There’s more to report on my post last week about an experience returning a 3-in-1 Maxtor network back-up drive that died after 60 days of use. What gauls me is that Maxtor sent me a refurbished unit instead of new unit yet said it would charge me the new price of $350 if I did not send back the dead unit within 30 days (I did and will be watching my credit card bills like a hawk.)
Maybe it’s like the rental car companies charging $7 a gallon if I don’t fill up before returning the car, but I only paid $222 for the unit THAT DIED AND WAS NEW from Amazon. Maybe, it’s $350 for units that actually work even if they are used. I think Maxtor’s return practices are sleazy. BTW, Maxtor is owned by Seagate.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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