Sue W on German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls.: SS7 is a published protocol - it's not really complicated although there's a lot of it. There is a protocol conversion once mobile calls get into the "real" network, so it's not a cause for mass panic. The data they're concerned with is "just" signalling data.
Presumably if you can make a device spoof a mobile phones' data interchange to a tower you can find out roughly where any mobile phone is without setting up a call (part of the signalling protocol). And presumably listening in on mobile calls or getting/sending text messages is simple as long as you are in range of the phone or a tower.
It's probably of limited surveillance use unless you are able to spoof the law enforcement inter-office intercept protocol, when you can have masses of calls automatically recorded or forwarded wherever; but that's under local central office control and unlikely.
As for hacking call forwarding for a double hop, you can't forward a call to a number that is already forwarded to you, and you couldn't pick up outbound calls without being in range, so something is not quite right about that explanation.
Mudak on The Economic Consequences of Drug Resistance: This assumes, of course, that medical science doesn't come up with an alternate way of fighting these bacteria by then. There are some ideas that, although still early in the research prices, show promise.
Sue W on The Economic Consequences of Drug Resistance: As I was driving back to Canada after a 2 hour shopping trip to the U.S., the Canadian border guard asked:
"Have you come back from a trip to West Africa in the last 21 days? Do you know anyone who has come back from West Africa in the last 21 days?"
I'd have felt safer if he asked me if I'd washed my hands :-)
Little Joe on The Economic Consequences of Drug Resistance: Doctors have been warning of this for years. "Superbugs" developing because of drug misuse, but nature has a way of re-balancing the accounts. The bacteria have been here on earth for billions of years and there are trillions and trillions of bacteria for each human. Long after humans are gone, bacteria will still be here. The only thing constant about the earth is that it is constantly changing.