 is almost half over. Now is a good time to check in on your goals for the year and mark your progress.


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


Amazon cloud business just keeps rolling along

Hard to believe a company that just made $5 billion in revenue for Q1 is the same company that felt the need to jack their Prime subscription by 20%, from $99 to $119.


GDPR Kills the American Internet: Long Live the Internet!

May is here, and on the 25th GDPR compliance becomes a thing. Here, Cringely talks about how ICANN is not currently GDPR compliant, and the interesting discussion about the data privacy rights of individuals.


Transcription Service Leaked Medical Records

Business suffers a ransomware attack and then follows up by exposing patient data online. Saying “sorry” isn’t enough anymore, folks. We need to start imposing penalties for this lack of basic security. We need to do something to force people and companies to treat data as if lives depended on it.


$35 Million Penalty for Not Telling Investors of Yahoo Hack

Yes, exactly like this, except that is too small a fine for a company that size.


MacOS monitoring the open source way

I enjoy when tech companies openly disclose how they tackle the same problems we all face. Here Dropbox shares their approach, allowing everyone else to compare and contrast their methods. In the end, it is through this open disclosure and knowledge sharing that we all get a little better in how we administer our own enterprise.


You know how HTTP GET requests are meant to be idempotent?

This sounds like something Patrick would discover.


Bacoin, the First-Ever Cryptocurrency Backed by the Gold Standard of Bacon

Finally, a cryptocurrency I can sink my teeth into.


I need one of these for my front yard: