* Posts by Eddy Ito

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Robo-Uber T-boned, rolls onto side, self-driving rides halted

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Re: "beyond the bounds of the reasonably predictable"

I'm not sure the Uber car could have avoided it. From what I've read the Uber was in one of the three lanes heading south, my guess is the far right lane and with that I will continue to present one possible scenario.

The person turning left which hit the Uber may have had their view partially blocked by another car, possibly the Ford SUV in the photo, in a lane adjacent to the Uber car and was trying to get across quickly perhaps because the gap in traffic was small. Once that car has gunned it to sprint through the left turn the Uber car gets t-boned toward the back end which sets it spinning, impacting the curb on the far side of the intersection sideways which tips it on it's side and it continues to rotate until it comes to a stop against the Ford SUV.

In such an event, the Uber car would also likely be blinded by the adjacent vehicle, assuming it was tall like the Ford, and unable to detect the impending impact until there was little if any time for it to calculate and react. Of course that's just one possibility.

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'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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Re: About time

I got lucky, the wife was away for a month taking care of family and I never thought to check her machine until a few days before she got back. According to the logs when I booted it up for what I thought was the first time in nearly a month I found that the Windows 10 upgrade had failed four times with only the first being just before she left. Mind this was on a machine that was nominally turned off, not hibernating nor sleeping, the entire time and it still managed to try upgrading three times on its own. That was the day I flipped a few registry bits so it would permanently block the upgrade. Sadly that machine is a bit old and she wants a new one - with Windows 10.

Maybe it's time to play with this ReactOS thing.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: A bit drafty

A modern STOL version of the PBY Catalina might be nice. Maybe even roll it out into the water if the flight deck has a lot of traffic.

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Grab 'em by the pussy! Trump's lawyers 'send cease-and-desist letters' to a KITTEN website

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Re: It's fake news folks.

Ok, my last comment on this thread, I promise. I just thought I'd leave this here in case anyone wanted to play.

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Re: It's fake news folks.

It is getting curious but a C&D letter would take at least a few days in the mail unless sent express. It would also be fairly easy to mock up a fake letter so I'd really want to see the envelope with the postmark. Sure, it could have been an email but most folks wouldn't call that a letter. Also it seems that kittenfeed now redirects to facescratch which goes back six years but was last registered today and appears to be down.

Definitely seems to be past its smell by date.

edit: Sorry for the duplication, diodesign just beat me to it. ;)

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Re: It's fake news folks.

It is getting a bit of a fishy stink to it as according to domaintools the site is rather new and was never registered before. It's looking a lot like a PR stunt.

edit: The other site kittenfeed.com has been around a lot longer and actually predates trumpscratch. How could Lucy change the name from trumpscratch to kittenfeed? Going back in time perhaps.

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

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If corporations aren't legal people, they also cannot be taken to court.

I beg to differ. Nobody here, or anywhere else for that matter, would argue that an automobile or other inanimate objects are persons legal, natural, or otherwise. That has never stopped the United States from bringing lawsuits against inanimate objects. For example, I give you United States of America v. One 2003 Mercedes Benz CL500 (PDF) and US vs One 1985 Mercedes Benz and $12,000 in cash. Sadly I could go on for quite a long time using only Mercedes Benz. If I expand that to other automobiles or just cash or real estate it would be a very long list indeed. DDG, Google, Bing will all reveal just how sad it really is.

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FBI, NSA top brass: We've seen jack squat to back up Trump's claims of Obama wiretaps

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The true story

While nobody may have directly wiretapped anyone involved with Trump it's fairly certain that any calls made internationally were recorded by the vast mass surveillance machine. So it's possible and even likely that calls from Trump's team were recorded without specifically having been ordered. After all, in order to avoid recording calls from certain parties they'd have to which calls were made by those parties to know which calls not to record. Welcome to Big Brother's world.

Sorry Trump, just because you've got a massive ego it doesn't mean you weren't bycatch.

