Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Kaz Augustin25 May, 2018

    Ref the Alexa thing. Why is anyone surprised? This is mos def a feature, not a bug. It’s just that it’s not supposed to be sent to anyone you know. THAT was the glitch.

  2. Disgusting Dude25 May, 2018

    In case you haven’t heard Amazon’s explanation, the reality of the story is a bit more mundane.

    Alexa keeps internal logs of activation and traffic but (as police units in several areas were disappointed to discover) not actual recordings so the Amazon techs reconstructed what happened.

    What happened was that in a house loaded with a bunch of Echoes a loud conversation triggered Alexa. (We’ve all heard of that happening all the time, right?)
    Alexa responded.
    The conversation continued and Alexa interpreted the sounds as “send a message”
    Alexa asked to whom.
    The conversation noise matched a contact name.
    Alexa then sent the “message” to the contact who wanted to know why he’d been effectively cc’ed to a family discussion about hardwood floors.

    I suspect there might have been some yelling going on. But that might just be me. The real lesson, to me, is that people in wired houses shouldn’t argue in front of the children or AI’s.

  3. fahirsch26 May, 2018

    The AI’s are still children. Beware when they grow up. They have not heard of the Three Laws of Robotics or equivalents


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