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LanceList - Issue #22

Dash Cam Blues, Ha. Ha. Ha, Tim v. Mark, Crash Data, Space Delivery


April 2 · Issue #22 · View online
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Dash Cam Blues, Ha. Ha. Ha, Tim v. Mark, Crash Data, Space Delivery

Dashed Cam. There is a lot to like about Owl’s in-car security cam. It’s attractively designed, intelligent and even fun to use. Its two cameras have been keeping watch over the inside and outside of my car for weeks. Still, the $299 dash cam wasn’t everything I hoped for. First, there was than incessant buzz. Second, I never effectively hid all that wiring. Third, I could never quite figure out how to record what I wanted to record. On the other hand, most of my frustrations could be fixed with a software update. Read my full review.
I let Owl dash cam watch a hopeless place…my car – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
April Fools’ hangover. Did you survive the yearly bacchanalia of deception? While I caught a few, most notably Lin Manuel Miranda’s The Room Musical prank, a lame Google power your Chromebook with almost anything, and this fanciful REI outerwear, I missed almost everything else. It was Easter and Passover, after all, so who had time for April Fools jokes? Many, many people, apparently. The Washington Post pulled together a comprehensive list that proves the yearly joke fest is alive, well, and, sometimes, still quite clever. Maybe next year, I’ll join in again, or that could be just another April Fools’ Joke.
April Fools’ Day pranks 2018: An updating list of the day’s online hoaxes - The Washington Post
Not having it. Last week Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear that he would never let his company end up in a predicament like the one Facebook now finds itself in. The social media company has been under fire in recent weeks for letting a third-party company sell user data. To be fair, that company broke Facebook rules. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s been on an extensive apology tour (and the company is instituting policy changes), but in a new interview on Sunday, Zuckerberg made it clear that he doesn’t buy Cook’s argument – at all. He also addresses testifying before Congress, Fake news and how Facebook will recover.
Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s future, fake news, and Russian mischief - Vox
He’s not kidding. Elon Musk had some fun on April Fool’s Day, but he was not kidding when he let Tesla release car data from last week’s fatal Tesla Model X crash. Skirting around usual NHTSA protocol, Tesla sent out a report that says that, according to the Model X computer logs, the driver may not have had his hands on the steering wheel in the seconds leading up to the crash. If true, it supports Tesla’s theory that the autonomous driving mode was not at fault. This will not be the last we hear of this crash.
Tesla Driver Died Using Autopilot, With Hands Off Steering Wheel - San Francisco Chronicle
Space delivery. Later today (and if the weather holds out), and just two days after its Iridium Satellite launch, SpaceX will launch an important ISS resupply mission. Along with the 3-tons of supplies will be a brand new Space Printer. The custom-printer HP designed with NASA for the ISS and tested on Zero-G flights will finally reach its new home on Tuesday. You can watch the launch live online at 4:30 PM ET.
Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-14) | SpaceX
Just wrong. Will Smith, who starred in one of my favorite robot-sci-fi flicks and Sophia, the fascinating robot of my nightmares finally made a movie together…sort of.
Will Smith Tries Online Dating - YouTube
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