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The Actuator - September 6th

Level 17

I'm home from VMworld Las Vegas for a few days before I turn around and do it all over again in Barcelona. Big events like VMworld remind me that I'm getting older, as my feet and back start to betray me. But the energy I get from engaging with customers keeps me going. It's great to talk through the problems they are facing and how our tools and products are helping. If you are in Barcelona next week, please stop by and say hello!

As always, here's some stuff I found on the internet you might find interesting. Enjoy!

465k patients told to visit doctor to patch critical pacemaker vulnerability

I'm now wondering what other medical devices might have software. Things like knees, hips, etc. This might get worse before it gets better.

WSU professor says IRS is breaking privacy laws by mining social media

If you are on Facebook bragging about getting away with tax fraud, I think you get what you deserve here.

Router flaws put AT&T customers at hacking risk

I'd wager we see these routers exploited for another hack before the end of the month.

Introducing KSQL: Open Source Streaming SQL for Apache Kafka

Am I the only one excited by the introduction of KSQL?

Microsoft just made it easier for programmers to use archrival Amazon's cloud

In a world where nothing makes sense, Microsoft has now helped foster a revenue stream for AWS.

Why is My Database Application so Slow?

HINT: It's not the database.

Massive black hole discovered near heart of the Milky Way

And it's full of socks that go missing from the clothes dryer.

This is the best part of VMworld in Las Vegas: the "Instant Bacon" appetizer at Strip Steak inside Mandalay Bay.



Instant bacon appetizer....enough said.  I hope it was at least half as good to eat as it looks.

OMG, it's full of socks !!

I've always known there were miniature black holes roving around randomly pickup up things like socks, tools, as well as various other items and depositing them elsewhere.

BTW, washing machines and dryers do eat socks...they just don't swallow and digest well, kind of like a hairball.


Implanted ​Medical Devices Vulnerable:

     I'm sorry, this shouldn't be news to anyone.  IoT has had vulnerabilities for years in the medical industry.  Remember V.P. Cheney's vulnerable pacemaker?  Dick Cheney had the wireless disabled on his pacemaker to avoid risk of terrorist tampering  - The V...

IRS Mining Facebook:

     I'm not in favor of folks mining my electronic activities for any reason, but in this case I think the IRS is doing the right thing.  The hole may be closed in the future, but I'm even more not-in-favor of folks getting away with negative actions that cost us in increased taxes.

ATT Routers Put Home Users At Risk:

     Being on top of these vulnerabilities, and not assuming everything is safe, is more than just the responsibility of every home user; it must be "Job ONE" with every ISP and equipment manufacturer and reseller/retailer.  Thanks for bringing this to our attention.


     Sigh.  Another new product here today, gone tomorrow?  Something actually useful for a lot of people?  Who has time to keep up with these, vet them, or avoid them?  Of course, as the Merovingian said:  "Who has time? But then if we never *take* time, how can we have time?"  The Merovingian - Who Has Time? - YouTube

Microsoft Facilitating AWS?

     Of course they are.  They can make money doing it, folks enjoy AWS, it's Microsoft's job to make money off it.

Slow Database Performance:

     Seriously?  And you don't have QoE and DPA running because . . .?

Black Hole News:

     I enjoy learning.  But I've not seen anything that affects my practical life as a result of these discoveries.  It'll be fun to one-day learn we actually ARE affected by this information, these new physics discoveries.  At least I HOPE it'll be fun, and not scary . . .

VM World Instant Bacon?  That belongs here:

     Alternate Actuator:  The Bacon Edition


Level 20

Bacon and Latency to the database info... all good!

Level 21

I think it's awesome if people are getting busted for crimes (tax fraud or any other) after bragging about it on social media.  That's just getting what you deserve in my book!

The pacemaker story is yet another example of why I envision IoT to be a bad thing. I would not want my lifesaving device to be so accessible. Too dangerous.

As for the AT&T router vulnerability story... that's just sloppy. Careless and sloppy!

Level 20

sqlrockstar Here's one for you Thomas... check out one of our latest project experiments that just went down recently... the music is cool kinda too:

General Dynamics Undersea Battlespace CONOPS for ANTX 2017 - YouTube

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.