The Japan Times is reporting that Toyota Motor Corporation will be offering to fix the gas pedals of the 3.8 million cars involved in its floor mat recall. The recall is expected to be voluntary rather than mandated by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

According to the Times, "Toyota opted to offer to fix the gas pedals rather than issue a recall because it says the pedal's shape is not faulty."

The cost to Toyota is expected to be in the tens of billions of yen.

While helpful, I do not think this action will necessarily dampen the suspicion that something other than floor mats or the gas pedal are the root cause of the spate of sudden unintended acceleration accidents involving Toyota vehicles.

Toyota's view on the subject can be found here.

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The Spectacular Collapse of CryptoKitties, the First Big Blockchain Game

A cautionary tale of NFTs, Ethereum, and cryptocurrency security

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On 4 September 2018, someone known only as Rabono bought an angry cartoon cat named Dragon for 600 ether—an amount of Ethereum cryptocurrency worth about US $170,000 at the time, or $745,000 at the cryptocurrency’s value in July 2022.

It was by far the highest transaction yet for a nonfungible token (NFT), the then-new concept of a unique digital asset. And it was a headline-grabbing opportunity for CryptoKitties, the world’s first blockchain gaming hit. But the sky-high transaction obscured a more difficult truth: CryptoKitties was dying, and it had been for some time.

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