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How I Can Steal Your Pics – a.k.a. Some hacking for the non-tech-savvy

A friend of mine shared images with me some time ago from one of their trips. They trusted me enough to share images but not enough to show me a picture of themselves. However, they made a layman’s mistake when it came to sharing, and it becomes part of that long list of reasons why even non-programmers these days should learn a bit about what programming can do and how that seemingly safe site that they regularly visit could readily turn into a booby trap through no fault of their own. Let’s begin: Some hacking for the non-tech savvy.

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How Hard is it to Think Positively

This past Thursday, my blog received 48 views in one day – 3 away from the most ever – from 17 visitors (2.82 views per visitor). That can be taken as good news or slightly disappointing news. At this point, I could bring up the pessimist versus optimist topic. It reminds me of Voltaire, whose work “Candide or Optimism” was a counter to Leibniz’s statement that we live in the “best of all possible worlds”. Rather than go into some philosophical discussion about this (as I’m so inclined to do), let’s skip all that and focus on the straightforward fact:

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Mach > X – The flight industry in the hypersonic range

Popular Science artist impression of the mysterous warplane over southern cal


Ever since Concordes were abandoned, there hasn’t been much talk in daily society about aircraft traveling high speed. Most of the time, the aviation industry is overshadowed by the computer industry. Really, who can ignore Apple and Microsoft shoving gadgets in one’s face. Nevertheless, the industry has been very active. Since World War 2, nations have realized the benefits of air superiority. Critically important to air superiority is the ability to go fast. If you can move faster than your opponent can shoot, you can hit him quicker or get away from him more easily. That’s the thought behind some of the recent developments in aviation.

This article will discuss supersonic airplanes and technology, including recent developments, design, and considerations. This is a technical article and thus will not discuss the political implications of such aircraft.

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