Welcome to the final edition of the Actuator for 2018! I’m going to take a break for the holidays and will resume this series in 2019. Wherever you are, I hope you and your family have a happy holiday season.


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


China’s Social Ranking System Will Now Target Rule-Breaking Scientists

Well, that escalated quickly.


Apple Will Build $1 Billion Campus in Austin, Adding 5,000 Jobs

Clearly Apple didn’t want Amazon to hog all the headlines regarding office expansion plans. And if you thought traffic in North Austin was bad now, just wait until 15,000 more people try to commute to and from The Domain twice a day.


All those free apps on your phone are tracking your location and selling your data

Nothing is free, and your private data has more value than you know.


Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret

As I was saying.


The Future of Config-file-based IT Infrastructure

As a database professional, I tend to think about data in sets. After reading this, I’m thinking of data as nothing more than configuration files. The concept of tuning a query by deploying a new server and replicating the data sounds wonderful.


Equifax Breach Was Just as Infuriating and Dumb as You Thought, New House Report Finds

The summary list in this post offers good starting points for discussions in your own company. If you don’t take action soon, you will find your company the next victim.


’donald’ debuts at No. 23 on worst passwords of 2018 list

What I can’t, even.


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