16th February 2013 Archive
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Security breach could have chilling effect
Computer scientists at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (FAU) have demonstrated that it is possible for unauthorized parties to recover data from encrypted Android smartphones using cold boot attacks. And when they say cold, they mean it – below 10°C, to be precise. Android has included built- …
Security 16 Feb 00:03
'Guns did not protect those who possessed them from being shot'
The US gun-control debate may have both sides shooting their mouths off, gunning for each other, going off half-cocked, and [insert tiresome idiom here], but a group of biostatisticians and epidemiologists decided to cut through the cant and apply rigorous research to one critical question: does carrying a gun increase your …
Policy 16 Feb 01:23
How much is that cloud in the window?
Apple and Microsoft both have their own, dedicated retail stores. Can Google be far behind? If the rumors are true, the answer is "not at all," with the first Google stores due to open by the end of this year. Citing "an extremely reliable source," the gossipmongers at 9to5Google report that the Chocolate Factory is hard at …
Business 16 Feb 01:52
'We failed ... we failed ... we failed'
Heroku has admitted that apps running on its Bamboo tech stack have been exposed to shoddy performance for the past three years. In a surprising mea culpa, the Salesforce-owned platform-as-a-service copped to architectural failures alleged by $20,000-a-month customer Rap Genius earlier this week. The company's general manager …
Cloud 16 Feb 02:04
Comment Long-term civilization on a single planet is impossible
The twin visitations from our solar system on Friday – one expected and one not – are yet another signal that mankind really needs to get out and about a bit more if we are to survive as a long-term species. Those with an interest in space had already blocked out Friday on our calendars for the flyby of the asteroid 2012 DA14 …
Science 16 Feb 02:29