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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

 

Over The years AI has raised the dust by bringing up debates about whether its good for our future or not

Undoubtably, AI could have ‘immense’ benefits for us all, we are talking AI used in medicine, self driving cars, robots investigating criminal cases, and eldery care. We also witnessed Airbus recently mention its interests in future pilotless planes.

 

However we need to face the facts here, there are majour concerns such as,..we know the robots are coming, but will they take our jobs?, could AI revolutionise everything? could there be killer robots that would destroy humans?

Perhaps we might know when its late but this revolution much as there could be great benefits, there is a price to pay. As such we should not overlook the fact that these are just machines but ought to be handled with sanity,....otherwise replacing humans would be the least of our worries.


read more Posted by kwizera Innocent 11th Feb 2018


Mozilla has released Firefox 58.0.1 to fix a security issue that was hiding in the browser's UI code and would have allowed an attacker to run code on the user's computer, allowing a quick and easy path to delivering malware or even taking over the entire PC.

The flaw, tracked under the identifier CVE-2018-5124, was discovered by Berlin-based Mozilla engineer Johann Hofmann. The engineer says the issue resides in the Firefox "Chrome" component.

This confusingly-named component has been available in Firefox even before Google launched its Chrome browser, and is responsible for "the set of user interface elements of the application window that are outside the window's content area."

Firefox "chrome" components include the likes of menu bars, progress bars, window title bars, toolbars, or UI elements created by add-ons.

Main issue: Firefox runs unsanitized HTML code

These components aren't separated from the code that runs in web pages. Hoffman says that a malicious website could run code meant for Firefox UI elements.

The attacker could hide unsanitized HTML inside this code that breaks the execution chain away from the Firefox chrome UI component and runs commands on the underlying browser/computer.

The code runs with the current user's privileges. If the user is using an admin account, then the code can run SYSTEM-level commands.

Exploit kit operators expected to jump on the vulnerability

Because the execution chain relies on running untrusted code, the vulnerability is extremely dangerous, as this code could be hidden inside an iframe, loaded off-screen and without the user's knowledge. Because of this, the flaw has received a CVSS severity score of 8.8 out of 10.

Exploit kit operators will surely implement CVE-2018-5124 in their arsenal within the following days, as it's a quick and easy way to secretly install malware on users' computers.

 

Users are strongly advised to update. Firefox 56.x, 57.x., and 58.0.0 are affected. Firefox for Android and Firefox 52 ESR are not impacted by this flaw. Mozilla fixed the flaw by sanitizing the code executed by its chrome UI component.


read more Posted by mukasa keny 01st Feb 2018


Oracle has extended public updates for Java Development Kit (JDK) 8 until at least January 2019. These had been slated to end in September 2018.

With this extension, there will be additional quarterly updates in October 2018 and January 2019 for Version 8 of the JDK, which is based on Java Standard Edition 8. They will be free for use on general-purpose computers.

Oracle also noted other support deadlines for Java:

·         It reiterated that applets, which have relied on a now-fading browser plug-in model, will continue to be supported in Java SE 8 until at least March 2019, depending on continued support in browsers.

·         Oracle will extend commercial support Java Web Start on Java SE 8 for commercial use, or when used with Oracle products that have a Web Start dependency, through at least March 2025. Support had been slated to end in March 2019.

Released in March 2014, JDK 8 has been succeeded by the September 2017 release of JDK 9. But JDK 8 will get updates for a longer time than either JDK 9 or JDK 10. Oracle is only slated to offer public updates for JDK 9 until March 2018, with Oracle advising users to then move to JDK 10, which ships that month. JDK 10, for its part, is only slated to have public updates until September 2018, when JDK 11, also identified as 18.9 LTS (Long Term Support), is released. LTS releases are due every three years. The length of time for public updates to JDK 11 is still to be determined.

 

With the release of JDK 9, Oracle moved to a six-month release cadence with standard Java. Releases had been arriving roughly every three years.


read more Posted by mukasa keny 01st Feb 2018


Simple Tips for vector art

There is a great misconception that only great artists get to produced the best artwork with industrial standard software like adobe illustrator and the like.

Below is a summary Tips that you could find useful in your everyday life as a vector artist especially with Adobe illustrator.

Start right

Always concider a technology/software that will help produce the best result. Adobe illustrator should be one of the best out there and the free alternative is inkscape.

Its all about the pen.

Unlike the legacy pencil that we are used to or brushes in ourdaily painting,......The pen tool is something you will have to learn if you are to do great vector art,....it could seem rather challenging at first but it all gets easier with practice. Which brings me to my next tip.

Practice

This has been taught to us right from childhood,....practice makes perfect, and the tale remains true even for this contect,...even just afew minutes of practice per day could make you a star. Remember it all starts with a try.

Its doesnt have to be complex

I personally love minimalistic art and i would recomend it for any beginner out there. You can always pick an everyday object like a simple cup and try to learn afew concepts from it like curves, shadows and edges,....its should be enough to get you started to your trip to greatness.

Conclusion.

This is probably very little information to get you far but these few tips much as seemingly little, should be very helpful in getting you started with vector art. Enjoy.


read more Posted by kwizera Innocent 28th Jan 2018