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The Actuator - April 12th

Level 17

Back from Telford and SQLBits and looking forward to some time at home before I head off to the SWUG meeting in Salt Lake City in two weeks. If you can attend I do hope you stop by and say hello. I'd love the opportunity to talk data and databases!

As always, here's a handful of links from the intertubz I thought you might find interesting. Enjoy!

Why Uber Won't Fire Its CEO

If people really want the CEO gone, they need to find a way to get the stock price low enough. Until people start losing money, the bad behavior will continue.

Google adds fact-check findings to search and news results

A step in the right direction, but it won't overcome the real issue: there is a dire lack of trusted fact-checkers in the world. As such, we have no idea what information can be trusted.

Hackers set off Dallas' 156 emergency sirens over a dozen times

I suspect we will see more of these stories over the next 18 months, as state and local government agencies aren't at the top of the "tech-savvy" list, mostly due to inadequate funding.

Microsoft Snatches Up Deis To Boost Azure Kubernetes Tech

Microsoft grabs Deis right after Docker announces plans to offer Enterprise containers. These items may be related.

SQL Server Privacy Statement

SQL Server became the first Microsoft product to publish detailed information about the what and how data is collected for usage feedback. This is a huge step forward and sets the bar high not only for other product teams but for other database platforms in the industry.

Can My Internet Provider Really Sell My Data? How Can I Protect Myself?

Yes, they always have been able to do this. Of course, there are ways for you to minimize the risk here, but at the end of the day, you have to place your trust with someone, whether that be your ISP or with a company that provides a VPN.

It's that time of year, Easter eggs season! Here's one my daughter made a few years back, I'm not sure it looks anything like me:

sql-egg.JPG

29 Comments
ecklerwr1
Level 19

Lol that was supposed to be you on the egg?  IDK... also I don't trust most of the so called "fact checkers" as they are usually politically motivated which ends up being censorship.

shuckyshark
Level 13

hmmm, i don't know - can you see a resemblance?

silverwolf
Level 10

Is... is your hair really green? or were you wearing a green hat?

ScottRich
Level 12

Haha, Thanks sqlrockstar​, for continuing to provide these great articles, you're a good egg!

rschroeder
Level 21

Uber:

    When the company is set up to protect its highest people from being fired by public opinion & corporate demand, they must choose & train people wisely.  I won't use their services until things improve.  Period.

Google Fact-Checking Option:

    Much about this aspect of the Internet is depressing.  When any individual or group can claim a fact is false, and their supporters accept this alternate fact as true, we're in big trouble.  A fact is true.  Period.

Hacking Public Safety Alert Systems:

     Part of the problem lies with people without ethics and/or morals and/or maturity and/or empathy.  It would be nice if they were forced to pay the cost of their hacking.

     Part of the problem is the anonymity of the Internet, and the difficulty in tracking down those who perform malicious actions and bringing them to justice.

     Part is the issue with folks trusting untrustworthy technologies or implementations.  Fool me once . . .  If there'd been an actual emergency, lots of folks could have died as a result of the hackers causing the PDS sirens to "cry wolf."  Remember to check out the Norse Attack Map with your naive Internet surfing friends on occasion--just to let them see a tiny percentage of bad stuff happening.

Microsoft buying up more companies--surprised?

    Things get more complex, innovators become wealthy or poor, life goes on.  Or not . . .

SQL Privacy Statement:

     It's as if they're saying "Trust me--I won't abuse your data".  Skeptical Cat remains skeptical, no matter the EULA or disclaimer or boiler plate.

Your Data For Sale:

     Our data's been for sale and completely viewable ever since it was digitized and sent over a wire.  Hopefully folks have been paying attention to the news, where the government has inserted monitoring systems into the national carriers' big pipes, and where hackers have stolen millions of credit cards and personal credentials.  How could you not think your data is private?  The solution may be surfing less, or surfing more intelligently.  And electing legislators who are concerned about this and who would vote to prohibit tracking & sale of your personal surfing habits.  So much for the right to pursue happiness--nothing in the constitution mentions that right coming with privacy.  Maybe it should.

