THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
My wife and I went on vacation for a few weeks. While we were gone, my neighbor's son had been parking his car in our driveway. He didn't ask for permission, and I normally wouldn't care, but he apparently had some sort of leak and left an oil stain in the driveway. I've tried to wash it away, but it's still there. I have a security camera that points to the driveway and you can see his car there and you can see there was no stain before and over the course of the week, it got worse and worse. I want to get him to pay to remove the stain. My wife said it really doesn't matter and it's not worth starting a feud with the neighbor over this. What do you think? Should he be responsible to fix this? Should I leave it alone?
Signed – Upset Neighbor
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This started as a really neat, fun story. Then it took a dark turn. Your Amazon Alexa may soon be able to replicate real, human voices. That sounds great. Until you realize that includes the voices of dead people. Amazon announced the new feature at the annual Re:Mars conference, which focuses on innovation in artificial intelligence. The update to Alexa’s system would allow the virtual assistant to mimic the voice of any person, based on less than a minute of recording. In a demonstration, the company played a video showing a young boy asking: “Alexa, can Grandma finish reading me the Wizard of Oz?” Alexa acknowledges the request, and switches to a voice mimicking the child’s grandmother to read the book. Amazon says it began working on this feature to put more “human attributes of empathy” into the Alexa system, but online reaction wasn’t having it, with one woman tweeting: “one of the creepiest suggestions I’ve heard in a long time. A key part of processing loss is letting go. Having my dead father tell me its time to take a cake out of the oven or that 2m is 6ft 7″ would be incredibly weird.”
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• After telling her to calm down.
• When someone asks who stole their Ambien.
• Right after making Freddy Krueger mad.
• Right after your Mom yells “Are you up?”
• During the big, “two chainsaws and a live grenade” finale of your juggling act.
• Before you go-go, ’cause I’m not planning on going solo.
• During sex, apparently.
the middle of a….Zzzzzzz....
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