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+ - Burger-Flipping Robot->

beschra writes: Momentum Machines cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas told Xconomy his "device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient. It’s meant to completely obviate them." Indeed, marketing copy on the company's site reads that their automaton "does everything employees can do, except better."

He seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth later in the article when he says that employers will be able to expand services and will hire more people but also says that customers will benefit from lower-cost burgers. It seems unlikely that hiring new people will result in lower prices for a machine-made burger.

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Comment: Re:What are they waiting for? (Score 1) 144 144

You can't be serious. Fixing something after it's been done wrong is even more expensive than doing it right the first time. Take the current example of traffic signals. Physical access is a huge problem. How do you address that? Work out a new design and retrofit hardware and software. Not free. Not anywhere is that even approaching cheap.

+ - U.S. Secret Service wants to identify snark->

beschra writes:

The U.S. Secret Service is seeking software that can identify top influencers and trending sets of social media data, allowing the agency to monitor these streams in real-time – and sift through the sarcasm.

“We are not currently aware of any automated technology that could do that (detect sarcasm). No one is considered a leader in that,” Jamie Martin, a data acquisition engineer at Sioux Falls, SD based Bright Planet, told CBS News.

Why not just force Twitter to change TOS to require sarcasm tag?
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Comment: Re:If people would fight their tickets... (Score 1) 286 286

Great idea. But fighting a ticket takes time, and the time it takes is usually going to interfere with work hours. Add in the fact that it could take a full day due to waiting your turn with the judge or bailiff or whoever. So, do I take time off work and take the chance that a ticket will be tossed out or pay the fine? It comes down to a financial decision for most people.

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