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August 29, 2018

La Vie on the Wharf

from The Washington Post:

Arrivals can take their pick of a white main dining room, someone’s idea of a classy-with-a-k interior made possible with red banquettes, purple rugs and truckloads of concrete; an oh-so-green Conservatory set apart by overhead beams draped with faux vines and a bar backed with “portholes” offering an underwater view of the rooftop swimming pool; a Chandelier Room set off with the obvious illumination, just waiting for “The Real Housewives of Potomac” to alight; and the Ledge, a comparatively modest terrace with a bar and views that look onto boat slips and beyond.

I rarely read restaurant reviews in news publications. I couldn’t help but consume this one.

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August 28, 2018

Pro Gamer Might Never Play Games Again

I haven’t been feeling my best the last couple days so the level of snark is above average. Trying to keep it in line for this one from Buzzfeed:

Timothy Anselimo, a well-known video game player, was shot three times at a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday, and his mother has said it is not clear if the 25-year-old will ever be able to play professional esports again.

On its face, it’s tragic. Timothy was the victim of a truly terrible event that should have never happened. I have sympathy for his injuries but not so much that his opportunity to make a living is in jeopardy:

“He’s a righty and he has to hold the controls with his right hand,” Lopez said. “This is his life. He made it and he’s alive but if he can’t play and he can’t work and he can’t do this, his life will be changed forever.”

I suppose getting a regular job would change someones life.

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President Trump says Google Search Results Rigged Against Him

The Washington Post:

Early on Tuesday morning, President Trump accused Google of rigging search results for “Trump News” against “Republican/Conservative & Fair Media,” and wondered, “illegal?”

Then, he promised that the situation would be “addressed.”

I mean… they’re probably rigged against me, too. Someone should send him an SEO book.

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Waymo Cars Have a Hard Time Making Left Turns

The Information reports (paywall) by way of Jalopnik (no paywall) that Waymo cars are having a hard time with even the basic tasks:

The Waymo vans have trouble with many unprotected left turns and with merging into heavy traffic in the Phoenix area, especially on highways. Sometimes, the vans don’t understand basic road features, such as metered red and green lights that regulate the pace of cars merging onto freeways.

So that’s comforting. Granted, unprotected lefts come with higher risk compared to most maneuvers.

(note: for those that don’t know, in the United States, we refer to an “unprotected left” as a left turn across an intersection where there is no arrow granting right-of-way. For those that drive on the left, consider this an “unprotected right” without a green right arrow.)

In all seriousness, when looking at this post and the last one, I have a hard time imagining a world where autonomous cars ever become a thing. I can see an array of self-driving aids being the norm and even encouraged, but if there’s going to be a driverless car roaming the streets, it won’t be in my lifetime.

 

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The cars have eyes

Coming our way from Jalopnik, Jaguar’s new self-driving car thing literally has eyes on it:

Jaguar Land Rover has fitted ‘virtual eyes’ to intelligent pods to understand how humans will trust self-driving vehicles, as research studies suggest that as many as 63% of pedestrians worry about how safe it will be to cross the road in the future.

The friendly-faced ‘eye pods’ have a vital job: helping work out how much information future self-driving cars should share with users or pedestrians to ensure that people trust the technology.

As part of the engineering project, Jaguar Land Rover has enlisted the help of a team of cognitive psychologists to better understand how vehicle behaviour affects human confidence in new technology. The trust trials form part of Jaguar Land Rover’s government-supported UK Autodrive project.

Because you know, the one thing that people need to feel comfortable around autonomous cars are giant versions of those beady eyes people stick on their half-based craft project ideas. The article even has pictures. Stop what you’re doing and go look at them.

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Johnathan Lyman
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