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Gregory Dudek
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Went to the Breakfast with WIlliam Shatner this morning (thanks to my good friend Jim Angle). Shatner was amazingly on the ball and was funny, thoughtful and generally exceed my expectations in almost every way.
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Holly Yanco speaking at the Marine Robotics Field Trials and Workshop 2016.
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Yogi and I have been doing work on the self-motivated vision based robot, along with people in my lab including Philippe Giguere, Dave Meger, Anqi Xu, Juan, Malika, David, and many others.
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I'm not sure if this is sad as well as funny.
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Amusing post with the upshot that knowledge is power, and IT knowledge is especially potent today.  The same story has been circulating on the Internet for over a year (e.g.  http://bit.ly/1qDO3gl )  so presumably people are repeating this "exploit" or else it's a meme -- I hope its the former.
Today is a good day. I just had a call from a telemarketer. Did I yell and scream at them, you ask? Certainly not. Like a good IT administrator I put my skills to use for their benefit. Here's how the conversation went:

Computer: "Press 9 to not be contacted in the future. Press 4 to speak to someone about your mortgage issues"
<presses 4>
TM: "Hello, are you having problems paying your mortgage?"
Me: "Hi, this is the IT department. We intercepted your call as we detected a problem with you phone and need to fix it."
TM: "Oh... ok, well what do we need to do?"
Me: "We're going to need to fix the settings by pressing 4-6-8 and * at the same time"
TM: "Ok, nothing happened."
<alright, so he's not using a Polycom>
Me: "Are you using the new Polycom phones that we deployed?"
TM: "No, it's a Yealink"
Me: "Ok, I see. You haven't had the new Polycom phone deployed to your desk yet. Let me check our technical documentations for the Yealink."
<did a quick Google search, "yealink phone factory reset">
Me: "Alright, do you see an "OK" button on your phone?"
TM: "Yes I do"
Me: "Alright, you're going to press and hold that button for 10 seconds."
TM: "OK, pressing it now"
Me: "Perfect, let me know if you get a password request"
TM: "OK, nothing has popped up ye----"
<click>

That's right. I made a telemarketer unwittingly factory reset his phone which means he will be unable to make anymore calls until someone is able to reconfigure his phone and that will take at least an hour or longer if they can't do it right away!
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Excellent video describing the (positive) ecosystem impact of wolf reintroduction.  Narrated by George Monbiot.
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