re: The language is evolving in strange ways
The language went to hell when Google became a verb...
88 posts • joined 6 Feb 2013
I've always thought that Tesla chose "Autopilot" in order to prevent other manufacturers from using it to describe their own "assisted driving" technologies. One day it may be an actual functioning "hands-off" type of thing, and then the name "Autopilot" will actually be closer to the truth.
Just as the article stated:
"Although it is a big step in research 'n' development terms, it is not quite a commercial thing just yet: "The cabin of the plane was obstructed by two tons of lithium-ion batteries and cooling equipment, with little room for passengers. It certainly wasn't a cabin setup that would make any sense commercially," reported the newspaper.
I think it would be neat to experience flying in an e-plane that has no (or very little) engine noise.
I used to read ToC's, and if they sort of made sense then I accepted them as a condition of using whatever website, account, app, etc. But the other day I was waiting for a package from UPS, and was encouraged to open an account with them so I could get a more precise delivery window (other than "today").
There was a box to check next to the line "I was given enough time to read and understand the ToC's", so I took a look at them. 97 pages.
I didn't bother setting up the account.
I would love to see more people challenging random border searches esp. re: unlocking cellphones and/or laptops. I know it's not up to "regular folk" who can't afford the legal expenses individually, but having help from civil-liberty organizations is a way to go. Unfortunately this would paint a pretty big target on people's backs and make it tough traveling in the future.
"In Canada the largest
is was $1000. However, any account with more than 10,000 cash is flagged regardless of transactions taking place."
And it looks as though any transaction involving old $1000 bills will get noticed. More info here:
Here's one of the questions from the survey:
"How can law enforcement and national security agencies reduce the effectiveness of encryption for individuals and organizations involved in crime or threats to the security of Canada, yet not limit the beneficial uses of encryption by those not involved in illegal activities?"
The only correct answer to this question is that it is not possible to do this.
A new Canadian was targeted in a tax scam and was convinced enough to purchase $3,900.00 in iThing gift cards.
Luckily she realized after second thoughts that she was being scammed, so did not mail the cards. It took a while, but the drugstore reimbursed her for the iThing purchase.
In another story, the same thing happened to a senior citizen, but the drugstore clerk knew enough about the scam to question the purchase of such a large dollar amount of gift cards, and convinced the senior to contact Revenue Canada to verify that she was not in arrears.
This scam has been going on for at least a couple of years in Canada.
Twice a year I have to remember how to change the radio clock - something best done while parked.
The actual instrument gauges, on the other hand, are easy to scan and interpret while driving. Monitoring the gauges is actually taught by driving schools - a quick glance to confirm everything is ok, then back to the road.
And yet... All of the banks haven't been mysteriously stripped of all assets. Somehow, all of the banks' clients still have all their deposits and investments. Miraculous!
Do you think that all the banks in all the countries other than in the U.S. would pass the same type of scrutiny? I'll bet one or two would balk as well, and more than a few wouldn't pass the more stringent security tests.
No one has a monopoly on security.
How about the credit card holder (mom or dad) setting up an "upgrade password" when the game is purchased so that the kids playing the game have to at least ask for permission to upgrade? I'm assuming that there would be a clear indication of the charges to be incurred before agreeing to the charges.
Maybe that's more of a game delevopment idea rather than an Amazon idea, but you get my meaning.
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