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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

* Are the overwhelming majority of sexual harassment complainants

Pretty sure there are alternate strategies to address this other than avoiding hiring women

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New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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Re: Shadowy outfits

Because they study the sun. And you can't do that from a shadow can you? Obvious when you think about it.

Hard to study the sun without casting some shadows though. That's pretty much the definition of shadowy isn't it?

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You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Re: Again,

I shut down... ...I also unplug all chargers overnight. One of the highest fire risks.

Use your opponent's strengths against her. When I am finished for the day I simply drive a large nail through the battery compartment of my laptop which consumes the whole assembly with fire and renders the laptop uncompromisable overnight.

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Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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Re: Ahhh, memories...

> "***Random Computer dialup noises***"

@Captain Scarlet; A *real* geek would have been able to accurately imitate the sound of the modem at the other end and fool the computer into thinking everything had gone well

So I wasn't the only one singing to myself in my head as I read that post.

Wheeeeeeeeeeee-owwwwwwwwwwwww ... Wheee-owww Wheee-owww ... bzzzt whoossshhshthsthssthhstyshhstshhstshstthwhoossshhshthsthssthhstyshhstshhstshstth

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It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

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Exactly this.

Apart from the of/have near-homonym howler obvs. I can't believe it has only attracted one downvote (so far, and it wasn't me)

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Google's 'other' phone platform turns up in post-apocalyptic mobe

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Phone reviews

Removable battery? Expandable storage? Headphone jack? Sheesh. I thought that we had finally established the rules for phone reviews round here

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No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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But the Help Desk have all been replaced with an AI chatbot that really only knows to tell people to restart their devices.

'Turn it off and on again' /'uninstall and reinstall the app' serves two important purposes on a helpdesk.

1 it actually fixes most of the callers' problems (either because it does; it gives them sufficient pause to work out the answer themselves or it just makes them go away because they never had a problem that's in scope for that helpdesk.

2 it tells the knowledgeable caller that the operator has reached the end of their script/expertise and it is time to ask for an escalation or give up.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

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I believe the listed included conventional cancer treatments.

Fair play to the man, he would admit it when he was wrong

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When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Re: Question:

rated "X", so that's over-16, not over-18

You made me look, and I see that 1969 was the last year before the X classification was changed to over-18 (which is my own memory of it. Sadly I was not old enough to manage to see any X-rated film before the change-over to to the much less evocative 18 classification in 1982. I remember the anticipation of Channel Four's Red Triangle films

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Re: Not really news, and How To Screw Maps

Seriously. I've never been to Jersey, but flew over at 35,000ft, and got pages of ads on camper van hire in Jersey. In case I crashed, presumably.

I've not been in a plane crash, but if I were, I'm pretty sure that renting/buying a campervan would not be near the top of my priority list

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Re: Google takes revenge

Methinks turning off data and GPS may be the only way to circumvent this?

I inadvertently disabled GPS the other day via the settings shortcut on my lollipop device. I couldn't work out why Stava couldn't get a fix because it appeared as if it was not getting a signal rather than it was disabled. At one point I fired up maps for comparison. It was able to get a fix ok which set my troubleshooting efforts back until I eventually spotted what I had done

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Re: They suck you up

your Google and Apple.

They may not mean to, but they do (mean to)

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Top tip? Sprinkle bugs into your code to throw off robo-vuln scanners

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Trollface

However do you think all scanners are available? If I was to write a scanner I certainly wouldn't make it available for code writers to use for testing their programs as it defeats the purpose of the scanner.

You would be doing it wrong then. First you sell the scanner to script kiddies, then you sell it as a security tool to rubbish devs and PHBs.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Re: What we really need

Then whip up a bit of code to have it scan the audio from my TV and shout 'That's *fewer* goals,

I trained my eldest kid to do this. She can't help herself now. Hasn't increased her popularity at school.

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Re: "... misplaced apostrophe's, ..."

