Tech News Today 183

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Episode 183

Tech News Today 183: A Show Without Merritt

Twitter kicks UberMedia where it hurts, Senators dump the Internet kill switch, Driving a car with your thoughts, and more.


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Google, Best Buy, Mitsubishi, Sony, TiVo, Nagravision, SageTV form "AllVid Tech Company Alliance". "Sony/Google are asking the Commission to ignore copyright, patent, trademark, contract privity, licensing, and other legal rights and limitations that have been thoroughly documented," the NCTA warned the FCC last week.

  • Senators Dump Internet ‘Kill Switch’ for Cyber-Attack Response The president can’t use emergency measures to order an Internet shutdown to combat cyber attacks, according to revised legislation introduced yesterday by three senators. Permits owners of major computer systems deemed as critical infrastructure, and therefore subject to Homeland Security Department regulations, to appeal their status in federal court.

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Kickers and Weird Science



Originally Watson buzzed in electronically, but Jeopardy! requested that it physically press a button, as the human contestants would. Even with a robotic "finger" pressing the buzzer, Watson remained faster than its human competitors. Jennings noted, "If you're trying to win on the show, the buzzer is all," and that Watson "can knock out a microsecond-precise buzz every single time with little or no variation. Human reflexes can't compete with computer circuits in this regard." Also, Watson could avoid the time-penalty for accidentally buzzing in too early, because it was electronically notified when to buzz, whereas the human contestants had to anticipate the right moment.] ...also Watson was not online. He had to rely on his own database.


"Tom, Becky, Sarah, and crew,

On the subject of anti-lasers in ep. 182 you guys seem to have overlooked the most useful upshot of this development... SHIELDS! That's right we're nearly there!

Love the show!


Jon Davis"


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