Wednesday's HOT MIC
Hey, Alexa... knock it off.
I'm having a hard time believing this story is real, but then again I have labored hard to have zero interaction with any Bezos Spybots.
One user reportedly tried to turn the lights off in their home but Alexa repeatedly turned the lights back on, eventually uttering an 'evil laugh,' according to BuzzFeed.
Another Echo Dot owner said they told Alexa to turn off their alarm in the morning and she responded by letting out a 'witch-like' laugh.
Alexa is programmed in many voice-activated devices with a preset laugh, which can be prompted by asking: 'Alexa, how do you laugh?'
But so far, it's unclear why Alexa is laughing even when users don't ask her to.
It's my understanding that users can reboot this behavior by unplugging the device, and then plugging it back in never.
Florida considering guns in schools.
The Tampa Bay Times argued against armed teachers and school staff, pointing out 19 times that school employees have harmed or threatened students.
Supporters say the measure would make schools safer in the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead. That includes President Donald Trump, who has said armed school employees would be a “very inexpensive deterrent” to shooters.
“Armed Educators (and trusted people who work within a school) love our students and will protect them,” he Tweeted last month.
But the state’s own records show that isn’t always true.
At least 19 times, employees working in the “school support” roles that would make them eligible to carry a gun have been disciplined by the Florida Department of Education for threatening students or colleagues, hurting kids or using firearms illegally.
Yes, some teachers and workers abuse and threaten kids. This is why proposals to arm teachers and school workers should include a vital vetting to make sure these employees wouldn't abuse this power. No vetting is perfect, but Trump's proposal specifically mentioned vetting and only arming gun-adept teachers and workers who would not turn the weapons on students.
What do you think?
Spencer is an aberration on the Right, often ridiculed but mostly ignored. Nevertheless, the press portrays him as somehow symbolic of conservatism.
Farrakhan is beloved by many on the Left, despite (or because of?) his open bigotry and racism. Nevertheless, the press portrays him -- when it can be bothered to -- as no big deal, and not at all symbolic of progressivism.