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Airplane bomb fears spark America's laptop, tablet carry-on ban

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Re: or stowed in the hold

Perhaps it's the larger batteries? If it's in the cabin, there might be a way to mutilate the battery to initiate a conflagration that is very difficult to put out. It's one thing to douse a mobile but a 17" gaming rig, I don't know.

edit: Of course it doesn't stop one from carrying just a battery in their carry on bag so it's probably not that.

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Re: Dont fly Emirates/Etihad/Turkish/etc...

I think you'll find that most flights are done on a code share basis to leverage the larger common hubs. While American, Jetblue, et al. may not operate the flight they might sell the ticket and ultimately you'll get on the operating partners plane.

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Facebook, Instagram: No, you can't auto-slurp our profiles (cough, cough, border officials)

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Re: It won't stop them.

"... Obama was forced..."

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Do you use .home and .mail on your network? ICANN mulls .corp, .mail, .home dot-word domains

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Re: .local

Interesting. I've been using .lan since OS/2 went 32 bit. Maybe when the next box dies it'll be time to migrate to .local since there's no RFC for .lan and I'm not convinced the asshats at ICANN won't assign it to something, perhaps largely all networks.

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Family of technician slain by factory robot sues everyone involved

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Re: WTF?

That was my exact thought, where's the lock-out, tag-out? Servicing live machines is simply nuts.

I assume the law was written as a bit of protection for the auto industry and likely has the nod from the auto unions since they're both corrupt and only interested in money and power while paying little more than lip service to the workers and paying vast sums to political hacks.

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Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

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Re: There is a world of difference

Not having luggage is a bother as it gets you the stink eye for quite a while. I did a day trip to Bern for a change of scenery after spending a week at an expo in Paris and didn't bring anything with me. I got to have a nice long chat with the security folk in Bern who basically asked the same questions but from different people in a slightly different way. It only took about ten minutes with odd glances going about the room and a final shrug and I was off. Of course that was in 2000 so they probably thought I was potentially just a drug mule and it was just the high speed rail not a plane.

Move that greeting to today in JFK and it's a whole nutter can-o-worms. Bring at least a carry-on with a change of clothes if only as to have something to change into when TSA finishes with you. Maybe pack some sterile wipes too, just in case.

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

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Re: Sometimes I can't use a long password

Come now, you're exaggerating. The only institutions using simple rules capped at 8 characters are the unimportant and trivial ones where security isn't really a concern, like banks. Oh, hang on.

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Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

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Fair enough but since all government workers, senators, representatives, judges, and the president all work for the people their DNA records must be available to the public, their employers. Of course they're free to decline their benefit package if they refuse.

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BOAR-ZILLA stalks Fukushima's dead zone

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Re: Small-caliber rifle? For wild boar?

Better pictures here. Definitely using air rifles and the one in the second pic is almost certainly a Daystate.

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Re: Small-caliber rifle? For wild boar?

It's hard to say from the Reuters video what the caliber is but I will say it looks like a precharged pneumatic air rifle to me. Given the range and the fact that they are caged they could get by with as little as a .25 caliber with a neck shot. If I had to pick based on what little shows in the video I'd guess they're using an Evanix or Hatsan.

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FBI boss: 'Memories are not absolutely private in America'

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Re: Er ...

@streaky

Freedom of speech also implies a freedom to not speak as compelled speech isn't free. It's one thing that always bothered me about the court system and its ability to compel a person to testify under threat of loss of liberty or fine. Further, considering how any such statements would, by definition, be made under duress I don't see how a jury can apply any real weight to that testimony.

To your later point, you're absolutely right they will pull it directly from your head the instant they are able and likely without regard as to whether it does any damage to you or the memories or how reliable those memories might have been in the first place. I can see them going to great lengths to "enhance" the extracted memory to better understand in the same way they are always "enhancing" pictures in the cop shows.

