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Companies are pitching retailers to bring the technology into their physical stores as a way to better compete with online rivals like Amazon that are already armed with troves of information on their customers and their buying habits.

Water Cooler / Re: Russia Says ‘New World Order’ Being Formed
« on: April 16, 2019, 10:08:03 AM »
I agree about the idea of government dominated by corporate business interests.

Water Cooler / Mapping 40 Years Of Nautical Piracy
« on: April 16, 2019, 09:59:33 AM »
Today’s map comes from Adventures in Mapping and it aggregates instances of piracy over the last 40 years based on the database from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

"That's because under Article 13, Europe's online companies will be required to block all infringement, even if they are very small and specialised (the Directive gives an online community three years' grace period before it acquires this obligation, less time if the service grosses over €5m/year). These small- and medium-sized European services (SMEs) will not be able to afford to license the catalogues of the big movie, music, and book publishers, so they'll have to rely on filters to block the unlicensed material."

Water Cooler / Re: Russia Says ‘New World Order’ Being Formed
« on: April 15, 2019, 01:17:09 PM »
In the USA we have not given away our freedom to a bunch of bureaucrats in Brussels.

Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: April 15, 2019, 09:57:13 AM »
One River's Eric Peters asked if Brtiain held another referendum, which way it’d go? “We’re split in two mate, we’re absolutely shattered.” 

Water Cooler / Russia Says ‘New World Order’ Being Formed
« on: April 14, 2019, 01:45:29 PM »
“The Western liberal model of development, which particularly stipulates a partial loss of national sovereignty – this is what our Western colleagues aimed at when they invented what they called globalization – is losing its attractiveness and is no more viewed as a perfect model for all. Moreover, many people in the very western countries are skeptical about it,” Lavrov said.

According to him, global development is guided “by processes aimed at boosting multipolarity and what we call a polycentric world order.”

Water Cooler / Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:41:14 AM »
Researchers pondered the controversial notion Tuesday at the annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate here at the American Museum of Natural History.

“If you’re finding IT solutions to your problems, maybe it’s just the fad of the moment,” Tyson pointed out. “Kind of like if you’re a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.”

# Hawaii

If you offer FREE STUFF they will come!


'Retail apocalypse' now: Analysts say 75,000 more U.S. stores could be doomed.

An estimated 75,000 stores that sell clothing, electronics and furniture will close by 2026, when online shopping is expected to make up 25% of retail sales, according to UBS. Roughly 16% of overall sales are made online.

While their job is to "help improve" NSAlexa - which powers the company's line of Echo speakers - the team "listens to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices," which are then transcribed, annotated and fed back into the software in order to try and improve Alexa's understanding of human speech for more successful interactions. In other words, humans are effectively helping to train Amazon's algorithm.

Mark Zuckerberg warned by Culture Secretary that Facebook will face legal crackdown over self-harm posts

Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: April 08, 2019, 12:05:23 PM »
The constitutional upheaval caused by membership of what is now the EU was the greatest in the country’s history since the Glorious Revolution of 1688. For almost 300 years, the “old constitution” was self-contained and largely immune to outside influences.


A company with a monopoly in a traditional, non-digital industry is able to charge consumers higher prices for goods or services due to the lack of competition. In the case of a dataopoly, the results of that unrivalled power can be less privacy, degraded quality of service, and political and social consequences, writes Prof. Maurice Stucke, an antitrust expert at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Water Cooler / 9,883 cases of GNSS spoofing
« on: April 03, 2019, 11:36:31 AM »
GPS and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are used in everything from cellular communication networks, to basic consumer goods, high-end military systems, and stock trading inputs. But these systems are vulnerable: by attacking positioning, navigational, and timing (PNT) data through electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, state and non-state actors can cause significant damage to modern militaries, first-world economies, and everyday consumers alike.

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