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"Real-life Tricorder" To Be Tested On International Space Station

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the take-a-green-pill dept.

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cylonlover writes "While still impressive, the capabilities of early 'tricorders,' such as the Scanadu and Dr Jansen's tricorder, fall well short of the Star Trek device that inspired them. But a new miniaturized version of a flow cytometer called the Microflow to be tested on the International Space Station (ISS) brings the age of instant diagnosis of medical conditions using a portable device a step closer. The Microflow could also make its way into doctor's offices here on Earth where it might help cut down on the number of follow up visits required after waiting to get results back from the lab."

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Nobody Seems To Notice and Nobody Seems To Care (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41174633)

Nobody Seems To Notice and Nobody Seems To Care - Government & Stealth Malware

In Response To Slashdot Article: Former Pentagon Analyst: China Has Backdoors To 80% of Telecoms 87

How many rootkits does the US[2] use officially or unofficially?

How much of the free but proprietary software in the US spies on you?

Which software would that be?

Visit any of the top freeware sites in the US, count the number of thousands or millions of downloads of free but proprietary software, much of it works, again on a proprietary Operating System, with files stored or in transit.

How many free but proprietary programs have you downloaded and scanned entire hard drives, flash drives, and other media? Do you realize you are giving these types of proprietary programs complete access to all of your computer's files on the basis of faith alone?

If you are an atheist, the comparison is that you believe in code you cannot see to detect and contain malware on the basis of faith! So you do believe in something invisible to you, don't you?

I'm now going to touch on a subject most anti-malware, commercial or free, developers will DELETE on most of their forums or mailing lists:

APT malware infecting and remaining in BIOS, on PCI and AGP devices, in firmware, your router (many routers are forced to place backdoors in their firmware for their government) your NIC, and many other devices.

Where are the commercial or free anti-malware organizations and individual's products which hash and compare in the cloud and scan for malware for these vectors? If you post on mailing lists or forums of most anti-malware organizations about this threat, one of the following actions will apply: your post will be deleted and/or moved to a hard to find or 'deleted/junk posts' forum section, someone or a team of individuals will mock you in various forms 'tin foil hat', 'conspiracy nut', and my favorite, 'where is the proof of these infections?' One only needs to search Google for these threats and they will open your malware world view to a much larger arena of malware on devices not scanned/supported by the scanners from these freeware sites. This point assumed you're using the proprietary Microsoft Windows OS. Now, let's move on to Linux.

The rootkit scanners for Linux are few and poor. If you're lucky, you'll know how to use chkrootkit (but you can use strings and other tools for analysis) and show the strings of binaries on your installation, but the results are dependent on your capability of deciphering the output and performing further analysis with various tools or in an environment such as Remnux Linux. None of these free scanners scan the earlier mentioned areas of your PC, either! Nor do they detect many of the hundreds of trojans and rootkits easily available on popular websites and the dark/deep web.

Compromised defenders of Linux will look down their nose at you (unless they are into reverse engineering malware/bad binaries, Google for this and Linux and begin a valuable education!) and respond with a similar tone, if they don't call you a noob or point to verifying/downloading packages in a signed repo/original/secure source or checking hashes, they will jump to conspiracy type labels, ignore you, lock and/or shuffle the thread, or otherwise lead you astray from learning how to examine bad binaries. The world of Linux is funny in this way, and I've been a part of it for many years. The majority of Linux users, like the Windows users, will go out of their way to lead you and say anything other than pointing you to information readily available on detailed binary file analysis.

Don't let them get you down, the information is plenty and out there, some from some well known publishers of Linux/Unix books. Search, learn, and share the information on detecting and picking through bad binaries. But this still will not touch the void of the APT malware described above which will survive any wipe of r/w media. I'm convinced, on both *nix and Windows, these pieces of APT malware are government in origin. Maybe not from the US, but most of the 'curious' malware I've come across in poisoned binaries, were written by someone with a good knowledge in English, some, I found, functioned similar to the now well known Flame malware. From my experience, either many forum/mailing list mods and malware developers/defenders are 'on the take', compromised themselves, and/or working for a government entity.

Search enough, and you'll arrive at some lone individuals who cry out their system is compromised and nothing in their attempts can shake it of some 'strange infection'. These posts receive the same behavior as I said above, but often they are lone posts which receive no answer at all, AT ALL! While other posts are quickly and kindly replied to and the 'strange infection' posts are left to age and end up in a lost pile of old threads.

