Weekly News Roundup 16/11/2015

Things fast and slow with Click Frenzy, Google cars getting booked for traffic infringements and how to get started with VPN with 50% off ProXPN.

Click Frenzy kicks off in less than a day and the great #clickfail of 2012 is now only a distant memory.

After the spectacular meltdown on it’s first year out in 2012, the people behind the biggest Australian online retail event of the year have the website poised to take a hammering from thousands of shoppers. Last year, we saw up to 10,000 requests at the website every second so chances are that we will see even more this time around as online bargain hunters look to snap up a massive deal.
Here’s what happened last year when I talked to Tim McMillan on Nine News Perth.

Google self driving car lives in the slow lane.

The technology giant may be developing amazing things faster than most often beating other competitors to the punch when it comes to innovation but recently the car that takes care of the driving itself landed on the wrong side of the law by driving too slow according to this story at Hawaii News Now.

The fleet of vehicles are set to travel at 25mph (40km/h) or lower where conditions demand and has attracted the attention of a police officer who pulled over the vehicle and its minder as the car crawled through a 35mph (56km/h). Even though it is an offence under California traffic law to impede traffic by going too slow it turns out the cop was simply curious about the project and wanted to question the human in the drivers seat about the technology behind it all.

Google released a post on the matter stating :
“We’ve capped the speed of our prototype vehicles at 25mph for safety reasons. We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets.

“Like this officer, people sometimes flag us down when they want to know more about our project. After 1.2 million miles of autonomous driving (that’s the human equivalent of 90 years of driving experience), we’re proud to say we’ve never been ticketed!”

Those that can remember might remember another car that drove itself but aimed to scare the bejeesus out of the passengers. It is the Tracktrainer program that last year unveiled a modified M325i designed to take to the track sideways as well as post times that would rival a professional driver.

I know what I would rather have on the street around my home.

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