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Alternatives to Amazon? They exist. - Bibliology
Try these independent companies:

Marketplaces: Biblio (of course), Antiqbook, Livre Rare Book, Maremagnum, Powell’s Books,*, Tomfolio*, and*

Meta Searches: AddALL, viaLibri, Marelibri, 2017 update: BookGilt

Inventory Software: BookHound, BookTrakker

Website Providers: Bibliopolis

Book Order Management: Art of Books, Indaba
books  usedbooks  retailers  onlinestores  shopping  alternativeto  amazon 
october 2019 by kme
'Kill your foster parents': Amazon's Alexa talks murder, sex in AI experiment | Reuters |
The project has been important to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who signed off on using the company’s customers as guinea pigs, one of the people said. Amazon has been willing to accept the risk of public blunders to stress-test the technology in real life and move Alexa faster up the learning curve, the person said.

During last year’s contest, a team from Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University found that its Alexa bot developed a nasty personality when they trained her to chat using comments from Reddit, whose members are known for their trolling and abuse.

The team put guardrails in place so the bot would steer clear of risky subjects. But that did not stop Alexa from reciting the Wikipedia entry for masturbation to a customer, Heriot-Watt’s team leader said.

One bot described sexual intercourse using words such as “deeper,” which on its own is not offensive, but was vulgar in this particular context.

“I don’t know how you can catch that through machine-learning models. That’s almost impossible,” said a person familiar with the incident.

Amazon has responded with tools the teams can use to filter profanity and sensitive topics, which can spot even subtle offenses. The company also scans transcripts of conversations and shuts down transgressive bots until they are fixed.
ai  news  amazon  chatbot  privacy  hacking  snafu 
december 2018 by kme
Amazon warning: Beware of deliveries you didn’t order | Clark Howard |
The end goal is for the seller to be able to pose as a verified purchaser and write a glowing review of their own product. Gaming the reviews system in this way pushes their products up higher in Amazon search results — regardless of whether the product is “good” or not.
scams  amazon  security 
november 2018 by kme
The Online Hell of Amazon's Mechanical Turk - The Atlantic
The problem is not necessarily that requesters are underpaying for the work. The average requester pays around $11 an hour for the work they get, according to Hara. But there are also many requesters who pay less than that, and there are many requesters who post tasks that take longer than they say to complete. Still, the root of the problem is that these platforms allow requesters to avoid paying workers for the downtime that would arise if workers did these tasks full-time.
amazon  hit  crowdsourcing  productivity  capitalism  humancapital  downtime 
january 2018 by kme
Amazon's Echo Spot is a sneaky way to get a camera into your bedroom - The Verge |
Amazon launched its Echo Look camera earlier this year to judge your outfits. It’s designed to sit in your wardrobe and offer you style advice, and it was Amazon’s first Echo device with a camera. Amazon quickly followed it up with the Echo Show, a touchscreen device that sits in your kitchen and lets you watch tutorials or recipes and participate in video calls. Amazon’s Look device is still only available exclusively by invitation, and in hindsight it now looks like experimental hardware to gauge the reaction of a camera in the bedroom. A litmus test, if you will.
smarthome  surveillance  privacy  amazon 
november 2017 by kme
python 2.7 - How do I install markupsafe into my Flask virtualenv? - Stack Overflow
I had to use 'easy_install' within the virtualenv to get it installed. Pip was broken. Had the same problem later getting SQLAlchemy installed.
flask  amazon  aws  ami  centos  annoyance  packagemanagement  dependencyhell  solution 
february 2017 by kme

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