If you're persistent, the usual challenge is to, "prove it or STFU" and if the thread is not attacked or locked/shuffled and you're lucky to reference some actual data, they will usually attack or ridicule you and further drive the discussion away from actual proof of APT infections.

The market is ripe for an ambitious company or individual to begin demanding companies and organizations who release firmware and design hardware to release signed and hashed packages and pour this information into the cloud, so everyone's BIOS is checked, all firmware on routers, NICs, and other devices are checked, and malware identified and knowledge reported and shared openly.

But even this will do nothing to stop backdoored firmware (often on commercial routers and other networked devices of real importance for government use - which again opens the possibility of hackers discovering these backdoors) people continue to use instead of refusing to buy hardware with proprietary firmware/software.

Many people will say, "the only safe computer is the one disconnected from any network, wireless, wired, LAN, internet, intranet" but I have seen and you can search yourself for and read about satellite, RF, temperature, TEMPEST (is it illegal in your part of the world to SHIELD your system against some of these APT attacks, especially TEMPEST? And no, it's not simply a CRT issue), power line and many other attacks which can and do strike computers which have no active network connection, some which have never had any network connection. Some individuals have complained they receive APT attacks throughout their disconnected systems and they are ridiculed and labeled as a nutter. The information exists, some people have gone so far as to scream from the rooftops online about it, but they are nutters who must have some serious problems and this technology with our systems could not be possible.

I believe most modern computer hardware is more powerful than many of us imagine, and a lot of these systems swept from above via satellite and other attacks. Some exploits take advantage of packet radio and some of your proprietary hardware. Some exploits piggyback and unless you really know what you're doing, and even then... you won't notice it.

Back to the Windows users, a lot of them will dismiss any strange activity to, "that's just Windows!" and ignore it or format again and again only to see the same APT infected activity continue. Using older versions of sysinternals, I've observed very bizarre behavior on a few non networked systems, a mysterious chat program running which doesn't exist on the system, all communication methods monitored (bluetooth, your hard/software modems, and more), disk mirroring software running[1], scans running on different but specific file types, command line versions of popular Windows freeware installed on the system rather than the use of the graphical component, and more.

[1] In one anonymous post on pastebin, claiming to be from an intel org, it blasted the group Anonymous, with a bunch of threats and information, including that their systems are all mirrored in some remote location anyway.

[2] Or other government, US used in this case due to the article source and speculation vs. China. This is not to defend China, which is one messed up hell hole on several levels and we all need to push for human rights and freedom for China's people. For other, freer countries, however, the concentration camps exist but you wouldn't notice them, they originate from media, mostly your TV, and you don't even know it. As George Carlin railed about "Our Owners", "nobody seems to notice and nobody seems to care".

[3] []

Try this yourself on a wide variety of internet forums and mailing lists, push for malware scanners to scan more than files, but firmware/BIOS. See what happens, I can guarantee it won't be pleasant, especially with APT cases.

So scan away, or blissfully ignore it, but we need more people like RMS[3] in the world. Such individuals tend to be eccentric but their words ring true and clear about electronics and freedom.

I believe we're mostly pwned, whether we would like to admit it or not, blind and pwned, yet fiercely holding to misinformation, often due to lack of self discovery and education, and "nobody seems to notice and nobody seems to care".


Schneier has covered it before: power line fluctuations (differences on the wire in keys pressed).

There's thermal attacks against cpus and temp, also:

ENF (google it)

A treat (ENF Collector in Java):

sourceforge dot net fwdslash projects fwdslash nfienfcollector

No single antimalware scanner exists which offers the ability to scan (mostly proprietary) firmware on AGP/PCI devices (sound cards, graphics cards, usb novelty devices excluding thumb drives), BIOS/CMOS.

If you boot into ultimate boot cd you can use an archane text interface to dump BIOS/CMOS and examine/checksum.

The real attacks which survive disk formats and wipes target your PCI devices and any firmware which may be altered/overwritten with something special. It is not enough to scan your hard drive(s) and thumb drives, the real dangers with teeth infect your hardware devices.

When is the last time you:

Audited your sound card for malware?
Audited your graphics card for malware?
Audited your network card for malware?

Google for:

* AGP and PCI rootkit(s)
* Network card rootkit(s)
* BIOS/CMOS rootkit(s)

Our modern PC hardware is capable of much more than many can imagine.

