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The Video Boards At NASCAR Races Are Scanning Your Face While You Watch Them
nuity Sun Media, which uses software similar to the stuff that scans audien
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4 days ago by schmacme
Amazon Admits Its AI Alexa is Creepily Laughing at People - Slashdot
Over the past few days, users with Alexa-enabled devices have reported hearing strange, unprompted laughter. The Verge:
Amazon responded to the creepiness in a statement to The Verge, saying, "We're aware of this and working to fix it." As noted in media reports and a trending Twitter moment, Alexa laughs without being prompted to wake. People on Twitter and Reddit reported that they thought it was an actual person laughing near them, which can be scary when you're home alone. Many responded to the cackling sounds by unplugging their Alexa-enabled devices.
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9 days ago by gardencat
Nineteen Eighty-Four - Wikipedia
Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel published in 1949 by English author George Orwell. The novel is set in Airstrip One, formerly Great Britain, a province of the superstate Oceania, whose residents are victims of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation. Oceania's political ideology, euphemistically named English Socialism (shortened to "Ingsoc" in Newspeak, the government's invented language that will replace English or Oldspeak) is enforced by the privileged, elite Inner Party. Via the "Thought Police", the Inner Party persecutes individualism and independent thinking, which are regarded as "thoughtcrimes".
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12 days ago by dk33per
AMP for email is a terrible idea | TechCrunch
Google just announced a plan to “modernize” email with its Accelerated Mobile Pages platform, allowing “engaging, interactive, and actionable email experiences.” Does that sound like a terrible idea to anyone else? It sure sounds like a terrible idea to me, and not only that, but an idea borne out of competitive pressure and existing leverage rather than user needs. Not good, Google. Send to trash.
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4 weeks ago by gardencat

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