This week’s Actuator comes to you from sunny Austin, where the temperatures have cooled off to a nice 98F this week. I’m in town to record some episodes of SolarWinds Lab as well as THWACKcamp. It’s going to be a long week, but worth every minute!


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


Facial Recognition Software Wrongly Identifies 28 Lawmakers As Crime Suspects

And the software also identified an additional 28 as hot dogs.


Google: Security Keys Neutralized Employee Phishing

I am cautiously optimistic about this idea, but wonder what the workaround is for those of us that easily lose such devices.


Simulated Attacks Reveal How Easily Corporate Networks Fall Prey to Hackers

File this post under “not surprising.” It’s 2018, and that means there’s a good chance “2018” is being used as a password somewhere.


Snoopware installed by 11 million+ iOS, Android, Chrome, and Firefox users

Also filed under “not surprising,” companies are tracking your movements around the web. This has been true for 20 years now, and yet people still seem surprised that it happens.


Data Transfer Project

I thought XML solved this problem 30 years ago. Oh, wait.


Drug giant Glaxo teams up with DNA testing company 23andMe

If 23andMe take the time to anonymize the data from their users that have opted-in, then I think this is a wonderful idea to advance research in areas that need this influx of data.


Air marshals have conducted secret in-flight monitoring of U.S. passengers for years

Setting aside the civil rights questions, my mind was fascinated with how this data was collected, stored, transmitted, verified, and analyzed. The idea that there is a database somewhere at Ft. Meade that knows I slept during an overnight trip to Germany last month seems…useless.


The time is drawing near!