Trolling like a champ

Would of been if the author had included some more egregious 'errors',,,

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Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator

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Re: The Road to Hell on Earth is Paved With Unintended Consequences

Still no word from the office of Senator Bernie Sanders regarding the actions of his supporter James T. Hodgkinson, who opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball team

o rly?

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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It's funning listening to tourists (invariably left-pondians) trying to pronounce Worcestershire and Leicestershire.

As amusing as listening to One-Of-Us mispronouncing Dionne Warwick no doubt

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Reminds me of the old website for finding a therapist.

it's enough to make you miss NTK

They deserve one--->

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Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

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Big Brother

No idea of the relaibility of the source or reliability of the data available but it appears that non-whites are statistically over-represented, demographically speaking.

Watching but not wearing the right spectacles?---->

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All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure

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"So... a Dyson?"

No more mains powered ones being made, imagine the number of recharges needed - impractical IMHO

perhaps the PP meant a containment solution an, if you will, sphere?

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How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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Re: BFH

Unlike our system where the PM is a duly elected MP

[citation needed]

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Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised

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Re: Human review of the AI's determination

THIS-> Effectively the human reviewer is left to nod their head, and press 'PROCEED'.

Well the human may be able to review the AI's pattern match for a Gun and be better able to distinguish whether it is, in fact, a table leg.

Wait, what?

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which domain registrar for email domain forwarding

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which domain registrar for email domain forwarding

I use a domain for email forwarding. My registrar is one of the canonical crappy ones but I haven't had any issues with what I use them for. My key requirements are

100+ email forwarding addresses allowing multiple targets per forward

eg me@watermusic.com --> me@emailservice.com, me@work

mrs.me@watermusic.com --> mrs.me@emailservice.com

youngchild@watermusic.com --> youngchild@emailservice.com, me@emailservice.com

dad@watermusic.com --> dad@hisemailservice.com

mum@watermusic.com --> mum@heremailservice.com

Catch-all forward - ie anything not defined as above goes somewhere specific

My current registrar meets these requirements. What I would like to add is sub-domains so that I can set up separate namespaces with their own specific and catch-all rules. It would also be neat to be able to set up wildcard/regex rules too but sub-domains would solve the same problems that I would use wild-cards for.

Can anyone recommend a registrar service that would meet these needs?

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Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Re: bait and switch sign up

Morrisons supermarket took it one step further, by letting me register username+morrison@gmail.com, but then refusing to let me log in with it. I gave up on them.

A rarer favourite of web coders who have grown bored of "you failed my validation but if I tell you hwo I'll have to klill you" is to accept an overlong password value and simply truncate it to the length they were anticipating before creating your account. Similar fun can be had with the username. Those super secure password/unique email wonks don't like it up 'em.

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Gov.UK to make its lovely HTML exportable as parlous PDFs

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Re: Print to PDF

it's not that simple as virtual pdf driver (I use it every day to save beeb articles for kids). Trouble is, they print EVERYTHING, when all you want/need is the specific text. Not the links on the left, not a photo SPLIT into two pages (as it the norm with pdf printing). Not that they want people to print pix! :)

I find the tools at printwhatyoulike.com quite helpful for this. You can easily mark regions/objects to exclude. I have used the Chrome addin and the JS bookmarklet

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Re: I suspect that as a percentage of the total the number is quite small.

The survey shows people do understand somewhat the details of how the connection is made, the implications of that, and how it doesn't marry up with the advertising

It would be surprising indeed if the survey had not shown that a majority of punters understood and agreed with the commercial agenda of the organisation which commissioned the survey. I mean, we all understand what they are getting at and the legitimate point they are making but the survey is, at heart, a piece in a PR campaign

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Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone

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Re: "If the AI detects that a machine is calling you and you don't want to speak to the machine ..."

Why on Earth would I need an app for that ?

If I get a call and a machine is on the other side, I'm not waiting for a "do you need help with that ?" popup, I'm cutting the call as fast as I can get to the bloody button ...

