The Actuator – June 13th

Welcome to another edition of The Actuator! This week we are talking about drones, data centers, and why no one cares about your emails.

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

Why Microsoft Wants to Put Data Centers at the Bottom of the Ocean

No word yet on how to do maintenance for these units, but I suspect they would simply raise it out of the water. It seems crazy now, but in 30 years this could be the norm.

Yahoo Messenger Will Be Discontinued on July 17, 2018, After 20 Years of Service

I didn’t even realize this was still a thing. Once upon a time, Yahoo Messenger was a corporate standard. Too bad Yahoo didn’t invest in the platform a bit more; they could have invented Slack a decade early.

The damage from Atlanta’s huge cyberattack is even worse than the city first thought

NARRATOR’S VOICE: “It was even worse than they second thought, too.”

Drones are now being trained to spot violent people in crowds

As long as the drones aren’t collecting data about the individuals, I have no problem with using machines to detect possible violence in crowds. It’s no different than police using CCTV to monitor a crowd. If it helps keep people safe, sign me up.

The Race to Build Autonomous Delivery Robots Rolls On

Now let’s imagine that same drone that spots violent acts in crowds can deliver pizza and beer to your seat. Welcome to the future of multi-tasking.

Genealogy database used to identify suspect in 1987 homicide

The suspect didn’t give his DNA to the genealogy website, but relatives did. I am both impressed, and horrified, by this detective work. DNA is not 100% accurate, it is just another piece of circumstantial evidence.

The Most Extreme Out-of-Office Message

As a person who dislikes email, and abhors OOO messages, this article hammers home all the reasons that electronic messaging is destroying lives each and every day.

The future for DBAs is closer than you think:


  • I do not check my work email except when I am at work or on-call. Nothing against those who do, but if work needs me during non-working hours, the onus should be on them to reach out to me, not the other way around.

  • After reading the email piece I had some thoughts....

    1. In a perfect world.................................

    2. I can see walking in on a Monday finding something seriously wrong and saying... no, I didn't read any emails this weekend. sorry!

    3. I'd love to leave this vacation out of office ... just once.. "Hi I will be on vacation from (time x) to (time y).... during this time my email will be disabled, please contact the following people as they are the only ones that can really help you! "

  • You should try talking to our DBAs.  I don't think they even understand the concepts of backup and restore.

  • I don't read work e-mails out of office hours.  Monday mornings is for reading all the rubbish sent out at the weekend whilst having a coffee and talking nonsence with colleagues.  Have to ease myself into the working week somehow.

  • I think the hackers have bitten off more than they can chew.  I'm sure the Feds are involved and with the amounts of money being quoted I guess someone will end up doing quite a lot of shower dodging behind bars.