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Those machines are awesome.

Water Cooler / Re: Travoli right about micro-billing
« on: April 19, 2019, 12:17:26 AM »
If they just wanted to reduce congestion, they could implement a free reservation system or block it off to non-residents. This is about revenue. Sets a terrible precedent.

Will the dealers still be charging outrageous document/prep fees? If so, not much of an incentive to buy online.

Marketing / Re: Quitting Facebook is Easy
« on: April 11, 2019, 03:38:20 PM »
Blanks here also, often. Trying to reduce usage anyway.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Alexa Always Listening Patent
« on: April 11, 2019, 01:11:57 AM »
Time warp:

"The Alexa voice review process, described by seven people who have worked on the program, highlights the often-overlooked human role in training software algorithms. In marketing materials Amazon says Alexa “lives in the cloud and is always getting smarter.” But like many software tools built to learn from experience, humans are doing some of the teaching. The team comprises a mix of contractors and full-time Amazon employees who work in outposts from Boston to Costa Rica, India and Romania, according to the people, who signed nondisclosure agreements barring them from speaking publicly about the program. They work nine hours a day, with each reviewer parsing as many as 1,000 audio clips per shift, according to two workers based at Amazon’s Bucharest office, which takes up the top three floors of the Globalworth building in the Romanian capital’s up-and-coming Pipera district. The modern facility stands out amid the crumbling infrastructure and bears no exterior sign advertising Amazon’s presence."

"The teams use internal chat rooms to share files when they need help parsing a muddled word—or come across an amusing recording."

"Sometimes they hear recordings they find upsetting, or possibly criminal."

"In homes around the world, Echo owners frequently speculate about who might be listening, according to two of the reviewers. “Do you work for the NSA?” they ask. “Alexa, is someone else listening to us?”

"Will Tesla change the world or will they go out of business? I think the answer is ‘yes’" -Scott Galloway

Water Cooler / Re: Geez, the stuff my feeds dredge up
« on: April 02, 2019, 07:28:43 PM »
Re: The future of warfare:

Drone swarms everywhere. Sans blimp.

Obviously awful, but I appreciate the creativity.

Water Cooler / Re: Terminator Scenario
« on: March 16, 2019, 04:40:31 PM »
>Boeing had more faith in the AI of those systems than human judgment.

Perhaps the right idea, too soon.

Also important to take a probiotic anytime you take antibiotics. Repopulate with the good bacteria so the bad don't take over.

Water Cooler / Re: Trav, when did you get a white car?
« on: March 11, 2019, 10:09:58 PM »
I'm not, but have spent several months there.

Water Cooler / Re: Trav, when did you get a white car?
« on: March 11, 2019, 08:55:25 PM »
I don't know how they're legal, either. They are very popular in Texas.


Your granddaughter might benefit from a daily probiotic pill, also.  Bacteria face constant competition in the gut. You can send 100 billion reinforcements every day.

Water Cooler / Re: Geez, the stuff my feeds dredge up
« on: March 08, 2019, 12:11:13 AM »
Carriers would be sunk within hours, and manned aircraft are doomed. I've argued those points with military friends for years. They ALL disagree. I hope we never find out.


This is early-adopter stage. Price will come down and quality/design will improve. Probably still 2-3 generations from being attractive.

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