I had a 'have you been in an accident call' the other day and was convinced that it was a robot pre-screener that would have put me through to a human spammer if I had answered yes so I muttered an oath prior to hanging up. The caller responded, sounded slightly upset (not going to last long in that job I reckon) and I felt bad because I try not to be unpleasant to people* just because they are engaged in something irritating.

*obviously I don't always succeed in this

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Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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Re: Not sure if this is a true story -

Just because of the line -

>> Iqbal’s colleagues recognised that he’d already bled for them in the previous week, so promised to fix it and let him go home.

Yeah, right!

Overtime?

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'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Trollface

My passengers did not sign any consent thingie. My wife also didn't. Someone borrows the car, doesn't sign the consent form.

Perhaps you (the policy holder) are now the data controller with the insurance co as your data processor. Naughty you, tracking your wife and friends

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CIMON says: Say hello to your new AI pal-bot, space station 'nauts

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Gerty

Nope, that was the first thing that struck me. I am guessing that Kevin Spacey didn't get the gig to voice it though.

To all the people sounding off about how punchable this thing seems, perhaps that is the point. Nothing unites a team better than getting together to rag on a common enemy. Probably still best to turn up the aircon fan and cover your lips with a hand while you do it though

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Evil twin

Its interesting to see IBM doing space-rated equipment for NASA again.

Its been a while

They probably wanted to give people time to forget the name change from HAL before going overboard on the space project PR

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Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

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Re: Cash, always

One major con when paying for things in another currency (and/or withdrawing cash from the ATM) is the option to be billed in the local currency. It may sound logical and sensible, but the system will apply it's own price-gouging exchange rate to the transaction

I believe you have this backwards. The option is offered to pay in the national currency of your card issuer instead of the local currency. The conversion is then done at a rate that makes even the gougiest bureau de change look generous. If your card provider stiffs you with a large overseas transaction fee I presume this is still levied. If you pay in the local currency the conversion is either done by mastercard/visa or your own card provider

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Uncle Sam is shocked, SHOCKED to find dark-web bazaars trading drugs, weapons, etc

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Re: Drugs, weapons, illicit goods? is there no end to this depravity?

We'd count ourselves lucky if we found a weatherbeaten mail-order lingerie catalogue in the bushes to fuel our five-knuckle shuflles.

Back in those days my handiwork was pretty much self-fueling. Taking a turn with whatever Pr0nz was in circulation at school or coming across a stash carried a serious risk of a runaway reaction and chafing injuries.

Takes more than that to get the motor running these days -->

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Labour MP pushing to slip 6-hour limit to kill illegal online content into counter-terror bill

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Re: It is impossible.

they (Google) would develop an AI system to do the task

They did - it simply blocked any video with arabic script or black flags.

I foresee two possible outcomes: either the pirates will see off the AI baddies and strike a blow against online censorship, or the pirates end up as collateral damage but rising sea-levels from the resultant global warming will flood the censorship data centres. I'm hedging my bets by land-banking hill-top sites with planning permission for factories that manufacture Pirate Requisites.

Obvs-->

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Amazon, eBay and pals agree to Europe's other GDPR: Generally Dangerous Products Removed from websites

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Re: British Nanny State

@PapaD I suspect that whooshing sound is probably a Nanny flying past by her umbrella. Either that or Paul 195's point

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"reporting products they feel are unsafe"

"they feel"

[...] SJWs flagging stuff as dangerous because they find it "offensive" by some deranged "logic"

Careful that a stalk from your straw-man doesn't poke you in the eye. I may have to report it for your own protection. :-)

Also beware of RSI from overuse of "scare" quotes

looks like PPE ---->

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UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers

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Re: opt-out

I can't remember if it was my bank or HMRC, but I was so offended by the lack of an option for an opt-out, I just tried to break the damn thing. It was fun responding:

I applaud your anarchic approach but be careful what you wish for

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GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

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disappointed...

