Numlock News: September 13, 2021 • Roomba, F…

By Walt Hickey Welcome back! The Ones Who Walk Away From OmelAWS On Thursday iRobot announced that the new Roomba j7+ would be able to use a machine learning model to identify and avoid dog poop, ending a pervasive bug where the robotic vacuum would run over dog poop and basically destroy a floor. And while this is a remarkable achievement, I have to point out this miracle, this paradise comes at a cost. For in a basement, under one of the beautiful office buildings of iRobot, there is a room. It has one locked door and no window. In one corner of the little room, a couple of filthy, foul smelling Braava® mops stand near a rusty bucket. The floor is dirt, the room is a few paces wide, and, next to the Braava® mops, in the room a server is sitting. It could run Apache or Centos. It is miserable. They all know the server is there, the people of iRobot. Some come to see it, others are simply content to know the server is there. They know it

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