Easter Egg:

     Here's one for fun:  19 Of The Greatest Easter Eggs Hidden Around The Web

Jfrazier
Level 18

okay the Dallas emergency siren thing is fairly local to me...there was no hacking involved.

For anyone who knows how these sirens are activated, it is a series of subaudible tones transmitted on a specific frequency.

All it takes is a half decent scanner with the capability to decode the subaudible tones to pick up the frequency of the tones and the order...the be ability to re-transmit them generating the proper tones.  This is done to control repeaters remotely and to change repeater modes, access phone patches, etc. 

shuckyshark
Level 13

soooo, hacking by frequency now?

network_defender
Level 14

Old school hacking.  I'm sure the residents, including a cousin of mine, were none to pleased.  I can appreciate thinking outside the box, though.

Jfrazier
Level 18

reminds me of Captain Midnight and the whistle.

gfsutherland
Level 14

Uber CEO - I really don't understand why the CEO is still standing..... given the pressure the UAL CEO is under for the recent drag out incident. The Uber CEO has people accused of murder, rape and robbery. Not the mention that in Massachusetts (where I am) a bunch of potential drivers were eliminated due to things in their past.... (e.g. felony convictions, drunk driving!) Uber seems to be able to skate on this stuff.... got me!

Google fact checking - Who watches the watchers?

Dallas - Interesting insight on the whole thing by Jfrazier​ !!! Still would be a tad upset if it happened in my town.

SQL Privacy Statement - Microsoft might actually be getting serious in this area....

(Thanks again sqlrockstar​   for another fabulous post!)

Happy Easter!!!  (the image is of an egg that a friend of mine found in her chicken coupe.... 2 3/4 inches long 7 inches around)....

Image may contain: one or more people and closeup

gfsutherland
Level 14

Great hidden Easter eggs !!!

goodzhere
Level 14

So we have some articles with steps forward and some that show we still have a long way to go.  lol

sparda963
Level 12

The Black Acre Brewing one. I may have listened/watched that one more then a few times....

mtgilmore1
Level 13

Image result for easter egg

sqlrockstar
Level 17

Green is just a color I started using back in the day when I needed one for my blog and personal brand. I've just kept it over the years and the kids have fun with it now, too.

sqlrockstar
Level 17

I want to like this comment a dozen times.

sqlrockstar
Level 17

Yeah, that was old-school for sure.

sqlrockstar
Level 17

That thing is huge and now I'm wondering why there isn't a market for super sized eggs.

sparda963
Level 12

I feel sorry for whatever bird that thing came out of......

gfsutherland
Level 14

not sure.... but it would make one heck of an omlet!

gfsutherland
Level 14

my friend wasn't sure which one of her 10 birds produced the egg,,,, she said the same thing... "OUCH!"

vinay.by
Level 16

rschroeder
Level 21

They get bigger than that, when the chickens are bigger:

Giant chicken - YouTube

michael.kent
Level 13

Not sure I agree with this:

"I suspect we will see more of these stories over the next 18 months, as state and local government agencies aren't at the top of the "tech-savvy" list, mostly due to inadequate funding."

I think it's down to the techies too, quite often I've seen companies with want to spend, but don't because the techies are unable to communicate what's needed well.

shuckyshark
Level 13

Hackers Hackers and more hackers...

Has anyone seen the movie I.T.

?

sqlrockstar
Level 17

That's a fair point, thanks!

shuckyshark
Level 13
tinmann0715
Level 16

Google's new filter has some"groups" going ballistic right now as they are finding themselves on the"outs". The blowback to this Google change is very interesting.

byrona
Level 21

I find it crazy that you can't even trust the facts in the news anymore.  The entire purpose of the Press was that they were supposed to be the watchdogs and fact checkers of society and now they are the ones we need to have checked... at what point did this go off the rails?

About the Author
Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft® Certified Master, SQL Server® MVP, VMware® vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 15 years experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.