Archive for February, 2008

How to hurl things at people

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

This week I met someone who recently got to watch the Navy's latest railgun test firing in person. The flames are caused purely by friction with the air, not by any kind of explosive propellant. Yikes. The projectile was traveling at 5,600 miles per hour (Mach 7). By contrast, a ...

The twitness

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

I've joined Twitter. Micro-blogging is a new evil that I must experience. [ Twitter page | RSS ]

Zodiac copycat

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Speaking of Zodiac cipher news, Chris tipped me to this recent Florida news story: A student at Rutherford High School was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of making death threats against teachers and other students. Freshman Dakota Gates, 14, is alleged to have written a coded note with detailed plans for ...

New cipher-solving program available

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Brax Cisco, Wesley Hopper, and Michael Eaton have just beta-released their wonderful "Zodiac Decrypto" program, a fun piece of software designed to attack the Zodiac ciphers as well as other substitution ciphers. It uses letter-level n-gram frequency analysis (no, not Engram analysis!) to estimate the validity of solutions generated ...

Scammer ephemera

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

The white noise of the internet comes and goes. Here is a recent example: Round One: On Jan 19, 2008, at 1:59 PM, wrote: Hello, I want to propose you a deal, if you let me use your ebay account i will give you 5000$ a month. You will only have to let me ...


Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

I was just now looking at the Barack Obama Wikipedia article and was surprised to learn about his religion: Obama, how could you??? I refreshed the wiki article, and the vandalism disappeared. Click here to see what it looked like when it was active.


Monday, February 4th, 2008

In one of the biggest upsets in NFL history, the National Football Conference (NFC) champion New York Giants (10-6) defeated the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots (16-0) by the score of 17-14. A Patriots win in this game would have made New England the first NFL team ...