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August 10, 2017 Edition
Drowned security robot wasn’t a victim of foul play Jon Fingas,Engadget Sat, Jul 22 2017
By now you’ve probably heard of that security robot that fell into a fountain in Washington, DC– it’s practically the stuff of legend as far as the internet is concerned. But what really happened on that tragic day? We’re starting to get a clearer picture. Bisnow has learned that the robot, a Knightscope K5 nicknamed Steve, was neither the victim of a pushy human nor showing signs of trouble before it took its fateful plunge. It was supposed to follow a prescribed route that kept it out of harm’s way, so the robot had to have made a decision to veer off the beaten path. Management and security staff had trained with the robot days before, too. But what was the cause?
That’s still unknown, although it’s safe to say Steve wasn’t bemoaning the state of politics or suffering from existential dread. It’s possible that a software glitch led to the deadly change in course, or that weather threw it off.
The dive isn’t deterring anyone involved. The property is using a replacement robot at the moment, and Steve is expected to make a recovery once he gets repairs. He may have “died,” but he’s not gone forever. MRP Realty, which deployed Steve, clearly isn’t deterred — it wants to implement more of Knightscope’s robots at other properties within 3 to 6 months. However, it’s safe to say that both MRP and Knightscope will be combing over the data from this incident to reduce the chances of another tumble.
WOEFULTOURIST says, “Russian robot geeks gave Steve a 6.5 on the technical merits of his dive and a 1.0 for style points.”
Western tourists visiting Thailand are being asked to show £460 in CASH to prove they aren’t ‘begpackers’, with one even ‘detained in a squalid cell’ By James Draper For Mailonline / 20 July 2017
Thai authorities are demanding tourists show them proof that they have enough money before letting them enter the country, according to reports.
While Thailand has long required tourists to arrive with a minimum of 10,000 Baht (£230) per person and 20,000 (£460) Baht per family, it was a rule rarely enforced until now.
Travellers have been taking to online forums saying that airport officials are demanding to see the sums in cash, with one German traveller claiming he was detained in a cockroach-ridden cell for not carrying any, and denied access to an ATM.
Thai authorities are demanding tourists show them proof that they have enough money before letting them enter the country, according to reports (stock image) +3Thai authorities are demanding tourists show them proof that they have enough money before letting them enter the country, according to reports (stock image)
According to ThaiVisa, the move forms part of a crackdown on the rise of western visitors begging for money or working illegally there.
The trend, casually referred to as ‘begpacking’, sees mainly European and Australian visitors plead or perform for cash on the streets.
Numerous videos recently-uploaded to social media depict young travellers trying to generate money with such tactics.
According to ThaiVisa’s forum, one British national – who had three previous tourist visa entries in his passport – was asked to show the sum after landing at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport.
Travellers have been taking to online forums saying that airport officials are demanding to see the sums in cash
One German tourist claims on ThaiVisa that he was detained in a squalid immigration centre at the city’s Suvarnabhumi Airport for not having enough cash on him
Fortunately, he was carrying the cash amount and was granted access.
But not everybody has been so fortunate.
One German tourist claims he was detained in a squalid immigration centre at the city’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, which processes more than 45 million people each year.
Writing on the forum, he says he was detained despite offering to show his bank statements.
While Thailand has long required tourists to arrive with a minimum of 10,000 Baht (£230) per person and 20,000 (£460) Baht per family, it was a rule rarely enforced until now
‘I was asked to show 20k THB and I only had 8k on me, but I told them I could show them my banking account or go to any ATM and withdraw the money,’ he said.
‘The guy was power-tripping for whatever reason and didn’t let me. Said he doesn’t trust me and that I’ll go home. I’m in the detention cell right now. Already been here for a good eight hours and it sucks.
‘Cockroaches everywhere, no blankets, no pillows. It’s a good time.’
The scrutiny even stretches as far as Padang Besar in Malaysia, which borders Thailand to the south.
A record-breaking 32 million foreign visitors travelled into Thailand in 2016, with even more expected this year.
WOEFULTOURIST says, “Hey Dude, let’s go to Thailand and beg on the streets. And next year, let’s do something different and go to Amsterdam and beg on the streets.”
Herd of scared buffalo make break for it, roam through town Associated Press•July 18, 2017
GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — These buffalo have been roaming through a New Hampshire town.
Police in Gilford spent Tuesday afternoon corralling a herd of buffalo that got loose from a local farm. They say on Facebook the buffalo are “scared and running.” They ask drivers not to approach the buffalo or blow their car horns.
The Bolduc Farm tells WMUR-TV nine of the buffalo have made it back. Police are still looking for a mother and two yearlings.
Robert Bolduc says the buffalo may have been startled by some construction work and found a weak spot in a fence.
WOEFULTOURIST says, “The buffalo “herd” that Gilford was where the deer and antelope play.”