This week’s Actuator comes to you live from Darmstadt, Germany - and from SQL Konferenz. If you're here, please stop me and say hello—I'd love to talk data and databases with you. And maybe some speck, too.


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


Google Maps’ AR navigation feature could solve the app’s biggest little problem

For someone that visits cities in other countries and has no idea about street names, I love this application of AR into Google Maps.


Sandusky, Ohio, Makes Election Day A Paid Holiday — By Swapping Out Columbus Day

This sounds great, but what would be even greater is allowing for easy access to early voting. But if America really wants to increase voter turnout, we should offer a basket of chicken wings (or bacon) to everyone that votes.


Paris seeks $14 million from Airbnb for illegal adverts

Just a quick reminder that Airbnb is to hotels as Uber is to taxis. Oh, and both companies make city living worse, not better.


Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

Because Spotify is planning on using that revenue to increase the pay for the artists. Yeah, I laughed out loud, too.


Facebook Glitch Lets You Search for Pictures of Your Female Friends

Weekly reminder that Facebook is an awful company that should be shuttered until it can be rebuilt by adults and not some kid in a dorm room at Harvard looking to hook up with girls on campus.


Why storing your Bitcoin private keys on Google Drive is a terrible idea

Then again, if you are foolish enough to be involved with Bitcoin to begin with, maybe you get what you deserve by storing your private keys with a cloud provider.


New York Wants Its Money Back From Amazon As States Turn On Corporate Tax Breaks

The best quote I saw about this story was from New York State Senator Michael Gianaris who said “Like a petulant child, Amazon insists on getting its way or takes its ball and leaves.” Good for NYC to reconsider handing billions of dollars to a company that does not need the money.


I come to Germany for the SQL, the speck, and the schweinshaxe: