Archive: October, 2006

QIP’07 Conference – abstract submission deadline November 4th

Just a reminder that Quantum Information Processing 2007 is being held here in sunny Brisbane from 30th January to 3rd February next year. The abstract submission deadline for contributed talks is November 4. See the conference site to register or submit abstracts.

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Start while you’re young

From the Sydney Morning Herald, apparently Britain’s largest retailer has been in a bit of trouble over a toy they have been selling online recently – the Peekaboo Pole Dancing Kit. According to the article the product was advertised with “Unleash the sex kitten inside … simply extend the Peekaboo pole inside the tube, slip […]

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Bruce Schneier Facts

Via Quantized Thoughts, most will be familiar with the now famous Chuck Norris Facts, but not so many will be familiar with the Bruce Schneier Facts list. Here are some of my favourites: Most people use passwords. Some people use passphrases. Bruce Schneier uses an epic passpoem, detailing the life and works of seven mythical […]

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A Tribute to the French Military

I’ve just released my first YouTube video, a ridiculous ceremony by the French Mountain Police, that I filmed recently while in Chamonix, France. Watch it here, with live commentary by yours truly.

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Firefox 2.0 released

Verson 2.0 of the best browser around – Firefox – has finally been released. Get it here.

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A blog a day keeps the encryption at bay

Jon Johansen, the (in)famous 22 year old hacker who, at the age of 15, cracked DVD encryption and more recently has allegedly cracked the encryption protocol behind iPod-iTunes sharing, has started his own blog, aptly named “So Sue Me”. Amongst other things, you can find a recipe for Greek Spice Cake. Awesome!

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EU freedom of speech runs further down the drain

In another blow to freedom of speech and democracy in the European Union, France has made it a crime, punishable by a year in prison and a 45,000 Euro fine, for denying that the Armenians suffered genocide at the hands of the Turks in 1915 (see my previous post on Holocaust denial in Europe). While […]

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Torture in C

From Bruce Schneier’s blog, the following is a small piece of C code summarizing the terrorist treatment bill. if(person = terrorist) { punish_severely(); } else { exit(-1); } This code segment is apparently trivial. However those familiar with C programming might notice a small but important subtlety in the code. See it?

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The 2006 IgNobel Prize

As most will already know, the 2006 Nobel Prizes for Physics, Medicine and Chemistry have been announced, with the remaining prizes for Economics, Literature and Peace to be announces soon. However, I’m not going to go into the details of boring, stereotyped scientific crap like that. Instead I’ll draw your attention to the fact that, […]

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Snorers’ spouses losing sleep

It gives me great pleasure to announce the latest entry in the dubious research category, this time from my very own University of Queensland. According to this article from the SMH, researchers have discovered that snorers’ spouses are losing sleep. That’s right, as counterintuitive and surprising as this may sound, these brilliant scientists have finally […]

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