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Look! Up in the sky! Is it a drone? Is it a car? It's both, crossed with Uber

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Re: And if you think about it for more than 10 minutes...

The extra dimension gets you very little since it increases the complexity of control by an order of magnitude. Consider if you're dividing the atmosphere into bands then you're creating corridors of limited space which is what you state is the cause of congestion and collision.

Worse in many cities there are tall vertical structures that one would have to fly between further limiting space and reducing the 10 m bands to near copies of the existing streets. Complicating that further is the need to traverse between bands to get the the proper band. In a city the "flying cars" will be functionally flying over the roads unless the aim is to go a substantial distance or for intercity travel where you first rise to clear the entire city.

You're also ignoring the fact that much of the congestion is caused by people going to and from the same hubs whether it's Times Square or Madison Square Garden or the East Village. The only place where the flying cars will have an advantage is when it can avoid geographical bottlenecks like the Brooklyn Bridge or Holland Tunnel.

Lastly there's one problem that nobody seems to mention and that's noise. These flying cars will have to be far quieter than a helicopter or typical drone if they're ever going to be accepted in any great number. If it's a problem that's been solved it must be expensive to implement since it isn't often that a subsonic flying object sneaks up on anyone.

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Iconic Land Rover Defender may make a comeback by 2019

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Re: Needling me?

The same is true of us, if we no longer make our tanks, our ships, our planes we will lose the next conflict.

Sorry but that's too simplistic a view. Two other factors also make up a large portion of that equation and they are:

1. Who the other player(s) in the conflict are. For instance US invading Grenada

2. Does the country really want to do what it takes to win? See the Vietnam Wars, either US or French.

Argentina's problem was it really didn't have many friends at the time with both the US and France refusing to sell them the arms and parts they needed. In short, it was stupid and beyond arrogant of the Proceso junta to not consider the lay of global alliances and they never really had much of a chance as while they may have been the baddest bull in their little rodeo, they weren't at all prepared for the rest of the world.

Country's don't need to make all their own stuff but they do need to know who their friends are. Consider that if the alliances in '82 had been reversed it would likely have been a very different outcome.

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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Re: Errrmmm....

Before anyone gets too worked up; all UK domestic supply is single phase, and won't be using these 3 phase meters.

Right, so at worst they'll only exaggerate energy consumption by 194 per cent, tops.

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Trump, Brexit, and Cambridge Analytica – not quite the dystopia you're looking for

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Re: Looking for something to blame?

The psychobabble must be gaining traction. I saw Barbara Streisand was blaming Trump for her weight gain so it seems that minds are going to mush. Although I grant it may not have been a big change for some.

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Intel's dying Atom chips strike again: Netgear recalls four ReadyNAS, Wi-Fi management lines

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When the clock strikes?

Perhaps someone did the math wrong when setting up the chip's planned obsolescence counter.

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COP BLOCKED: Uber app thwarted arrests of its drivers by fooling police with 'ghost cars'

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Especially if you are a hedge funded that is shorting them (or their investors) and is leaking these stories to the press

Shorting a company before the IPO. An interesting proposition,.it would require one of the VCs or another private stakeholder to lend shares but then to whom would the short sell those shares since it isn't a public company other than to another VC. It wouldn't surprise me if it were possible I'm just struggling to understand how it would work. I suppose there's always a naked short but still there's the issue of a buyer since you couldn't sell to just anybody.

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Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

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Which to choose...

Well my crystal ball is binary so it's giving two options for the state of computing in the next 30 years.

1. COBOL, Fortran, C (or variants thereof), and Java will still be in use and reasonably lucrative simply because the existing code base is so large and the new kids will always be going for the new stuff as it rises and falls in the usual churn.

2. Something odd happens and traditional computing is completely knocked on its rear by something so completely different, faster, and easier that porting all that code becomes trivial and the new quantum entangled quark computifyer handles all the previous workloads on one tenth the power, in one fiftieth the time, and automatically fixes bugs at runtime making programming largely obsolete.

