Back from Darmstadt and another wonderful SQL Konferenz. A few weeks at home before I'm away again when I head to Redmond and the Microsoft MVP Summit.


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


Nike just bricked its self-lacing shoes by accident

Setting aside the obvious jokes about how people are being forced to tie their own shoes, this tech does serve a need for people who are physically incapable of doing a task we take for granted. Here’s hoping Nike can make this work.


Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

Just reminding you that computers are getting faster, and soon quantum computing will crack stronger passwords, and faster.


85 percent of Chrome apps and extensions lack a privacy policy

For a company that once used the slogan “Don’t be evil,” Google has taken a long, long time to publicly show that it cares about data security and privacy for users. That’s probably a result of their not caring, as our data is their product.


Google Didn't Notify Users Its Nest Alarm System Has A Microphone

As I was just saying...


Jerry Westrom Threw Away a Napkin Last Month. It Was Used to Charge Him in a 1993 Murder.

I expect we are going to hear more stories similar to this one, as police around the country review their cold case files in an effort to seek justice.


Russian Hackers Go From Foothold to Full-On Breach in 19 Minutes

And it takes 90 days or more for most companies to be aware that the breach happened.


Emoji number plates launched in Queensland

I would totally pay $340 to get strips of bacon on my next plate.


The view of Darmstadium, including the ancient Roman wall they kept as part of the structure: