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  • Teleportation Goes Long-Distance

    19 August, 2004

    The BBC have an article about Australian researchers successfully teleporting photons a distance of 600m, advancing upon thier first efforts in the field, over two years ago.

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  • Bush’s Foreign Friends

    18 August, 2004

    There’s a new googlebomb out, abusing the way that the popular Google search engine works. To see it in action, go to Google and enter “Bush’s foreign friends” (including the speechmarks) as the search term, and hit the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button.

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  • On The Importance Of A Firewall

    17 August, 2004

    This is a graph showing the average amount of time between port scans against Windows boxen, and it’s change from last year to this year. It’s down from 40 minutes to 20 minutes over the last year. If we take this and assume a few things: (a) There will always be Windows security vulnerabilities – not an unreasonable assumption in

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  • Where Do They Make Balloons?

    17 August, 2004

    So I come home from work on Monday evening to find my flat full of balloons. WTF???

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  • The ActionScript Jabberwocky

    17 August, 2004

    This made me smile: The Jabberwocky in ActionScript (Macromedia Flash’s scripting language). It’s another one of those that you’ll really need to be a proper geek to appreciate, but it’s really quite good. Perhaps you need to be a Lewis Carrroll fan, as well…

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  • One Thousand, Two Thousand, Three Thousand… Check Canopy!

    17 August, 2004

    Wow: a most memorable weekend. As you’ll remember, I spent the last weekend on a crash-course in parachuting in Lancashire. Having spent plenty of time in light aircraft or coasting around in a paraglider, I thought I had it sized: but it turned out to be even more spectacular (and scary) than I could have possibly predicted. Saturday consisted of

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  • This Weekend : Parachuting For Dummies

    13 August, 2004

    The good news is that the weather looks fantastic for my parachuting trip this weekend. I can’t think of a better thing to be travelling for on a Friday 13th. The downside is I haven’t spent more than a few consecutive minutes off the phone this morning talking my work colleagues through the code I’ve left behind for them to

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  • Executable Stenography… With A Difference

    13 August, 2004

    Somebody’s come up with a program that hides secret messages in executable programs. Well… that’s not so impressive – we’ve all hidden secret messages in JPEG files before by using programs to ‘flip’ certain pixels (example). This works by changing the image in subtle ways that the human eye won’t detect, but that the descrambling application will. But here’s the

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