In case 1 it will pay to know one or more, if not all, of the named languages and in case 2 you'd better have good taste and be good at telling the difference between down, up, top, bottom, strange, and charm. In either case, assuming I'm still about, I'll be retired and won't care.

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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@TheProf

I think that should be Vogons by the pints

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Re: re: End this insanely illiberal tax now.

That assumes a simple left - right model. It's perfectly feasible that the BBC could be economically statist and personally liberal or economically liberal and personally statist. Given it's a government corporation it's somewhat unlikely to be the latter and more probably the former with some personal statism sprinkled in here and there.

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Online shops plundered by bank card-stealing malware after bungling backend Aptos hacked

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So their client list only shows 68 of the "more than 500 leading... retailers" so there's no way to know if any the 40 affected retailers are shown. Assuming those 68 are their highest profile clients it might be worth contacting them directly to ask if they were hit and if your details were stolen in the Aptos breach. I'd imagine that if enough people pestered those companies then those companies might consider pushing back on Aptos with a brief missive asking WTF?

I'll add that Aptos certainly lives up to their claim "to engage customers differently".

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Net neutrality? Bye bye, says American Pai

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And?

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Re: "What idiots made this happen?"

the coal used so you could make your ranty post and I could make this snarky reply to it.

Then there's that issue. You had a whole bunch of coal industry workers put out by some of Obama's regs and Clinton promising to keep those doors shut didn't win many friends in coal country like Ohio. Granted, given the price of oil and natural gas, it isn't like coal is going to suddenly become a major profit center but I'd wager to many Clinton's position was just seen as kicking a guy when he's down.

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Raspberry Pi gives us all new 'Pi Zero W' for its fifth birthday

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Re: Everybody loves Pi

But what if the something, something was lunch?!

Oh, I suppose that works too.

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Uber's Boston T party – and T is for taxi: City's cabbies sue app maker

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Re: Pot, meet kettle

No need to be polite and hold back, to tell us how you really feel.

I took a Boston cab once and after that I learned to schedule my flights around bus service and if I can't there's the T or I rent a car. Between the T, Logan Express, and P&B I'll never have to take a Boston cab again.

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US Supreme Court set to kill Twitter, Facebook ban for sex offenders

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Re: For, or Against... You're both wrong.

As pointed out, removing a justice is the same as removing anyone else. Article 2 Section 4 of the constitution reads "The president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." and as judges are civil officers they can be removed. Further the "good behavior" in Article 3 implies that impeachment is possible for other, presumably lesser, reasons than "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."

As for the ages of the judges, only half are beyond 67 which is what Social Security considers full retirement age. A number which I feel only proper to point out that there is an excellent chance that it will be higher for our younger commentards. I also don't see anything backing up your assertion that "it's a scientific and medical fact" that age necessarily means declining mental faculties. I would say there is quite a lot of evidence that would support that it is the young whippersnappers who, without any experience, lack any sensible judgement at all and some of said cohort even revel in that fact and promptly post the resulting video to youtube or send the nude selfie to their [b,g]f.

Now consider that Senators must be at least 30 and Representatives at least 25 and you might realize why it seems that they are so old to you. The average age for Reps in the 114th Congress was 57 and the Senate was 61 which is lower than the 63.1 years for the 111th congress a few short years ago. That's not terribly old when you consider that congresscritters typically don't run or get elected until they are near 50. How many 32 year olds are even running for a political office at the national level? Probably not many have the resources or recognition to start a campaign and those youtube vids likely aren't helping.

Oh, those boneheaded laws the congress comes up with, they were bought and paid for by the people who put those critters in office.

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US Air Force terminates Predator drones. Now you will fear the Reaper

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Re: Surplus

Forget close air support. I want a fleet so I can attach pods to carry ~100 kg cargo or lighter passengers around the city. I'll crush Uber and Lyft especially if one of the passengers I drop off happens to land on their cars.

