Midnight In The Desert — communication

Software flaw puts mobile phones and networks at risk of complete takeover

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Software flaw puts mobile phones and networks at risk of complete takeover

A newly disclosed vulnerability could allow attackers to seize control of mobile phones and key parts of the world's telecommunications infrastructure and make it possible to eavesdrop or disrupt entire networks, security experts warned Tuesday. The bug resides in a code library used in a wide range of telecommunication products, including radios in cell towers, routers, and switches, as well as the baseband chips in individual phones. Although exploiting the heap overflow vulnerability would require great skill and resources, attackers who managed to succeed would have the ability to execute malicious code on virtually all of those devices. The code...

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The Argument Against Calling Aliens

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The Argument Against Calling Aliens

For the astronomers tasked with finding intelligent life elsewhere in the solar system, one of the most vexing questions is why ET is being so quiet. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) began in 1960 when astronomer Frank Drake spent 3 months scanning the cosmos for life, but in the 50-odd years since Drake’s initial experiment, SETI astronomers have yet to find any convincing evidence that we are not alone. The disappointment this lack of results has led to the creation of a controversial wing of SETI research known as METI (Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligences) or Active SETI. The basic...

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Scientists: We Most Likely Won't Ever Be Able to Communicate With Extraterrestrials

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Scientists: We Most Likely Won't Ever Be Able to Communicate With Extraterrestrials

A new study presented at a SETI meeting in Puerto Rico outlines the ways in which an alien civilization may possess a different, non-visual sensory framework, and how that may color attempts to establish communication with them. A NEW LOOK When we imagine extraterrestrial intelligences, we usually think of something approximately like us—even if they may look a little unusual, possessing the requisite slimy tentacles or bug eyes. In fact, there’s even a term for such hypothetical creatures: “bug-eyed monsters” (or BEMs). However, according to a new paper published at a meeting of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in...

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Buzz Aldrin explains his thoughts on how to communicate with aliens

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Buzz Aldrin explains his thoughts on how to communicate with aliens

Legendary NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin recently talked about colonizing Mars and confirmed his belief in higher lifeforms. Aldrin stopped by AOL Build last week to promote his new book and while taking questions he said he believes there are more intelligent beings in the universe. In response to an audience member's question, Aldrin began discussing a science-fiction story he's working on that relates to Star Trek, saying he's "already about halfway there." He alluded to an alien civilization that sent humans "all of their smarts" 9,000 years ago, so that we could travel to where they are located in the...

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Where to go During a Communications Shutdown

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Where to go During a Communications Shutdown

If you’ve been in meetings and exercises that simulate a total communications loss, you’ve likely wondered what you would do in the event of a catastrophic failure that takes down cellular, Internet, power, and even your own systems. Haiti, Jan. 12, 2010. Within a few days after the quake, a team of amateur radio operators from WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center was called upon to serve as the main source of medical communications. Over the next five weeks, the team manned a 24-hour net connecting Haiti field hospitals, the University of Miami Medical Center and the U.S. Navy hospital...

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