The Actuator – May 13th

Our local Starbucks reopened this past Thursday. Mobile orders only and only one person at a time is allowed inside to pick up their order. It felt almost normal to visit the shop. I look at this as the beginning of businesses opening up again. There will be a period of adjustment as we adapt to the new normal, but we’ll get there.

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

Google and Facebook employees can work from home for the rest of the year
Google used to be proud of the fact that they kept remote workers to a minimum. Now that everyone’s working from home, it will be hard to get everyone back to the office.

Microsoft now blocks reply-all email storms to end our inbox nightmares
I can’t understand why this wasn’t implemented, say, 20 years ago.

Scientists Release Genetically Engineered Moths for First Time
What’s the worst that can happen?

Most of Zoom runs on AWS, not Oracle – says AWS
I am shocked, shocked to discover that Oracle put out a misleading PR statement.

Singapore Officials Using ‘Robodogs’ To Enforce Social Distancing In Parks
I’m starting to think we’re living in a Westworld simulation.

Google, Apple Reveal More Contact-Tracing Details
Neither company has plans to monetize any data collected. Well, not right now. Just wait until we’re about six months past rollout.

Michael Dougherty Made a Video Tribute to All of the Horror Movies Moments Guiding Him Through the Pandemic
Enjoy this and see how many movies you recognize.

Either someone dropped a perfectly good mask on accident, or Thanos snapped his fingers.

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  • Funny about the reply all situation with Microsoft.

    Now granted it is generally a pain at times but there was one time it helped me solve an issue with a vender that put on"free" seminars in various parts of the country.  They did not want to abide by my repeated requests to stop sending me their "ads".  I mentioned that I would start including their keynote speaker in my responses mentioning their failure to opt out and even cease and desist requests.  That got a plea to not include them and from the other main employee what appeared to be a threat.  Well a week later the sent out another "ad" and failed to bcc the recipients and had everyone on the cc: line.  So I replied all and included all my past email correspondence and everything stopped.

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  • Funny about the reply all situation with Microsoft.

    Now granted it is generally a pain at times but there was one time it helped me solve an issue with a vender that put on"free" seminars in various parts of the country.  They did not want to abide by my repeated requests to stop sending me their "ads".  I mentioned that I would start including their keynote speaker in my responses mentioning their failure to opt out and even cease and desist requests.  That got a plea to not include them and from the other main employee what appeared to be a threat.  Well a week later the sent out another "ad" and failed to bcc the recipients and had everyone on the cc: line.  So I replied all and included all my past email correspondence and everything stopped.

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