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Softbank gros fromage: ARM will knock out a trillion IoT chips by 2040

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Re: I really really want my shares back

Why didn't you replace it with Softbank stock back in September? They're up about 18-20% since the ARM buy. I watched it for a bit but it largely dropped into November so I held off. Now wish I was smart enough to have bought that dip.

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BlackBerry's comeback: El Reg gets its claws on the QWERTY KEYone

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Re: New internet law needed...

Well, word_merchant, you've got a fundamental problem. That problem is that while the Nazis will be long remembered in a very few decades people will say "VHS? Beta-what?"

First it ignores the fact that the "wrong" format didn't win. VHS won for a very simple reason. It's a lot like evolution, it's not a battle of the best fit in the sense of strongest but the one that best fits the role. The role was recording as much as possible at a watchable resolution. Betamax gave at most 5 hours and VHS gave 8 to 12. It wasn't a contest. Sure Betamax may have been technically better but for all practical purposes VHS gave folks more of what they wanted and what they wanted was to not have to worry about changing the tape in the middle of the Super Bowl having gone to work an hour before kickoff. Yeah, delayed start wasn't an initial feature and there was no accounting for overtime "back in the day" and even for the folks who had such features, the clock always flashed <blink>12:00</blink> because "it was too complicated" to set the clock once they lost the remote, more than likely to one too many glasses of wine which let the magic smoke out but I digress.

No, the law you're looking for one where better will always lose out to more. Go to any restaurant in America and notice the portion is about twice what you'd normally eat. It doesn't matter what it tastes like, it's all about more not better. It's a 20/80 rule, 20% more will trump 80% better.

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Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

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Re: Same here....

Yep, got locked out on one account with a "command not recognized" error on Thunderbird logging in via imap with Oauth2.0. An older computer that I hadn't used in a year or so and hadn't set Oauth wasn't allowed to log in to that account as well. I got imap mail back about 9 am (PST) Friday morning but still can't get in with a browser or other devices since it won't recognize responses to security questions and the recovery email address is long gone and I'd forgotten to update it. I guess I'll be transitioning off that account to a new one.

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Amazon goes to court to stop US murder cops turning Echoes into Big Brother house spies

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Nice wording on Amazon's part about the storage of chats.

Tip: To delete individual recordings, select Delete voice recordings. This removes the audio file streamed to the Cloud, as well as the Home screen cards related to that interaction.

No point on saying where it's removed from because that might confuse the issue, right Jeff? I assume it's removed from the playlist like interface and not actually removed from the Cloud's data store.

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People built AI bots to improve Wikipedia. Then they started squabbling in petty edit wars, sigh

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Just published today? Why do I have this sense of déjà vu?

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UPS & drones: Delivery company launches UAV from truck

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Re: Sorry You Were Out

I can't imagine the failed delivery is all that bad since I've had a pair of orders arrive on the same day by different trucks. I had gotten two messages indicating that the packages were on the way about ten minutes apart and since they were from the same UPS center I figured that meant it was the time it was put on the truck but no, they actually came on two different trucks. Oddly the second truck arrived over an hour before the first. In the end, if they can send two trucks to one address in a day it can't be much hassle to send a package out again the next day.

Frequently if it's something expensive I have it delivered to the nearest UPS store which fortunately for me is about a mile away and I can pick it up on the way home.

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Uber hires Obama's attorney-general to review its workplaces

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Holder, of Fast and Furious and Operation Choke Point fame?! The guy who refused to go after his buddies at the top of the too big to fail banks saying this?

Responsibility remains so diffuse, and top executives so insulated, that any misconduct could again be considered more a symptom of the institution's culture than a result of the willful actions of any single individual.

Well at least he'll have the help of the chief of HR who has without doubt been digging into this from the beginning. Now all they need is a woman and perhaps an immigrant on the team to show how committed they are to diversity! Oh, it seems he's got those bases covered. Well played Travis you've managed to tick all the boxes. There will be no rebutting this team's glowing report of Uber.

