Suddenly they are becoming popular - Icelandair are selling one on the inflight goodies list, as are various designer shops in Reykjavik.
halfEvilTech writes "CenturyLink, the nation's third largest telco network, is experiencing an outage of its broadband service nationwide, leaving its support systems overwhelmed and even causing its website to hit a few snags this morning. The company, which at last count has 5.8 million broadband subscribers, has no estimates yet on how long it will take to restore service." CenturyLink is the company that will be providing the Defense Department with the equivalent of Internet2.
They are only bad news if the benefits of automation are not distributed in a way people see as fair. The unfairness of distribution is the cause of unrest, not the unemployment as such. Most people would welcome being unemployed from time to time if they can still live comfortably, and why not?
Isn't this good news? Back in the 1970s we were all promised that increased automation would lead to us all needing to do less work, and having increased leisure time. It all seemed like a rosy future at the time. The only problem seems to be that the owners of the robots don't want to share the benefits. If they don't share then they deserve the unrest they get.
40 million rows is what we used to manage in Oracle tables in the late 80s. Jeez, did this guy have no clue how to build a database?
It depends on what you think the purpose of a police weapon is. If you think the duty of police is to kill suspects, then guns are more effective weapons. If you think the purpose of police is to arrest suspects alive, and gather evidence leading to their conviction in a court of law, then you might consider the argument that tazers are more effective weapons.
This. And tazers.
No need for anything fancy like that. I thought police carried tazers to disable suspects they actually want to take alive.
The link with MIT speaks to why this is news for nerds. Nerds/engineers are probably the most likely suspects in any bombing, being both disenfranchised from the mainstream and having the intelligence to know how to accomplish the engineering required to blow something up.
I'm guessing Google could use AI to generate automated email responses to users' queries.
The conspiracy theory on false flag I've seen is that the pressure cookers were loaded with black powder, so the move was to get black powder outlawed so people can't make their own ammunition legally. Just sayin...
An anonymous reader writes "A letter addressed to Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) was tested and found to contain ricin, a highly toxic, inexpensive, and easily produced substance derived from castor beans. The letter was intercepted at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility and nobody has been injured. The letter was postmarked Memphis, Tennessee, but listed no return address. Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters that a suspect has been identified." And, this morning, a letter addressed to the President was discovered containing a suspicious substance. Update: 04/17 16:25 GMT by U L : And the substance is ricin. Apparently, air filters at another facility have also tested positive for ricin.