The saddest robots, ever

Plus, turkey before Thanksgiving.
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Civilization Trivia:

Which major city is located on two continents?

Hint: There was even a song about it in 1953 by The Four Lads.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

OpenAI says it appears to have been attacked | The Byte

“OpenAI is struggling to keep its ChatGPT service online. … In its most recent update, posted late Wednesday evening, OpenAI blamed a possible cyberattack for the ‘periodic outages,’ claiming they were triggered by an ‘abnormal traffic pattern reflective of a DDoS attack,’ referring to a distributed denial-of-service attack, which is when hackers target a server by overwhelming it with a flood of traffic.”

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Why these former tech workers became sex workers — and love their new lives | Mashable

“As tech workers resist return-to-office mandates, face layoffs that cut into hard-won diversity and equity progress, and watch as their dreams of founding successful startups dry up, it's safe to say that many might be looking for new professions. Facing sexism and discrimination in the corporate world, and driven by a desire to have a more localized, creative, and empathetic impact, a quiet subset of tech workers left the tech industry to pursue work they'd rather be doing — in the field of sex work.”

Walmart now catering to neurodivergent shoppers | The Takeout

“The modern day shopping experience is a sensory overload, and that’s by design. There are a million brightly colored packages on the shelves clamoring for your attention, music playing from speakers every three feet, harsh fluorescent lighting, and, depending on the time of day, people everywhere, pushing carts you have to maneuver around. That environment can be unpleasant for many of us, but for those with sensory processing issues like PTSD, ADHD, and autism, it can make shopping virtually impossible. … Walmart has announced that starting November 10, it will designate the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. every day as ‘sensory-friendly,’ meaning that its stores will accommodate neurodiverse customers by making the shopping experience ‘a little easier on the eyes and ears.’”

Furbo 360º - Make sure your animal friends are safe and happy when you are away | StackAlpha

Keep an eye on your favorite furry companion(s) with the Furbo 360° Dog Camera or Furbo 360° Cat Camera. These advanced pet tracking cameras offer 360° rotation, real-time two-way audio, interactive treat tossing, and more. When you pair it with the Nanny subscription, you’ll also get alerts for barking, vomiting, smoke alarms, glass breaking, and more. Even better, use coupon code BF2023 to get 30% off during their Black Friday sale and stay connected with your pets during the busy holiday season. [Ad]

The 10 saddest robots ever built | Gizmodo

“As 2023 stumbles towards its close, it’s clear we’re preparing to enter a world that will soon be filled to the brim with robots. Science fiction tells us that AI will soon gain sentience and inevitably crush humanity in its never-ending quest for power. I’ll believe it when I see it. For now, the robots that surround us are pitiful creatures, flailing around as they struggle to complete their Sisyphean tasks.”

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The answer: Istanbul, Turkey

The answer: Istanbul, Turkey

According to the GPS My City website: “One of the most common questions asked about Turkey, and about Istanbul in particular is; what continent is Istanbul in? Nowhere else in Turkey is the divide more apparent than Istanbul. The Bosphorus Strait divides the two continents of Istanbul into the Asian and European side of Istanbul. On either side of Istanbul’s famous Bosphorus Bridge, you will see signs welcoming you to Europe or Asia. While geographically it might appear a little untidy, for the traveller, it is a fun indulgence knowing you can tick off two continents in one day.”