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Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

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Re: Now ask me why ...

Newer cars certainly aren't heavier in the US. The IIHS test pitted a 2009 Malibu at between 3400 to 3500 lbs with a 1959 Bel-Air with a 6 cylinder at 3500 to 3600 lbs so it's a pretty even match. For the Cadillac matchup the older model weighs in at 4500 lbs and the newer one at 3800 lbs so the newer one is actually giving up 18% or so.

I don't see either being particularly friendly to anything outside their respective envelope but the newer ones certainly aren't more dangerous to pedestrians and such. One might even argue that the softer rounded corners present less of a hazard than the older squarish designs and that some newer designs also have better visibility so as to better detect the presence of people and animals which may be preparing to cross ahead.

Some time ago when crumple zones were just becoming a thing I had both an old 60's sedan and a newer car it was interesting to look at the insurance quotes. The line items for repairing each differed greatly and I asked if it was because parts were that much more expensive for the new model. My insurance agent said it wasn't really the individual part cost but it was that given a minor fender bender with no injuries the newer car would suffer quite substantial damage and be very costly to repair while the old tank would have little more than a scratch.

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They car should automatically delete any old 'key' or paired device when a new one is entered. If you want to sync multiple devices there should be a small temporal window where all devices need to be present to check in. Any other method simply means that when you drop your car off with the valet or mechanic or whatever the car is exposed to being connected with any number of devices beyond your control and without your knowledge. There's no need for the car to be second hand, all that's needed is access.

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Re: Now ask me why ...

Putting the environmental friendly bit aside, the newer cars are much safer than the older models. Just look at the IIHS 50 anniversary crash between a 2009 Malibu and a 1959 Bel Air or Stuntbusters 2002 Caddy vs 1962 Caddy. While the '62 Caddy had the benefit of a more square on hit the driver still isn't walking away. Even later models from the early '90s don't have anywhere near the safety features of new cars which is very clearly demonstrated by the video of a Mexican spec 2015 Tsuru (essentially a cosmetically updated 1992 Nissan Sentra) and a U.S. spec 2016 Nissan Versa.

Folks may like the old cars because they won't see much damage from a random ding in the parking lot but they are nowhere near as safe in a high speed crash.

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Google bellows bug news after Microsoft sails past fix deadline

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Re: With a monthly patch cycle

MS did release a patch for the March bug but, shockingly, they didn't get it right. The November follow up was more an "oh by the way, you didn't fix the problem properly". While I do think it's more on MS for issuing a patch and brushing it off the follow up did come just before the raft of winter holidays that would have left MS short as many folks tend to either leave for the week or lollygag in the office prior to sacrificing a Turkey at the altar of an NFL triple header and then a month later do the same thing in a christmas coma that flows through the new year haze. All of which means that one would expect the December and January patch dates to be lighter than normal or filled out with longer running updates.

Of course with the schedule being set to a fixed day of the month it means that there will be either 13 or 14 weeks for three such successive days which would total 91 or 98 days which puts it beyond Google's self imposed 90 day deadline if it can't get done in the triple patch time frame. Meh, it's two companies trying to throw shade on each other and I feel I'm best off if I avoid them both as much as I can.

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BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

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Re: @Yank Lurker Legality

Many places in the US start at 2 weeks plus 5-10 holidays. Typically it seems they add a week every five years up to a max of about 5-6 weeks but that means you've been there twenty or more years and if you've not reached VP level with the golden parachute they're often looking to get rid of you for someone with fresh ideas younger cheaper so they cap your vacation and shift you to the worst assignment available hoping you'll finally quit "retire".

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You know IoT security is bad when libertarians call for strict regulation

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Re: Your role in a movie is coming soon

@edge_e

Nice quiz. No wonder I generally dislike all candidates.

Oh, I'm thinking a six inch spike would be ill advised as it would likely pop the airbag.

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