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etc. - a little of this, a little of that - by Oliver Del Signore

Archive for May 3rd, 2011


Android malware, condoms in schools, superbugs

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Still clearing the newspaper pile.

Are you running Goggle’s Android mobile-phone software on your phone? If so, beware. The platform is facing a huge increase in applications (apps) loaded with malicious software. According to Google, it had found only two malicious apps last September. Six months later it has identified 70 different types of malware. Read the story here.

I have a dinosaur cell phone that was state-of-the-art back in 2004. It still works fine for calling my wife and kids so I’m keeping it until it dies.


Back on April 20th, the Boston Globe published a thought-provoking column by attorney Frank L. McNamara Jr. titled On teen sex, ‘practical’ goes awry. It’s an excellent piece that points out the problems and fallacies surrounding efforts to pass out condoms in schools.

What’s your take on the issue?


A genetic mutation is creating superbugs that are resistant to nearly all antibiotics. The NDM-1 mutation, which appears to have originated in New Dehli, has been identified in 11 different bacteria. Along with those in India, patients infected with these superbugs have been identified in Japan, the U.K., the U.S., Australia and other South Asian countries.

Two articles from Time Healthland:

NDM-1 Superbug Mutation Shows Up in New Delhi Drinking Water

Why You Need to Worry About NDM-1: Not a ‘Superbug,’ But Still a Threat


Just a thought: Am I the only one who, a few weeks ago, really wanted to see the Federal Government shut down for a month or two?





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