Get a Garmin and see Preitenegg.
A software bug in a popular navigation system means that whenever an alternate route is suggested to avoid a traffic incident, it will be routed via Preitenegg from anywhere in Europe.
Since July, Garmin has received notifications that customers all over Europe, including in the UK, were being advised to divert their route through the small Carinthian town near the Styrian mountains.
Garmin says that they are–er–recalculating.
In The Guardian, Rory Carroll muses on his experiences with the Amazon Echo, which is sort of a stand-alone Siri. He suspects that it is compiling a list and checking it twice. Here’s a snippet:
A few days after my wife and I discussed babies, my Kindle showed an advertisement for Seventh Generation diapers. We had not mooched for baby products on Amazon or Google. Maybe we had left digital tracks somewhere else? Even so, it felt creepy. Quizzed, the little black obelisk in the corner shrugged off any connection. “Hmm, I’m afraid I can’t answer that.”
I am a long-time fan of H. P. Lovecraft. Granted, his plots have a certain sameness about them, but no writer I’ve encountered is more adept at creating atmosphere.
On wonders what horrors he could have imagined had he ever conceived of the Amazon Echo (or even Siri, for that matter).
Reg Henry has a Fitbit fit.
He has a point. Fitbit and the like are stupid tech. Ditch the nagomatic and go for a bicycle ride.
I finally got the call.
The voice said, “I’m Mike from Microsoft,” but it sounded more like Raj from Big Bang.
I said, “You’re not Mike, you’re not from Microsoft, and I don’t use Windows,” and hung up.
David Shariatmadari suggests that privacy was an ephemeral and transitory concept which is coming to an electronic end.
(Open tag fixed.)
There is an excellent discussion of internet privacy towards the end of this podcast.
Learn about the wonderful world of free and open source. Learn how to use computers to do what you want, not what someone else wants you to do.
It’s not hard; it’s just different.
Tidewater Unix Users Group
What: Monthly TWUUG Meeting.
Who: Everyone in TideWater/Hampton Roads with interest in any/all flavors of Unix/Linux. There are no dues or signup requirements. All are welcome.
Where: Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk Training Room. See directions below. (Wireless and wired internet connection available.) Turn right upon entering, then left at the last corridor and look for the open meeting room.
When: 7:30 PM till whenever (usually 9:30ish) on Thursday, November 5.
Lake Taylor Hospital
1309 Kempsville Road
Norfolk, Va. 23502 (Map)
Pre-Meeting Dinner at 6:00 PM (separate checks)
Uno Chicago Grill
Virginia Beach Blvd. & Military Highway (Janaf Shopping Center). (Map)
Join the forums.
Mike Kelly’s buddy has bought a quadcopter and wants to take it out joyriding. Mike is not sanguine. Here’s a bit from his column.
Instead, my friend spoke about the latest gadget he had purchased — or, as he described it, “my new toy.”
My friend, with laughter interrupting his words, went on to point out how much “fun” he was already having, flying his remote-controlled device up to 1,000 feet above ground and hovering over friends’ houses or cruising down various streets. He said he might even drop into someone’s back yard and snap some candid photographs before buzzing off, leaving everyone to wonder what had just taken place.
“Isn’t that illegal?” I asked.
“Not at all,” he said.
And that’s the problem.
Boys and their toys: a combination that unerringly eventually spells s-t-u-p-i-d.