Will Alibaba’s Car Vending Machine Make You A Happier Car Buyer? Will Car Salesmen Lose Job To A Car Vending Machine?

I remembered how stressful buying a car was for me.  Ten years ago, a car salesman even insulted me for not accepting his deal, and he told me why even bothered to try to buy the car I want in the first place.  He said I properly fit better with cheaper cars, but I told him I wanted a better deal for the car I was trying to buy.  Anyway, the moral of the story was whether you’re right or wrong on wanting to buy a car you want, dealing with a car salesman can sometimes be very stressful for a car buyer.

That car salesman even suggested I should trade in my old car for the newer one, and when I was done with the calculation according to his deal I noticed that the dealership was trying to swallow my old car without crediting much back into the newer car I wanted to buy.  Basically, I sold the old car by placing an online classified car ad and bought the new car through the dealership without doing a trade-in deal.  The moral of the story continues, it’s rare for you to be lucky to not have to deal with a dealership and car salesmen that would not want to eat you up alive when you’re trying to buy a car.

Anyway, I like any idea of buying a car without the insults and stress, and so I think I wouldn’t mind buying a car through a giant vending machine like the one that is being suggested in the video right after the break.

Although Alibaba’s giant car vending machine idea seems to be futuristic, but I think it’s just a smarter way of repackaging readily available ideas into a smoother car buying operation.  If I understand the video correctly, after you collect your car from the giant vending machine you get to test drive it for couple days.  Once you commit to buying the car you could just then pop online and finish up the payment process.  This way, you cut out the middlemen like some sleazy car salesmen, and your whole car purchasing process might be smoother and more enjoyable.


So, Neoliberalism Is Wrong And Dangerous?

It was kind of hard for me to follow all the details within the YouTube’s video lecture on “Neoliberalism and History, or: How Should We Understand China?” in which professor Michael Puett of Harvard weaves a web of cautions and insights on why Neoliberalism ideal isn’t perfect and could lead to a danger of a breakdown of a society.  In the video, he also admits that people for centuries have been trying to create ideal worlds in which they believe to be natural and perfect and so whatever and whoever that doesn’t fit within such an idealistic world would ultimately be forced into accepting the ideal world or be perished through violence.  Sometimes, people in the pasts were lucky to be flourished at certain periods within such an ideal world they created and believed to be natural, but often they all failed in the end.  The dangerous thing about believing in an ideal world to be natural and perfect, professor Michael Puett points out in the video, is that the people within such a world often fail to see the hidden dangers of such a world they create and live within.  People in such a world would fail to learn the mistakes of other alternate worlds that had gotten created by other people of other cultures in the past and present since they would believe there would be no viable alternatives to their idealistic, perfect world.

Regardless the winding details that professor Michael Puett weaves on the dangers of believing in an ideal world, I think I got the gist of it all as he neatly ties all the knots together in the video near the end of his lecture.  Basically, I think what he says in the video is that China is also creating an alternate ideal world known as Confuciusism, and this Confuciusism is competing against Neoliberalism in another so-called ideal modernity-ism.  So, there are some dangers that hide within a Confuciusism too.  Nonetheless, I think he supports how the current Chinese government is regulating the Chinese economy and the Communist party itself — he talks in regarding of spheres of influences act upon another to regulate and prevent dangers — because the Chinese government is behaving in this very manner by creating spheres of various influences that prevent tycoons and corporations from controlling the market — thus preventing the market controllers to control the population and the government itself within China.

You could argue that the ultimate sphere within China is the Communist party thus the danger of this sphere is being too powerful and no other sphere could provide the check and balance to this Communist party sphere.  Nonetheless, professor Michael Puett admits in the video that all systems (ideal worlds) have mostly failed eventually within history, and so as long the never-ending learning process in constructing a better world is vibrant the flourishing society could be played out as we speak.  Thus, I think — as long the Chinese communist party is self-consciously keeping itself in check to prevent corruptions and so forth and to carry out the right regulations and policies to prevent the market from harming the populous at the same time keeping up with the demands of the Chinese populous — the Chinese government could, in fact, preserving the positive aspects of the Chinese communist party sphere.  Basically, as long the ultimate sphere in China isn’t going down the negative path, the other spheres would be kept in line to do the positive aspects that those spheres are designed to be doing.

