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Quantum computer solves problem, without running

Using an optical-based quantum computer, a research team led by physicist Paul Kwiat has presented the first demonstration of “counterfactual computation,” inferring information about an answer, even though the computer did not run.

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February 22, 2006 Posted by | Science, technology | Leave a comment

Hamachi VPN as a service on any version of Windows

Here’s a good article on how to install and configure Hamachi to run as a service that automatically connects on Windows 2000, XP, and 2003. It lays out all the necessary steps in one place.

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February 19, 2006 Posted by | Security, technology | Leave a comment

Firefox Has Gained Over 10% Market Share Worldwide!

Firefox has gained over 10% market share worldwide currently, in under a year! Now help Mozilla promote their 2006 plan for Firefox v2.0 & v3.0

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February 19, 2006 Posted by | technology | 1 Comment

Microsoft: Upgraded Motherboard = New Windows Licence

Microsoft wants you to buy a new Windows licence every time you upgrade your motherboard. Microsoft changed its licence agreement to reflect this policy change.

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February 19, 2006 Posted by | Business, technology | 1 Comment

Oracle tries to buy MySQL

Oracle tried to acquire open-source database maker MySQL. I don’t believe it, I think Oracle is trying to take out a competitor. The article, however, discusses how this is “an indication of the profound changes the software giant is willing to make as it adapts to the increasingly significant collaborative programming philosophy”

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February 19, 2006 Posted by | Business, technology | 1 Comment

The Real Reason Microsoft Supports HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray: To Kill Them Both

Microsoft wants both Blu-ray and HD DVD to lose. You see, before Microsoft and Intel backed HD DVD, Toshiba was just about the only major consumer hardware brand backing HD DVD. Now, since Microsoft and Intel have hopped on to the HD DVD bandwagon and at least dragged HP part of the way there, HD DVD has become a much more viable option.

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February 19, 2006 Posted by | Business, Politics, technology | 1 Comment

Houston Police Chief Wants To Put Surveillance Cameras In Your Private Home

“I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?” – Police Chief Harold Hurtt

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February 19, 2006 Posted by | Politics, Privacy, Security | Leave a comment

Famous Unsolved Codes and Ciphers

This is an unofficial list of well-known unsolved codes and ciphers. A couple of the better-known unsolved ancient historical scripts are also thrown in, since they tend to come up during any discussion of unsolved codes.

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February 19, 2006 Posted by | Science, Security, technology | 1 Comment

EMP Warhead Tested

“Britain, which has taken the lead in developing EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse) devices, is testing a new EMP warhead with the United States. This weapon is intended for use in cruise missiles or UAVs, for attacks on enemy command and control centers.”

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February 19, 2006 Posted by | Science, Security, technology | Leave a comment

Canadians Psiphon to Break Great Firewall of China

“More than fifteen years after the Berlin Wall was shattered with hammers and bulldozers, a Canadian-designed computer program is preparing to break through what activists call the great firewall of China.”

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February 19, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment