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The Actuator - December 18th

Level 17

I hope this edition of the Actuator finds you and yours in the middle of a healthy and happy holiday season. With Christmas and New Year's falling on Wednesday, I'll pick this up again in 2020. Until then, stay safe and warm.

As always, here's a bunch of stuff I found on the internet I thought you might enjoy.

Why Car-Free Streets Will Soon Be the Norm

I'm a huge fan of having fewer cars in the middle of any downtown city. I travel frequently enough to European cities and I enjoy the ability to walk and bike in areas with little worry of automobiles.

Microsoft and Warner Bros trap Superman on glass slide for 1,000 years

Right now, one of you is reading this and wondering how to monitor glass storage and if an API will be available. OK, maybe it's just me.

The trolls are organizing—and platforms aren't stopping them

This has been a problem with online communities since they first started; it's not a new problem.

New Orleans declares state of emergency following cyberattack

Coming to a city near you, sooner than you may think.

Facebook workers' payroll data was on stolen hard drives

"Employee wasn’t supposed to take hard drives outside the office..." Security is hard because people are dumb.

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party

The key takeaway here is the discussion around how narrow the focus is for specific tasks. Beware the AI snake oil salesman promising you their algorithms and models work for everyone. They don't.

12 Family Tech Support Tips for the Holidays

Not a bad checklist for you to consider when your relatives ask for help over the holidays.

Yes, I do read books about bacon. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and best wishes.

30 Comments
jfaldmo
Level 12

"Security is hard because people are dumb."

I think to myself (both asking myself to do this and wondering why others don't,) "Can you think one or two steps ahead? Where will this lead?"

bobmarley
Level 15

Funny, we were just having the conversation this morning about how in Michigan the new bike lanes are rarely used and in the winter not at all yet we lost a driving lane for them.

Why Car-Free Streets Will Soon Be the Norm

sqlrockstar
Level 17

Ideally, the roads are widened for bike lanes, so as to not reduce traffic flow. But that's not always possible. I think that's why some cities are going to outright bans of cars in a central area, creating pedestrian areas. That way you can create new bike lanes and not worry about cars at all. I'm a huge fan of this type of city design and planning.

rschroeder
Level 21

I'd like to think U.S. cities and states can learn from other countries' experiences.  But given past experience, I'm skeptical.  We in the U.S. are so tied into automobiles for entertainment, so dependent on transportation enabling us to live far from city centers for privacy and quality of life concerns, and too often hesitant to learn from others if it means we'd have to change our actions. 

May we be better than that in the future.

rschroeder
Level 21

Storing and archiving information in glass?  Very cool!

Of course this comes after several years of growing demand exceeding the world's available / affordable /convenient supply of sand.  Now we may have yet another demand on it.

Global sand shortage could cause damaging effects to our urban world - Business Insider

rschroeder
Level 21

Automate revealing trolls' actions and identifies, make it infallible, and you've got a start towards changing their behavior.  They are into it for the self gratification and the degrading of others--all without risk.  Anonymity is simultaneously one of the Internet's greatest features and largest shortcomings.   Particularly when we don't train our children to be good and honest and ethical people.

rschroeder
Level 21

Thank you for sharing the story about New Orleans.  It provides a ray of hope in a world filled with unethical actors.

rschroeder
Level 21

The Mercury News hotlink for Facebook employees' data being stole defeated my patience.  Do us all a great favor and find other links to stories, and eschew Mercury News' web site.  It's a frustrating and irritating experience.

rschroeder
Level 21

Facing an environment where AI funding is happening, researching is happening, progress is being made:  "We're kind of like the dog that caught the car."

Uff Da!  If you don't have a plan for where you're going, how will you know when you get there?

vinay.by
Level 16

Cool article

vinay.by
Level 16

I hope this edition of the Actuator finds you and yours in the middle of a healthy and happy holiday season. With Christmas and New Year's falling on Wednesday, I'll pick this up again in 2020. Until then, stay safe and warm. - Thank you , Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year sqlrockstar

pgaryga
Level 10

Merry Christmas!

vinay.by
Level 16

Yes, I do read books about bacon. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and best wishes. -

vinay.by
Level 16

Why Car-Free Streets Will Soon Be the Norm - this definitely would be a boon. I live in a place where there's huge amount of traffic and a norm like this would be a breather.

smttysmth02gt
Level 13

Thanks for the links!  I thought the film to glass slide article was very interesting. 

gfsutherland
Level 14

Great "holiday" edition sqlrockstar​! Merry Christmas sir!

Carless streets...... I think in certain tight urban areas ,but on a limited basis, it has a chance of working. My only "local experience" is Downtown Crossing in Boston.

Would make living and visiting a city more palatable.

gfsutherland
Level 14

New Orleans....

It's time for cities and towns to realize that a presence online comes with a price..  (and not citizen negative comments on municipal services)... Municipalities ride the wave of up and down financing due to budget/political preference issues. Given what exists in Assessor databases, tax offices and the like, they need to treat the technical infrastructure seriously.

df112
Level 13

As always, thanks for a bunch of interesting links.  Love the pic. Merry Christmas to you as well sqlrockstar​.

ScottRich
Level 12

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and bacon wishes to you as well. Thank you for the many wonderful articles!

bobmarley
Level 15

Imagine if they went 100 percent online and then lost all the deeds they had recorded in the last few years. 

vinay.by
Level 16

Microsoft and Warner Bros trap Superman on glass slide for 1,000 years - Cool

vinay.by
Level 16

The trolls are organizing—and platforms aren't stopping them - HMM

network_defender
Level 14

Love the article about car free streets.  As a bike advocate and bike safety educator, I think this is a step in the right direction.

network_defender
Level 14

I completely agree!

vinay.by
Level 16

New Orleans declares state of emergency following cyberattack - Hmm, I totally agree with what you have mentioned on your write up.

vinay.by
Level 16

Facebook workers' payroll data was on stolen hard drives - How did they even manage to take it out ?

vinay.by
Level 16

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party - Hmm

vinay.by
Level 16

12 Family Tech Support Tips for the Holidays - A well crafted bucket list!!

david.botfield
Level 13

Thanks for the Articles

fmasotti
Level 12

thanks for the post

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 20 years experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.