New York’s MTA is thinking about a public service announcement that would ask subway riders not to remove Apple AirPods while getting on or off the subway, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal quoted MTA maintenance supervisor Steven Dluginski, who said the MTA uses a “picker-upper thing” to rescue lost AirPods. But, given the summer heat and increased sweat, Dluginski said there has been an increase in the number of AirPods that have fallen on the tracks.
this summer was the “worst” for AirPod rescues and that on just a single summer Thursday at noon, Dluginski’s team had to retrieve six of them. It’s risky for employees who have to try to pick them up and can cause train delays.
In July, a rider named Ashley Mayer went viral on Twitter after she retrieved a lost AirPod from the tracks using duct tape at the end of a pole.
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Optimus Ride, a leading self-driving vehicle technology company, has announced the launch of New York state’s first self-driving vehicle program, located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (Yard), a 300-acre industrial park with more than 400 manufacturing businesses and 10,000 employees onsite. There are six autonomous vehicles that will transport passengers between the NYC Ferry stop at Dock 72 and the Yards’ Cumberland Gate at Flushing Avenue, a vital connection point in a truly multi-modal commute for thousands of passengers and a first-of-its-kind commercial autonomous driving system.
A cyber attack halted many of Monroe College’s technology systems and platforms last week. Students and faculty and staff members were locked out of the college’s website, learning management system and email, with hackers demanding payment of around $2 million in Bitcoin to restore access.
Marc Jerome, president of Monroe College, a for-profit institution in New York City, confirmed the cyber attack in a statement July 11. “Our team is working feverishly to bring everything back online, and we are working with the appropriate authorities to resolve the situation as quickly as possible,” he said.
“In the meantime, Monroe continues to operate,” said Jerome. “We’re simply doing it the way colleges did before email and the internet, which results in more personal interactions. As we have done throughout our 86-year history, we are coming together to assure that our students, faculty and staff are well served.”
The college is working with local law enforcement officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There was no comment on whether the college plans to pay the $2 million ransom.
Despite the college’s learning management system, Blackboard, going down, students continued to attend classes last week, handing in homework on paper.
Uber and Lyft have stopped accepting new drivers in New York City. The move comes after the city passed new rules that are designed to curb the explosive growth of ride-hail companies.
On its website, Uber attributes the new policy to “new [Taxi and Limousine Commission] regulations. There is a reference to legislation passed by the New York City Council in December 2018, which requires ride-hail companies to pay drivers at least $17.22 an hour after expenses. The pay formula uses a so-called “utilization rate,” which accounts for the share of time a driver spends with passengers in their vehicles compared to time spent idle and waiting for a fare.
The rules penalize companies for running too many cars without passengers on city streets. The higher a company’s utilization rate, the less it has to pay drivers to meet the new wage floor requirement. The rules were intended to increase pay for drivers, while also addressing what many saw as an oversaturated market in New York City.
Uber stopped onboarding new drivers in New York City on April 1st, followed soon after by Lyft. In January, Lyft sued the city to block the new wage rules, arguing that they would create an uneven playing field and would ultimately mean their own drivers would be paid less. Three weeks later, Uber sued the city over the cap on new ride-hail drivers.
Only a few black students were offered admission to the highly selective public high schools in New York City on Monday,
At Stuyvesant High School, out of 895 slots in the freshman class, only seven were offered to black students. And the number of black students is shrinking: There were 10 black students admitted into Stuyvesant last year, and 13 the year before.
Bronx High School of Science, made 12 offers to black students this year, down from 25 last year.
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Back in 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new initiative to scan and identify the faces of people leaving and entering New York City with facial recognition cameras. The system was tested last year on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge—which connects Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx—but the test was reportedly a flop. The Wall Street Journal reviewed an email that a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) official wrote to a Cuomo administration senior official on November 29 about the program. The MTA official reportedly wrote that the initial proof-of-concept testing at the bridge “has been completed and failed with no faces (0%) being detected within acceptable parameters.”
However, An MTA spokesperson told the Journal that the face recognition program at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, as well as the Bronx-Whitestone and Throgs Neck bridges were still in progress. “Only a small handful of bridge and tunnel employees have access to the data and nothing whatsoever is being shared with law enforcement or anyone outside of the people involved with the pilot,” MTA spokesperson Maxwell Young told Gizmodo. “We take both public safety and civil liberties extremely seriously.”
Civil liberties advocates have raised concerns about the program since the system was first announced. “This latest news validates our concerns that this technology is invasive and inaccurate—and the government has no justification for using it to undermine the privacy of our daily commutes,”
The MTA and New York State have no intention of slowing down their development of a facial recognition real-time surveillance system.
I wonder what will happen if drivers where masks or fake mustaches or sunglasses etc?