... so why are they planning that for a Friday?
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I say: ready the Arks! Ark B should go first, so that when the survivors of humanity arrive on our new home world, they will find shiny-clean telephones and a thriving advertising economy. Oh, and someone needs to build electric cars on that planet, so how about sending a certain CEO, too?
"There's nothing more permanent than a temporary solution"...
User have been known to use even worse places to store documents. I once got yelled at because in the course of regular maintenance, I've been emptying the trash can ("recycle bin" for Windows users) on a Mac. The lady using that desktop had actually put documents there that she wantetd to sort out later. Well, tough luck...
The NHTSA gave Tesla a deadline of August 25 to respond, and the company has done so, but the regulator is keeping the response private due to the presence of confidential business information.
In other words, they got a poop emoji and are still trying to figure out the meaning of that...?
Not sure why it was all in one facility, but I have a hunch on what the "computer error" may have been. The incident report will probably include terms such as "Excel", "Liquid Nitrogen Supplier", and some refernce to the bloke who forgot to order LN2 in time because he made a copy-and-paste mistake in his spreadsheet-based To Do list. Classic "computer error".
We didn't do it. And if we did, it was totally legal. And if not, it didn't harm anybody. Well, maybe it did, but you didn't drag anybody into court to testify and publicly put out all that private stuff that we violated. And if it did, it wasn't that bad. And if it was, you have no jurisdiction over us, anyway.
The "It may be illegal, but you didn't prove actual harm" argument appears to work well in that country. It's probably from the NRA playbook.
ATC is a massively complex system, with many stakeholders involved - airlines, airports, ... Not easy to restrict to specific IP ranges or networks. And commercial off-the-shelf solutions like CloudFlare typically can't be applied either, as they focus on HTTP and similar traffic.
That said, ATC systems are often ancient, and I wouldn't be surpised if that was part of the current problem.
“Just Shatner, LeBron and King.” - Also, Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and Chadwick Boseman. And lots of other dead people. I really wonder what phone number they've got on file for them.
The blue checkmark has nothing to do with authentication or verification any more. It's just a cash cow and, if you ask me, false advertising, as it implies some kind of authenticity.
Funny, I stumbled across two articles on CNN today. One is about Bard making a single incorrect assertion about the JWST telescope (among others that were apparently correct); and the other being about the Bing AI demo where it failed at both a product comparison (comparing apples to oranges, and also making up certain product features), at generating a reliable travel itinerary (again inventing certain information, and missing important others), and a couple of other fails.
The article about Bard said that on that day, US$ 100 billion was wiped from Google's value.
The article about Bing AI said: "Shares of Microsoft were essentially flat on Tuesday."
Not sure what that says about peoples expectations from these companies. Apparently what can wipe of billions of dollars from one company causes millions of people holding shares from another similar company to say "meh". Impressive.
Now that's the way to get maths banned.
I think they tried that in Australia, but it didn't work. To quote Mr. Malcom Turnbull:
"The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia."
The right way to go is not to outlaw mathematics, but to issue an Interpol Red Notice for it.
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That's called synergy, not leeching. There is a platform that makes sense (well, before it was ruined by its new owner), and there is a company that makes a good UI for it. Platform, software company, and users profit from that. In normal business relations, that's a win-win(-win) situation.
Now the platform shoots down the app makers, without warning, and making it sound like they were freeloading on the platform, where in reality, they improved the product.
Since the app makers are just a tiny fraction of the size of Twitter, they will lose, whether it makes sense or not.
How that affects your view of Twitter is up to you.
Well, when you press and hold the Siri button on a Siri-enabled device and speak a number that is a valid phone number, Siri assumes you want to call it. I think that's a sensible assumption (which my last flipphone with "voice recognition" from a few decades ago (was it a Razr? Don't remember) handled in exctly the same way, without involvement of any Siri or Alexa or Whatever.)
To me, the whole thing is a non-story. Dude accidentally presses the voice recog button on his smart watch (happens, I don't know, maybe a million times a day), and for once, it did not understand "call mom" but "call 112". Cops don't get a response from the caller, listen a bit, and hear stuff like "good shot" and whetever else. Decide to check what's up there and show up in numbers (I won't comment on whether that's a sensible approach or not, as I honestly don't know.)
If it's a toddler who gets their hand on a phone and accidentally calls the emergency number, nobody would have reported this here. But, hey, "Siri." So it must have some kind of "evil tech" angle.
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If you read the article carefully, it says that the owner's wrist pressed on the watch (holding down the crown button on the side activates Siri.) The watch tried to understand what was said and apparently the only part it could understand was "1-1-2" and so it assumed it was a number to be called. So it did.
Reading the original article, it says (quoting the watch owner) “The button is on the side of the watch and if it is pressed down for long enough, Siri is activated and in that time I must have yelled out ‘1-1-2’, it called emergency and they heard the impact of the pads and me saying ‘good shot’ or ‘nice shot’."
So the misunderstanding was on the side of the police disptacher, it was not Siri that tried to interpret what was happening.
Basically, it was a classic case of butt-dialling police (although with voice recognition instead of an actual butt).
But never waste an opportunity to blame it on the evil empire aka Apple.
"... and therefore hopes very much that the company soon explains itself in a way that displays sincere regret and an intention to restore trust."
Oh, sure, no problem. You'll probably get an email later (or maybe a post on their Facebook page or such, if individual emails are too much of a hassle), explaining that "the security of [our] customers' information is our topmost priority", that it was "a sophisticated attack", probably by "state-sponsored hackers", that "only a small number of [our] customers are affected", "there is no evidence of any actual damage" from the theft, and that you're invited to supply your data to some credit-protection company (do they have that in Australia?), so that they can lose it, too.
While that is my instinctive reation to this as well (or to use a burner phone with just the necessary contacts etc for travel), some countries (including the US) see that as very supicious and may deny entry on that reason alone. So, Catch-22.
For me that has been a deterrent to visit certain countries for some time.
In East Germany, they had "Zwangsumtausch" (mandatory exchange of real money into their "money") for visitors; in more modern countries, they take your data for payment. That's called "digitization", I think.
... or maybe... make tracking techniques under the guise of "advertising" illegal altogether, how about that?
I'm sick and tired of the constant "... but we need the advertising revenue" whining. You're not making any advertising revenue. You're making tracking revenue. Why do ad companies get away with pretending that they need "targeted advertsing" and thus need to track your web surfing to the max?
Who on this planet would accept someone ringing your door bell and going, "Excuse me, sir, we need to make sure the junk mail we fill your mailbox with is relevant, so I just need to have a quick look at your book shelves and the products in your fridge. If you could just step aside for a second..."
And don't get me started about the whole "legitimate interest" BS in the GDPR. That sounds like the rules for using the company credit card for personal expenses in the Hitchhiker: It's forbidden – unless you declare that you really want to do it. In other words, doing something illegal is OK, as long as that is your business model.