TechMan: ATM tries to keep its cash

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TechMa'am came home the other day with a story of a low-tech glitch in an ATM.

The woman in front of her was withdrawing money but when she tried to pull her cash out, the slot clamped tight on her withdrawal. Despite tugging on it, she could not free her money.

She asked TechMa'am to watch her money while she went into the bank and returned with help. But despite pulling on the cash, the bank employee also was unable to free it.

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Meanwhile, people were walking by remarking, "I've never seen that before." Finally another bank employee came out and was able to get the machine to disgorge the money.


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The reproductions mimic not just the color but also the thickness of the paint and the brushwork, and include both the front and the back of the painting -- as well as the frame.


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Chris Urmson made those claims at a robotics conference in Santa Clara, Calif., based on results from studies of data from the hundreds of thousands of miles that Google's vehicles have logged, according to the MIT Technology Review.

Data showed that when a human was behind the wheel, Google's cars accelerated and braked significantly more sharply than they did when piloting themselves and that the cars' software was much better at maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.


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