"When the battery is low, phone-toting New Yorkers will plug into just about anything — but prior to hooking up they should consider who that charger’s been with before."
"Two people from the Arabian peninsula picked up a virus no one has ever seen before; one is now very ill, the other has died. The virus belongs to the same family as SARS, another virus no one had seen before when it emerged from China in 2002. SARS circled the globe and killed almost 800 people, and those are just the ones we know of. Were it not for a landmark global effort in disease control – and a fair amount of luck – it would probably still be out there. Is the still-nameless Middle Eastern virus the next SARS?" —The article says "not yet," but I say, [...]
"Scientists at the Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say they have created a virus that generates electricity. The research is described as a first step toward using genetically engineered viruses to build devices that convert the body’s motion into electricity."
Uh oh: For the first time criminal hackers may have succeeded in creating a network of 'zombie' cellphones, infected without the owners' knowledge with software that can be used to send spam or carry out cyber attacks. Botnets, as such networks are known, are usually made up of infected personal computers and are used to make money from spam or extortion. Millions of machines worldwide are secretly running botnet software and it has been estimated that one in four US personal computers is part of a botnet.
"The mysterious new coronavirus that emerged in the Middle East and has killed 11 people is potentially more deadly than Sars and also more 'promiscuous' – able to infect many different species – University of Hong Kong research has found. Unlike Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome), the new coronavirus can affect many different organs in the body and kills cells rapidly, the researchers say."
"A new respiratory illness similar to the Sars virus that spread globally in 2003 and killed hundreds of people has been identified in a man who is being treated in Britain. The 49-year-old man, who was transferred to a London hospital by air ambulance from Qatar, is the second person confirmed with the coronavirus. The first case was a patient in Saudi Arabia who has since died. Officials are still determining what threat the new virus may pose. The World Health Organization has not recommended any travel restrictions." —How do I continue to drink beer through this cumbersome gas mask? Oh, this is how!
I don't quite understand what exactly it is, but apparently something very bad will happen to your computer on July 9, probably because of all the porn you look at. But there's a site you can go to that tells you if your machine is ok? I guess? I don't know, given what I've seen on the Internet recently you might just be better off letting your machine get eated.
An increasing number of cats and dogs are infected with MRSA-the antibiotic resistant "superbug" created by English people's aversion to washing themselves. However, it seems that the animals are catching the infection from their human owners, rather than other animals, so I guess that's good. Or is it? As someone who spent the day with a vomiting cat I'm not sure how to feel about all of this. I'm gonna settle on "concerned."
"A Shortcuts item about the enduring – and, for many, irritating – popularity of Gangnam Style, the pop song and video by the South Korean rapper Psy, said it was 'like a virus that is immune to antibiotics'. A doctor writes to point out that all viruses are immune to antibiotics, which are used to treat bacterial infections."
"Two men in Missouri who became severely ill after sustaining tick bites were found to be infected with a new type of virus, according to a study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."
Good FUCKING Lord. I just spent the better part of two hours removing some dickserrating virus from my poor computer. You can IMAGINE how pleased I am right now. It was some sort of pox on humanity called Antivirus which installs itself through Adobe or something and requires an intensive series of maneuvers to remove, none of which I'm remotely qualified to perform. And let's not even mention the shame of infection. (Yes, here is where you Mac people can laugh at me. I am happy for you that your shiny, expensive machines are so rare that evil people will not even bother creating viruses for them.) Anyway, [...]