Re: In other news
The mere thought of a combat hippo is terrifying!
95 posts • joined 13 Jul 2009
Why isn't his wife getting a prison sentence instead of probation? She received the money and claimed the death occurred in the first place.
Irina pleaded guilty, so likely got a plea bargain - lighter sentence for avoiding the trouble and expense of a trial, while still allowing the prosecutor to claim a conviction.
Igor hasn't been to trial yet. They will use the threat of a 20 year maximum sentence as a bludgeon with which to beat him into pleading guilty as well.
"On a one-second buffer ?"
If I understand correctly, the one-second is used as Alexa is listening for the "wake word". Once that is detected, longer term recording commences.
So it continuously records and deletes sounds in one-second increments, until it hears "Alexa"; then it records until the task is completed.
If you believe Amazon...
Had a similar experience a few years back...
Got home late one evening and set the kettle on the ceramic-top stove. Sat down to wait for it to boil, and promptly nodded off for about an hour.
Woke up to a peculiar smell in the air and tracked it down to the stove, where the (non-whistling) kettle had boiled dry and welded itself to the stove top!
According to the last link in the original article (about the increase in the judgement amount), Apple was attempting to have the VirnetX patent invalidated. Don't know if they were successful, I assume it's still ongoing. That would make any judgement moot, but would probably not affect this particular case.
I humbly disagree. At least on my phone, the YouTube app (by Google, the maker of Android) is baked into the OS. At least to the extent that while it can be disabled, it cannot be uninstalled by the user. I think that qualifies it as a "feature you got when you bought the phone", rather than a third-party app.
Quite right. A few months back my direct supervisor was walked to the door on a Friday afternoon. No more company car, cell phone, computer, or access to his accounts.
I know he had his own car (but insurance not current as he didn't drive it), and I think he had a computer at home, but I know he used his work email for pretty much everything.
Don't know how or if he managed to get access to his personal emails - I'm guessing he was pretty well screwed.
All of us peons toiling away in the fields were issued smart phones last year, with an apparently unlimited data plan. A fair few have decided that they no longer need a personal phone and/or home internet connection; I don't think they realize just how vulnerable they are leaving themselves.
That corresponds pretty well with what I remember being taught in my driving classes way back in the mid-1970s, as a rough and ready estimate for when you would be approaching the legal limit for DWI:
One "drink" = 1 beer = 1 glass of wine = 1 shot/mixed drink. One drink per hour per 160 pounds of body weight would result in a blood alcohol content just about at the legal limit.
That's probably changed a little now, as current BAC limit is 0.08%, while back then I think it was 0.10%.
Still better off not drinking at all if you intend to drive.
Actually, one of the most compelling reasons to make these records public is to *prevent* abuses of power.
Having these records publicly available makes it much more difficult for the government to "disappear" people they don't like, as is common in dictatorships and third-world countries.
Assuming, of course, that the government actually documents the arrest at all.
What your comment does not take into account is the huge taxpayer subsidies that have been paid to the telcos and cable companies for the express purpose of expanding broadband deployment to rural areas.
These companies have simply pocketed the funds and done SFA to improve rural broadband.
@John Brown (no body),
You are correct, sir.
It's also helpful to bear in mind that many oldsters will have a completely different, but still valid, body of knowledge and experience to draw from. In this particular story, it's very possible that the granny in question was quite used to sewing machines, which use a food pedal to control the speed of the machine. This foot pedal was attached to the sewing machine with an electrical cable, and very much resembled an oversized mouse, so it's not hard to imagine that a neophyte computer user who had decades of sewing experience could get confused.
Still, Vince's story strikes me apocryphal, as I've heard versions of it for decades. But I'm sure the story had to start somewhere!
@ John Brown
Last election I - quite deliberately - wasted my vote on some "no hoper 3rd party" candidate. I had not the slightest delusion that he stood any chance of winning. I was merely hoping that there would be enough like-minded people to make a noticeable increase in overall third party results, thereby giving the big two something to think about.
