A Little Friday File Fun

And now it's time for FRIDAY FILES!
By PS

In Portland, Oregon, a couple discovered their Amazon Alexa device recorded a private conversation in their home and then sent it to a random person on their contact list. When the wife called Amazon, the company investigated and found it to be true. Amazon told CNET.com, “Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa.’ Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request. At which point, Alexa said out loud ‘To whom?’ At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, ‘[contact name], right?’ Alexa then interpreted background conversation as ‘right.’ As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.”

 

In Camillus, New York, a 30-year-old man was ordered by a State Supreme Court Justice to move out of his parents’ house after living there rent free for eight years, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports. The man’s parents sent him numerous eviction notices and even gave him $1,100 to help him find a new place, WSTM, a local news channel, reports. However, while in court, the man refused to directly speak to his parents and argued with the Justice for a half an hour that he was entitled to an additional six months before eviction, citing a legal case he found on the internet that appeared to back his claim. The justice reportedly praised the man’s legal argument but sided with his parents and ordered him to move out, calling his demand for six more months “outrageous.” The man fired back, calling the judge’s order “outrageous.” He plans to appeal the decision. “I’m not bothering them by living here,” the man said in an interview with Good Morning America. “It’s little to no cost to them, and considering how much they’ve harassed me, I think it’s the least that they should be required to do, which is just let me hang here a bit longer and use their hot water and electricity.”

 

In Park City, Utah, a couple ran into a different sort of hazard during a round of golf on Memorial Day. A young moose bigger than their golf cart chased them off the links at the Park City Golf Club. The husband told the Deseret News he was getting ready to hit a shot when his wife started yelling. They jumped in the cart and made an escape as the animal headed off to a nearby pond. He says the animal wasn’t super aggressive, but it was “gigantic” so they didn’t hang around.