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The Actuator - October 9th

Level 17

Can you believe THWACKcamp is only a week away?! Behind the scenes, we start working on THWACKcamp in March, maybe even earlier. I really hope you like what we have in store for you this year!

As always, here are some links I found interesting this week. Enjoy!

Florida man arrested for cutting the brakes on over 100 electric scooters

As if these scooters weren't already a nuisance, now we have to worry about the fact that they could have been tampered with before you use one. It's time we push back on these thing until the service providers can demonstrate a reasonable amount of safety.

Groundbreaking blood test could detect over 20 types of cancer

At first I thought this was an old post for Theranos, but it seems recent, and from an accredited hospital. As nice as it would be to have better screening, it would be nicer to have better treatments.

SQL queries don't start with SELECT

Because I know some of y'all write SQL every now and then, and I want you to have a refresher on how the engine interprets your SELECT statement to return physical data from disk.

Facebook exempts political ads from ban on making false claims

This is fine. What's the worst that could happen?

Data breaches now cost companies an average of $1.41 million

But only half that much for companies with good security practices in place.

Decades-Old Code Is Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk

Everything is awful.

How Two Kentucky Farmers Became Kings Of Croquet, The Sport That Never Wanted Them

A bit long, but worth the time. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did.

Even as the weather turns cold, we continue to make time outside in the fire circle.

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33 Comments
Level 14

Thanks for the articles.  When I saw the SQL one my brain went into dumb "wut" mode haha. 

Level 12

The SQL article also stuck out to me. Information I didn't know I needed to know!

Level 12

Florida man... what else is new?

Old code is a risk... what else is new?

If people knew how often code contained a comment saying something along the lines of "this is a dangerous hack, fix asap" it would terrify them.

Level 12

I love Florida Man! Google search "florida man" + your birthday for some interesting fun!

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Can you believe THWACKcamp is only a week away?! Behind the scenes, we start working on THWACKcamp in March, maybe even earlier. I really hope you like what we have in store for you this year!

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Rode these all over Miami a couple weeks ago

Brakes worked fine.

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This is great news. The earlier it can be detected the better chance for treatment.

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We used to play Croquet then create a new similar game called T-Golf. The holes are 150-250 feet apart and we use a tennis ball and any golf club/iron you want to use, but you only get 1. The flags are placed inside 1" metal poles and the goal is to hit the pole or be within 1 grip length of it. for a hole in 1. Full game lasts around an hour and gets played more often than any of the other yard games we have.

I agree, I have no formal training and I just try to get the job done, so it was a good read for me.

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This is quite alarming considering how many of these are out there and the impact if they quit working.

Electric Scooters.  It's easy to see why they seemed like a good idea and became pretty popular.  It's even easier to see what happens when great forethought doesn't take place before releasing them to the public without proper management & rules & training.

"What could go wrong?"

I like the idea of use blood tests to improve health.

I'm also aware that sometimes what is thought of as a great idea today turns out to be a bad one tomorrow.  And then in 50 years might turn around to have surprising positive benefits in a completely different area of health care.

If you studied Thalidomide, or even were made curious by Billy Joel's reference to it ("children of Thalidomide") in his classic history song "We Didn't Start the Fire", it was originally claimed to be a good thing--right up until pregnant mothers using it bore children who were very badly affected by it.

And today, studying Thalidomide might be opening new avenues for cancer treatment.   Thalidomide: the story of the most notorious drug continues

It's just one of seemingly infinite examples of people jumping on a new bandwagon and being negatively impacted by it.  But hopefully, research using it will improve future generations' lives.

The same goes for blood tests that may help identify cancer risks and suggest preventions or treatments.

Thank you for sharing this story!

I'm not a SQL guru, but I rely on it in many ways.  Thank you for sharing that article that explains the order in which things can/must happen in SQL!

So Facebook is saying "It's OK to make false statements if they're political in nature, but it's NOT ok if the statements don't have anything to do with politics"?

FB is SO weird.  And wrong.  It's never OK to tell lies in politics, no matter how common it may be.

It's VERY nice to learn at least one real cost saving for doing the job of patching & securing properly.  Don't do it and incidents costs twice as much, on average.

It's a no-brainer, right?

Except--the cost of a failure probably doesn't include the intangibles that keep on costing--like having a negative story in the news or on TV, as a direct result of a security breach that cost customers & the company their data, money, time, resources, people, lives, etc.  That's the "gift that keeps on giving" in a negative way, resulting in customers moving to other vendors. 

Would you do business with companies / cities that have been the victims of ransomware if you didn't have to?

That article about old code causing problems?  It's spot on.

Thinking or the impact, the ramifications, the amount of similar devices other organizations have that are probably as vulnerable (or worse), and the time it will take to discover and replace or remediate them makes me sigh & want to retire to go fishing.

You're right:  that Croquet article is a good one.  Thanks for finding it & sharing it with us. 

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Even as the weather turns cold, we continue to make time outside in the fire circle.

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Florida man arrested for cutting the brakes on over 100 electric scooters - Hmm

Level 12

thanks for the article

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Groundbreaking blood test could detect over 20 types of cancer - this truly is groundbreaking, good break through

Level 14

Nice fire pit sqlrockstar​ , a must in New England

Level 14

The SQL article made me think for a few minutes, got this one tucked away in my important safety tips file

Level 14

Agreed. Time proves all.

Level 13

Really looking forward to Thwack Camp.  I had no idea how early you all started on it, but given how great it is (and it gets better every year) I should have guessed.  Thanks for all the time and effort you put into it.  As always, thanks for a bunch of interesting links.  Croquet article was especially interesting.

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Each time I see an article about Facebook I know it can't be good

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SQL queries don't start with SELECT

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Facebook exempts political ads from ban on making false claims - Hmm

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Data breaches now cost companies an average of $1.41 million - makes sense

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Decades-Old Code Is Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk - grrr

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How Two Kentucky Farmers Became Kings Of Croquet, The Sport That Never Wanted Them - Nice read

Level 13

thanks for the articles

About the Author
I grew up in Forest Lake, Minnesota in the 1960's, enjoying fishing, hunting, photography, bird watching, church, theater, music, mini-boggan, snowmobiling, neighborhood friends, and life in general. I've seen a bit, have had my eyes opened more than once, and tend not to make the same mistakes twice. Reinventing the wheel is not my preference, and if I can benefit from someone else's experience, that's good all the way around. If someone can benefit from my experience, it's why I share on Thwack.