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Sometimes, computer programs seem too human for their own good

DIGITAL assistants such as Siri and Cortana are increasingly common on phones and computers. Most are designed to give their users the impression that a humanlike intelligence lies behind the program’s friendly voice. It does not, of course. But dozens of experiments over the years have shown that people readily build strong bonds with computerised helpers which are endowed with ...

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Wife convinces husband that $275 Ulta bill was for 'utilities'

One woman knew just how to explain the makeup bill to her husband.  (iStock) For the health of a long term relationship, communication about finances is essential, making one woman’s justification of a particularly pricey makeup bill to her partner all the more comical. On Jan. 1, Twitter user @trishaaaayyye shared an anecdote that sent the Twitterverse into hysterics: CLAIRE’S ...

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Maryland substitute teacher fired after 'alt-right' views discovered by students

Gregory Conte was fired from his job as a substitute teacher in Maryland after students discovered his “alt-right” views.  (FOX5DC) A substitute teacher and field hockey coach at an all-girls Catholic school in Maryland was fired after his “alt-right” views were discovered by students. Gregory Conte was fired this week from the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington after ...

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Where did the inflation go?

THE strength of the global economy is one reason why the stockmarket has started 2018 in a buoyant mood (with the Dow passing 25,000). At some point, in any expansion, businesses find it harder to recruit workers or get the materials they need; these bottlenecks cause wages and prices to rise. Central banks then start to tighten monetary policy, a ...

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Thunder's Russell Westbrook drops signature shoes, asking Why Not?

Jan. 5 (UPI) — Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook definitely plays big, but he went even bigger with his signature shoe. Westbrook unveiled his Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 kicks on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Oklahoma City Thunder star also had 20 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in a 133-96 victory at the Staples Center. “You know, ...

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Scott Tucker, former racecar driver, gets 16 years in loan scheme

Scott Tucker takes a break during a morning practice session for an auto race in Sebring, Fla., March 19, 2010.  (Associated Press) A former professional racecar driver was sentenced Friday to more than a decade behind bars after being convicted in October of running a payday loan business that reportedly scammed millions of people. Scott Tucker, 55, was sentenced to ...

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A new satellite will test ways to capture space debris

THERE is an awful lot of junk in space. The latest data from the European Space Agency suggest some 7,500 tonnes of it now orbits Earth. It ranges from defunct satellites and rocket parts to nuts, bolts, shards of metal and even flecks of paint. But something as small as a paint fleck can still do serious damage if it ...

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