...that most of those organisations* who fill up my spam folder on a daily basis and 'threatened' that they wouldn't be able to send me 'valued' communications any more if I didn't opt-in seem to have found a way to keep on doing it. A bit like one of those millionaires who threatens to emigrate if someone they don't like wins an election and inevitably doesn't

*I'm talking about orgs that I have actually had some relationship with at some point, not pure spammers

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Cops: Autonomous Uber driver may have been streaming The Voice before death crash

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Calling it "autonomous" lulls the driver in to a false sense of security

Duh! they should of (sic) called it autpilot as any fule kno. Everyone understands what that means in terms of driver assist systems

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Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

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Re: Health Risk?

Am I the only person who buys shirts with pockets? I simply can't imagine carrying my phone where it's difficult to get at when I'm sitting on the bus/at the office/relaxing at home.

Since phablets appeal strongly to myopic older men I always assumed that people carried them in their cargo shorts pocket like I do

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Dixons Carphone profits drop 24% amid hack 'n' high street struggles

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Re: why don't they (...) die at last?!

I've looked very carefully and am completely unable to spot whatever point it is that you're making.

Me neither but I thought it was pretty well made all the same

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MSDN unleashes a fresh round of unintentional innuendo bingo

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Re: Back to School

At the risk of sounding pious, I stopped sniggering at this kind of thing at some point during my time at primary school.

Life comes at you fast doesn't it? Of course formal education crushes a lot of the joy out of many of us but also affords a glimpse of untold intellectual riches. One hopes that it will leave you with some of the former and inspire you to pursue the latter but sadly it can easily work out like Larkin's mum and dad.

I am absolutely sincere in my wish that you will someday rediscover the joy of a good knob gag alongside your loftier pursuits.

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National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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Joke

In my case, they kept my passport for seven months for a single visa application

I thought you were complaining about how long it took, not boasting about how quickly you got it fast-tracked. Although I have used the icon to indicate irony, I'm not really joking.

In the interests of balance I can confirm from, personal experience, that the home office have been fucking over people's lives in the arena of immigration and asylum since well before the coalition government. Perhaps May's genius was to take the famously 'not fit for purpose' department and redefine its incompetence as a performance target.

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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>> "...and it still occasionally gets presented with new user variants that need extra coding - or a human doing the interpretation."

You mean like 02/03/18, 2nd March or 3rd Feb? Almost impossible to identify with certainty, even if you do know the nationality of the user. Sanity checking ism't likely to much help except in specific circumstances.

Au contraire, sanity checking reveals that any sane person would mean 18th March 2002, although they would have written it as 2002/03/18 so maybe it is still ambiguous. One from @VinceH perhaps?

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Large supermarkets & banks were the first commercial organisations to embrace IT

Tearooms shirley?

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Audi chief exec arrested over Dieselgate car emissions scandal

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Re: Bureaucracy rules...

...what?

HE SAID... wait, what? I see.

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Re: @handleoclast

I believe you should of called these 'Boring Opinions'

Upvoted for trolling with 'should of'

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: The Merc solution

Not sure whether it actually pulls over or just stops you in your current lane (no doubt the fast one). The latter would then become exciting very quickly...

I dunno, how long is going to be before a Tesla comes along and barrels into the back of your Merc? You don't see that many of them on the road yet.

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

You would be able to keep a safe braking distance from the car in front to start with, at which point the auto-pilot's reaction (full on braking the instant it sees the stationary car) would prevent the collision.

I thought the issue was that, in common with similar systems, the Tesla cruise control ignores stationary objects that it detects once the vehicle is doing a certain speed to avoid the risk of emergency braking on high speed roads which is, perhaps, counter-intuitive to many people who have seen what the cruise control is capable of handling. I presume that the baking after hitting the inflatable car was either as a result of the Tesla detecting the impact or was done by the driver having made his point and knowing that there was another real vehicle in front of the inflatable one, or both.

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Creepy software knows what you are about to do... to that poor salad

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Training set selection

Hmmn, I can forsee some risk of awkward predictions from an AI trained by watching a selection of salad tossing videos

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