Midnight In The Desert — heroes

Bot Lawyer That Successfully Appealed 160,000 Parking Tickets Is a Damn Hero

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Bot Lawyer That Successfully Appealed 160,000 Parking Tickets Is a Damn Hero

Parking tickets are the worst. Sadly, the burden of challenging a ticket is far greater than just paying the damn thing. But what if an artificially intelligent robot could do the dirty work for you? DoNotPay, a free-to-use artificially intelligent lawyer chatbot, is meant to do exactly that. According to a report from The Guardian, the bot has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets in New York and London in 21 months. The service works like this: It walks you through a series of questions—such as whether signs were clearly visible—to find out whether an appeal is possible. Once it’s determined...

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Ham radio operators could be superheroes when the earthquake hits

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Ham radio operators could be superheroes when the earthquake hits

When the big one hits the Puget Sound region, one of the best technologies to rely on for communication may NOT be cell phones or computers. It could be radio. Amateur radio. The City of Seattle has roughly 3,000 people with amateur, or ham radio licenses. And each week a few dedicated ham radio enthusiasts who volunteer for the city practice their protocol. On a recent Monday night downtown, volunteer members of Seattle's Auxiliary Communications Services checked in. Kathy Shuman (ham handle “Kilo Foxtrot Seven Tango Tango Mike”) has been in amateur radio for about four years. On a recent...

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