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The Actuator - January 8th

Level 17

Welcome back! I hope y'all had a happy and healthy holiday break. I'm back in the saddle after hosting a wonderful Christmas dinner for 20 friends and family. I had some time off as well, which I used to work a bit on my blog as well as some Python and data science learning.

As usual, here's a bunch of links from the internet I hope you'll find useful. Enjoy!

Team that made gene-edited babies sentenced to prison, fined

I wasn't aware we had reached the point of altering babies' DNA, but here we are.

2019 Data Breach Hall of Shame: These were the biggest data breaches of the year

I expect a longer list from 2020.

Bing’s Top Search Results Contain an Alarming Amount of Disinformation

A bit long, but worth some time and a discussion. I never think about how search engines try to determine the veracity of the websites returned in a search.

Google and Amazon are now in the oil business

File this under "Do as I say, not as I do."

Seven Ways to Think Like a Programmer

An essay about data that warmed my heart. I think a lot of this applies to every role, especially for those of us inside IT.

The other side of Stack Overflow content moderation

Start this post by reading the summary, then take in some of the specific cases he downvoted. The short of it is this: humans are horrible at communicating through texts, no matter what the forum.

This Is How To Change Someone’s Mind: 6 Secrets From Research

If you want to have more success at work, read this post. I bet you can think of previous discussions at work and understand where things went wrong.

For New Year's Eve I made something special - 6 pounds of pork belly bites in a honey soy sauce. They did not last long. No idea what everyone else ate, though.

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Ahh Bing.  I just say no to Bing and disable it as a search engine right off the top.

Sad thing is sometimes with updates Microsoft re-enables it.  All the more reason to turn it off in my opinion.

Level 12

ooh, that looks good! care to share the recipe?

Also, thanks for the articles.

Level 14

ummmmm.... gooooood!!! recipe please!!!

Level 14

China ... the society that brought us one child family edict.... So now they want to "edit" DNA.... no surprise here!

The long range goal would be to breed out dissidents.

Level 13

Thanks for the links!  I liked the how to change someone's mind one. 

Level 13

Thanks for the Links

Level 15

Never had pork belly bites but they look delicious!

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"How much does an average data breach cost an organization? According to IBM's latest numbers, the tab can run up to $3.92 million after investigation expenses, damage control, repairs, lawsuits and fines."

What is $3.92 million compared to an average profit of the Fortune 500 companies at $2.2 billion! This might not be an apples to apples comparison as $3.92 million is probably all companies and $2.2 billtion is just Fortune 500 companies, but it could show that negligence with other's information is not punished severely enough.

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Agreed, but the hall of shame should be beyond just the "biggest", all companies and their breaches should be in there.

Not to mention the token offer of up to 3 years free identity theft/credit monitoring on a single credit bureau is pretty lame.  It needs to cover all of them (there are more than just the 3 big credit bureaus) and they should be on the hook for more than 3 years worth on monitoring.

Now here is a twist on identity theft monitoring:

LifeLock Bug Exposed Millions of Customer Email Addresses — Krebs on Security

"Identity theft protection firm LifeLock — a company that’s built a name for itself based on the promise of helping consumers protect their identities online — may have actually exposed customers to additional attacks from ID thieves and phishers. The company just fixed a vulnerability on its site that allowed anyone with a Web browser to index email addresses associated with millions of customer accounts, or to unsubscribe users from all communications from the company."  More in the actual article....

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As always, sqlrockstar​, thanks for a bunch of fascinating links.  I just spent the last 45 minutes or so running down the rabbit hole.  By the way, your pork belly bites look awesome.

Level 12

If anyone reads and uses the This Is How To Change Someone’s Mind: 6 Secrets From Research to successfully change someone's mind, then please post your experience here on how it went.

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Nice article

Level 12

i like the article

Level 13

I was wondering the same thing.

Editing the DNA of the unborn may be a valuable tool for prevention of issues in the future, but it seems likely to be abused by those wishing "designer babies" or a new "master race" or slave race.

I'm happy the Hall of Shame list isn't longer, and definitely "Shame on you" comments toward those who don't patch / secure / train / enforce / test / etc. their environments, both human and electronic.

As soon as I saw who made Bing, and what it was associated, I disabled it everywhere I could.  Those folks have already abused (and lost) my trust.  Fool me twice?  I hope not!

Your was the perfect comment:  "Do as I say, not as a I do", regarding Google & Amazon becoming enablers of the petroleum industry.

On the flip side of the coin, I DO appreciated them doing more with less, and reducing their own personal dependence on fossil fuels.

Twenty-five years ago I wish I could have enforced one concept on the entire IT / Internet industry:

Force the developers to use the slowest equipment and network speeds used by any of their target clients.

If you've got customers who surf the Net via a 14.4K modem at home, give the HTML page creators that speed to work with.  You'd be amazed at how much more efficiently web pages would operate, and how much more quickly they'd load.

Stack overflow content moderation as a topic for text analysis?  Uff da!  You'll quickly discover not everyone thinks the same way, nor has the same education, nor cares about proper, efficient, and exact communication.

In the article with "Six Secrets From Research", one sentence captured the world's problems best (IMHO):

"We need more discussions where. . . both sides are open to changing their mind."

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Welcome back! I hope y'all had a happy and healthy holiday break. I'm back in the saddle after hosting a wonderful Christmas dinner for 20 friends and family. I had some time off as well, which I used to work a bit on my blog as well as some Python and data science learning. - Welcome back sqlrockstar

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For New Year's Eve I made something special - 6 pounds of pork belly bites in a honey soy sauce. They did not last long. - Nice

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Team that made gene-edited babies sentenced to prison, fined - This is kinda scary, truly not sure where are we (as human beings) heading towards..........

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2019 Data Breach Hall of Shame: These were the biggest data breaches of the year - Hmm

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Bing’s Top Search Results Contain an Alarming Amount of Disinformation - Nice article.

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Google and Amazon are now in the oil business - wow, what next ??

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Seven Ways to Think Like a Programmer - Nice write up.

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The other side of Stack Overflow content moderation -

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This Is How To Change Someone’s Mind: 6 Secrets From Research - Thanks for the article, Nice read.

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Thanks for the links!

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.