Will Smart Machine Create a World without Work?

Paul Wiseman and Bernard Condon, The Associated Press, Washington | World | Fri, January 25 2013, 12:22 PM

They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like “I, Robot” and the television show “Knight Rider.”

Now, three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you. In the US, California and other states are rewriting the rules of the road to make way for driverless cars. Just one problem: What happens to the millions of people who make a living driving cars and trucks —jobs that always have seemed sheltered from the onslaught of technology?

“All those jobs are going to disappear in the next 25 years,” predicts Moshe Vardi, a computer scientist at Rice University in Houston. “Driving by people will look quaint; it will look like a horse and buggy.”

If automation can unseat bus drivers, urban deliverymen, long-haul truckers, even cabbies, is any job safe?

Vardi poses an equally scary question: “Are we prepared for an economy in which 50 percent of people aren’t working?”
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Review Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro

Uda berapa lama niat banget beli samsung omnia 2, tapi malah liat2 hape android koq malah napsu yaa sama android, apalagi milestone yang ada dedicated keyboardnya. Tapi masalahnya kalo beli hape dengan harga diatas >5 jt itu uda gak efektif dan efisien. masalahnya harganya bakalan turun menukik sih.

Setelah melihat review2 android, memang napsu juga sih beli samsung galaxy spica, tapi setelah itu malah keluar x10 mini trus dilanjut sama x10 mini pro. waaah rupanya malahan keluar nih x10 mini pro yang di launching di selular show yang ada di JHCC beberapa minggu lalu.

Harga launching sih 3.5 jt, harga pameran 3jt, trus harga "happy hour" yang hanya 1 jam saja 2.7jt. Ane dapetnya yang "happy hour", walaupun ngantri berjam2, stock yang tersedia cuma 200 unit dalam waktu >1 jam langsung ludes euy..untung dapet 1. Dengan harga 2,7 jt, saya dapet xperia x10 mini pro + BT handsfree(seharga 300rb) + tas..worth it banget dhe

Setelah melakukan pemakaian, sangat puas dengan device ini..memang sebelum membeli sesuatu saya sudah mereview banyak aspek yang harus saya miliki dalam sebuah handphone, maklum hape jadul saya dulu Hewlett Packard rw6828 yang saya beli taun 2006 masi awet aja ampe sekarang, tapi mo ganti ke windows mobile lagi uda bosan sih oprak opreknya.

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Ten Commandments of Ethical Hacking.

In his book Hacking For Dummies (Wiley), Kevin discussed the hacker genre
and ethos. In Chapter 1, he enumerated the Ethical Hacking Commandments.
In that book, Kevin listed three commandments. But (as with everything in
networking) the list has grown to fill the available space. Now these com-
mandments were not brought down from Mount Sinai, but thou shalt follow
these commandments shouldst thou decide to become a believer in the doc-
trine of ethical hacking.

The Ten Commandments are :

1. Thou shalt set thy goals.

How does ethical hacking relate to penetration testing? Ethical hacking is a
form of penetration testing originally used as a marketing ploy but has come
to mean a penetration test of all systems — where there is more than one goal
In either case, you have a goal. Your evaluation of the security of a wireless
network should seek answers to three basic questions:
What can an intruder see on the target access points or networks?
What can an intruder do with that information?
Does anyone at the target notice the intruder’s attempts — or successes?
You might set a simplistic goal, such as finding unauthorized wireless access
points. Or you might set a goal that requires you to obtain information from a
system on the wired network. Whatever you choose, you must articulate
your goal and communicate it to your sponsors.

2. Thou shalt plan thy work, lest thou go off course.

With respect to your plan, you should do the following:
1. Identify the networks you intend to test.
2. Specify the testing interval.
3. Specify the testing process.
4. Develop a plan and share it with all stakeholders.
5. Obtain approval of the plan.
Share your plan. Socialize it with as many people as you can. Don’t worry
that lots of people will know that you are going to hack into the wireless net-
work. If your organization is like most others, then it’s unlikely they can
combat the organizational inertia to do anything to block your efforts. It is
important, though, to remember that you do want to do your testing under
“normal” conditions.

10 Tips for Ubuntu Newbies.

Ubuntu has become the most popular Linux distribution for new Linux users. It’s easy to install, easy to use, and usually “just works.” But moving to a different operating system can be confusing, no matter how well-designed it is. Here’s a list of tips that might save you some time while you’re getting used to Ubuntu.

1. Getting multimedia to work

The default Ubuntu install contains free software only, which means that it doesn’t support some popular multimedia formats straight out of the box. This is inconvenient, but the Ubuntu folks have good reasons for not shipping with support for MP3, DVDs, and so forth — including that software could cause them some legal headaches, or incur some serious fees.

Fortunately, as a user, you don’t need to worry about fees (though some of the packages may not be legal due to patent restrictions or restrictions on circumventing copy protection, depending on where you live). The Ubuntu wiki has a page on restricted formats that explains how to get the packages you need. However, if you run Ubuntu on AMD64 or PowerPC hardware, you’ll still be out in the cold for some of the packages, since some multimedia formats depend on proprietary software that’s not available for those hardware platforms.
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