I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday six-day weekend. The second half of the year has begun. There is still time to accomplish the goals you set at the start of the year.

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

London police chief ‘completely comfortable’ using facial recognition with 98 percent error rate

It would seem that a reasonable person would understand that this technology isn’t ready, and that having a high number of mistakes leads to a lot of extra work by the police.

 

Why Won’t Millennials Join Country Clubs?

Because they are too busy paying down ridiculous student debt and mortgages?

 

Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity

And they can crawl inside your ear when you sleep. Anyway, sweet dreams kids!

 

Manual Work is a Bug

A bit long but worth the time. Always be automating.

 

MoviePass is running out of money and needs to raise $1.2 billion

For $10 a month you can watch $300 worth of movies, which explains why MoviePass is bleeding cash right now. But hey, don’t let a good business model get in the way of that VC money.

 

If You Say Something Is “Likely,” How Likely Do People Think It Is?

I am certain that probably 60% of Actuator readers are likely to enjoy this article half the time.

 

US nickels cost seven cents to make. Scientists may have a solution

Sadly, the answer isn’t “get rid of nickels.” I’m fascinated about the downstream implications on this, and why our government should care that vending machines were built upon the assumption that coins would never change. Get rid of all coins, introduce machines that use cards and phones, and move into the 21st century, please.

 

How I spent my holiday weekend: building a fire pit, retaining wall, and spreading 3 cubic yards of pea stone. Who wants some scotch and s'mores?