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Submission + - New Android App Attack Requires No Permissions (

cybrpnk2 writes: In this Arxiv paper, three German students present a novel,
highly critical attack that allows unprompted installation of arbitrary
applications from the Android Market. Their attack is based on a single
malicious application, which, in contrast to previously known attacks,
does not require the user to grant it any permissions.


Submission + - Satellite Sees Atmospheric Warming Before Quake (

cybrpnk2 writes: From Tech Review's arXiv Blog: "Dimitar Ouzounov at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland and a few buddies present the data from the Great Tohoku earthquake which devastated Japan on 11 March. Their results, although preliminary, are eye-opening. They say that before the M9 earthquake, the total electron content of the ionosphere increased dramatically over the epicentre, reaching a maximum three days before the quake struck. At the same time, satellite observations showed a big increase in infrared emissions from above the epicentre, which peaked in the hours before the quake. In other words, the atmosphere was heating up."

Submission + - Phantom 15 Million-The Future That Never Happened (

cybrpnk2 writes: The job machine called American Business has not only destroyed millions of existing jobs to create the highest sustained unemployment rate in decades, it has also mysteriously failed to produce 15 million jobs once projected for the first decade of the 21st Century. Now US businesses are sitting on close to $2 trillion in cash with no apparent intent to invest it in American jobs. Why should they — Apple, for example, doubled their profits on iPhone by assembling it with Asian workers and letting it be a $2 billion burden on the US trade deficit.

Submission + - NASA Releases Failure Report On Outback Crash (

cybrpnk2 writes: In a Friday news release, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has issued Part 1 and Part 2 of an excellent and very interesting failure review on the April 28 failed balloon launch of the Nuclear Compton Telescope at Alice Springs, Australia. Bottom line: make sure you don't need a gorilla to pull the payload release handle at balloon launch; if the release mechanism does fail then make sure your safety cables are sized for lift loads and a swinging payload, not just static hanging payload weight; and oh yeah — keep people and vehicles out of the downwind flight path. One spectator was nearly crushed while running from his SUV that was hit and flipped (Figure 29, Vol I). At least nobody ordered video evidence destroyed.

Submission + - Vote For Hacker Barbie (

cybrpnk2 writes: It's time to pick a new career for Barbie. She's had over 125 so far, and Mattel is letting the public vote for her next one. Results are announced February 12, with a plastic Barbie incarnation coming soon therafter to a toy store near you. The choices are environmentalist, surgeon, architect, news anchor and COMPUTER ENGINEER. Hmmmmmm......

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead