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The Actuator - October 30th

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Home this week and getting ready for Microsoft Ignite next week in Orlando. If you're at Ignite, please stop by the booth and say hello. I love talking data with anyone.

As always, here's a bunch of links I found interesting. Enjoy!

Microsoft beats Amazon to win the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud contract

The most surprising part of this is an online bookstore thought they were the frontrunner. This deal underscores the difference between an enterprise software company with a cloud, and an enterprise infrastructure hosting company that also sells books.

Google claims it has achieved 'quantum supremacy' – but IBM disagrees

You mean Google would embellish upon facts to make themselves look better? Color me shocked.

Amazon migrates more than 100 consumer services from Oracle to AWS databases

"Amazon doesn't run on Oracle; why should you?"

“BriansClub” Hack Rescues 26M Stolen Cards

Counter-hacking is a thing. Expect to see more stories like this one in the coming years.

Berkeley City Council Unanimously Votes to Ban Face Recognition

Until the underlying technology improves, it's best for us to disallow the use of facial recognition for law enforcement purposes.

China’s social credit system isn’t about scoring citizens — it’s a massive API

Well, it's likely both, and a possible surveillance system. But if it keeps jerks away from me when I travel, I'm all for it.

Some Halloween candy is actually healthier than others

Keep this in mind when you're enforcing the Dad Tax on your kid's candy haul tomorrow night.

Every now and then my fire circle regresses to its former life as a pool.

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Thanks for the Articles.

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Brians club - hacking back!!  This is greatness. Lets cut into their bottom line for once.

Any reason to eat Halloween candy is a plus and now I can at least claim some of it is healthier, than it could be........

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Kind of hard to excerpt the dad tax on Halloween candy when you are empty nesters.

But the "good" kind as listed are what I stock up with anyway.  Glad to know I am on the good list.

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@ sqlrockstar  Your fire circle looks great! Liked the last couple of fall pictures you posted on it.

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Cool article

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Now if they would make something with peanut butter or almonds using the good dark chocolate that is full of the antioxidants we'd be further along.

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Good to know.

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Yes! Snickers are healthy!  I was always hoping that was true.

As always, thanks for a bunch of interesting links.  Your fire pit looks great in the fall, although a bit damp at the moment.

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The BriansClub article was pretty good.

And in my opinion if you want to eat candy, you're an adult, eat candy! if you have to pretend it is "healthy" you are missing the joy of indulging in a minor vice!

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Thanks for the links!  The one detailing the social credit system is very interesting.....................but I don't buy the "it's not a big deal" implications of it.

I'm intrigued by the DOD and the cloud.  I don't know if it's truly a good match, or maybe it's only a giant honey pot for the rest of the world to try & infiltrate, while our DOD keeps their valuables isolated.

The cloud certainly seems like an easily attacked environment from anywhere at anytime.

Any person, company, or nation claiming "supremacy" smacks of cold w@r era statements to me.  Murphy's Law and karma tend to reveal those who make f00lish claims are f00ls in fact.

A wise man leaves his mouth closed and appears ignorant.

A f00l opens his mouth and removes all doubt.

While moving away from Oracle, it sounds like Amazon did some serious original work.  Kudos' to them for the skull sweat.  I'd love to learn the costs of all their Oracle licenses and support contracts and staff, compared to the cost of moving the information off Oracle, and also compared to building the new environment to do the work without Oracle.

One may never know whether this was sound business, petty reactions, or a wash in terms of cost & service.

I confess to confusion about the article regarding "rescuing" stolen credit card info from a hacker's database.

What was the point?  What was done with the data?

I'd hope a White Hat would have done the work and promptly shared all the data with the credit companies owning the vulnerable accounts, who would verify the info and immediately disable those accounts.  It sounds like that might have happened, but where's the proof?  Where's the follow-up and verification and validation that the compromised accounts have been closed and their owners notified.

I can't see any verification that this semi-white-hat did anything at all with the data--good or bad.

Honestly, we spend too much time correcting vulnerabilities and not enough preventing them, or training people correctly to not create those vulnerabilities.  A better future would have better-educated people, supported through a government that insisted all its citizens, and maybe even all the world, had the right education to do the right thing every time.

Regarding a city announcing its law enforcement will not use facial recognition technologies, I applaud the concept.  Particularly in light of the ability to use a disguise or otherwise render output of camera or scanner unuseable simply and affordably, but perhaps even more so in the case of genetic / family histories resulting in people who look remarkably similar--and who may not be related to any close degree.

But honestly, if someone says "trust me, I won't abuse your trust", can you always believe them?   "I won't use facial recognition to track your location and activities--at least, not where you can discover me doing it."

If a city isn't doing it, you can imagine your government or employer or NSA ARE using it.

It isn't every day you hear someone advise you to eat more fat with your sugar.  A Healthy Halloween Haul seems a bit of an impossibility--or least it's highly unlikely or an unattractive reward for one's efforts.

Your fire pit pool is still beautiful with colorful leaves and shining reflections from the high water.  I can easily imagine many wonderful images coming from high water and your outdoor entertainment area.

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thanks for the post

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Every now and then my fire circle regresses to its former life as a pool. -

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You can turn the pool into a firepit....but you can never take the pool out of that section of ground.

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I do believe Microsoft is a better candidate than Amazon for said contract. Amazon already influences too much in the retail sector.

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Google and quantum computing....  The line "the claim has sparked a bunfight" made me chuckle.

I think they need to come up with "standard" with which quantum computing is based upon.

Similar to the Turing test for artificial intelligence.

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Couldn't get to the China's social credit article since it is blocked by McAfee.  I will need to check it out from a non-company device.

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While I would assume Amazon had an enterprise or global sort of Oracle license, I will admit Oracle is still expensive.

Of course moving everything to their own hosted services is also a big marketing move. 

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Quantum computing is really interesting and it's obviously early days.  Probably not surprising they got in a bit of a tiff over who had achieved what, but it's obvious that progress is being made.  It will be interesting to see how it plays out and what the reality turns out to be compared to the promise/potential.  I ran into an article in a circa 1950 Popular Mechanics about the "Free Piston" engine and how it was going to revolutionize internal combustion engines.  Turned out to be not quite as great a thing as it looked like at first due to unanticipated problems.

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The free piston engine still exists... Toyota develops high-efficiency 'free piston' no-crankshaft combustion engine... to power an EV - Ex...

In the wiki Free-piston engine - Wikipedia  it eludes that the idea was worked on back inthe 1930's.

The Wankel rotary engine was another that had some technical issues but was still a production engine for a few decades in the Mazda RX series.

It was even banned from racing as no one could easily determine the displacement of the engine and it had such a high power to weight ratio it was hard to compete against.

I believe it was first banned from drag racing.  It's biggest downfall were the apex seals.  It is smaller than the Subaru boxer 4 and 6 cylinder engines with a log more HP and torque.

I can pick up a Subaru 2.5 engine complete with heads and such without too much effort unlike cast iron block V6 or V8.

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Candy .... candy... everywhere (at one time, but alas.... no more - Kids are grown ups now).

As for the "Dad Tax" sqlrockstar​  , guilty! However on one occasion I was pilfering (umm,,, examining) my kids haul after they went to bed. I found a sizable Tootsie Roll and decided to make this my "tax" for the evening. I unwrap it and sit down to watch a movie.... candy enters mouth.... dad bites down.............. Pop and  CRUNCH!!! good bye large fillling! 

To this day, they all remind me of my reward for being the tax collector and have taken to telling my grandchildren.

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Even though we are empty nesters, my wife bought a couple of small bags of candy just in case...of course she got the good stuff so it won't go to waste.

0 trick or treaters...the joys of living in rural Texas where the kids all go into the small nearby town where the pickings are better and the local constabulary has to block off streets to control traffic flow in certain neighborhoods ( this is a town of ~10k).

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If the kids find out there's healthy candy they'll never eat it!

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Good thing is candied bacon isn't healthy...but dang it is good.

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Microsoft beats Amazon to win the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud contract -Hmm

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The JEDI Cloud contract has a lot of use DoD contractors confused. Some of our projects are moving forward with AWS, regardless of the larger contract.  This means we will have to become adept with both.  Sounds like job security.

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They both have their merits

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Google claims it has achieved 'quantum supremacy' – but IBM disagrees -

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I would like to see a showdown between IBM and Google...

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and as always, the force is strong in Microsoft...whether by choice, or by (ahem) force...

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I will get to the articles .. I do enjoy your pictures of the fire circle .. this is my favorite sqlrockstar

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In the Halloween candy article... "‘Oh, I guess I’ll have one little fun-sized this and one little fun-sized that,’ but then it adds up over time."

Why didn't I read that article before Halloween, and binging for the last week!

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Amazon migrates more than 100 consumer services from Oracle to AWS databases - Not sure what the intent was to publish it though.

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“BriansClub” Hack Rescues 26M Stolen Cards - Nice

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Berkeley City Council Unanimously Votes to Ban Face Recognition - agreed, till it evolves to a state at which it can be used

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China’s social credit system isn’t about scoring citizens — it’s a massive API - shared ledger ?????

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Some Halloween candy is actually healthier than others -

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I don't know much about it but I think it would be more accurate to say that, "China's social credit system is about scouring citizens AND it's a massive API."

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Hoping to see this in the next Actuator release. Would love to hear the comments.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/11/researchers-hack-siri-alexa-and-google-home-b...

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Nifty article bobmarley​ !