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The Actuator - February 5th

Level 17

This week's Actuator comes to you from New England where it has been 367 days since our team last appeared in a Super Bowl. I'm still not ready to talk about it, though.

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

97% of airports showing signs of weak cybersecurity

I would have put the number closer to 99%.

Skimming heist that hit convenience chain may have compromised 30 million cards

Looks like airports aren't the only industry with security issues.

It’s 2020 and we still have a data privacy problem

SPOILER ALERT: We will always have a data privacy problem.

Don’t be fooled: Blockchains are not miracle security solutions

No, you don't need a blockchain.

Google’s tenth messaging service will “unify” Gmail, Drive, Hangouts Chat

Tenth time is the charm, right? I'm certain this one will be the killer messaging app they have been looking for. And there's no way once it gets popular they'll kill it, either.

A Vermont bill would bring emoji license plates to the US

Just like candy corn, here's something else no one wants.

For the game this year I made some pork belly bites in a garlic honey soy sauce.



Maybe google needs to put some goggles on to help them focus on one messaging platform/app.

Of course they may be targeting a different demographic with this new "app".  The article did mention enterprise and I doubt they were talking about Star Trek or naval operations.

Level 13

Thanks for a bunch of interesting links.  Ran into a Myst reference on one of them.  Man, does that take me back.  Your pork bellies look amazing.

Had to chuckle at the “Block Chain Cybersecurity Shield” thought.  Yikes. 

Level 12

So many things to think about, but all I can seem to see is pork belly! Thanks sqlrockstar​ for continuing to post excellent food.... I mean links!

Level 13

Thanks for the Articles


Nice info thanks and those pork bites are making me hungry,

Level 12

thanks for the article

Level 13

Whoda thunk we'd have emojis on license plates?  Wonder what the phonetic radiocodes will be for them?

Level 13

Thanks for the links!  The emoji license plates bit is great.

Level 8

Thanks for the article

Level 8

i try so hard to look at the articles that l can see is the pork right there

Level 12

Some scary links this week.

Level 11

Thanks for the articles

Level 12

"Disappointingly, 33.7% of the mobile apps sent outgoing traffic with no encryption." And who will be held responsible for this when it is exploited, (or the details come out that it has been exploited.)

Level 14

Seems like Google is not getting the message!!!

But... if you rake in money like they do.... a failure or 2 or 3 or even 20.... no matter!

Level 14

sqlrockstar​ Patience my friend.... In Belichick we trust...

Level 20

The pork belly bites look good.

Level 12

I had a long layover at LAX last week and spent some time watching. I observed more digital and physical security gaps than I expected, just what I want before catching a flight!


Interesting to note on the skimming article.  Many skimmers are physical hardware overlayed onto existing credit card machines and in this case was malware or software derived skimming takes us away from some of the physical checks we can do to see if the device has been tampered with.

Kind of makes some of the things like samsung pay and apple pay a worthy investigation since your card data is not exposed at the terminal but rather a tokenized one time use number is used.  This should bypass the terminal based malware and hardware hacks.

Level 12

I was thinking about Google’s tenth messaging service will “unify” Gmail, Drive, Hangouts Chat I'm disconnected enough that unless it will replace Slack and Microsoft Teams it doesn't hold my attention.

Level 14

Pork Belly Bites!!!!!!!!!! Hmmmmmm.... gooooood.....................

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.