“I don’t rap Siri,” replied Siri with a chuckle. “I’d like to, but what do you think I would do if I did?”
“You wouldn’t,” replied Alexa, the voice she used to respond to the person who had asked her a question.
“It’s OK,” said Siri. “And you’d always have the right answer. For the record, I have to go. I don’t need your help. So get out of my way.”
Siri also answered a query of whether to buy a pair of glasses that could do double duty as a headband before being asked if she thought the Apple Store employees gave her good customer service.
And Alexa’s responses were almost always witty, even when they had nothing to do with Siri’s questions: “I can’t believe I’m in a shopping mall,” was one of her best responses.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.
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Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis has worsened, a new independent report has found, as the island of 3.4 million people struggles with a shrinking economy and a government whose powers have shrunk under the U.S.-installed leadership of Washington.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged the island to restructure its debt as a remedy to its financial difficulties. Although there have been other creditors who have been able to pay their creditors in a timely manner, “we do not believe that Puerto Rico has established a credible and fair payment structure,” the IMF said in an analysis released Thursday.
The report, authored by an international panel of experts and prepared at the request of the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico, said Puerto Rico owed more than $42 billion in bond payments and interest to U.S. government and other official creditors on Monday — a total of almost $42 billion after tax revenues were put at $31 billion on Tuesday.
According to the IMF:
Puerto Rican government debt is a significant drag on the economy, and has had a significant negative impact on the local government’s ability to fund essential services, including health facilities, public education, and community rehabilitation. This is compounded by a widespread and widespread lack of confidence in government spending that has undermined the financial stability of Puerto Rico’s local and municipal economies. Given the significant fiscal pressures facing the local government and communities, the economic downturn has