Needless to say, I was disappointed.
My (current) biggest gripe is web pages that have one simple function: usually to fill in a box with your user name/password/account number, etc. Only one thing to do, and only one box to do it in. And they don't automatically place the cursor in the box that is the sole reason for the existence of that page!
For words of this sort, the prefix "A" means "without; e.g., amoral means without morals, asexual means without sex, etc.
Anonymous means without name (or without identity); removing the "a" indicates his name or identity is provided (although so far as I can tell there is no actual word as nonymous). OP means that he usually identifies his posts with his handle, except under specific circumstances.
"Do you have visibility as to when we should expect an inflection in revenue recognition from Watson, or should we just not think about this as a contributing factor or moving the needle in our models over the next couple of years,"
When Watson can translate this sentence into intelligible English, it will be ready for prime time.
In the US, most high school students are graduated at age 17 or 18, with a few stragglers from the extremely smart/dumb ends of the curve. So most high school freshmen are 13/14 years old, if that particular high school has four grades/levels/classes. When I was in school we had elementary school (grades 1 - 6), junior high school (grades 7 - 9), and high school (grades 10 - 12). I honestly don't recall how 10th graders were designated at my high school (freshmen or sophomore); all I recall is juniors were grade 11 and seniors were grade 12. I believe that under the system most commonly used these days, junior high has been replaced by middle school, which runs from grade 6 to grade 8, which results in four years of high school.
Once paroled from high school, most of the college/university bound students would be enrolled in classes the following fall, and therefore roughly 2/3rds of those freshmen would be 18, about 1/3rd would be 17, etc.
I strongly suspect that these issues of morality and/or liability will be addressed (not necessarily solved) by government fiat. Eventually the appropriate government agencies will mandate that autonomous vehicle decision-making algorithms must adhere to specific parameters laid out by the government. These parameters will be designed to minimize loss of life only - there is no feasible way for an AI to determine relative worth of the humans involved (doctor vs. criminal, young vs. old, etc.) at the time the decision will have to be taken. Exactly how to meet these parameters will be left up to the manufacturers. Whether or not this would include prioritizing the lives of the vehicle occupants would be addressed by those government parameters, and not left to the manufacturer to decide.
Driverless vehicles already have GPS and multiple camera/sensor systems. I suspect that there will be a government mandate that all of that information will be transmitted to and stored at a designated data farm in real time (hey, we're already being spied on constantly, what's a little more tracking). In the case of an accident, that data will be used to determine exactly what happened, and who was at fault (if anyone). As long as the vehicle manufacturer can show that their algorithm meets the government requirements, they will not be held liable for the results of the collision. They would, of course, still be held liable for design/implementation flaws, be they hardware or software. As is the case even now, vehicle owners who do not maintain their cars properly will be liable to the extent that such negligence is a factor in the accident. This would no doubt also include any updates to the driving software, so I would expect acceptance of such updates to be mandatory.
I don't say that this is necessarily the best approach to the problem, just what I see as likely to happen. It would address the issue of reducing the carnage on the roads; as well as minimize liability for manufacturers (thereby giving them incentives to be in the industry). Note that this does not force vehicle owners to accept liability for the AIs action (again, so long as the vehicle is maintained properly); if the vehicle is operating within regulatory guidelines. While there will always be headline-grabbing exceptions to the basic parameters, the public will eventually accept the greatly reduced death and injury rate on the roads as a matter of course. It may take a generation or two to reach widespread acceptance, but sooner or later driverless vehicles will become the norm.
As is frequently pointed out on this site, USAian laws and policies do not apply on a global basis. The FTC is concerned with USAian companies and consumers only. Looking at things from that perspective, Apple is indeed the dominant smartphone manufacturer in the US, selling approximately 1/3 more phones than its nearest competitor (Samsung). While Android is the top smartphone OS, it is barely 10 percentage points ahead of iOS, and is distributed and modified by a multitude of manufacturers. Nothing in this article has anything to do with search in any form.
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