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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Father Time

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Imagine it. A McRib, devoid of its spiritual essence.


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Lythimus
12 days ago
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I share this sentiment deep in my McBones.
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Permit

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Later, the system breaks down when people feel a strange urge to max out their quarterly allowance.


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Lythimus
39 days ago
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Is the max-out negative allowances economic thing actually seen in practice? I don't randomly pirate things just because my ISP has 3 strikes policy.
samldanach
36 days ago
In some cases, it is. I'm not familiar enough with the details to discuss it intelligently, though. But one example is that Canada's health care system is suffering because they put a cap on monthly charges, and people are choosing a lot of elective and unnecessary diagnostic treatments to "get their share" of the money.
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Amazon “automated machine” punctures bear spray can, 24 employees hospitalized

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Robbinsville Amazon warehouse

Enlarge / Employees fufill online orders at the Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (credit: Bess Adler/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, 24 Amazon employees working in a Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, warehouse were sent to five different area hospitals after a 9oz canister of bear spray was deployed.

Early reports that the canister was punctured by an Amazon robot have not been confirmed by either Amazon or the Township's communication official, John Nalbone. Nalbone told Ars that Robbinsville first responders only reported that an "automated machine" was to blame, which could mean anything from a programmed robotic arm to an automated conveyor belt. (Of course, may readers of Ars would agree that defining the meaning of "robot" is more than just an exercise in trivia. This Wired article explores the topic more deeply.)

On Wednesday evening, one of the 24 people hospitalized was in critical condition, while another 30 were treated on the scene, ABC News says.

In a statement to Ars on Thursday morning, Amazon external communications regional manager Rachael Lighty said:

Wednesday at our Robbinsville fulfillment center, a damaged aerosol can dispensed strong fumes in a contained area of the facility. The safety of our employees is always our top priority, and a full investigation is already underway. All employees in that area were relocated to a safe place, and employees experiencing symptoms were treated onsite. As a precaution, some employees were transported to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment. All of the impacted employees have been or are expected to be released from the hospital within the next 24 hours. We'd like to thank all of the first responders who helped with this incident.

All the Amazon employees were covered by employer-provided healthcare, Lighty added. Amazon employees are not unionized, ABC News reported, adding that "the fumes were confined to the fulfillment center's third floor south wing."

Self-defense blogs seem to agree that bear spray is less incapacitating than pepper spray made to be used against humans, but it is still quite irritating. The BBC reports that, according to the "Get Bear Smart Society," bear spray causes "a nearly total, yet temporary, loss of sight and severe restriction of breathing" in humans.

Worker safety in the presence of automation is an old story, and automation is generally a boon to worker safety. But while incidents may become more rare, they can be gruesome when they happen. For example, in 2015, a man was killed by a robot in a Volkswagen factory.

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Lythimus
46 days ago
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Was the robot affected by the bear spray? Maybe it wasn't an accident...
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Hygrometer

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I'm working on assembling a combination declinometer, sclerometer, viscometer, aleurometer, stalagmometer, and hypsometer. I'm making good progress according to my ometerometer, a device which shows the rate at which I'm acquiring measurement devices.
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Lythimus
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xkcdometer measures the probability any conversation can be summarized with an xkcd comic.
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mburch42
97 days ago
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A podcast about this would be an obvious follow-up to “Ologies”.
wyeager
97 days ago
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My favorite is the albedometer. I don't just want to know that something is shiny. I want to know exactly *how* shiny!
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alt_text_at_your_service
97 days ago
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I'm working on assembling a combination declinometer, sclerometer, viscometer, aleurometer, stalagmometer, and hypsometer. I'm making good progress according to my ometerometer, a device which shows the rate at which I'm acquiring measurement devices.
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97 days ago
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I'm working on assembling a combination declinometer, sclerometer, viscometer, aleurometer, stalagmometer, and hypsometer. I'm making good progress according to my ometerometer, a device which shows the rate at which I'm acquiring measurement devices.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Gregor

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May I just say that I'm really happy with how the fold in the burrito looks in panel 1.


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Lythimus
98 days ago
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I'm impressed I saw so many burritos in mouths without thinking it seemed phallic.
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francisga
99 days ago
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minderella
94 days ago
Kafko Bell?

Rolle's Theorem

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I mean, if it's that easy to get a theorem named for you ... "a straight line that passes through the center of a coplanar circle always divides the circle into two equal halves." Can I have that one? Wait, can I auction off the naming rights? It can be the Red Bull Theorem or the Quicken Loans Theorem, depending who wants it more.
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Lythimus
139 days ago
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I think most proofs require more diligence than the use of a butterknife and a reces pieces cup can grant.
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alt_text_at_your_service
139 days ago
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I mean, if it's that easy to get a theorem named for you ... "a straight line that passes through the center of a coplanar circle always divides the circle into two equal halves." Can I have that one? Wait, can I auction off the naming rights? It can be the Red Bull Theorem or the Quicken Loans Theorem, depending who wants it more.
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I mean, if it's that easy to get a theorem named for you ... "a straight line that passes through the center of a coplanar circle always divides the circle into two equal halves." Can I have that one? Wait, can I auction off the naming rights? It can be the Red Bull Theorem or the Quicken Loans Theorem, depending who wants it more.
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