Do you:

* Know your router's firmware may easily be replaced on a hacker's whim?
* Shield all cables against leakage and attacks
* Still use an old CRT monitor and beg for TEMPEST attacks?
* Use TEMPEST resistant fonts in all of your applications including your OS?
* Know whether or not your wired keyboard has keypresses encrypted as they pass to your PC from the keyboard?
* Use your PC on the grid and expose yourself to possible keypress attacks?
* Know your network card is VERY exploitable when plugged into the net and attacked by a hard core blackhat or any vicious geek with the know how?
* Search out informative papers on these subjects and educate your friends and family about these attacks?
* Contact antimalware companies and urge them to protect against many or all these attacks?

Do you trust your neighbors? Are they all really stupid when it comes to computing or is there a geek or two without a conscience looking to exploit these areas?

The overlooked threat are the potential civilian rogues stationed around you, especially in large apartment blocks who feed on unsecured wifi to do their dirty work.

With the recent news of Russian spies, whether or not this news was real or a psyop, educate yourself on the present threats which all antimalware scanners fail to protect against and remove any smug mask you may wear, be it Linux or OpenBSD, or the proprietary Windows and Mac OS you feel are properly secured and not vulnerable to any outside attacks because you either don't need an antivirus scanner (all are inept to serious attacks) or use one or several (many being proprietary mystery machines sending data to and from your machine for many reasons, one is to share your information with a group or set database to help aid in threats), the threats often come in mysterious ways.

Maybe the ancients had it right: stone tablets and their own unique language(s) rooted in symbolism.


I'm more concerned about new rootkits which target PCI devices, such as the graphics card and the optical drives, also, BIOS. Where are the malware scanners which scan PCI devices and BIOS for mismatches? All firmware, BIOS and on PCI devices should be checksummed and saved to match with others in the cloud, and archived when the computer is first used, backing up signed firmware.

When do you recall seeing signed router firmware upgrades with any type of checksum to check against? Same for PCI devices and optical drives and BIOS.

Some have begun with BIOS security: []

Some BIOS has write protection in its configuration, a lot of newer computers don't.


"Disconnect your PC from the internet and don't add anything you didn't create yourself. It worked for the NOC list machine in Mission Impossible"

The room/structure was likely heavily shielded, whereas most civvies don't shield their house and computer rooms. There is more than meets the eye to modern hardware.


subversion hack:

network card rootkits and trojans
pci rootkits
packet radio
xmit "fm fingerprinting" software
"specific emitter identification"

how many malware scanners scan bios/cmos and pci/agp cards for malware? zero, even the rootkit scanners. have you checksummed/dumped your bios/cmos and firmware for all your pci/agp devices and usb devices, esp vanity usb devices in and outside the realm of common usb devices (thumbdrives, external hdds, printers),

Unless your computer room is shielded properly, the computers may still be attacked and used, I've personally inspected computers with no network connection running mysterious code in the background which task manager for windows and the eqiv for *nix does not find, and this didn't find it all.

Inspect your windows boot partition in *nix with hexdump and look for proxy packages mentioned along with command line burning programs and other oddities. Computers are more vulnerable than most would expect.

You can bet all of the malware scanners today, unless they are developed by some lone indy coder in a remote country, employ whitelisting of certain malware and none of them scan HARDWARE devices apart from the common usb devices.

Your network cards, sound cards, cd/dvd drives, graphics cards, all are capable of carrying malware to survive disk formatting/wiping.

Boot from a Linux live cd and use hexdump to examine your windows (and *nix) boot sectors to potentially discover interesting modifications by an unknown party.


Re:Nobody Seems To Notice and Nobody Seems To Care (1, Informative)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175509)

Don't care.

Short version (4, Insightful)

wbr1 (2538558) | more than 2 years ago | (#41174661)

For the tl;dr people
Not a tricorder but very effin cool.

Re:Short version (2)

slashmydots (2189826) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175287)

but see, they don't need one since the ISS has an onboard emergency medical hologram :-P

Re:Short version (1)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 2 years ago | (#41177871)

Also, there was 2 types of tricorders:
Spock's regular tricorder
Bones' medical tricorder. (has a scanning cylinder that detaches fro the unit)

My tricorder (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41174665)

is an android that connects to webmd.

Re:My tricorder (2)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175097)

No, that's a PADD.

Ready for (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 2 years ago | (#41174667)

Paramount lawsuit in 3 2 1

Anyway where on the ISS are they going to find the alien life(but not as we know it)form to test it on?

