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Submission + - Hubble is back in business (wired.com)

schleprock63 writes: "After being "fixed up" the Hubble space telescope is back in business with spectacular pictures http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/09/hubble_gallery The telescope is 19 years old and has been updated with two new instruments: the Wide Field Camera 3 and Cosmic Origins Spectrograph.

Now if it could only take a picture of Big Foot, maybe NASA could afford to keep it up and running.


Submission + - Would you let somebody monitor your BlackBerry usa (berryreview.com) 1

eaoliver writes: "A PhD Candidate from the University of Waterloo is trying to conduct a study detailing how users interact with their BlackBerrys. He is asking BlackBerry users to load an application on their BlackBerry that runs as a background process that records when you are using or charging your BlackBerry device.

Would you let somebody monitor your BlackBerry usage?"


Submission + - Schneier Calls Google OS Security Claims 'Idiotic'

The Narrative Fallacy writes: "While Google says that that it is "going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates," according to security expert Bruce Schneier, such claims are "idiotic." adding that "it was mathematically proved decades ago that it is impossible — not an engineering impossibility, not technologically impossible, but the 2+2=3 kind of impossible — to create an operating system that is immune to viruses." Other security experts suggest that it's at least possible for Google to make a more secure and user-friendly operating system. "With the caveat that nothing out there is going to be 100 percent secure, and new systems ... are going to have more problems than code that's been battle-tested for a long time, I think the Google guys are right," says Brian Chess, cofounder and chief security officer at cybersecurity vendor Fortify Software. "They could make a system that is significantly better from a security standpoint than the systems most people use today." Google has a chance to start over from a user expectation point of view and could, for example, make top security a default setting in the OS, instead of requiring users to change their setting to make their OS more secure, says Chess. "The question is, is the system going to be able to do a reasonable job of defending itself even in the face of a certain amount of user error? I think they've got a pretty good shot at it.""

Campaign Sites Full of Vulnerabilities 36

An anonymous reader writes "Bloggers have been buzzing about the new wave of "Web 2.0" campaign sites, but it seems that a lot of presidential candidates haven't bothered to protect themselves from cross-site scripting attacks. A blogger has found a collection of XSS vulnerabilities including the websites of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, John Cox, Newt Gingrich, Tom Tancredo, the Democratic National Committee, and even a surprise from Whitehouse.gov. Some of the holes are low-risk, but others would allow a user's accounts on the affected website to be compromised. A victim would simply have to click on a maliciously crafted link that appears to lead to the candidate's site."

Submission + - Rosetta probe reveals Martian cloud systems

MattSparkes writes: "The ESA's Rosetta probe swooped around Mars on Sunday, completing a key manoeuvre in its 10-year mission to land on a distant comet. The 3-tonne probe came within 155 miles of the planet's surface, and took some incredible images that reveal cloud systems on the planet. "At this time of the Martian year, a large fraction of Mars' atmosphere is evaporating from the southern polar cap and will migrate to the northern polar cap during nothern winter. Over most of the Martian disk one can see large cloud systems.""

Submission + - Metasploit running on embedded devices

An anonymous reader writes: Its seems that security researcher David Maynor has gotten the popular open source security tool Metasploit to run on the Nokia N800 internet tablet. Since the N800 runs uses Linux as its OS all that was required was a ruby interpreter. Maynor shows pictures of breaking into a Windows 2000 machine from the N800. http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=54

Bacteria To Protect Against Quakes 81

Roland Piquepaille writes "If you live near the sea, chances are high that your home is built over sandy soil. And if an earthquake strikes, deep and sandy soils can turn to liquid with disastrous consequences for the buildings built above them. Now, US researchers have found a way to use bacteria to steady buildings against earthquakes by turning these sandy soils into rocks. 'Starting from a sand pile, you turn it back into sandstone,' the chief researcher explained. It is already possible to inject chemicals into the ground to reinforce it, but this technique can have toxic effects on soil and water. In contrast, the use of common bacteria to 'cement' sands has no harmful effects on the environment. So far this method is limited to labs and the researchers are working on scaling their technique. Here are more references and a picture showing how unstable ground can aggravate the consequences of an earthquake."

Submission + - Windows for warships nearly ready.....

mattaw writes: The Register is carrying the sanest and balanced article on Windows deployment in UK warships that I have read to date in the public domain.

As an ex-naval bod myself we have long considered that this is potentially a REAL problem. The main issues are the huge amount of unrelated code that is imported with the kernel and the need for incredibly fast response times.

Submission + - PS3's backward incompatibility

JFMulder writes: According to GameIndustry.biz, Sony has decided to remove the Emotion Engine (PS2's main CPU) from the new model PS3 launched in Europe next month in order to drive the cost down. According to the same article, the console will have limited backward compatibility with PS2 games at launch and a list of games will be made available. One can speculate that these cost savings won't be passed on to the consumer since Sony is trying to get the cost of the console down as much as possible to break even. One has to wonder why they haven't done that 2 months ago if Sony truly believes that backward compatibility is not 'that important'.

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