Caso Siri, il senatore leghista indagato a Milano per autoriciclaggio

Il senatore leghista Armando Siri risulta indagato a Milano per autoriciclaggio nell’inchiesta dei pm Gaetano Ruta e Sergio Spadaro con al centro la concessione di due mutui ritenuti ‘anomali’ concessi dalla Banca Agricola di San Marino, il primo dei quali utilizzato per l’acquisto di una palazzina a Bresso, nel milanese. Nell’ultimo numero, l’Espresso aveva rivelato i documenti che comprovavano l’indagine della Banca Centrale di San Marino su quei prestiti. Caso Siri, il senatore leghista indagato a Milano per autoriciclaggio
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Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

I never really understood catcalling until Whitney Cummings explained it in front of a live audience. Rather than waxing snarky about backward oafs who don’t get why harassment is bad, she says she understands the impulse, and launches into a story about seeing a service dog in an airport terminal. One that was wearing a vest that says “Dog Working. Do Not Pet.” The kind of dog you’re never supposed to touch. “Now I’m in a pickle, because I’m going to pet that fucking dog. I mean, it’s a dog. It obviously wants it,” she says, as the audience bursts out laughing. “I get your logic.” Maybe women need vests, too.

The punchline gets more, but different laughter. Sarcasm about “wanting it” is standard fare for women comics, but trading working woman for working dog is sneakily, bleakly brilliant. You can almost hear the laughter change as it sinks in—how hilarious, how accessible, how grim.

Throughout her new Netflix [...]  read more

You won’t see that $125 from Equifax, so don’t bother claiming it, says FTC

Millions of people have been signing up to receive what they think is a $125 cash reimbursement from Equifax for its criminal mishandling and exposure of their personal and financial data. But the FTC warns that you may see only a small fraction of that, if any, because of the way the $575 million settlement with the company actually breaks down.

In the settlement, Equifax set aside $300M to pay for credit monitoring for everyone affected by the historic hack (rivaled perhaps only by this week’s of Capital One), and you’re due that if you want it.

But say you already had credit monitoring set up because of, say, yet another of the various hacks and leaks that have plagued the careless stewards of our data in recent years. In that case you can state this is the case and receive up to $125 as an alternative claim.

There’s just one problem: Equifax only set aside a paltry sum of $31M for these cases, which is just enough for about a quarter of a million people to receive that $125 — [...]  read more

Entrepreneurs not threatened by AI and automation

Entrepreneurs in the US face both technological and political disruption that is helping them to prosper and grow while also requiring them to adapt in new ways according to GoDaddy’s new Global Entrepreneurship Survey.

The web hosting giant’s survey was conducted by the research firm Savanta and surveyed 4,505 small business owners in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

According to the global survey, entrepreneurs are being impacted by a myriad of external challenges ranging from cyber threats to political and societal turbulence as they try to grow their businesses. However, even with these disruptions and uncertainties, entrepreneurs remain optimistic with 70 percent of US respondents reporting that they expect their business to grow by at least 25 percent in the next three to five years.

Experts warn that 38 percent of US jobs are at a potential high risk of automation [...]  read more

Amazon’s next foray into fashion is a personal shopping service

The service is currently limited to women in a wide range of sizes, including shoes from size 5 to 12. Men’s styles are coming in the near future. You won’t necessarily see all your favorite brands, but that’s not really the point — this is more about providing a helping hand to people who don’t have the time to shop, wouldn’t know where to start or want to try something outside of their usual brands.

It might stand a chance of success. Amazon has carried apparel for ages, but it’s far from a household name compared to fashion- and brand-specific stores. This would take advantage of its massive catalog and data to give you a personalized experience that many of those stores can’t offer — it’s not the same as having your own fashion consultant, but it might be close enough.

And yes, this pits Amazon against other companies who’ve had similar ideas. Personal Shopper is likely to clash directly with Stitch Fix, which offers [...]  read more

Amazon develops a new way to help Alexa answer complex questions

Amazon’s Alexa AI team had developed a new training method for the virtual assistant that could greatly improve its ability to handle tricky questions. In a blog post, team lead Abdalghani Abujabal details the new method, which combines both text-based search and a custom-built knowledge graph, two methods which normally compete.

Abujabal suggests the following scenario: You ask Alexa “Which Nolan films won an Oscar but missed a Golden Globe?” The answer to this question asks a lot – you need to identify that the ‘Nolan’ referred to is director Christopher Nolan, figure out which movie he’s directed (even his role as ‘director’ for the resulting list needs to be inferred) and then cross-reference those which have one an Oscar with a list of those which have also won a Golden Globe, and identify those that are present on List A but not on List B.

Amazon’s method to provide a better answer to this difficult question opts for first gathering the most complete data set [...]  read more