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The Actuator - January 22nd

Level 17

Back from Austin and home for a few weeks before I head...back to Austin for a live episode of SolarWinds Lab. Last week was the annual Head Geeks Summit, and it was good to be sequestered for a few days with just our team as we map out our plans for world domination in 2020 (or 2021, whatever it takes).

As always, here's a bunch of stuff I found on the internetz this week that I think you might enjoy. Cheers!

Critical Windows 10 vulnerability used to Rickroll the NSA and Github

Patch your stuff, folks. Don't wait, get it done.

WeLeakInfo, the site which sold access to passwords stolen in data breaches, is brought down by the ...

In case you were wondering, the website was allowed to exist for three years before it was finally shut down. No idea what took so long, but I tip my hat to the owners. They didn't steal anything, they just took available data and made it easy to consume. Still, they must have known they were in murky legal waters.

Facial recognition: EU considers ban of up to five years

I can't say if that's the right amount of time; I'd prefer they ban it outright for now. This isn't just a matter of the tech being reliable, it brings about questions regarding basic privacy versus a surveillance state.

Biden wants Sec. 230 gone, calls tech “totally irresponsible,” “little creeps”

Politics aside, I agree with the idea that a website publisher should bear some burden regarding the content allowed. Similar to how I feel developers should be held accountable for deploying software that's not secure, or leaving S3 buckets wide open. Until individuals understand the risks, we will continue to have a mess of things on our hands.

Microsoft pledges to be 'carbon negative' by 2030

This is a lofty goal, and I applaud the effort here by Microsoft to erase their entire carbon footprint since they were founded in 1975. It will be interesting to see if any other companies try to follow, but I suspect some (*cough* Apple) won't even bother.

Google’s Sundar Pichai doesn’t want you to be clear-eyed about AI’s dangers

In today's edition of "do as I say, not as I do", Google reminds us that their new motto is "Only slightly evil."

Technical Debt Is like a Tetris Game

I like this analogy, and thought you might like it as well. Let me know if it helps you.

If you are ever in Kansas City, run, don't walk, to Jack Stack and order the beef rib appetizer. You're welcome.

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21 Comments
Level 12

Tetris is a good example of technical debt. On a related note, what would a lack of documentation be called? Documentation debt?

Level 12

I would be shocked if facial recognition is banned in public places. The UK became a surveillance state when fighting the IRA and I can't imagine them ever pulling back. Governments love keeping close tabs on their citizens.

The UK leaving the EU will mean that any EU regulations don't apply to them, but I always think we're just one more terror attack away from a greater call for surveillance which would include facial recognition.

Since cell phones can be so easily tracked, I wonder how long until adults who aren't carrying cell phones become persons of special interest to government.

Level 13

Thanks for the links!  Agreed about Technical Debt Tetris!

Level 13

Thanks for a bunch of great links.  The Tetris example is great for technical debt.  There are a lot of other good posts on that site as well.  I wasn't hungry til I saw the pic, now I want some.   Definitely adding Jack Stack to the list of must visit places next time I'm in KC.

Level 12

thanks for the post

MVP
MVP

Nice article.

Level 12

I like the Tetris analogy.

thanks for the excellent work!

MVP
MVP

Back from Austin and home for a few weeks before I head...back to Austin for a live episode of SolarWinds Lab. Last week was the annual Head Geeks Summit, and it was good to be sequestered for a few days with just our team as we map out our plans for world domination in 2020 (or 2021, whatever it takes). -

Level 14

Weleakinfo.... wow, even being open about it got them 3 years. Hiding out in plain sight..... Brilliant.

Now that is an appetizer!    - ummm two please!

MVP
MVP

If you are ever in Kansas City, run, don't walk, to Jack Stack and order the beef rib appetizer. You're welcome. -

Politics aside, I agree with the idea that a website publisher should bear some burden regarding the content allowed. Similar to how I feel developers should be held accountable for deploying software that's not secure, or leaving S3 buckets wide open. Until individuals understand the risks, we will continue to have a mess of things on our hands.

I agree, changes need to happen to make the laws fit today's problems. My biggest concern is that I don't feel that enough politicians understand the impact of the laws they create, or choose not. I don't want to leave the creation of laws to people who have lived their entire life avoiding technology and the issues that need to be addressed.

Rickrolling the NSA.  This is why we can't have nice things.

What next?  IPv4 and v6 have hidden holes that let anyone do anything without anyone else's knowledge?

It's nice to see law enforcement closing sites that sell private information without permission.  It's unfortunate it took so long to do it.

Now, how about all the other illegal sites?

Level 12

But if the hackers do anything I appreciate that Rickrolling was what they chose to do.

Level 11

Thanks for the articles.

Level 12

About Sec 230, hasn't the government shut down some sites because of the illegal content on it, hence making the Web site responsible? Where are they drawing the line?

Level 13

Thanks for the articles.

MVP
MVP

Great articles but mostly excited about the beef rib appetizer!! I have to get a job in Kansas City.

The Beatles - Kansas City - YouTube

Level 9

These links are worth so much. Thank you sqlrockstar

Level 9

Yeah, looking so yum.

Level 13

I live in KC and Jack Stack is great.  But Joe's BBQ is better.

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.