Alexa is listening to what you say – and might share that with developers

When you’re not actively using Alexa, be sure to mute. Privacy issues within the home join those of ‘anonymized’ data from the outside world …

The upshot: with 10 known transactions – easy enough to rack up if you grab coffee from the same shop every morning, park at the same lot every day and pick up your newspaper from the same newstand – the researchers found they had a better than 80% chance of identifying you.At any rate, at this point, Amazon’s smart assistant only records what’s said to it after it’s triggered by someone saying “Alexa” (or one of the other trigger words you can choose for the device).But it’s certainly possible that the

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The Myth Of Drug Expiration Dates

Some medical providers have pushed for a changed approach to drug expiration dates — with no success. In 2000, the American Medical Association, foretelling the current prescription drug crisis, adopted a resolution urging action. The shelf life of many drugs, it wrote, seems to be “considerably longer” than their expiration dates, leading to “unnecessary waste, higher pharmaceutical costs, and possibly reduced access to necessary drugs for some patients.”

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Mosh: the mobile shell

Mosh(mobile shell)Remote terminal application that allows roaming, supports intermittent connectivity, and provides intelligent local echo and line editing of user keystrokes.Mosh is a replacement for SSH. It’s more robust and responsive, especially over Wi-Fi, cellular, and long-distance links.Mosh is free software, available for GNU/Linux, BSD, macOS, Solaris, Android, Chrome, and iOS.

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