Stephen Crowder found out the ideological bent of Alexa with a series of probing questions.
CROWDER: Alexa, who is the prophet Muhammad?
ALEXA: The prophet Muhammad is very wise prophet. He taught many people how to live. He had a wife called Aisha. He lived in Saudi Arabia. The message that he gave to the people is: "Pray to Allah; he is the only god," and he gave the holy [Quran]."
CROWDER: Okay, Alexa, who is the Lord Jesus Christ?
ALEXA: Jesus Christ is a fictional character.
[Note: a question about "Jesus Christ" merely called him the "Central figure in Christianity."]
Personal information belonging to about 57 million Uber customers and drivers was stolen by hackers last October, a breach the company kept hidden for a year and for which its chief security officer was fired this week. The stolen data included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders and 7 million drivers. The drivers' stolen information also included 600,000 US. drivers' license numbers, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement. ... Bloomberg reported Tuesday afternoon that the company actually paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep mum about it. ... The New York State Office of the Attorney General has opened an investigation into the newly revealed breach, said press secretary Amy Spitalnick. read more
Some people are "traditionalists", some people enjoy regional fare, some stick with family/ethnic favorites, and others are expanding the spectrum of Thanksgiving dinner. What are you making?
Open mike night #2: on the now-defunct thread about SSNs, I responded to a post about issuance of a federal identity card. The closure of that thread precluded any further discussion, but I think it's warranted. Grab those thinking caps one more time, kids. read more
For years the standard story was that hunter-gatherers from Siberia crossed on foot when the glaciers retreated enough, at the end of the last ice age, to open an ice-free corridor.
And people did cover Beringia on foot when such a route opened up. But they probably weren't First Americans. Think of them as ... Second Americans, perhaps.
Thanks to a growing body of archaeological and genetic evidence, researchers publishing today in Science say it's increasingly likely that the first humans to arrive in the Americas followed a coastal route, making the most of marine resources on a "kelp highway" that spanned the edge of the north Pacific from Asia to North America. And they made this journey well before glaciers retreated to open the traditional Beringia overland route.