GeekSpeak for 2015-03-21

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The Geeks discuss self-driving cars, face recognition, terrible job interviews, and get fannish at the in-person appearance of our Canadian correspondent, Greg Merkley

Elon Musk Says Self-Driving Tesla Cars Will Be in the U.S. by Summer

But on Thursday, Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, took a big step in that direction when he announced that the maker of high-end electric cars would introduce autonomous technology by this summer. The technology would allow drivers to have their cars take control on what he called “major roads” like highways.

New Tech startup Helping Retail Job Employees and Employers

when you’re applying for a job: You provide the information that the employer is most interested in. And yes, that includes past experience, but HigherMe leads with your location and available hours, as well as covering questions that the employer wants to ask. You can also create a “video cover letter,” which will (hopefully) do a better job of conveying your personality than a few written paragraphs.

Target to pay $10 million in proposed settlement for 2013 data breach

Target has agreed to pay US$10 million in a proposed settlement to a class-action lawsuit stemming from its massive 2013 data breach.
The proposal, which requires U.S. federal court approval, calls for individual victims to receive up to $10,000. As many as 110 million people were affected by the attack, which occurred during the holiday shopping season.

Send Money to Friends in Messenger

Today we’re adding a new feature in Messenger that gives people a more convenient and secure way to send or receive money between friends. This feature will be rolling out over the coming months in the US.

The Terrible Technical Interview

Traditional technical interviews are terrible for everyone. They’re a bad way for companies to evaluate candidates. They’re a bad way for candidates to evaluate companies. They waste time and generate stress on both sides. Almost everyone, if pressed, will admit this. And yet they persist.

DMV sharing Your Face with the Fed

Over the last few months, an obscure panel within the California Department of Justice (DOJ) has been taking steps to connect the statewide law-enforcement system for accessing driver license photos and mugshots, Cal-Photo, with a national network of other states’ photo systems.

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Google: Our new system for recognizing faces is the best one ever

Last week, a trio of Google GOOG 0.42% researchers published a paper on a new artificial intelligence system dubbed FaceNet that it claims represents the most-accurate approach yet to recognizing human faces. FaceNet achieved nearly 100-percent accuracy on a popular facial-recognition dataset called Labeled Faces in the Wild, which includes more than 13,000 pictures of faces from across the web. Trained on a massive 260-million-image dataset, FaceNet performed with better than 86 percent accuracy.

Web Extra: College Humor on Apple's port fiddling

Last week (the 03-14-2015 episode, Siri gets an alternative Lyft to Pi energy — in our Appplefest section — we covered the new new port for Macbooks. WE aren’t the only ones exasperated with Apple’s port-fiddling. language warning College Humor video about the ever-changing ports on MacBooks. Why are they changing it??? “Because Eff You, that’s why.”

Amazon launches one-hour delivery

Amazon.com will launch its one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, in the coming weeks in some parts of Baltimore, taking advantage of the pending opening of its massive new distribution center near Canton.
The service will be available in select zip codes to Amazon Prime subscribers, who pay $99 a year for unlimited free two-day delivery on more than 20 million items. The one-hour service, available through the Prime Now mobile app, costs $7.99, while two-hour delivery will be free.

U.S. regulators give Amazon go-ahead for drone tests

Amazon.com Inc has won approval from U.S. federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce company pursues its goal of sending packages to customers by air, even as it faces public concern about safety and privacy.
The Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday it issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon business unit and its prototype drone, allowing test flights over private, rural land in Washington state.

Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand

While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away, the software maker has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan. Speaking at Microsoft Convergence yesterday, Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossela revealed that the company is currently working on a new name and brand. “We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10,” said Capossela. “We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing.”

Mars One is a Scam?

So, here are the facts as we understand them: Mars One has almost no money. Mars One has no contracts with private aerospace suppliers who are building technology for future deep-space missions. Mars One has no TV production partner. Mars One has no publicly known investment partnerships with major brands. Mars One has no plans for a training facility where its candidates would prepare themselves. Mars One’s candidates have been vetted by a single person, in a 10-minute Skype interview.
“My nightmare about it is that people continue to support it and give it money and attention, and it then gets to the point where it inevitably falls on its face,” said Roche. If, as a result, “people lose faith in NASA and possibly even in scientists, then that’s the polar opposite of what I’m about. If I was somehow linked to something that could do damage to the public perception of science, that is my nightmare scenario.”

This Beer Was Brewed With Yeast That's Been to Space | WIRED

IN THE HALLOWED halls of a crowded bottle shop, it can almost seem as though there are more craft beers on the market than there are stars in the sky. Still, you may want to make an effort to seek out Ground Control, a brew that’s truly—no, literally—stellar.