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The Actuator - September 11th

Level 17

The weather has turned cool as Autumn approaches, and everyone here is in back-to-school mode. In past years, September has been filled with events for me to attend. But this year there are none, giving me more time to enjoy sitting by the fire.

As always, here are some links I hope you find interesting. Enjoy!

More Than Half of U.S. Adults Trust Law Enforcement to Use Facial Recognition Responsibly

The results of this survey by Pew helps show people have no idea what civil liberties mean. You can't say it's acceptable for law enforcement to use this tech to track criminals but not acceptable to track your activities. That's not how this works.

Michigan bans flavored e-cigarettes to curb youth vaping epidemic

Finally, someone stepping forward to take action. My town wouldn't allow an adult bookstore because of the problems it *could* cause, but we have three vaping shops within walking distance of the high school.

Facebook Dating has launched in the United States

What's the worst that can happen?

Hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers found lying around on the internet

As I was just saying, it is clear just how much Facebook values your security and privacy.

Ranking Cities By Salaries and Cost of Living

I've never been to Brownsville, but apparently that's where everyone would want to earn a paycheck.

Japanese Clerk Allegedly Stole Over 1,300 Credit Cards By Instantly Memorizing All the Numbers

I'm not even mad, I'm impressed.

Artificial Intelligence Will Make Your Job Even Harder

Interesting take on the dangers of automating away those boring tasks in your daily life.

Was exploring a new bike path and found this view as a result. It's always fun to discover new things not far from home.

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Level 13

As always, thanks for a bunch of interesting links.  I'm with you sqlrockstar​ on being able to recall the details on a credit card long enough to write them down - pretty impressive.  Not such an impressive application of that ability though - you'd think there would be a way to find a better job than part time clerk with those skills.

Level 14

Thanks for the links!  And awesome picture. 

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Hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers found lying around on the internet

Zuckerberg has never cared about the privacy of users and has even spoken out against the notion of privacy.

Of course he purchased several properties around his home to increase his privacy, but the rest of us don't deserve privacy according to Facebook.

Level 12

Awesome picture! When I was younger, there was a swing bridge in my home town that had train tracks on the upper deck and cars on the lower deck (Rock Island Swing Bridge, Inver Grove Heights, MN ). It was quite unnerving to be going across the bridge and have a train rumbling by 15 feet over your head!

Level 12

I remember walking across an unmaintained bridge made for trains. It was about a half mile long with rotting wood. Looking back that was a pretty dumb thing to do. Good thing I was young and "invincible" at the time.

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Cool article

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Was exploring a new bike path and found this view as a result. It's always fun to discover new things not far from home. -

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More Than Half of U.S. Adults Trust Law Enforcement to Use Facial Recognition Responsibly - Debatable

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Michigan bans flavored e-cigarettes to curb youth vaping epidemic - with you on this one, truly thoughtful

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Facebook Dating has launched in the United States - Hmm

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Hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers found lying around on the internet -

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Ranking Cities By Salaries and Cost of Living - !!!!!!!!

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Japanese Clerk Allegedly Stole Over 1,300 Credit Cards By Instantly Memorizing All the Numbers - wow its a gift, but it could have been put to better use.

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Artificial Intelligence Will Make Your Job Even Harder -

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Good read thanks

Level 13

Facebook --- UGGG

Level 9

Facebook dating?  Really?!  Yay Michigan!

Level 14

Nice view!  Where is the bike path?

Level 17

In Springfield, along the Connecticut River. Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway (Riverwalk): River Walk 

Level 13

Great picture by the way.  Love old bridges.  When I was a kid growing up in the midwest (this will really date me) on Sunday afternoons my Dad would go for a drive down some out of the way back road and we'd look for covered bridges.  Back then they weren't too hard to find and we almost always found at least one if not more.  They were always interesting and unique, and most you could still drive across.  Not many left now.

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Facial recognition - "These are among the main findings of a nationally representative survey of 4,272 U.S. adults conducted June 3-17, 2019."

I am curious how you can get a reasonable representation of the population with only 4272 adults out of a population of 327.2 million.

On the topic of the article, it depends how the technology is used.  For the most part I suspect someone will figure out a way to abuse it and other will figure how to fool it. I distrust people the general use of this for surveillance of the public at large.  One of my favorite genre's to read is science fiction.  Life has parallelled many aspects of science fiction to the extent of getting ideas from it.  Many books mention this sort of technology and show how it can be used and abused.  This, along with all the spying/data gathering/etc that google and facebook do, not to mention the government,  just provides for opportunities for exploitation.

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Facebook dating - plenty can go wrong!!

Just think of the chaos if they make a mistake and make available all the dating info to your personal profile.

Never say Never...

Level 12

If they use proper statistical analysis it might work. But they should also provide a margin of error to the numbers. Surveys can be skewed if the participants are not random, i.e. the participants are hand picked to get the results the authors of the study want.

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exactly, statistics allows you to make the numbers lie in your favor.

Level 17

If the sample is truly random, then yes, you don't need a large sample.

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Exactly, and even if random you could still get skewed result based on various demographics.

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Between Facebook Dating and the list of phone numbers/ID's from Facebook I just don't see them being on the up and up. 

I foresee EPIC FAIL written on the wall.

Level 17

Yes, of course, there are many ways that bias can creep into any survey, I mentioned a few of them here: https://thomaslarock.com/2017/05/sql-profiler-will-never-die/ 

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Very good explanation of bias and how it applies.

I found the predecessor article Book Review: The Death of Expertise - Thomas LaRock  to be quite appropriate and intriguing as well.

Level 17

Awesome! I loved that book, great read.

Level 12

awesome

Level 13

Thanks for the articles

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.