Mother Trucking AI

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Mother Trucking AI
Number 2487
Broadcast Date MAY 6, 2015
Episode Length 38:39
Hosts Tom Merritt
Guests Scott Johnson, Jeff Cannata

Jeff Cannata and Scott Johnson join the show to talk about the Oculus Rift’s announcement that it will ship in early 2016. Begun this VR war has.

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Headlines

We start with a gaming announcement you all have been waiting for a long time. Snake is coming back to phones, iOS, Android and Windows Phone this Thursday. Also there was something about headgear. Headset? Oculus Rift? That’s it. Apparently it ill be available pre-order later this year and ship by March 2016. Seems a long time away to get excited. Also it will be better than the last prototype. And E3 is coming. I don’t know why Oculus felt they needed to tell you E3 is coming, wouldn’t that be E3’s job?
The Next Web reports that Reddit is about to launch several more video series the first of which will be based on its Ask Me Anything sessions. The videos will be produced by Stephen Greenwood and Jordan Oplinger, two former Verge video team employees. Reddit previously created a video series based on “Explain Like I’m Five.”
Got extensive data processing needs and complex workloads? TechCrunch reports Google has a new NoSQL database offering called Cloud BigTable. BigTable is the data storage system that powers things like Gmail and Google’s search project. Google says Cloud Bigtable will offer single-digit millisecond latency and 2x the performance per dollar of HBase and Cassandra. It’s available in beta, which means you can sign up but don’t expect and SLA or tech support just yet.
People familiar with the plans tell Technology Review that Apple is offering some iPhone owners a chance to get their DNA analyzed. In two initial studies planned, data would be collected by academic partners and maintained by scientists in, with some findings potentially appearing on participants iPhones.
Reuters reports Myanmar, called Burma by some, has seen mobile SIM cards in use shoot from 1 million three years ago to 18 million now. Norwegian mobile company Telenor posted an unexpected profit in Myanmar and will now accelerate its rollout. Qatar’s Ooredoo and Myanmar Post and Telecommunication in partnership with Japan’s KDDI are the other carriers. All three companies have seen unexpected demand. SIM card prices have dropped from thousands to $200 in April 2013 to around $2 now.
Yamaha’s RMAX unmanned helicopter that has been used for cropdusting in Japan received a ”Section 333″ exemption from the US FAA according to Ars Technica. RMAX is a remote controlled helicopter with line of sight control. Powered by a 2 stroke engine it weighs 141 lbs. and can carry 61 lbs of spray or granules. The RMAX recently gained approval for use in Australia, and is also flown for agricultural purposes in South Korea. ALSO The Washington Post reports Wednesday the FAA announced the Pathfinder Program, which which will work with PrecisionHawk drones for farmers and BNSF railroad on extended line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight operations.

News From You

The Ars Technica article tells the story of Florida woman Cheryl Treadway who made a Pizza Hut order on her smartphone and wrote in the comments field “Please help. Get 911 to me.” A Pizza Hut employee alerted police who went to the home. Ms. Treadway and her children were quickly released and her boyfriend Ethan Nickerson was arrested. The order was for a large hand-tossed classic pizza with pepperoni with garlic butter and a side of 911hostage help!
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Wired reports the world’s first self-driving 18 wheeler, Daimler’s Freightliner Inspiration, is being tested on Nevada’s highways. A driver will be on board but when on the highway the truck can maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and stay in its lane. If it encounters a situation it can’t handle it will alert the human driver and eventually come to a stop if the driver doesn’t respond.
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The Verge reports Comcast is doing what it can to win back customer trust. The company announced it’s creating 5500 new customer service jobs, reminding people they can get a $20 credit if a technician is late, and promising to always be on time by Q3. They even promise to train technicians so they know what they’re doing when they get to your house. The company also wants to simplify billing and create better policies to provide greater consistency and transparency to customers.”
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Discussion

Pick of the Day

Here’s another pick for you. It’s called Unchecky. It runs in your system tray, monitoring for installers and other activity that may covertly make changes to your system and/or add undesired software. For example, Java updates historically and notoriously have come with the Ask.com toolbar or some other such nonsense. Unchecky will warn you if you’re about to inadvertently click through a screen that installs bloatware like this.
Submitted by Jeff

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