In summary, I guess, as long the one entity isn’t believing the world they create is natural, then there is room for self-awareness in which mistakes could be foreseen and corrected.  I guess the one entity could improve one’s entity-self by learning the best aspects of the one entity’s past and other past worlds.  By avoiding the mistakes of the one entity’s past and past worlds, the one entity could avoid from repeating the same mistakes that occurred in the many periodic pasts. So the gist of it all from this lecture is that to be self-aware and to encourage the competition of different spheres of influences so a better future could be created.  Oh, one more thing, the world we create or creating isn’t natural and perfect, but it’s an ongoing work in progress.  It could be morphed into whatever shape as long the shape would provide a prosperous society and a prospect of a better future.  It could be an ongoing morphing shape so the society could continue to be prosperous as long as possible.

China Moves Fast Into The Future With Self-Driving Buses In Shenzhen.

A few days ago, a taxi man engaged me in a conversation.  He asked if I was ubering someone because he saw me was waiting near his spot.  I told him I was not and was only waiting for a friend.  The conversation carried on to the point in which he confessed Uber has taken away too many customers from him.  He told me once he was making something like thousands of dollars in a week, but now this is pretty much gone.

I didn’t want to make him feel worse, and so I kept my mouth shut about automation.  Basically, China is heading this way.  More self-driving buses are now out and about in Shenzhen, China.  Check out the video on this right after the break.

I think even whoever relies on Uber for driving customers around will eventually lose out to self-driving Uber cars.  In fact, I can even imagine up some self-driving car services such as self-driving taxi cabs will be able to mimic a human touch by installing smart, sexy robots that can pretend to drive but could carry on a real conversation with the human customers.

I think the future is all about automation.  I think this trend will speed up fast.  I think people will lose jobs to automation for sure.

Root Security Flaw Allows Anyone To Become Root In Mac OS High Sierra

I can confirm the new root security flaw would affect the Apple’s MacBook Pro 2016 model because I’m using one at the moment.  I can also confirm this same flaw would also work on my older MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 model).  Basically, as of how other people have mentioned, this flaw would work regardlessly the MacBook laptop model you’re using as long you had upgraded your MacBook machine to Mac OS High Sierra.  As of now, the flaw is also affecting the latest version of Mac SO High Sierra (10.13.1).  How would the flaw work?  Read on…

I assume this flaw would work still even you have turned on FileVault.  Basically, as long your Mac allow anybody to enter the username as root at the login screen or any login prompt (except in terminal), he/she could just hit enter once or twice without using any password and the root login would be successful.  If you’re new to Mac and Linux, let’s just say that root is the super account that can do just about anything on Mac and Linux machines.  Root can change all users’ passwords.  In fact, root can even erase the entire machine’s storage and destroy the whole operating system with just one command which is [rm -rf /].

I tested the flaw out as how I’d seen on YouTube, and it worked marvelously.  Basically, I was already logged into the machine, and so I went to System Preferences > Users & Groups > clicked the lock icon at the bottom left > entered root at the username prompt > hit “enter key” twice and became root right after.  From here I could change any user’s password or delete any user and group.  In fact, any login prompt would allow me to become root and execute the available super account’s features.

To fix this problem, as seen on YouTube, I opened up the terminal > typed in the command [sudo su] > entered root password (hit enter key without password won’t work in terminal) > typed in command [passwd] > entered same root password or new one (doesn’t matter as long you type in a password you could remember) > exit the terminal entirely by typed [exit] couple times in the terminal > shutdown the terminal by quitting the terminal from the dock.  After this, I tried the root flaw and it wouldn’t work on the graphical user interface such as in the System Preferences.  Thus, I think the fix is real.

Here is one secret I would let you guys in.  Actually, this flaw isn’t a flaw.  Apple has always been easy in regarding in allowing people to physically reset a user password.  In fact, you can also reset a root password of your Mac for as long as Mac has been in the existence, because in the video right after the break I’d talked about how to reset an administrator password in Mac OS X Lion without remembering the root password or using a recovery disk.  By the way, Mac OS X Lion is way back then.  I think Mac OS X Lion was released in 2011.

Since 2011-2012, I haven’t tested the trick I talked about in the video, and so I’m very rusty now.  I’m not even sure the same trick would work exactly the same way as how I had walked you through in the video for newer machines and newer Mac OS iterations.  Regardless, I think even now there should be some similar tricks for you to reset an administrator/root password on any Mac OS as long you got a physical access to the machine.  Maybe FileVault would be able to stop and block the trick I’d shown you in the video from working successfully, but I’m not sure if this is even the case since I haven’t tested this very trick out when I got FileVault running.  So, I think the best security is still all about keeping your machine in a locked cage when you’re not around it.  Keeping a physical machine away from unwanted intruders/hackers would be the best way to stop easy hacks.  Regardless, sometimes remote hacks could also be as easy as the root flaw I’d mentioned in this post.