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.
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."
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.
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.
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......
cybrpnk2 writes: NASA is currently (if you'll pardon the pun) faced with a major crisis on the STS-120 flight to the International Space Station. At ISS, one new solar array has metal shavings from an unknown source jamming up the 10-foot diameter rotary gear that enables solar tracking. Meanwhile, a seperate older solar array that was partially re-extended in a new location has ripped and lacks the structural integrity for solar tracking either. An upcoming emergency spacewalk will have an astronaut at the end of a shaky boom applying a metal brace to the fully charged ripped array which he dares not touch directly at risk of electrocution to him or destruction to it. Failure threatens a scheduling trainwreck on upcoming flights to deliver power-hungry European and Japanese laboratory modules before President Bush's mandated 2010 Shuttle retirement.