Re:Ready for (5, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#41174737)

Dammit Jim! I'm a doctor, not a patent attorney!

Re:Ready for (4, Funny)

CheshireDragon (1183095) | more than 2 years ago | (#41174801)

I'd like to see Paramount take a spaceship up and try and try to enforce.
besides, I am not a Star Trek fan, but didn't that one guy say if anyone could make a real one, then to do it?

Re:Ready for (2)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175111)

You mean CBS. ;)

Oh and, no, it's explicitly stated they'll allow a product called a 'tricorder' if it really is a tool for helping mankind. Gene had high hopes for us.

Re:Ready for (4, Funny)

wbr1 (2538558) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175187)

I canna give her any more cap'n. Not till we pay the patent licensing fees for the matter-anti matter converters.

Re:Ready for (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 2 years ago | (#41177717)

I was always under the impression that Roddenberry went out of his way to make sure there was an exception for "Tricorder" so that it wasn't trademark incumbered (hoping that the term would gain traction); though you can't violate the "look & feel" of Paramount's IP. I could be wrong though.

Re:Ready for (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#41178251)

Anyway where on the ISS are they going to find the alien life (but not as we know it) form to test it on?

If it's "as we know it" it isn't alien. As to where to find aliens, since none of the astronauts are native to the ISS, they're all aliens!

Star Trek (4, Informative)

bgibby9 (614547) | more than 2 years ago | (#41174705)

Let's face it, everything revealed within Star Trek (or most Sci-Fi for that fact) will eventually come to pass not because it's "going" to happen, but through hard work and effort from those who want to see that tech become reality.

Either way I say, go hard ppl!

Re:Star Trek (2)

wbr1 (2538558) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175237)

Or most sci-fi you say?

Planet of the Apes?
Soylent Green?
Omega Man>

Or, to get away from Charleton Heston:

Farenheit 452
Ender's Game
Logan's Run
Flowers for Algernon

Need I continue?

Re:Star Trek (3, Funny)

ryanov (193048) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175389)

Farenheit 452

Was there a sequel I missed?

Re:Star Trek (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175465)


Re:Star Trek (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175907)

1984 is being worked on you know? Haven't you noticed that red LED flashing from your webcam?

Re:Star Trek (1)

bgibby9 (614547) | more than 2 years ago | (#41176445)

Yup, please do

Re:Star Trek (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41180477)

In the meantime, please learn how to spell the word "people".

Re:Star Trek (1)

bgibby9 (614547) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197753)

In the meantime, please learn how to spell the word "people".

Only if you read the context of the reply correctly to see that "please" is supposed to say "please" not "people" you coward of sub-par intellect

Re:Star Trek (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175251)

With enough energy in a single spot you create matter. The highest power Lasers here on Earth already do create matter. Light is simply electromagnetism. Your brain is an electrochemical computer. With a big enough and powerful enough mind, your could use your thoughts alone to become invisible, create and manipulate matter, etc. So, Q seems legit. Now, if we can just get the religious fundamentalists to let us put cybergenetic implants in children we'll get there faster. Otherwise, we'll just use rat brain cells, and it won't really be "humanity", who's the supreme race now will it?

Re:Star Trek (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 2 years ago | (#41176901)

Of all the races in Star Trek you chose Q as the role model? Okay, so at least it's not the Ferengi but still there has to be a better goal to shoot for.

Except if you actually propose a race of John de Lancie clones.

Re:Star Trek (1)

Anon-Admin (443764) | more than 2 years ago | (#41177447)

Rules of acquisition #45 "Expand, or die"

He could still be following the rules of acquisition just looking to expand his mind.

Re:Star Trek (1)

Robert Zenz (1680268) | more than 2 years ago | (#41176333)

Either way I say, go hard ppl!

... ... ... ... ...I'm at work. :/

Re:Star Trek (1)

FlopEJoe (784551) | more than 2 years ago | (#41177685)

Let's face it, everything revealed within Star Trek (or most Sci-Fi for that fact) will eventually come to pass not because it's "going" to happen, but through hard work and effort from those who want to see that tech become reality.

It will not come to pass through hard work and effort. It will happen because the government built a road in front of the developer's house.

Re:Star Trek (1)

blueturffan (867705) | more than 2 years ago | (#41182535)

posting to reverse an incorrect mod.

