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Book review: Darwinia
Reviewed: Friday, August 11, 2006
Summer reading: Spin
Reviewed: Saturday, August 5, 2006
Reviewed: Tuesday, July 18, 2006
the Omnivoire's Delimma
Reviewed: Wednesday, July 12, 2006
the Golem's Eye
Reviewed: Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Damn, why didn't I do this earlier!
Tuesday, October 4, 2005
The inimitable Bruce Schneier points to this new NSA patent (6,947,978):
Method for geolocating logical network addresses
Abstract: Method for geolocating logical network addresses on electronically switched dynamic communications networks, such as the Internet, using the time latency of communications to and from the logical network address to determine its location.
I was writing code to (try to) do this a month ago using latencies from the Network Time Servers. Of course, I didn't finish the project so I guess they deserve the patent more than I do . It's a good idea but I don't understand patents enough to understand why it should be patentable.