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5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken 251

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-for-one-welcome-our-new-robot-coworkers dept.
bizwriter writes University of Oxford researchers Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne estimated in 2013 that 47 percent of total U.S. jobs could be automated and taken over by computers by 2033. That now includes occupations once thought safe from automation, AI, and robotics. Such positions as journalists, lawyers, doctors, marketers, and financial analysts are already being invaded by our robot overlords. From the article: "Some experts say not to worry because technology has always created new jobs while eliminating old ones, displacing but not replacing workers. But lately, as technology has become more sophisticated, the drumbeat of worry has intensified. 'What's different now?' asked Leigh Watson Healy, chief analyst at market research firm Outsell. 'The pace of technology advancements plus the big data phenomenon lead to a whole new level of machines to perform higher level cognitive tasks.' Translated: the old formula of creating more demanding jobs that need advanced training may no longer hold true. The number of people needed to oversee the machines, and to create them, is limited. Where do the many whose occupations have become obsolete go?"

Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy 238

Posted by Soulskill
from the reasons-to-force-feed-your-child-peanuts dept.
Mr D from 63 writes: According to a report from the Associated Press, "For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Here's the published paper in the New England Journal of Medicine. It's interesting how this peanut allergy fear is a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. The situation involves a complete misconception of risk by many parents, and probably it doesn't stop at peanuts. Is there a bigger underlying problem here?

Comment: Love the weasely language (Score 0) 318

"Fully autonomous weapons are not unambiguously bad. They can reduce burdens on soldiers. Already, military robots are saving many service members' lives, for example by neutralizing improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and Iraq."

A robot that neutralizes an IED is not a "fully autonomous weapon."


NSA, GHCQ Implicated In SIM Encryption Hack 155

Posted by samzenpus
from the protect-ya-neck dept.
First time accepted submitter BlacKSacrificE writes Australian carriers are bracing for a mass recall after it was revealed that a Dutch SIM card manufacturer Gemalto was penetrated by the GCHQ and the NSA in an alleged theft of encryption keys, allowing unfettered access to voice and text communications. The incident is suspected to have happened in 2010 and 2011 and seems to be a result of social engineering against employees, and was revealed by yet another Snowden document. Telstra, Vodafone and Optus have all stated they are waiting for further information from Gemalto before deciding a course of action. Gemalto said in a press release that they "cannot at this early stage verify the findings of the publication" and are continuing internal investigations, but considering Gemalto provides around 2 billion SIM cards to some 450 carriers across the globe (all of which use the same GSM encryption standard) the impact and fallout for Gemalto, and the affected carriers, could be huge.

Rocket Flown Through Northern Lights To Help Unlock Space Weather Mysteries 33

Posted by timothy
from the david-bowie-enjoyed-the-trip dept.
Zothecula writes The northern lights are more than one of nature's most awe inspiring sights, they are an electromagnetic phenomena that can adversely affect power grids and communications and navigation systems. Researchers from the University of Oslo have flown a rocket through the phenomena to take a closer look with the aim of gathering data that will help in predicting space weather.

+ - BBC drops WMA for Mpeg-dash->

Submitted by gbjbaanb
gbjbaanb (229885) writes "The BBC has converted its legacy WMA (Windows Media Audio) streams to the "industry-wide and open source" Mpeg Dash format. whilst this has left some users of old devices unable to receive the broadcasts, the BBC has claimed the use of WMA was 'prohibitively expensive to operate' when existing licence agreements ran out.

The BBC says that they are working with "radio industry and manufacturers towards using just one standard"."

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+ - What's a Good Modern Vision Security System for Linux?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "There has been a rash of dog thefts in my area, with dogs being stolen out of back yards and even right out of homes. I love my rescue mutts, and would be devastated were they to suffer a similar fate. So, aside from refurbishing the antiquated alarm system in my older home (reusing the sensors with a more modern controller), I would like to install motion-sensing security cameras outside, and herein lies the rub. I live in the woods. Pretty deep in the woods. So, ideally I would like a motion-sensing vision system to be able to discern human forms from wildlife. If I'm going to be getting alerts on my phone for movement near the house, I would really like not to be desensitized by a high false alarm rate. So far my searching has proved fruitless, so here I am asking the Slashdot community: does anyone know of a vision recognition security system that can pick out human forms from a variety of wildlife? Thanks in advance."

Google News Sci Tech: Japan's old flip-phones rise while smartphones shrink - India Gazette->

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India Gazette

Japan's old flip-phones rise while smartphones shrink
India Gazette
TOKYO: Japanese shipments of traditional flip-phones rose in 2014 for the first time in seven years while smartphone shipments fell, highlighting Japanese consumers' tenacious attachment to the familiar and typically less expensive older models. Dubbed...

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+ - GCC 5 heads toward release and Fedora 22, with F23 introducing new C++11 ABI->

Submitted by rhmattn
rhmattn (4014677) writes "Fedora 22 will ship with GCC 5, which brings a whole host of enhancements, among which is a new default C++ ABI. Fedora is going to transition to that ABI over two Fedora releases F22 and F23. This article, written by some of the key players in the GCC community, explains how that will work and what it means for developers, including some useful tips for application developers and packagers."
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