Automation could replace 1.5 million jobs, says ONS

Found on BBC News on Tuesday, 26 March 2019
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It says 70% of the roles at high risk of automation are currently held by women. Part-timers and the young are the next most at risk.

The three occupations with the highest probability of automation are waiters and waitresses, shelf fillers and elementary sales occupations, all of which are low-skilled or routine.

Unless those who get fired receive a monthly payment, things will get really ugly. Unlike what politicians keep on saying, you simply cannot re-educate everybody to do a new job; and if such a politician still keeps on insisting it is possible, let them have a re-education for a job that is actually useful and watch them fail.

Huge Protests Across Europe Protest Article 13; Politician Lies And Claims They Were Paid To Be There

Found on Techdirt on Monday, 25 March 2019
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German MEP Daniel Caspary, who chairs the large CDU/CSU group in the EU Parliament told a German publication a completely made up lie -- reminiscent of the kind of "fake news" propaganda that has been used elsewhere, that all of the protesters were actually paid to be there.

A major political leader is so infatuated with his false belief that real people couldn't possibly be upset about the plan to fundamentally move away from an open internet, that he insists Google must have paid the protesters €450 each to show up.

Either way, no matter what lies politicians tell themselves, they might want to think about so many people coming out to protest over this issue, especially given that the next EU Parliamentary elections are in just a few months.

Big media pay politicians to make the laws they want. Usually that is the first step towards their downfall. However, when that happens, the same politicians will refuse to see the reasons and always blame the "enemy".

Self-driving cars won’t happen this year no matter what Elon says

Found on I, Cringley on Sunday, 24 March 2019
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The idea today is to eliminate drivers from door-to-door, which is way harder. But we could do that, too, if it wasn’t for interacting with millions of drivers who are still controlling their vehicles the old fashion way, which is often in a barely competent fashion.

I’m guessing that most cars from 2020-on could be self-driving with only a software upgrade, which is why Elon Musk is predicting Tesla will have full autonomy by the end of 2019. But notice that Elon isn’t predicting Tesla will be allowed to have its cars drive themselves everywhere.

Self-driving cars might be a nice concept for some, but not everything in life should be handed over to a computer. Especially not when all those systems for whatever reason are supposed to be always online. The past has enough examples how missing or badly implemented security left the doors wide open for abuse. If your computer gets infected it might be annoying, but if it happens to your car it might be deadly. Sure they say that self-driving cars are more secure, but wait until there are enough of them on the streets so they reach a valueable target size.

Here's why your AirPods battery life is getting worse, and what you can do about it

Found on Apple Insider on Saturday, 23 March 2019
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It's impossible to be completely statistically accurate about how long AirPod batteries last because it depends on too many things. If you make or receive phone calls via your AirPods, for instance, you will of course drain the battery faster. If you take them out and leave them on your desk without playing anything, they will drain anyway.

Those 2016 AirPods first gave us that baleful low battery sound after one hour and 19 minutes. We got a second at one hour and 59 minutes. Then at two hours, 6 minutes, they died.

"If you've got a dead or dying battery in an AirPod," said the same source inside Apple, "bring it in to the Apple Store with your proof of purchase if you didn't buy it directly from us, and store-stock depending, you'll walk out for a replacement single bud with a new battery for $49."

First they remove the cables for the headphones and replace it with quickly dying batteries, then they charge you for fixing that failures. You can think what you want about Apple, but they have good marketing to steal your money out of your pockets.

Boeing takes $5 billion hit as Indonesian airline cancels 737 MAX order

Found on Ars Technica on Friday, 22 March 2019
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The Garuda cancellation would only put a small dent in the number of total 737 MAX aircraft on order. Based on data from Boeing, as of February there were 4,636 unfilled orders, so the outstanding order from Garuda would account for a little more than one percent of Boeing's backlog. Still, Garuda's exit could signal bigger long-term problems for Boeing as other carriers with mixed fleets of aircraft re-evaluate their positions.

Other major customers such as FlyDubai and the leasing company GECAS (formerly GE Capital Aviation Services) may be less reluctant to pull the plug if they see the aircraft as a potential liability.

If you try to save money by not adding security extras, you get what you deserve.

Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years

Found on Krebs on Security on Thursday, 21 March 2019
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The Facebook source said the investigation so far indicates between 200 million and 600 million Facebook users may have had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by more than 20,000 Facebook employees.

A written statement from Facebook provided to KrebsOnSecurity says the company expects to notify “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users.”

How that company is still in business gets harder and harder to understand every day. It's been well known for years know what Zuckerberg thinks about its users.

Britain (Yes, Rainy Britain) Could Run Short of Water by 2050, Official Says

Found on New York Times on Wednesday, 20 March 2019
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If preventive steps are not taken, in less than three decades, Britain might run out of water, the chief executive of the Environment Agency, a public body responsible for conservation in England, said on Tuesday.

The reasons, he said, were climate change and population growth. And he called for a change of attitude toward water conservation to help tackle the problem.

It probably won't take long until some politician calls that a result of the Brexit.

Hacked tornado sirens taken offline in two Texas cities ahead of major storm

Found on ZD Net on Tuesday, 19 March 2019
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Following the unauthorized intrusion, city authorities had to shut down their emergency warning system a day before major storms and potential tornados were set to hit the area.

According to CBS Dallas, DeSoto and Lancaster officials who investigated the incident confirmed the two emergency alarm systems had been hacked and set off "intentionally," excluding the possibility of a freak technical accident in the two cities at the same time.

It quickly gets obvious when someone found a way to mess with sirens.

From MySpace to MyFreeDiskSpace: 12 years of music – 50m songs – blackholed amid mystery server move

Found on The Register on Monday, 18 March 2019
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MySpace, the Norma Desmond of social networking platforms, appears to have lost all the music uploaded to the site since its founding in 2003 through 2015, a blunder the company reportedly attributes to a failed server migration.

The lost files – said to amount to 50 million songs from 14 million artists – appear to be unrecoverable. Videos, photos, and other posted content may have vanished too.

Either it's a massive incompetence (no working backups) or a cheap excuse for getting rid of old data. The former is possible, but the latter more realistic.

Texas is trying to block Tesla from even servicing its cars in direct sale battle with car dealers

Found on Electrek on Sunday, 17 March 2019
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The local car dealer lobby is using old laws meant to stop automakers to compete with their own franchise dealers to block Tesla from selling their own cars directly to consumers even though Tesla never had any franchise dealers.

Texas’s use of direct-sale laws was already ridiculously abused but they are now pushing it to a whole new level of stupidity.

It should not matter who repairs a car; as long as it is done right.