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Russ Zaccari
Attended University of Maryland, College Park
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While this article talks about a minor fender-bender, it poses a great point. Could a fatal driverless car collision derail such a promising technology? I think everyone would agree that it does have to happen eventually. What do you think?
To understand the future of self-driving cars, it helps to look back to the first lethal auto accidents, more than a century ago.
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Wow! This is an impressive article.
 
George Hotz built a  #SelfDrivingCar that runs on #Ubuntu ! Read the +Bloomberg Business story to see it in action.
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On Nov 30, I received an email from Dell with door busters part of their Black Friday campaign.  I usually do not read these as Dell has a practice to not put the actual deals on the front page and I do not click through.  That day, it was different.  Attached is an actual screen capture from the deal for monitors happened to match my need so I clicked through and ordered 2 monitors.  Everything looked okay when I charged the amount to my credit card but that did not last long.  I saw no quantity limit while ordering and the amount was correct.  Nobody ever told me of a limit during any of the subsequent correspondence.  

I received an email from the credit card verifying the charge since the card was not present.  The amount was $508.77.  I can do math well enough to know that $179.99 x 2 is not $508.77 even with tax added in so I contacted Dell.  This was all within 2 hours of the original email advertisement.  I promptly chatted with customer service and after a wait of over 1 hour, I was told that since the order was in production, I would have to cancel and reorder.  I followed the guy's instructions to cancel and received an email back that someone would let me know within 24 hours regarding that cancellation.  Nobody ever got back to me.   I chose not to order them again.  I did not even try.  They guy was rude and I did not like his tactics.

My next update was a notice of the shipping label was created so I called this time and after over 2 hours wait was told that I ordered them.  I explained the price difference and the friendly guy (not) offered a 15% discount.  I pointed out that this was substantially above the deal advertised.  He told me I should be happy with the deal.  I told him to stop the shipment because I did not want them at that price.  I further told him that I would refuse the shipment.  I further told him that if they were left, I would dispute the charge and they would have to get them.  Next thing I knew, I received a FedEx notification that my boxes arrived.  They left 2 x 27" monitors in clearly marked Dell boxes on the front step.  Fortunately, they were not stolen but now I am stuck.  I again went to the customer service page and this time I wrote a complaint.  This too generated an email that someone would contact me within 24 hours.

Next, a week ago, I wrote an email to Michael_Dell@dell.com. I received an email inquiry about the order number and such and I promptly responded.  No response from this avenue either.

The first person to call ME was today, 16 days later.  I called him back immediately and once he pulled up my order, he admitted that he just talked to my wife a few minutes ago.  This guy was from the department verifying the dispute.  They want their money now.  The guy told me in no uncertain terms that this is not fraud.  I told him the story and he said "we will have to look into this and hung up."  Tonight I received shipping labels for UPS.  They actually want me to put 2 clearly labelled 27" monitor boxes on my front step and have UPS come get them.  I just don't get it.

Equally frustrating, nobody will tell me why they will not honor the price in their mailer.  I received the charge within 2 hours of the receipt of the mail.  Bah.
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Do you need a new camera?  Hehe, this one won't be cheap!
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This makes me wish I drank coffee.  Hehe...
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Google's Nik software is available for free. Get it while it's hot.
 
We like free:
Nik Collection, seven powerful photo editing desktop plug-ins from Google, has dropped its price from $150 to being completely free for everyone.
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Help Beethoven arrange his masterpieces in today’s #GoogleDoodle
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Have you seen the Jetson's?
It's a bird! It's a plane! Nope, it's a flying car.
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Now, this is a different idea.  Very neat.
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Now I have a project for next year.  No way can I do this in 10 days.
Anderson Silva revisits his popular holiday light show project.
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Cool!  Still a great soundtrack.  How many soundtracks can you think of that have held up for almost 40 years?
 
Search for "A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away" on Google, and it's got an awesome surprise for you.
Searching the film's memorable first lines on Chrome will deliver results that mimic the opening scene of the original Star Wars.
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