Had a great week in Austin last week, even managed to play some touch rugby with members of Team USA. After a short turnaround at home, I'm in Las Vegas this week for Microsoft Inspire. If you're attending MS Inspire, stop by the booth. You know I'd love to talk data with you.


As always, here are some links I hope you find interesting. Enjoy!


Experiments show dramatic increase in solar cell output

This is an example of a problem that would benefit from advances in quantum computing, as it's difficult to build the research models and simulations necessary with classical computers.


Kindle and Nook readers: You know you don’t own those books, right?

SPOILER ALERT: You don't own your music, either.


There’s a Security Incident in the Cloud: Who’s Responsible?

Good reminder about the need to be clear with the duties, roles, and responsibilities between your office and your cloud service provider. My take is that security is a shared responsibility, and it requires constant conversations as new threats emerge at an accelerated rate these days.


Facebook’s $5 billion FTC fine is an embarrassing joke

Fines should serve as a penalty to a company, not a reward.


No limit: AI poker bot is first to beat professionals at multiplayer game

Well, we've taught the machines how to play games, ones that allow them to earn a living, too. Maybe we could spend some time on things like curing diseases and less on things like predicting stocks.


Zoom Mac flaw allows webcams to be hijacked - because they wanted to save you a click

Secure. Open. Convenient. Pick two.


Google workers can listen to what people say to its AI home devices

At first this story seems horrible, just another example of our trust betrayed by a software giant. But I see it as an acceptable use of customer data, stripped of any personally identifiable information, to make their product better. Now, if users aren't reading their agreements, and don't know what is happening, well... security is a shared responsibility, folks.


When you get a chance to have a run with members of Team USA, you do it, regardless if it is 98F in the shade at 7 p.m. in Austin:



FWIW, I'm on vacation next week. The Actuator will return in two weeks, providing I get plenty of rest, bourbon, and bacon. Wish me luck!