Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by RickAgresta, Oct 10, 2007.
So, the US gubbermint is closed today because of high winds. Does anyone else find it odd that the gubbermint would suddenly decide to close because of a Blow Hard?
I guess they have a very high concentration of windbags
Many kinds of bags.
he passes out, in shock...
HAHAHAHA! Mind you don't get any of that kibble stuck in your nose.
Here Are 911 Transcripts of Some of the Times Apple Employees Walked Directly Into Glass Walls
Last month, reports emerged that Apple’s new “spaceship” campus in Cupertino, California—which hosts roughly 13,000 employees behind around 3,000 giant panes of glass—had resulted in the company’s employees repeatedly injuring themselves by walking straight into the semi-visible walls.
Cupertino building officials allegedly warned Apple that the $5 billion Apple Park design would lead to just that happening, and per a public-records request by the San Francisco Chronicle, we now have 911 call records from at least three times those officials were proven right. On January 2nd, 2018, area 911 services fielded two separate calls regarding distracted Apple workers who slammed into glass walls, as well as another two days later.
All three of the injured happened to be men. In the second incident, the person in question conked into the wall hard enough that on-site medical personnel deemed he was likely to need stitches. Here’s the first incident, per the Chronicle:
Call 1 (January 2nd, 2018)
Dispatcher: Medical emergency, 185, what are you reporting?
Caller: This is Apple security reporting a medical injury.
Dispatcher: OK, what is the address of the emergency?
Caller: Just a moment.
Person in the background, near the caller: If you could let them know Apple Park Way.
Caller: Apple Park Way.
Dispatcher: What is the address?
Caller: Apple Park Way. 1 Apple Park Way.
Dispatcher: Can you repeat to make sure I have it correct?
Caller: 1 Apple Park Way.
Dispatcher: Where specifically should they go?
Caller: Transit center, 5A.
Dispatcher: Transit center — is that in any specific area at Apple?
Caller: It’s off of Tantau Avenue.
Caller: Is that right at 1 Apple Park Way though?
Caller: It’s going to be Gate 5A off of Tantau Avenue.
Dispatcher: So the address you gave me at 1 Apple Park Way is that exactly where we’re going?
Dispatcher: ...so tell me exactly what happened.
Caller: We had an individual who ran into a glass wall pane and they hit their head. They have a small cut on their head and they are bleeding, slightly disoriented. We have on site security with them right now.
Dispatcher: Are you with the patient now?
Caller: No, I am not with the patient. We are trying to have a security unit call in right now so I connect you over.
Dispatcher: How old is the patient?
Caller: Late 20s.
Dispatcher: Is the patient male or female?
Dispatcher: Is he awake?
Caller: He is conscious.
Dispatcher: Is he breathing?
Caller: That we do not know. Yes, yes, he’s conscious and breathing.
Dispatcher: Let me go ahead here and update the paramedics. When did this happen?
Caller: It happened around five minutes ago. Around 12:05.
Dispatcher: Is there any serious bleeding?
Caller: Yes, from the head.
Dispatcher: Is he completely alert?
Dispatcher: All right, one moment. Let me update the paramedics and I’ll have some more instructions for you.
OK, I’m sending the paramedics to help you now just stay on the line and I’ll tell you what exactly to do next. You can just refer this to your security. Do not move him unless he is in danger and do not splint any injuries. From now on, do not let him have anything to eat or drink, it might make him sick or cause further problems. And don’t move him unless it’s absolutely necessary. Tell him to be still and wait for help to arrive.
I’m going to give you the control bleeding instructions so they can help that ... so listen carefully and let’s make sure we do it right. Get clean dry cloth or towel and place it right on the wound and tell him to press down firmly and do not lift it up to look.
Caller: Press on the wound and do not look up.
Dispatcher: Correct, correct. I want someone to watch him very closely. If he becomes less awake and vomits, quickly turn him on his side. Before the responders arrive — I’m sure you have already done this — have someone flag down and help them guide the paramedics in. If he gets worse in any way, call us back immediately for further instructions.
Caller: Will do.
Dispatcher: OK, thank you.
Caller: Thank you, have a nice day.
Dispatcher: You too. Bye.
The second injury that day appeared to be somewhat more serious, with Apple security staff unsure whether the patient was fully conscious and aware, and probably in need of stitches to repair a cut over his eye:
Link to full article:
Surgeon performs brain surgery on wrong patient
A patient at a hospital in Kenya is "progressing well" after a doctor mistakenly performed brain surgery on him.
The neurosurgeon who did the recent procedure and the CEO of the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi were both suspended, according to the Guardian.
There was a mix-up between one patient who needed to have a blood clot removed and another who merely needed medication for a swollen head, the newspaper reported.
"The hospital deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the patient in question," the hospital said in a statement, according to the Guardian. It added that the patient was "in recovery" and "progressing well."
Doctors at the hospital came to the defense of the surgeon who was suspended, saying the gaffe took place "because of wrong patient labelling by the ward staff," according to The Star newspaper in Nairobi.
Amazon promises fix for creepy Alexa laugh
Amazon's Alexa is finding something funny, and scaring some users
Amazon’s Alexa has been letting out an unprompted, creepy cackle - startling users of the best-selling voice assistant.
The laugh, described by some as “witch like” was reported to sometimes happen without the device being “woken” up.
Others reported the laugh occurring when they asked Alexa to perform a different task, such as playing music.
"We’re aware of this and working to fix it,” Amazon said.
Voice assistants like Alexa are designed to respond or act only when prompted with a wake word, which in this case is “Alexa” or “Amazon”.
But this apparent glitch is happening without any prior interaction, spooking Alexa owners.
"WHY DID MY ALEXA JUST LAUGH OUT OF THE BLUE?!?!?!?” wrote one user on Twitter.
Another wrote: "Lying in bed about to fall asleep when Alexa on my Amazon Echo Dot lets out a very loud and creepy laugh... there’s a good chance I get murdered tonight.”
The use of voice assistants in the home is often met with caution due to their nature - voice commands are recorded and sent to the cloud for processing, a system that stokes a fear of eavesdropping, unintended or otherwise.
Incidents like this, where an assistant seems to rebel against its owner, naturally further this concern. That said, most users on social media have reacted with humour, drawing parallels with HAL 9000 from the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
“I’m sorry, Dave,” the machine famously said. “I’m afraid I can’t do that."
This all matters because it impacts how an AI (like the one piloting the driverless car) identifies things…like STOP signs, etc. A very nice looking guacamole, though, don't you think ?
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