Re:Star Trek (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 2 years ago | (#41178387)

Wehaven't even got a theoretical way to do the Impulse Drive, let alone Warp Drive and that is the heart of Star Trek and similar SF tales.

Re:Star Trek (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#41178593)

Let's face it, everything revealed within Star Trek (or most Sci-Fi for that fact) will eventually come to pass

Most, or at least much of it already has. When Star Trek came out in 1966 there were no cell phones (communicators), flat screen computers, voice activated computers, self-opening doors, medical readouts, space shuttles... and in some cases we've already bypassed Star Trek's tech. In The Wrath of Khan, McCoy gave Kirk a pair of reading glasses. In 2003 the FDA approved the CrystaLens, an implant that cures not only age-related farsightedness, but nearsightedness, astigmatism, and cataracts as well.

It will be a while before we get transporters, warp drive, and matter replicators, though.

Invention theater? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41174785)

Why not test it on earth? You know, where it's likely to be used?

I've always been really annoyed that the state of the art for typical infections can't be easily determined in office by your typical family practitioner.

Wouldn't it be nice to actually know what virus you have? There could be all sorts of great patient data that could come out of that.

Of course manufactures of electron microscopes and any other equipment that could tell you the actual virus don't have any incentive to lower their prices or move the state of the art along.

Re:Invention theater? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41174847)

Agreed that we should test on earth. I find this a bit weird that it has ISS attached to it. I'm sure there must be some reason.

"annoyed." I love it. I know it's just a word, but come on. Annoyed that we can't isolate in real-time something infinitesimally small from billions of other infinitesimally small things somewhere in your body at your family doctor. Ya, real annoying. Like, why aren't people working on that right? Stop smoking dope and work on something slackers.

And blame the ELECTRON MICROSCOPE manufacturers. If only they would lower prices, we could just point one of those bad boys at your throat and see the freaking viruses, right? Oops, hold still johnny -- Was that a Chicken pox virus, ebola or one of the millions of other types of viruses or bacteria in your body at any given time? Stop moving around!

Re:Invention theater? (2)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175297)

"Agreed that we should test on earth. I find this a bit weird that it has ISS attached to it"

It's because the ISS is one of those sparely populated areas where no doctors are available.

Re:Invention theater? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175127)

Why not test it on earth? You know, where it's likely to be used?

What... did they only build one or something?

Re:Invention theater? (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175129)

Re: Why not test it on earth?
Space makes it sexy, cool, normal and very good.
So when you read about troops on night patrol in a persons home having a computer asking questions, taking samples, prints it feels just fine.
Upset the computer and its hood time.

Re:Invention theater? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175643)

Why not test it on earth? You know, where it's likely to be used?

First, it's a miniature version of a flow cytometer, which we already have (and use) on Earth.
Second, the ISS and NASA need small version of stuff for obvious reasons. Nobody was making a miniature version, so NASA had to develop one. Since they plan on using it on the ISS, it's only logical that they'd test it up there before relying on it or making it part of the standard "medical kit".
Third, they test everything before they send it up, the reason for the test on the ISS is they want to make sure it operates properly in space.

I'd have thought this was all obvious, but I guess not.

Let's face it (-1, Troll)

xinmaoguo (2677943) | more than 2 years ago | (#41174873)

Indoor gel fireplace [] Have it bring to the home from heating the house to create a warm and comfortable key in the house, a fireplace will tell you welfare but for some, with a fireplace at home is not enough. They know how to outdoor fireplace may expand home life scope and create together, relax the other space, and entertain.

5 years and apple (4, Insightful)

onyxruby (118189) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175121)

Give it 5 years and Apple will be suing other people for their patent on the "Irecorder".

Re:5 years and apple (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41176173)

Is that for recording irony?

Re:5 years and apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41179791)

no, it's to measure the ire caused by a world unable to poop cause Apple managed to get it's hands on that too.

Re:5 years and apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41176421)

Came here to make the same comment. Wish I had mod points for you.

You'll have to settle for a 'fan' instead :-p

Cool device... (1)

Robert Zenz (1680268) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175853)

...but how does that qualify as Tricorder or Tricorder-like-device?

Reply (-1)

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Scans of the ISS reveal... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41176191)

it turns out the entire ISS is made out of widdlywee!

Finally something better than Zoidberg! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41181013)

It's been too long since our beloved astronauts have been improperly diagnosed by a bipedal crustation. OMG my captcha totally says "orgies"

Canadian science? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41184015)

Will be cut by the current government in 3... 2...

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