The Actuator – July 8th

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July holiday weekend. No fireworks, parades, or carnivals here this year. Felt a bit strange, to be honest. At the same time, it was far more relaxing. Less running around, smaller groups of people, and good weather to enjoy.

As always, here's a bunch of links I hope you find useful. Enjoy!

The Dying Mall’s New Lease on Life: Apartments
We have a handful of dying malls locally that could benefit from similar forward thinking. Creating a mini walking city, right in the suburbs, perhaps with a bike path into downtown.

Close the bars. Reopen the schools.
Seriously. Finding a way to reopen schools should be a priority, not arguing about bars being open.

You're tired because your lizard brain knows that Zoom meetings aren't natural
A useful feature in Outlook—not allowing more than 4 hours of video meetings in any given day.

22,900 MongoDB Databases Held to Ransom by Hacker Threatening to Report Firms for GDPR Violations
Setting aside the fact that MongoDB *still* allows for blank passwords, this is the first time I’ve seen  hackers threaten a GDPR fine as a way to get you to pay their ransom.

Stock surge makes Tesla the world’s most valuable automaker
Not bad for a company that has yet to record a profit.

Walmart Will Open Drive-In Theaters in Its Parking Lots This Summer
With the exception of having a bunch of cars idling to keep the A/C running on a hot summer night, I like this idea of using open spaces in this manner.

BMW wants to sell subscriptions to in-car features
Here’s hoping you don’t forget to renew your airbag subscription.